The best materials for sports socks

Our feet have more sweat glands per inch than anywhere else in our body (over 250,000 to be precise) and the purpose of these sweat glands to regulate temperature when the weather is hot or if you’re exercising.

If you don’t have dedicated sports socks, these high temperatures and moisture can lead to damp feet, soggy socks, and permanently smelly shoes.

Here’s a breakdown of the best sport sock materials:

  • Cotton - sport sock materialsCotton: The most popular fabric in socks, cotton is soft, light-weight and breathable. It is also a moisture-absorbing fibre, meaning it keeps the moisture in your feet but doesn’t dispel it. This makes 100% cotton socks a bad choice for sports socks as the combination of moisture and heat from your feet is ideal breeding ground for blisters and fungus. To make a ridiculously comfortable sport sock we blend a small amount of cotton with non-absorbent materials.
  • Polyester: A stable in all sport socks, polyester is a hydrophobic material known for its durability and sweat-wicking properties. Polyester is the main material in our One Hundreds sport sock.
  • Nylon: A strong, durable and versatile fibre. Nylon gives socks their durability and resistance. It doesn’t, however, absorb relatively large amount of moisture and so should always be blended with other materials.
  • Wool: A really soft, insulating material Wool can absorb moisture and can keep insulation even when wet, meaning wool is often best combined with other materials. Due to the animal cruelty involved in the wool industry, we do not use wool in our socks and so our socks are 100% vegan.

The best sports socks use a combination of materials (mainly synthetics) that aid the transfer of moisture from the foot to the sock’s outer layers to keep feet dry.


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