Icebreaker, Smartwool, Darn Tough. Some of us are familiar with all of these brands, and some are not. This is not a review of durability, since I just got the Darn Tough socks yesterday, and the Smartwool have been worn for quite some time. This is simply a photo array of the inside of the socks and their weave.
All three brands make good products, and for anyone interested, this may help with choosing a sock, especially when plopping down up to $20 for a single pair of them.
To keep from having to label everything, the lightest sock is the Smartwool Hiker, medium cushion. The black sock is the Icebreaker Hiker, and the brown sock is the Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion.
These three images show the inside weave and loops of the sock. I'm not a professional photographer, nor do I have anything close to a professional camera. The black material was tough to get a good detail on. I'd do better if I could! :)
The next three are simply overhead images of the inside of the socks.
These show the "arch support" mid-section.
The socks' uppers.
More weave/loop detail
More toebox detail.