Gold Toe Basic Support Men’s Dress Socks Review

18 Apr

gold toe compression sock

Product Description:

I don’t remember when I first heard about Gold Toe socks.  It’s just one of those brands that I’ve known for as long as I can remember.  My dad used to have dress socks he would wear to work, and some of them would have gold on the toes.  I’ve associated that golden toe with dress socks ever since.

That association is exactly what the company wants.  Originally named Great American Knitting Mills when it was founded in Pennsylvania, they added the signature gold thread to the toes in the midst of the Great Depression.  The company had just entered the sock market and customers loved the durability of their socks. The “Golden Toe” was added to distinguish their products from all the other black dress socks on the market.  Gold Toe has been quite successful over the years, claiming they constitute one half of all department store men’s socks sales in the US.


The company wholly embraced the Gold Toe brand and changed their name to Gold Toe in 2002. They then merged with Moretz in 2006 to form GoldToeMoretz (a horrible name, in my opinion).  The Canadian apparel company Gildan bought GoldToeMoretz for $350 million USD in 2011.

American Alternative Review:

We reviewed Gold Toe’s products already, and that review holds for all of Gold Toe’s Men’s Dress socks except for one, the Basic Support sock.  Gold Toe’s customer support confirmed that this is the only men’s sock they make in America.

This sock is a compression sock, so it is meant to help with various disorders of the veins in the feet and lower legs.  While stronger compression socks require a prescription to buy, socks like this one are available over the counter. You’ll get about 22mmHg of pressure with this sock, which seems to be on the high end for over the counter compression socks.

Made in Asheboro, North Carolina, the majority of this compression sock’s components are from US sources too.  The sock is 90% American-made nylon, with another 10% spandex of unknown origin.  There are a lot of Gold Toe socks out there with many different names, so if you’re looking for this sock, look for the style number 160H.

We’re glad to see that even though the majority of Gold Toe’s socks are not very American-made, there is at least one US option.  Unfortunately, most people would only buy this sock if they’re in the market for a compression sock.

2/5 stars

You can purchase these compression socks online here or here.


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