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5 Pairs of Socks Like Bombas but Cheaper

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You can’t reinvent the wheel but you can, apparently, reinvent the sock. The team behind Bombas spent two years developing the übersock, and what they created spawned a cult following due, in no small part, to the mind-blowing attention to detail. That said, with a six-pack of their women’s ankle socks starting at $80, they’re out of reach for many people, myself included. So, if you’re looking for socks that are like Bombas but cheaper, this roundup is for you.

Before getting to the list, first let’s look at what make Bombas, well, Bombas. Woven into every pair is Bombas’ signature “Sock Tech.” This includes special details like their honeycomb instep (that provides enhanced arch support), a padded footbed, and best of all, no annoying toe seam (and that alone should qualify someone in their R&D for a Nobel Prize).

In terms of materials, Bombas socks are woven from yarns made with a type of long-staple cotton or wool. This means that the high-quality fibers offer extra softness and strength. And, for every pair of Bombas socks purchased, the company donates another pair to a shelter or person in need.

While the socks below certainly don’t have that admirable giving model, they do share many of the same brilliant design details. These options include comfy ankle socks with a discreet pull-on tab and high-tech pairs that are great with dress shoes. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy happy feet: All of our picks are a lot like Bombas but cheaper, at $25 or less.

The Best Bombas Ankle Sock Alternative, Hands Down

CelerSport Athletic Ankle Socks (6 Pairs)
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This multipack of socks is woven from a cotton-polyester blend, which is what makes up the majority of Bombas socks, too, albeit in different ratios. These are made from 88% combed cotton (slightly different than long-staple cotton but it’s a process also known for creating durable cotton), plus 11% polyester for moisture-wicking and 1% spandex for stretch. They also feature woven-in arch support, an extra-padded footbed, and that covetable seamless toe that Bombas has mastered. Plus, there’s an elastic cuff tab to reduce the chance they’ll slip down and also makes them easy to pull on.

Available colors: 4 color combinationsAvailable sizes: Small — X-Large

The Most Bang For Your Buck: A 12-Pack With Arch Support

Tipi Toe Low-Cut Socks (12 Pairs)
Amazon

If you need to stock up, this 12-pack of socks gets you a full set at a great price, and comes in over a dozen different color options. These are structurally similar to Bombas socks — they share a padded footbed and arch compression, and also feature a thin mesh panel for breathability. Where they differ is material: Tipi Toe socks are a 95% polyester and 5% spandex blend, which is still moisture-wicking, but lack Bombas’ signature long-staple cotton. It’s worth noting that these do have a toe seam (i.e. they’re not seamless). If that’s a dealbreaker for your ankle socks, you’ll probably prefer the first option above.

Available colors: 18 color combinationsAvailable sizes: 1 size fits most (shoe size 6-10)

These Tall Crew Socks With A Seamless Toe

FOOTPLUS Copper-Infused Crew Socks (6 Pairs)
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If you wear dress shoes that require socks — or just want a nice pair to wear while being active — these unisex copper-infused crew socks are a solid choice for everyday wear. They are sold in multipacks of neutrals, and you can even pick up sets with crew and ankle cuts, making this a great kit to set you up with a variety of basics. These are also an all-synthetic blend like the pair above, with the added benefits of antibacterial and antifungal properties thanks to a copper-infused yarn. FOOTPLUS socks share Bombas’ signature seamless toe and padded footbed, but also provide compression in the arch and calf.

Available colors: 3 colorsAvailable multipacks: 3-pack and 6-packAvailable sizes: 3 sizes

Some Knee-High Bombas-Style Socks For Boots

Hue Flat Knit Knee Sock (3 Pairs)
Amazon

If you need tall socks, this set by Hue weds Bombas-style attention to detail and material with a boot-friendly height. These feature the double-threat of a seamless toe and a material blend that’s high on breathable cotton (with a little bit of nylon and spandex blended in) — in fact, it’s a similar blend to the best Bombas alternative mentioned above, so they’re also going to be soft and durable. The taller height can even help keep you warm when you aren’t wearing boots.

Available colors: 3 Available sizes: 1 size fits most

These Merino Wool Socks That Are A Great Alternative To Bombas Wool Calf Socks

LIXIA Thin Merino Wool Socks (6 Pairs)
Amazon

If you’re looking for a warm, breathable sock, there’s really nothing better than merino wool. And this highly rated pair from LIXIA has a material composition that closely resembles Bombas’ take on the wool calf sock. In fact, LIXIA’s features 1% more merino wool than Bombas for a pair that is soft, lightweight, and ultra-toasty. You get six pairs in your order, and all come with a seamless toe and reinforced heel for all-day comfort.

Available options: 9 color and pack-size optionsAvailable sizes: 1 size fits shoe sizes 6 — 10

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‘And Just Like That’ Episode 9 Outfits Are Perfectly Impractical

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The best outfits seen on episode nine of “And Just Like That,” a “Sex and the City” reboot.

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The Best Memes & Tweets About the UK Government’s ‘Partygate’

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In December 2021, news broke that a series of alleged staff parties and lockdown breaches had occurred within Downing Street and Whitehall offices during the height of lockdown. In the weeks following, it’s been almost impossible to avoid the increasing amount of headlines and buzz regarding what is now being dubbed “partygate”.

The ongoing scandal has so far led to the resignation of former government advisor, Allegra Stratton, after a video in which she joked about a Downing Street Christmas party was leaked to the press.

Since then, things have only gotten worse for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. Downing Street and Whitehall have been accused of hosting No. 10 garden drinks in May 2020, hosting two parties on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, and hosting multiple leaving-dos for Downing Streets aides and advisors, among other alleged parties. That’s a lot of parties…

More recently, ITV News reported that around 30 people attended a birthday event for the Prime Minister in June 2020. Downing Street later admitted the gathering took place — and this latest revelation will likely form part of the ongoing investigation into parties in No 10 during lockdown, which is being lead by the senior civil servant, Sue Gray, BBC reports.

Per The Guardian, the scandal has not gone down well with some Conservative MPs, many of whom are reportedly planning to send letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson — which could see him ousted from his position as Prime Minister.

Naturally, social media has had a lot to say about the “partygate” scandal. Tweeting in response to one Tory MP’s claim that Johnson was “ambushed with a cake,” culinary queen Nigella Lawson wrote, “Ambushed by Cake: it just has to be the title of my next book! #AmbushedByCake.”

Others were quick to join in with their own hilarious takes. The Scotsman correspondent, Alexander Brown, joked, “Have you been ambushed with a cake that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to compensation.”

Meanwhile, in response to reports of Downing Street staff filling a suitcase with wine, the official Co-op account tweeted, “I’m afraid we don’t sell wine by the suitcase. Only by bottle. If you want to bring your own suitcase feel free.”

Here are some more of the funniest memes and tweets from across the internet about ‘partygate’.

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Mel C Memoir ‘Who I Am: My Story’: Release Date, Pre-Order & What to Know

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Despite previously saying fans would have to wait until she was 80-years-old for an autobiography, Mel C – otherwise known as Melanie Chisholm – is finally set to share her spiced up world with readers this autumn. Taking inspiration from her 2021 single “Who I Am”, Chisholm’s Who I Am: My Story will cover everything from her days as Sporty Spice and her successful career as a solo artist, as well as her experiences with mental health and “the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name.”

Set to hit bookshelves on Sep. 22, 2022, you can pre-order Who I Am: My Story from Waterstones for £20 and WHSmith for £16 – both of which include a signed edition of the book. You can also pre-order the Kindle edition from Amazon for £10.39. Who I Am: My Story will also be available as an audiobook.

“It’s taken a long time to feel ready to tell my story,” Chisholm said in a statement. “The last few years have given me an opportunity to reflect on the incredible career I’ve had and the huge obstacles I’ve managed to overcome.” The singer has been very open about her experiences with mental health – particularly depression, body image, and an eating disorder – which occurred frequently during the height of her success in the Spice Girls and as a solo artist.

I had everything I’d ever dreamed of, and was desperately unhappy,” as she told The Guardian in 2020. “It’s often forgotten that people in the public eye are human.”

Chisholm has had years of retrospection, including becoming a mum for the first time as well as returning to the world stage with the Spice Girls in 2019. “I’ve really enjoyed going back and reminding myself of the wonderful journey life has been so far,” the artist said. “I’m very excited to share my experiences with you all.”

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