How to Avoid Bombas Dupes

Today, I got an email from Bombas warning about dupes or fake socks that people might be selling online. I guess copycat Bombas socks have shown up on Amazon and in other places. And if people were looking to give Bombas items as gifts, the company wanted to tell customers like me to know what to look out for.

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Here I am with legit Bombas socks, not dupes. Photo credit: Leah Ingram.

How to avoid Bombas dupes

The purpose of this email was to warn customers like me about Bombas dupes. I guess once you become a popular brand, people start ripping you off.

So, if you see a Bombas deal that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some more specifics from the company itself.

“If you see an ad promoting steep discounts on social media, SMS, or any ad platform, make sure the URL in the ad directs to or one of our authorized retail partners. If it doesn’t, it’s probably an imposter.”


Bombas authorized retail partners

So, who are the Bombas’ authorized retail partners?

Don’t buy Bombas on Amazon

What’s interesting is that Amazon is not listed as a legit retail partner. So, if you see Bombas socks for sale on Amazon, then they’re likely Bombas dupes.

Or, you’re dealing with someone who is selling them outside of Bombas’ purview. This might be a reseller who shouldn’t be selling Bombas on Amazon. Or, it could be counterfeit or copycat Bombas socks, aka the dupes.

For example, I searched for Bombas socks on Amazon. Once I found them, I clicked on Brand: Bombas. Then, I was taken to a page with all Bombas brand socks. I was not taken to the Bombas storefront.

Compare that with the Baleaf brand of workout clothing that I’ve reviewed. When you search for Baleaf on Amazon, then click on a product, you get the option Visit the Baleaf Store. That’s how you know there is an official Baleaf store on Amazon.

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Since that option doesn’t exist with Bombas, that tells me that Bombas does not have a store on Amazon and therefore I wouldn’t buy socks on that platform.

Dupes won’t come with the Bombas warranty

One of the reasons our family loves these socks is because of the Bombas warranty. Not that we’ve had to use the warranty since starting to wear Bombas socks.

However, if you end up buying a dupe pair and then want to use the Bombas warranty, I’ll bet that you won’t be able to.

Also, when you buy a dupe, you’re not allowing Bombas to do its philanthropic thing. That is, for every pair of socks they sell, they donate a pair to someone who needs them. I love to give my hard-earned money to companies that give back like this.

Finally, if you buy your socks directly from, then you’ll have access to their generous return policy.

How to spot fake Bombas

I’ve been trying to figure out how to help you spot fake Bombas socks, based on the socks themselves. Legit Bombas socks have a honeycomb pattern across them and a little bee stitched in.

Unfortunately, companies overseas have figured out a way to copy brands and how they’re made. So, just by looking at socks, it may be hard to know if they’re fake or not.

That’s why I’ve spent so much time in this article explaining that the best way to avoid fake Bombas is how and where you buy them, not so much what they look like. So, I’ll reiterate that your best bet for avoiding fake, copycat or dupe Bombas socks is to buy them only from their authorized retailers.

Any questions? Please post a comment and I’ll see if I can find the answer.

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