Are they worth $23 - YES
This may sound crazy but I take off my shoes whenever possible and so unless I'm on the beach, socks become my "shoes." These socks are fantastic. I just received one pair in olive and I will now be ordering at least one in every color. I have bought Patagonia socks in the past and they are great but don't last long (maybe because I wear them like shoes!). They also say "Farm to Feet" on the toe, which is kind of cool.