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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  • Chinese? Shame on you.

    • By Steve Foutz,
    • Goldfield, NV,
    • Mar 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just got them today, $93 for six pairs. That's $12 a pair, only to find out that they are made in CHINA. Shame on you. I don't know how good they are, but for that much, you can hire US workers. I'd have never bought them knowing that you succumb to the cheap overseas labor to make them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Disappointed

    • By Garry Levan,
    • Lutherville, MD,
    • Apr 11, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    After we paid $120 for ten pairs of socks, delivery took 14 days! Five days of that time the order was sitting less than two hours from our house. The first day I got a hole in one pair and the second day another hole in another pair. The company didn’t seem to care. I also notice that any complaints on their Facebook page are promptly removed. Save your many and frustration and go to Target or Kohls.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Bombas service is pathetic!

    • By Michael D.,
    • Texas,
    • Mar 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered $100.00 + worth of socks from Bombas. They shipped them using DHL. The tracking number that Bombas provided was not giving me any information about delivery. I called DHL and spoke with their customer service. I was told Bombas had not given them the package yet. I was told that Bombas often sends customers shipped notifications and then does not give DHL the package for days. I called and spoke with Leeway. He is a member of the Bombas "Happiness Team." I have also had emails with Drew Stadler. Both will lie to you, give you excuses. They simply don't care. They refused to help with tracking. The Happiness team should be called The "Liar and we don't care" Team. I have requested to return the socks or I will refuse them. I have been told numerous times I will receive a Return label. It has not happened. These people at Bombas have terrible and dishonest service. Avoid these people for your own sake. They are pathetic liars.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Not good socks...

    • By Jordan L.,
    • Portland, OR,
    • Sep 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I can't speak to the quality because I've only worn them once and will probably just shelve them. I have larger feet, size 12 to 13, and I bought five pairs of the Extra Large socks, the largest they have.

    Even those are too small. I'd guess about a size 10 to 11. They aren't comfortable to wear, and the cotton material is thin and scratchy, not the premier cotton I was led to expect.

    The grocery store Gold Toe cotton socks are thick, fluffy and very comfortable and I'll choose them every day over the Bombas. Oh, and a fraction of the price.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Don't buy

    • By Lori D.,
    • Seattle, WA,
    • Nov 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    My whole experience was awful. The socks are fine. I mean they are expensive cotton socks. Nothing special. They have their name written in huge letters on every pair, so you don't forget it, too. Looks like crap, but whatever.

    What is really crappy is their customer service. They make it sound like returns are easy, but it's like pulling teeth. I've emailed at least 5 times, it's been a week, and still have no way of returning them. If I hadn't already worn some of them, I'd return them all.

    I am NEVER buying from this company again.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Holes, holes, more holes

    • By Mike B.,
    • Gardnerville, NV,
    • Mar 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    So disappointed in Bombas socks. Bought 8 pairs in 2 orders. All now have holes, some in the foot, some in the cuff. The company did replace 2 pairs with the explanation of "manufacturing problems," but the lack of durability is disturbing. Yes, they are very comfy and soft, but I need more than 3 washings out of a pair of very expensive socks.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Stay away!

    • By Anonymous,
    • Oregon,
    • May 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered socks four days ago and got no confirmation or expected shipping date or anything.

    Now, I'm on my third customer service rep (I was told originally their "crack team" would have me satisfied in 12 hours) who says (with a lot of inappropriate exclamation points in his email) that he can't find my order, but he "looks forward to my reply!" and asks me for the info I already gave them twice.

    Well, my credit card company, sure enough, found it.

    This is the worst customer service this side of Hewlett Packard. Complete runaround/stall for time.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Do not order from Bombas

    • By Maria D.,
    • Chicago, IL,
    • Jan 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered Bombas for my entire family. $203 worth of socks. They shipped me a totally different order with another person's address and info in my package. I have tried numerous times to reach them by email with no response. You cannot call them as they have a message the basically says we are too overwhelmed and cannot answer the phone. I now have the charges in dispute and am hopeful to get my money back at this point. Do yourself a favor do not order from this company.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Caveat emptor

    • By B. Fisher,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jan 9, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    OMG, they TALK such a good game!

    January 2019 - they are "overwhelmed" (from WSJ and other newspaper ad blitz?). There is still something to be said for being prepared...

    Caveat emptor! If you have ANY questions, ANY problems, you will meet a delay with EMAIL ONLY customer "service." Their website FAQ are cutesy (patronizing if you have a real problem, like fit - "we add extra padding, but it isn't too much, like Goldilocks, just right"). No. They are NOT "just right." I cannot wear ONE of the pairs ordered with shoes or boots. They are way too tight in Uggs, bike shoes or any other.

    They must be fit to 16-year-olds - TIGHT ribbing on the knee socks (S) and a little larger on (M), but then the foot is too big. 7.5-8 is a Small, possibly a Medium, with higher calf, hitting above the knee on a 5'1" person (me).

    Nor does my husband's order fit - he is size 13, and they must have designed that around a teen as well. Cuts off circulation - he is a golfer, STRONG legs, but socks for teen calves in size 13?

    Save your money and aggravation! Make a donation of socks to your local charity and save the hassle. Purchase socks that FIT from a vendor with PHONE option for clarification and assistance.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Unhappy customer

    • By Sonia A.,
    • North Carolina,
    • Feb 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased the socks back in December. I wore them with my boots since they claim they wouldn't come off. Turns out I'm still looking for a good pair of no-show socks. I emailed them and never received anything back except their generic email that they are overwhelmed from the holidays. Just emailed them again and surprise surprise, received the same generic email.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend


  • Updated review

    Mixed

    • By Martine D.,
    • Wisconsin,
    • Oct 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The men's socks are way too small for the size stated, and the women's crew socks were too tight at the calf. The quarter socks, on the other hand, were fabulous! Comfy, warm and stylish. I was underwhelmed by the return procedure. It took several days and several emails to get that accomplished. It should be easier for such a routine task.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Previous review
    • Oct 21, 2018

    Disappointed!

    The men's sock are way too small, so I had to return them. No instructions on the website on how to do that, it only says to contact them, so I did, filled out the form, and got an email with "We received your request (456750) and our crack team of Customer Happiness reps is on the job. Currently response times are under 24 hours." Well, it has been 24 hours. Why make customers "contact us" for a simple return. Just print the instructions and address on your website and let me go on, geesh! Even if I liked the socks, I wouldn't bother with a company that can't handle a simple request. I had also ordered a pair of "no show," and they came off at the heel so, so no, they don't stay.

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