Cotton, New Wool or Cashmere: Which is the best material for socks?

How do you judge the quality of a pair of socks? Is it the length of time they last, their breathability, their elasticity, their color, or something else? In this article, we’ll look at each of these qualities in detail and try to find out which material type – cotton, new wool or cashmere – offers the best sock qualities overall. In addition, we’ll also offer some tips to help you choose the perfect socks for your preferences and lifestyle.

The cotton argument

While cotton socks are less expensive than wool and cashmere they are not as durable and also don't offer as much insulation. Cotton socks also have a tendency to shrink in hot water which can cause them to feel tight on your feet after a few washes.

The big advantage of cotton socks is that they are machine washable and will dry quickly. The downside of this though is that you're going to need to replace them more often so you may end up spending more money over time.

When it comes down to it, if you're looking for socks that have a lot of cushioning then cotton might be your best bet but if you want something with a little more heat insulation then wool would be your better option.

The cashmere argument

The new wool argument