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4 Most Popular Socks Materials

Views: 180     Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2022-02-10      Origin: Site

Once you have worked out what types of socks you need, the next step is to choose what they are made out of. Many factors will affect your choice of materials, from appearance to how they feel; durability or price. While there are many different types of socks material, here is a run-down of four of the most popular.


46.Socks Materials


Cotton has long been a popular choice of sock material and it does offer many advantages. Cotton is naturally derived, can hold its shape and colour well and tends not to be too expensive. Check the sewing of your cotton socks for irritating seams around the toes and heels, as these can lead to blisters or discomfort on the feet.


However, seamless cotton socks do exist and provide a soft and comfortable experience. Cotton is strong on its own but becomes even more appealing when mixed with a synthetic material, such as nylon or polyester. This adds elasticity and increases durability. Cotton socks look attractive and classy for a dressy or formal look; however, they are less suitable for working out or sporting activities as other materials are better at keeping moisture and odours at bay.



Socks have been made out of wool for much of history, and the warm, wrinkle-resistant material remains just as popular today. The natural fibres hold their shape well and are easy to wash. Wool absorbs moisture and odour and keeps its insulating properties even when wet. It also dries quicker than other materials, such as cotton.


Wool does have a few disadvantages, however, including most manufacturers’ recommendations to wash woollen socks by hand and to dry them flat to keep them looking good for longer, rather than simply bunging them into the washing machine and letting them take their chance with the rest of the laundry. Also, if you choose lower grade wool, you may find that your socks cause some itching. The smoother wools to choose tend to be higher quality varieties, such as merino or cashmere.




Bamboo is a relatively new arrival on the socks scene. It offers undeniable advantages in the guise of softness, sustainability and the ability to keep feet fresh and cool. Bamboo has natural anti-microbial properties, meaning that it is a highly-effective hypoallergenic choice for people with skin issues, diabetes or other medical conditions.


Bamboo is an ecologically sound choice too, thanks to the sustainable methods by which it is grown and sourced. Finally, bamboo is soft and cosy, yet light and breathable. Perfect to take on holiday and it can fold up really small in the suitcase and is easily washed and will help your feet stay fresh for hours of walking and sightseeing.


Synthetics (nylon, polyester…)


Nylon, polyester and other synthetics are an extremely viable choice for socks, thanks to their abilities to keep moisture away, dry quickly and keep your feet cool in the summer months. They tend to hold their shape well, too. Nylon and polyester are easily available and used for socks and stockings of all lengths and styles. It is strong, stable and soft, retains dyes and dries quickly. Synthetics can often be added to natural fibres, such as wool, cotton or bamboo to make the fabric more stretchy, stronger and better able to hold its shape.