People have many choices these days, when it comes to socks! New materials, such as cashmere, that were once only available to the rich are now available to regular people, and even those who don’t want to spend the money on pricey fabrics can still enjoy quality with new synthetic materials like nylon and polyester. But what’s best? Which material makes the best socks? Cotton, New Wool, or Cashmere? Let’s look at each option individually and break down their pros and cons.
How cotton works
Cotton is a staple fiber in textiles. It's relatively inexpensive, breathable and easy to dye. It typically doesn't last as long as wool or cashmere which makes it more prone to pilling and tearing. While cotton isn't ideal for every situation, it is perfect for socks if you don't want your feet to get too hot during the summer months.
1) A pair of cotton socks will most likely be less expensive than a pair of wool socks.
2) Cotton is breathable which means your feet won't get too hot in the summertime.
3) In general, cotton socks are easier to care for than any other sock material because they can be machine washed and dried with no shrinkage issues.
How new wool works
New wool socks are typically made from a blend of wool and acrylic which gives them a softer feel. The acrylic also has the added benefit of making them machine washable. If you're in need of some new socks, we would recommend giving new wool a try!
New wool socks are perfect for all seasons because they keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer. They're also resistant to shrinking and less likely to fade than cotton or cashmere. One downside is that they're more expensive than other fabrics - but if you have sensitive skin, it's worth it to invest in new wool socks.
How cashmere works
Cashmere is luxurious, comfortable and durable. It's durable because it has fibers that are more tightly-packed than wool. This means they don't shed as easily and are less likely to pill. It's also warm without being too heavy or bulky. Plus, cashmere is hypoallergenic so it won't irritate sensitive skin like wool does for those with allergies.
1) The quality of the cashmere is determined by how many times it has been carded before spinning.