wool compression socks by SmartWool feel so good on my feet! He used to get a discount from some ski supplier, but said that ended. The socks are $35.95/pair, but the ones I've had are now a few years old already. It's worth it to me to have more.
These are the sunflower pattern (there's also a cool hex pattern), but my socks really don't show much. I need a women's size medium, but I'm not picky about the pattern.
Edited to add: I just saw a Facebook pop-up (stalkers are always listening!!) for Bombas socks. They've got women's compression socks for just $18 for one pair. These might be worth a try! Anyone know?