Bombas Socks Review: Are They Worth the Price?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Nov 25, 2017

Derived from the Latin word for bumblebee, Bombas is women’s, men’s, and kid’s sock manufacturer that donates a pair to the homeless community for every one purchased.

On top of this, the company crafts their products from high-quality extra long staple cotton yarns with natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties.

The website reports they also spent two years researching, developing, and implementing features like hand-linked toes seams, y-stitched heels, Stay-Up technology, and a honeycomb-structure mid-foot support, which the company claims will make their socks feel better than anything you’ve ever put on your feet.

Whether you’re participating in an athletic activity, going to work, or running errands, you want socks that are comfortable all throughout the day. And the fact that Bombas has donated more than five million pairs to the homeless community is compelling—and could certainly make you feel even better about your purchase.

But before handing over your money, take a couple of moments to read through what we learned during our research so you can make the most informed decision possible.

Which Types of Socks Does Bombas Offer?

Bombas sells a variety of socks for women, men, and kids as single pairs, as well as in different pre-arranged multipacks (in other words, you can’t create your own). When searching their site, results can be filtered by color, height, and occasion.

All versions feature extra padding on the footbed, although the company ensures us that they’re not thick enough to cause shoe discomfort.

Note: Bombas also emphasizes their socks “contain a small amount of latex” and “are made in factories that use latex.” If you’re allergic to latex, they consequently recommend choosing another brand. Other materials in their socks include (percentages vary by sock type):

  • 63-78% Extra Long Staple Cotton (Merino options contain 78% wool)
  • 13-34% Polyester
  • 3-6% Rubber
  • 1-7% Spandex
  • 1-12% Nylon

Bombas Women’s & Men’s Socks

Bombas Women's and Men's SocksBombas’ women’s and men’s socks are available in many popular heights, designs (as well as limited editions), and materials, including extra long staple cotton and Merino wool.

Women’s socks are available in five heights (no show, ankle, quarter, calf, and knee-high), while knee-high versions are not available in men’s. Both span four main categories:

  • Dress & Office – Lightweight Crew, Marls, Donegal, Dress Solids
  • Gym, Athletic, & Sport – Marled, Solids, University, Rugby, Solids, Running, Originals, Americanos
  • Casual – Merino Wool, Lightweight Crew, Cushioned, Marls, Originals
  • Ski – Performance ski and snowboard socks with strategic zone cushioning, airflow venting, and Invisitoe technology.

Bombas Kid’s Socks

Bombas Kid's SocksBombas’ kid’s socks promise to deliver all the comfort, support, and softness found in the adult versions, just in smaller sizes.

Comparatively, Bombas kid’s socks are only available in calf and ankle heights, as well as three main categories: Casual, Sport, and Grippers.

How Much Do Bombas’ Socks Cost?

Bombas socks are only available directly through the company, with adult women and men’s sizes running between 4 and 16, and kid’s sizes between 1.5-8.5 (toddler) and 9-3 (youth). Bigger adult sizes are available in select styles.

Women’s & Men’s

  • Single pairs: $12 - $28
  • 4 to 12-packs: $30 - $122.40

Kid’s Socks

  • 3 to 12-packs: $15 - $64.80

The company indicates their socks are true to size, although they'll slightly shrink (so little that you might not notice) the first time you wash them. Then, never again.

All Bombas orders come with a Happiness Guarantee that covers free exchanges and returns (including free shipping), with no time limit. In order to request one, customer support can be reached at 800-314-0980 or via their site’s contact form.

What Can We Learn from Bombas Customer Reviews?

Between TrustPilot and TheGrommet, we encountered more than 670 customer reviews for Bombas socks at the time of our research, with a combined average rating of about four stars.

There, most compliments appeared to reference comfort, durability, and fit (including their propensity to remain in place during the day). Complaints—what relatively few there were—frequently revolved around long shipping times, lower quality than expected, and slow support response. In each instance, a company representative replied with a resolution.

From a company perspective, Bombas’ co-founders David Heath and Randy Goldberg pitched their sock-charity idea on the season six premiere of the popular TV show Shark Tank back in 2014.

Shark Daymond John invested $200K for 17.5 percent equity in the company, and CNBC reports that the “company did $1.2 million in sales and completely sold out of inventory” following their appearance. They’re “on track to do $50 million in sales for 2017.”

Bombas vs. Other Direct-to-Customer Sock Manufacturers

It’s no secret that Bombas is potentially up against hundreds—or even thousands—of sock manufacturers from all around the world, so competition is fierce. In the CNBC article above, even Daymond John admits that he has tons of FUBU socks in a warehouse that are next to impossible to sell, especially with so many companies now selling direct to consumers.

How to choose your best brand?

Perhaps the most important fact to point out is that we didn’t encounter any other sock manufacturer during our research that donates a pair to charity for every one sold. So, if this is among your top criteria, Bombas is currently the only game in town.

From there, and as emphasized on the company’s website, it’s largely going to come down to your needs and personal preferences (color, fit, style, materials, intended use, etc.), as well as your budget.

For example, REI notes that Merino wool can work great in cool and warm conditions, absorbs moisture, and cushions, but it’s also one of the more expensive options.

If budget is at the top of your list, cotton socks tend to rank toward the bottom. However, they’re not ideal for active wear. The durability of synthetic materials can make them ideal for sports, although they can be a less comfortable choice in hot weather and their insulation ability is reduced when wet (such as with sweat).

Eastern Mountain Sports adds that shorter socks are better suited for activities like for running and biking, while crew socks can be a better choice for hiking and backpacking.

Our Final Thoughts About Bombas Socks

The CNBC article earlier reported that, other than Daymond John, all of the other Sharks were worried that the company’s one-to-one retail/charity business model was too risky. Despite this, it seems Bombas has become a roaring success in the few years since, not only based on their sales numbers, but also on their mostly positive online customer feedback.

Will their socks meet all your needs and preferences? There’s simply no way to know without giving them a try.

With this in mind, Bombas stands behind their products with a no-time-limit refund and exchange policy—including shipping, which is a rarity—so it doesn’t seem you have much more to lose than a bit of your time if you’re dissatisfied.

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Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
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5 star: 9 4 star: 4 3 star: 4 2 star: 8 1 star:  27
Bottom Line: 27% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 12 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Love these socks

    I initially bought one pair of each type of sock offered and liked them all very much. Since it is mid-winter here, I am wearing the knee-high sock because they are warm.

    The cushiony feel when walking is wonderful. Very, very comfortable socks for all-day wear. I almost hate to take them off at night.

    Since I am diabetic, I was a little worried about the fit, but the knee highs offer comfortable support/compression without being too tight.

    I had a problem with one pair of knee-highs being TOO tight. The company was very nice about it and sent me a replacement pair. And they sent another pair to charity!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 11 people found this review helpful

    No-show socks

    • Rockland, MA,
    • May 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My sister bought me three pairs of no-show socks. It’s true, they stayed in place ALL day!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Better than I could have imagined!

    • Southern New Jersey,
    • May 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My feet have never felt better. After a long, grueling day of standing on my feet in work, then 1.5 hours with a personal trainer sweating, jumping around, cardio and aerobic activities, the socks still feel (and more importantly) my feet still feel like they did when I put the socks on in the wee hours of the morning - comfortable and supported.

    While these are the most I've ever paid for socks, to me they are well worth it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Better than hoped for

    • Washington,
    • Sep 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have been reading about Bombas Socks for some time. I was interested in trying a pair of these socks. The cost was higher than what I usually pay for socks, but with one pair goes to charity, I thought it was a good deal. So I ordered a pair of women's low cut socks and have never been more pleased. The fit is perfect especially for someone with a long big toe. The arch cushioning is great, and I find myself going for this one pair of socks all the time. I have read the reviews and find that some folks are unhappy for one reason or another, I can only say, I think they are GREAT! Christmas is coming, and my husband wants to try a pair. He also has a long big toe and finds himself mending his socks or throwing them out. I read more on the history today and learned they were featured on Shark Tank in 2014 and got a Shark to partner with them. I am sure Damon John is still happy about that deal.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Best socks

    • South Berwick, ME,
    • Sep 21, 2018
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    I have heard about these socks on the radio and have seen online and I decided to buy one pair to see if they are as good as they say on the radio.

    Well, I didn't think that at $12 for one pair they would end up being my favorite socks. I thought it was a scam..12 bucks for one pair. I always bought a bag of eight for $10 so, I haven't a clue what made me spend $12 for one pair. Oh my goodness, I was so happy I did. Best socks I've ever owned.

    I bought more in different styles and am going to buy a couple of pairs to be Christmas gifts. I hope there is a sale when it is the holiday season.

    I hope many break down and buy one pair (no-show cushioned), they are my fav.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Love the socks and the ethics of the company

    • New York,
    • Dec 31, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I recently purchased a few pairs of the Bombas women's crew socks due to the "giving back" policy of the company. In addition, they looked great. The socks are pricey, but comfort and warmth are important to me. I had ordered a four-pack. Delivery was quick, but I noticed that I only received three pairs. Due to the hectic nature of the holidays, I forgot to reach out to the company.

    A few days later I received an email from Heath, one of the founders. He apologized for the mistake on my order in a really lovely email. He then gave me a $75.00 gift card! I was so surprised and grateful. I ordered more socks and received expedited shipping as well. The socks are really comfortable. The company's response is unprecedented and really impressed me. New customer for good! Try these socks!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Love these socks

    • Nashville, OH,
    • Mar 15, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I love these socks! I have neuropathy in my feet. Regular socks bother my feet. The seams hurt my toes and the rougher material makes the whole bottom of my feet hurt after rubbing on them all day. Bombast socks are softer and the seams don't bother me at all.

    Highly recommend these socks!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 6 out 10 people found this review helpful

    I guess my Bombas are different

    • Riverside, CA,
    • Apr 2, 2019
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    I don’t know you reviewers, but I’m convinced you’re either crazy or we have ordered completely different socks. Also, if you’re wearing them with boots, why do you care if they’re no shoe? My calf high socks don’t show in boots. So since 2013, I’ve had 12 plus pair of the ankle and calf socks (plus my husband orders dress socks in size Medium). He’s also ordered 12+ pairs of ankle and calf socks. They’ve basically replaced all other socks. We are thrilled with how they fit. And no, I don’t have teenage 16-year-old calf/legs. These fit me when I was 5'7" and 128 pounds just as well as when I was pregnant and 168 pounds. I’ve worn holes in two pairs but they were five years old by then. Bombas replaces them! Even though I routinely wore these ones outside on concrete and gravel.

    I started buying in 2013, when they had the limited edition released around Christmas time, and GAP actually carried Bombas in store. Those limited edition color ones (baby blue and hot pink solid color calf high) are still in shape and comfy; they fit well and are hole-free.

    I’ve emailed customer service twice looking for color combos or about multi pack questions and they’ve always responded quickly. I know for certain I’ve spoken to a live human with a real voice who has answered real questions. Bombas are amazing. The only con about them is that they last so long I begin to tire of the colors and want new socks just for the fun of it.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great exchange policy

    • Ohio,
    • May 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I needed to exchange my socks. Bombas did my exchange with and requested that I either regift the socks or donate them.

    I donated two pairs and gave two pairs to my mother-in-law.

    Thank you Bombas for such a great product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Close to loving them

    • Philadelphia, PA,
    • Jul 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    For me, it's a tale of two worlds. Their dress socks are amazing. Great arch support, they stay up and in place, hold their form, and seem to wash well. The first wash there was significantly more fading but that has leveled out and they still look great after a few washes. They are cushioned and have substance to them and are well constructed. I also have Tommy John dress socks and Bombas edges them out due to the substance of the sock and the higher level of arch support.

    Here's where I'm conflicted...their ankle socks aren't as great. The arch support isn't as pronounced and the construction is not nearly as solid. After one washing I had one develop a hole in the seam where the heal ties into the side of the sock. I didn’t think much of it due to their warranty (although it was my very first pair, so the first impression wasn't great).

    I contacted customer service thinking one email, due to their no questions asked...etc., etc., you’ll love these...guaranteed. It took five emails; me taking a picture to submit to prove it, and was otherwise a burdensome experience. When I’m paying more premium prices part of the deal is premium service...I didn’t feel like that was the case, and honestly nearly killed my relationship with them. But that said, they did ship a replacement.

    The ankle socks also seemed to fade SIGNIFICANTLY worse than their dress socks and don’t look overly impressive after a couple of washings. They are VERY comfortable, however, but for the price I feel there are better alternatives for ankle socks. Shipping is PAINFULLY slow as well so don’t be in a hurry to receive them...and their inventory always seems to be an issue as my size is rarely available for the socks I want.

    So why 4 stars? Their dress socks are THAT good and make up for the other pain areas.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful
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    Customer service - update finally heard from them.

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Dec 13, 2018
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    After the initial frustration below, I did hear from them and the socks are on their way. So all is well.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Previous review
    • Dec 11, 2018

    Terrible customer service

    I didn't get everything in my order, and after several emails and phone calls, have not been able to reach anyone. I am starting to wonder if they ever intend on returning my emails? The socks are OK, certainly not worth going through all of this hassle. The socks were to be a gift, and now I will have to get something else.

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