Sock Subscriptions: The Answer to Your Tumble-Drying Dilemma

Sock Subscriptions: The Answer to Your Tumble-Drying Dilemma

When was the last time you bought yourself some new socks? If you’re like most people, it was probably at the store, where you grabbed whatever was on sale that week, or whatever matched your outfit. And then they were promptly lost in the abyss of your sock drawer. Sock subscriptions, however, allow you to solve this problem and make your life easier in a number of other ways – and I’ll tell you how! So read on to learn more about sock subscriptions and how they can streamline your sock-buying experience while making sure you never lose another pair of socks again!

Why Do People Enjoy Sock Subscriptions?

You may be asking yourself, Why would anyone want to receive a pair of socks in the mail every month? We'll let you in on a little secret: Most sock subscription companies send out unique and stylish designs—not just boring white tube socks. Because they're so cool, they are often hard to find locally. Instead of trying different brands and hoping you'll come across your perfect pair, sock subscriptions take all of that trial and error out of your hands. They provide customers with an exciting new design each month. After all, it's tough when you're spending money on something as simple as socks; it's nice to know that what you're receiving is something unusual and desirable!

How Do I Choose A Sock Subscription Service?

With all of these options, how do you choose which sock subscription service is right for you? Well, that’s a pretty good question. Before we tackle it directly, here are some questions you might ask yourself first: How much can I afford per month? Do I want one pair of socks or multiple pairs (two or three)? Do I have time to return my socks if they don’t fit well? Do I care about patterns/unique styles or will classic black/white/khaki be fine? Can I get myself to log into an app and see what day it is? If you feel like these are important factors in your decision making process—it might be time for a sock subscription.

What Makes a Great Pair of Wool Socks?

Wool socks are more breathable than cotton and less stinky. But there are lots of types of wool out there, each with different properties. So what makes a great pair of wool socks? Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about wool socks.

Wool, Nylon, and Merino Wool - What's the Difference?

Wool socks are typically a bit heavier than nylon or merino wool, which means they retain warmth better. They’re also typically more durable and can resist odor much better than synthetic options. Some people avoid wool socks because they’re expensive and take longer to dry. However, wool is naturally anti-microbial, meaning that it reduces bacteria growth by up to 96 percent—not just in your sock drawer but in your shoes as well. Nylon socks tend to be lighter weight and aren’t quite as warm as those made from merino wool or wool blends. They also aren’t quite as durable either, but they tend to be easier on your wallet overall since you can buy several pairs for a similar price of one pair of good wool socks.

Why Does My Dryer Ruin My New Wool Socks?

Aside from being incredibly expensive, wool socks tend to be really thick, so they take a lot longer than cotton socks to dry. It’s normal for them to smell bad or even grow mildew if you throw them in with your laundry without first giving them some time in fresh air. But another thing that happens when you put wool socks in a dryer is that they shrink and fall apart. Many manufacturers say that their socks should only be machine-washed with like colors on a gentle cycle and dried at a low temperature (see below). However, if you don’t want to pay $15+ per pair of socks, there are ways around ruining your favorite wool pairs.

Which Dryer Is Best For Wool Socks - Hot or Cold Wash Cycle?

Wool is a natural, biodegradable fabric that naturally wicks moisture away from your feet. However, it does not dry quickly and needs time for its fibers to resorb moisture. Natural fabrics such as wool also need a longer cool down cycle in your clothes dryer than synthetic fabrics like cotton, and wool socks tend to retain more heat than cotton or synthetic blends do. How you care for your woolen socks will determine how they wear over time, which can influence how soon you need new pairs again. There are three ways in which you can store unworn woolen socks until you're ready to wear them again.

How Do I Keep My Newly Delivered Pair of Woolen Socks Fresh Until I Need Them?

I get it. You got some new woolen socks in your latest subscription box, and you want to make sure they stay fresh and ready for action until it’s time to use them. It’s a fair concern, especially if you live in a humid climate. Thankfully, there are ways of keeping them fresh without taking up too much room in your sock drawer—and without spending an arm and a leg on packaging materials. Let’s discuss three popular methods of sock storage, each with its own benefits (and drawbacks).

How Should I Store My Unworn Pairs of New Woolen Socks Until I'm Ready to Wear Them Again?

When you purchase new woolen socks and store them until you're ready to wear them again, it's important that you take a couple of things into consideration. New woolen socks are fragile when they first come out of their packaging. They can be prone to pilling, falling apart and becoming stretched out of shape if not stored properly, meaning your brand new woollen socks won't feel as good as they should when they're on your feet. Consider one or more of these methods for sock storage instead