Bombas Socks Review: Are They Worth the Price?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Dec 19, 2019

Buying quality socks that hold up isn’t easy. All too often, we spend money on a pair we expect to last, only to wear holes in the heels. Are Bombas socks the exception?

Bombas is a women’s, men’s, and kid’s sock manufacturer that crafts its products from high-quality extra-long-staple cotton yarns with natural moisture-wicking and antimicrobial properties.

These socks are designed to provide you with “engineered comfort” and long-term durability in each pair. The brand sells socks specialized for a variety of activities, including everything from cardio workouts to corporate meetings.

Another selling point for this brand is that the company donates a pair to the homeless community for every one purchased.

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 about whether Bombos socks are worth buying.

Pros: Cons:
  • Variety of sizes, styles, and patterns
  • The company donates one pair of socks for every purchase
  • Comfortable and versatile, according to many customer reviewers
  • More expensive than many brands
  • May not last long before getting holes
  • Might not fit true to size

Which Types of Socks Does Bombas Offer?

Bombas sells a variety of socks for women, men, and kids as single pairs and in multi-packs. You can search the site by filtering the options by color, height, and occasion.

All Bombas socks come with extra padding on the footbed. This purportedly adds support and improves its lifespan, and the company claims that this padding isn’t thick enough to cause shoe discomfort.

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 recommend choosing another brand. Other materials in their socks include the following:

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

Percentages vary by sock type.

Bombas Women’s and Men’s Socks

Women’s socks are available in five heights no show, ankle, quarter, calf, and knee-high/over the calf. Knee-high versions are only available for women, and over the calf for men. Both span three main categories:

  • Dress– Lightweight Crew, Marls, Donegal, Dress Solids
  • Athletic – Running, Skiing, Hiking, Tennis, Golf, Grippers, Basketball
  • Casual – Merino Wool, Lightweight Crew, Cushioned, Marls, Originals

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.

Bombas Kid’s Socks

Comparatively, Bombas kid’s socks are only available in calf and ankle heights. Options include Grippers, Athletic, Daily Use, and themes like holidays and Sesame Street.

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.

How Much Do Bombas’ Socks Cost?

Bombas socks are primarily available directly through the company, though we also saw a few styles listed on Amazon.

Adult women and men’s sizes run between 4 and 16, and kid’s sizes are between 1.5–8.5 (toddler) and 9–3 (youth). Bigger adult sizes are available in select styles.

Women’s & Men’s

  • Single pairs: $10.50–$24
  • 4 to 12-packs: $30–$172.80

Kid’s Socks

  • 3 to 12-packs: $15–$64.80

The company indicates their socks are true to size, although they'll slightly shrink the first time you wash them. After that, they should retain their size.

All Bombas orders come with a Happiness Guarantee that covers free exchanges and returns (including free shipping), at any time, regardless of their condition.

In order to request one, customer support can be reached at (800) 314-0980 or via their site’s contact form.

The Bombas Giveback Program

Bombas donates one pair of socks to a homeless shelter in the United States for every pair donated. This has already totaled over 5 million donated pairs of socks.

The company also operates a Giving Directory with 2,500 partners across the country who have collectively donated more than 25 million clothing items. You can get involved by emailing the company at giving@bombas.com.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

More than 60 customers have left reviews for Bombas on our website, and these reviews average 2.3 stars. Amazon also sells a few pairs of Bombas socks, and most pairs average four stars. Here’s what the main opinions are:

High-Quality Socks

Many reviewers wrote that they loved Bombas socks, especially compared to other brands. They noted that the socks were comfortable, easy to put on, and lasted through lots of use.

Socks Wore Out Quickly

Other reviewers were less happy with Bombas’ quality. They wrote that they wore holes into the heels of the socks quickly—sometimes after just a single use. A few wrote that the socks got beat up in their washing machines and that they shrunk to the point of being uncomfortable to wear.

Some of these users wrote that the quality between pairs seemed inconsistent, as certain pairs deteriorated much faster than others.

Socks Painfully Tight and Not True To Size

According to a few reviewers, Bombas socks don’t always fit true to size. One woman noted that the socks cut off circulation in her calves to the point of being painful.

Others wrote that the socks were a half-inch longer than expected and were uncomfortably bunched around their toys and ankles.

Too Expensive for the Quality

One consistent complaint about Bombas socks seems to be that they are pricy for what you receive. Many reviewers noted that the socks didn’t seem any more special than regular pairs they bought for a fraction of the price and that they expected them to be more comfortable or and last longer.

Key Takeaway

Bombas socks are a big success for many customers, but others are less happy with their quality, sizing, and price tag.

Bombas Socks vs. Smartwool and Darn Tough Vermont

If you’re looking to pay more per pair of sock to ensure you get comfort and great quality, there are several brands up for consideration. Below, we’ve compared what you get from Bombas socks to Smartwool and Darn Tough Vermont.

Bombas Smartwool Darn Tough Vermont
Cost Per Pair
(Calf Length Casual)
$15–$18 $21–$30 $21–$23
Main Material Merino wool, cotton Merino Wool Merino Wool
Types of Socks Men’s, women’s, children’s socks for casual, sport, and dress use Men’s, women’s, and children’s socks for all purposes, with an emphasis on sport Men’s, women’s and children’s socks for sport, hiking, and casual use (all made in Vermont)
Average Amazon Review 3.8–4.3 4.5–5 4.5–5

Of these three brands, Bombas is the cheapest option, and the only brand to include cotton in some of its socks. That’s likely one reason why they are cheaper than brands that use only Merlino wool. However, cotton isn’t recommended for sports use as the material absorbs sweat and then drys slowly.

Both Smartwool and Darn Tough Vermont have higher average rankings on Amazon than Bombas. Customer comments show that people praise both of these brands for their quality and durability, which are two things that Bombas was occasionally critiqued of by reviewers.

Our research showed that Bombas seems to offer better-packaged deals than the other companies, which may give it the advantage if you’re looking to buy multiple pairs at once.

Key Takeaways

Bombas socks make sense for those who want to give back with their purchase, those who want to buy specialized socks for specific purposes, and those who want socks made from natural materials. If you want long-lasting, lower-cost socks, you can probably find a brand better suited to your needs.

The Bottom Line

Bombas socks offer a lot of fun wrapped in the feel-good mentality of knowing that your purchase is benefiting charity. There is a wide variety of sock types and styles to choose from, so you’re likely to find a pair that fits your specifications.

However, they earned poor reviews for their overall fit and quality. For the price of these socks, you might expect them to last longer than they will before you wear holes in the heels.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t consider this brand. Just keep your expectations realistic about their longevity, and we think that you’ll find a lot to like from the cute cuts and prints available on Bombas socks.


Read 69 Bombas Socks Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 2.3
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 13 4 star: 4 3 star: 7 2 star: 12 1 star:  33
Bottom Line: 28% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 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


  • No-show socks

    • By Susan R.,
    • 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


  • Better than I could have imagined!

    • By Barbara D.,
    • 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


  • Better than hoped for

    • By Carol S.,
    • 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


  • Best socks

    • By Nicki L.,
    • South Berwick, ME,
    • Sep 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Love the socks and the ethics of the company

    • By Randi C.,
    • 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


  • Love these socks

    • By Anne G.,
    • 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


  • I guess my Bombas are different

    • By Kathry M.,
    • Riverside, CA,
    • Apr 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Great exchange policy

    • By Susan F.,
    • 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


  • Love these socks

    • By Danielle T.,
    • California,
    • Sep 23, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I have had these socks for almost a year and they are my prized possessions. I have the cushioned on shows and tri-block ankle socks and LOVE them. I love the comfort, the softness and how thick they are. After a year of wearing my other ones, I just placed a new order! Can't wait!

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


  • Yes...they are worth the money

    • By Joanne T.,
    • New Fairfield, CT,
    • Oct 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Bombas socks are the most comfortable and best-fitting sock I have ever found. The customer service is beyond compare and will do everything to make sure you are happy. And...you are helping others less fortunate than you. I could not give Bombas enough praise.

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


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