Choosing socks material is the most important thing before making an order. Each of your feet are densely covered with about 250,000 eccrine sweat glands, making feet one of the sweatiest places on your body. Performance fabrics help absorb and disperse all that moisture. Here are your most common choices:
You’ve probably heard that cotton is king. When it comes to socks, that’s definitely true. Cotton is the most popular fabric for both formal and athletic socks. Cotton is lightweight, cooler, and more durable than other fibers. It also holds its shape over time. With its relatively low price, most of your socks are from a cotton blend. Expect this fabric to be a regular in your sock drawer.
Wool has been used in sock manufacturing since the beginning. Wool socks will keep feet warm in cold weather and cool when temperatures soar. They also don’t absorb as much moisture as other materials. These characteristics combine to make them a great fit for outdoor activities such as hiking or skiing.
Pure wool socks can be a scratchy and thick, so many are now blended with synthetic fibers like rayon. This blending of yarns makes them softer, while also enhancing strength and durability. The main downside of wool socks is that they cost more than cotton or synthetics.
Seen as a luxury material, cashmere’s makeup and benefits are similar to wool. They’ll keep your feet comfortable and are super soft on the feet.
However, because they are more likely to lose their shape or tear, taking proper care of cashmere socks is essential. Investing in cashmere socks means that you better be committed to hand washing to get your money’s worth. And don’t even think about putting them in the dryer.
Silk socks are often reserved for black tie and formal affairs. Not only are they more expensive, but they won’t last as long as your cotton, wool, or even cashmere varieties.
They’re often blended with wool for added warmth or synthetic fibers for durability.
It may not be the most practical sock, there’s no doubt that your feet will feel fancy.
Generally, we advise steering clear of 100% synthetic socks unless you’re after a pair for strictly athletic use. Synthetic socks are famously lightweight but they tend to be less comfortable and breathable than their natural fiber counterparts.
When blended with a natural fiber like cotton or wool, synthetics can add a degree of durability and help prevent shrinkage.
Anyway, we always recommend natural materials when choosing socks, because we care about the health of your feet!