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Camel City Mill Socks Review: The Best Boot Socks I’ve Tried

William Barton
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Last Updated: Apr 3, 2024
7 min read

Looking for the perfect socks for your boots? You’ve probably heard of Camel City Mill, but do they hold up to their reputation?

I picked up a few pairs of their Lightweight work socks and Heavyweight work socks, and I’m going to share with you all the gritty details so you can decide if these American-made socks are right for you.

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Bottom line: Camel City Mill socks are my favorite boot socks, period. The Lightweight is my go-to everyday sock throughout the entire year. They’re a bit pricey, but worth every penny in my experience.

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Pros:
  • These kept my feet dry and comfortable all day long
  • They stay up for 10+ hours
  • They’re made in the USA and have a 10-year durability guarantee
Cons:
  • Not many colors, not many sizes

You can have the greatest pair of boots, but if you’ve got the wrong socks, you’re not going to be comfortable.

So a year ago, I went on a journey to find the best boot socks ever. I spent probably $500+ on tons of different brands, and put together a big list. 

And Camel City Mill came out on top. Here’s why. 

What Is Camel City Mill?

close up camel city mill work socks with boots in background

Camel City Mill is a brand dedicated to only Merino wool work socks. 

I thought that was crazy. The whole brand dedicated to socks for blue collar workers and heavy duty work boots? 

Well, it’s true. 

I’ve got my ear to the ground, and Camel City Mill socks have been gaining in popularity with lots of sub-niches in the boot world. They’re popular with tradesmen, Pacific Northwest bootmakers like White’s, Nicks, and JK, and anyone who spends 8+ hours a day in boots. 

The brand makes only two types of socks at the moment: the Lightweight (which I personally think is more of an everyday type sock—it’s not super light or anything like that). And a Heavyweight, which is a bit thicker and better suited for colder months. 

BootSpy's #1 Boot Sock
Camel City Mill Lightweight Wool Work Sock
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Made in the USA from Merino wool, these work socks really are something else in terms of quality. They feature compression through the arch and calf which helps your feet recover after a long day. Plus, because they're Merino wool, they're breathable and help reduce foot sweat.

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Things to Consider Before Buying

model putting on thorogood work boot over camel city mill wool work sock

Camel City Mill socks are on the high end of the price range—they’re not the most expensive I’ve bought (Darn Tough holds that distinction), but they’re up there. 

However, I like that they’re 100% made in the USA and they have a 10-year durability guarantee. So if I get a hole in my socks in the next 10 years, they’ll literally ship me new ones. And there’s no other brand I know of that does that.

So yes, you’ll end up paying more, but as I’ll explain a bit further down, the level of quality and comfort in these socks is the best I’ve ever experienced, so the cost is a no-brainer for me now. 

My Hands-On Review

Camel City Mill Lightweight

Camel City Mill Lightweight with red wing work boot

The Lightweight is Camel City Mill’s flagship sock. I picked up a few pairs in Black and Grey. And I must say—these are my favorite socks I’ve ever worn. 

That’s saying a lot, too, because I’ve got socks from all the big brands: Darn Tough, Fox River, Carhartt, Dickies, Wigwam—you name it, I’ve tried it. 

BootSpy's #1 Boot Sock
Camel City Mill Lightweight Wool Work Sock
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Made in the USA from Merino wool, these work socks really are something else in terms of quality. They feature compression through the arch and calf which helps your feet recover after a long day. Plus, because they're Merino wool, they're breathable and help reduce foot sweat.

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Materials

Camel City Mill Lightweight Grey with JK work boots

The Camel City Mill Lightweight is made with 53% Ironside Merino wool. At first I thought that was a bit low, but after doing some research, that’s actually right around the sweet spot for socks. 

Too much wool content, and the socks won’t stay up or give your feet support. Too little, and the socks won’t wick sweat or feel comfortable all day long. 

So the wool percentage is perfect. 

Usually my feet sweat in my boots throughout the day, but I didn’t have that issue at all when wearing the Camel City Mill Lightweight

Plus, when I tested how long these socks stayed up compared to other brands, they outperformed by a longshot. Check it out in the picture below.

12 hour stay up test results comparing how work sock brands stay up 1

You can see the Camel City Mill’s still riding high after 12 hours. 

Benefits

Red Wing Iron Ranger and Camel City Mill Lightweight

There’s a lot to say here: my favorite thing about these socks is that my feet don’t sweat in them. 

They’re also made in the USA, and I love that 10-year durability guarantee.

But there are a few other features that are worth noting. 

At first, the Lightweight felt snug—they did loosen up a bit, and they’re more snug than most socks because they have slight compression in them. I’ve actually found that this really helps with circulation and my feet feel a lot better the next day after standing or walking for hours. 

Camel City Mill Lightweight Grey 7

That increased compression helps a lot with support in the arch and around the calf. So that’s a big bonus for me. 

There was plenty of padding and cushion in the heel and toe, so I didn’t have any issues of discomfort when wearing my heavier work boots. 

BootSpy's #1 Boot Sock
Camel City Mill Lightweight Wool Work Sock
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Made in the USA from Merino wool, these work socks really are something else in terms of quality. They feature compression through the arch and calf which helps your feet recover after a long day. Plus, because they're Merino wool, they're breathable and help reduce foot sweat.

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Camel City Mill Heavyweight

Camel City Mill heavyweight socks with Red wing work boots

The Camel City Mill Heavyweight sock is thicker than the Lightweight, and while it’s a great choice for colder months, I even wore mine a few times in summer and didn’t have any issues. 

The material makeup and benefits of the Heavyweight are quite similar to the Lightweight. 

Between the two, I prefer the Lightweight—I found the compression to be more helpful, and I think I like the fit and feel of the fabric more. 

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Camel City Mill Heavyweight Wool Work Sock
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The Heavyweight from Camel City Mill is the best work sock you can get for a steel toe boot. The padding is heavy in the heel and toe, but since it's made with Merino wool, this sock is also very breathable and won't make your feet sweaty.

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Heavyweight Socks Black 12

I’ll probably go back and get a few more pairs of the Heavyweights for cold weather, but I also like wearing the Lightweights in winter, too. But maybe for those bone-chilling days, I’ll beef up with the Heavyweights. 

camel city mill heavyweight wool work socks

At the moment, the Heavyweight is only available in Black. I’d like to see more color options.

One difference that I think could be a make or break for some folks is that the Heavyweight has even more padding around the toe, so it’s a fantastic steel toe boot sock. If you regularly wear steel toe boots, then I think the Heavyweight is your best bet. 

For all other boots, though, I still recommend the Lightweight. 

BootSpy's #1 Heavyweight Sock
Camel City Mill Heavyweight Wool Work Sock
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The Heavyweight from Camel City Mill is the best work sock you can get for a steel toe boot. The padding is heavy in the heel and toe, but since it's made with Merino wool, this sock is also very breathable and won't make your feet sweaty.

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How is Camel City Mill Customer Service?

I always like to test brands on their customer service just to see what the whole process is like, and I’m super pleased with my communications with Camel City Mill. 

They were prompt, and they shipped out my order within 24 hours of me placing it. 

Camel City Mill offers a 10-year durability guarantee on their socks, so if you tear or get a hole in your socks, they’ll ship you new ones, which I think is really cool. 

I heard one story where someone’s socks got snagged in the dryer and got a hole in them, and Camel City Mill was true to their word and shipped out new ones the next day. 

What Do Other Reviewers Say? 

There aren’t a ton of reviews out there for Camel City Mill—I had to go off of what they have on their site, and the reviews there are pretty much entirely positive. 

One potential downside I saw a few times from reviewers was that if you’re in the middle ground between their Large and XL sizes, you’ll likely want to move up to XL. 

So if you’re a size 11-12 boot, I recommend going with the XL size. 

My Thoughts Overall

What I Like

  • My feet don’t sweat in these socks. They stay dry and comfortable all day long.

  • They stayed up on my calves for 12+ hours, unlike other socks I’ve tried.

  • They’re made in the USA and they have a 10-year durability guarantee.

What I Don’t Like

  • They only have two sizes and two colors, so you don’t get a lot of variety.

Who is Camel City Mill for?

If you’re willing to invest in high quality American products that help keep you comfortable and last a long time, then you’ll get your money’s worth with Camel City Mill socks.

The Verdict

Camel City Mill socks are my favorite boot socks I’ve ever tried. 

After pitting them against several of the other most popular brands like Darn Tough, Fox River, Wigwam, and many others, I not only thought that Camel City Mill was the best work sock ever, but just generally the best boot socks I’ve ever worn. 

Between the Lightweight and the Heavyweight, I prefer the Lightweight. Both were great, but I felt the Lightweight delivered on the compression aspect better. 

If you’re a boot size 11 or higher, I recommend going with the XL size—a few reviewers were on the fence and felt that a size Large for an 11 boot size was too snug. 

They’re a bit of an investment, but for a 100% USA made product with a 10-year durability guarantee, I think they’re absolutely worth it.

BootSpy's #1 Boot Sock
Camel City Mill Lightweight Wool Work Sock
Free Shipping $50+

Made in the USA from Merino wool, these work socks really are something else in terms of quality. They feature compression through the arch and calf which helps your feet recover after a long day. Plus, because they're Merino wool, they're breathable and help reduce foot sweat.

Check Price

FAQs

Are Camel City Mill socks made in the USA?

Yes, Camel City Mill socks are made in North Carolina, the heart of American textile making.

Are Camel City Mill socks comfortable?

Camel City Mill socks are the most comfortable I’ve ever worn—mainly because my feet don’t sweat in them and my feet actually feel less sore the next day after a long day working.

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