The best materials for business socks?

In the previous post we discussed how to pick the right socks for your suit. As we noted, matching your socks to the trousers and shoes is only part of the game. If your office dress-code is not shorts and sneakers, then you should not show up with low-cut socks or socks made from low quality materials. The material and its thickness used in the production, determines the durability, breathability, odour and water absorption properties of the final product you are able to wear. Below, we review the most popular and suitable materials for business socks. First in line is wool, which has great absorption properties. In fact, natural wool socks can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water. Moreover, wool has the ability to recover very well from stretching, which gives it high shape preservation and comfortable feel. On the other hand, woollen socks tend to be more expensive on average and they can sometimes feel a little prickly on sensitive feet. This depends on how well the material has been treated, though.

woollen socks
This is a close-up of a wool sock fabric
Where wool comes from
Sheep wool is most popular

Cotton, as a material, has good absorption qualities (up to 25% of its weight) and is highly durable. Its other characteristics tend to vary with its production process. For example, mercerized (or pearl) cotton socks are smoother and have a shinier, silky look. The treatment process increases the colour durability and the elasticity of the fabric. This, however, increases the production costs three-fold. Combing cotton is another way of processing it. It also increases the durability and gives a more exclusive feel of the socks, but it does not add the shine coming with mercerized cotton which is actually a property some people prefer to go without.

an unpicked cotton plant

An unpicked cotton plant

Cotton fabric

A close-up of cotton fabric

Silk is a natural protein fiber which can be obtained from insect larvae cocoons. Some of silk’s forms can be woven into textiles and used in the production of socks. Silk socks give a great pampering feeling to your feet and look fantastic. Its absorption properties are slightly higher than those of cotton, but lower than wool. Unfortunately, the material is not very durable and it doesn’t come cheap either. These are the two main reasons why you can rarely see someone wearing silk socks. It is essentially a luxurious good not everyone can afford.

Silk fabric

Silk fabric close-up

Silk cocoons

Silk larvae cocoons

An exciting fabric for socks production is bamboo fibres. Although it is not one of the most often used materials it has several advantages. On top of being eco friendly, bamboo socks have improved odour prevention due to a unique anti-bacteria bio-agent contained in the fibres, called ‘Bamboo kun’. Furthermore, the bamboo fabric has better absorption qualities than cotton at a comparable price. Bamboo socks provide a soft and comfortable feeling, but have a slightly lower durability.

bamboo fabric

Bamboo fabric and its fibres

Bamboo plant

Bamboo plants

These are only a few of the material options available on the market, but they also tend to be the most popular. As you can imagine, choosing the right material for your business socks involves some level of trade-off, with each material having its strengths and weaknesses. Besides, you should always consider the local weather and choose the appropriate length and thickness of your socks accordingly. Also, business people tend to travel a lot and when walking those miles on global airports it is important to select well-fitting socks that will not wrinkle inside the shoe and create discomfort. TheSocks gives you the opportunity to supplement your drawer with high quality business socks that will not let you down, no matter the occasion.

Time to re-sock your socks supply!


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