I've had really mixed luck with higher priced socks. I've got a few RLPL socks that are great, but I've had really bad luck with Pantherella. I picked up about 15 pairs of Pantherellas in the last two years and about a third of them have worn through already. Meanwhile my Gold Toes that I've had for a few years are chugging along just fine. For longevity it's not looking good for higher priced socks, to me, anyway.