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THE BASICS OF SOCK CARE

If you don’t give a lot of thought to sock care, no worries. After all, you’re not alone. But if you want to get the most life from your socks, and help keep them cozy and comfortable on your feet, there is a right way and wrong way of sock care. Here’s a quick look:

1. THE BEST WAY TO WASH SOCKS IS TO MACHINE WASH THEM

For ideal results, wash them in cold water with a mild detergent. Also, set your machine to a gentle cycle.

2. KEEP SHARP OBJECTS AWAY FROM YOUR SOCKS

trim your nails

Sounds obvious, but sharp objects include long toenails – so keep your nails trimmed and tidy. Otherwise, you run the risk of causing irreparable damage to your favorite pair of socks.

3. DON’T SCALD YOUR SOCKS

don't burn your socks

A tip which goes hand-in-hand with the first tip about washing them in cold water.

 4. DON’T TUMBLE DRY YOUR SOCKS

don't tumble dry your socks

The average dryer kicks out a ton of hot air and the spinning motion combined with hot air pulls out small fibers in your socks. If you do tumble dry your socks, do so at the lowest heat setting. Excess dryer heat also causes the elastic in the top band of socks to break down, which stretches them out and shortens their lifespan.

5. IF YOU DON’T TUMBLE DRY YOUR SOCKS, YOU CAN HANG THEM ON A CLOTHESLINE UNTIL THEY’RE DRY

dry socks traditional way

6. DON’T BLEACH

do not bleach socks

Never bleach your socks or use other chemicals that may cause them damage.

7. WASH YOUR SOCKS INSIDE-OUT

wash socks inside out

Washing your socks inside-out will keep excess lint from accumulating on them. Trying to get the white lint out of your darks socks is never fun. That said, you want the inside of your sock accumulating lint, the outside of it. If you want to avoid lint, you can wash your socks separately from other items – but not every man is willing to go to those lengths.

 8. NEVER IRON YOUR SOCKS

never iron socks

THE GREAT DEBATE: SOCKS OR NO SOCKS?

With summer fast approaching, the debate among men – and fashion experts up – about whether to wear socks or no socks is sure to heat up like the weather. If you live in a warm-weather climate, the debate probably is heated enough.

Going sockless is a look favored by many men today, albeit a look that lends itself to a variety of opinions worldwide. While Americans like to think they invented the look, the fact is that men in Europe have worn shoes without socks for ages. It is, however, a look that’s gained momentum in the U.S. in recent years.

So, what gives? Is there a right and wrong in this debate?

The answer, in large part, depends on the circumstances, what you wear, etc.

PROS OF WEARING SOCKS

  •  If nothing else, you have to admire socks for their versatility. They’re a great accessory for pulling an outfit together, but also have multiple uses depending on the type of sock.
  •  They keep your feet dry – in most cases, especially those of the wicking variety, and keep your feet warm when temperatures drop.
  •  They provide cushioning, can help prevent blisters and, well, we could go on and on.
  •  Socks are often comfortable, and their warmth provides welcome relief the temperatures start their descent in late fall.
  •  They can add a bit of splash to your wardrobe, or a more sedated look of sophistication. 

CONS OF WEARING SOCKS

  •  Some shoes just don’t look good when worn with socks. Boat shoes for example, or sandals, although the socks with sandals look isn’t quite the no-no it used to be.
  •  Socks can bunch up
  •  They can become too warm.
  •  They may make your feet sweat 

PROS OF WEARING NO SOCKS

  •  Going sockless on a warm day keeps your feet cooler.
  •  It can also create a sophisticated look that lets people see that you know what you’re doing fashion-wise – at least if done appropriately. 

CONS OF NOT WEARING SOCKS

  •  Walking around in a leather shoe all day without socks is asking for sweat-induced trouble.
  •  Not wearing socks increases your risks of blisters and other irritations for which socks provide you protection
  •  Not wearing socks with certain footwear or situations may make you look uncouth.

Which leads us to our next question:

WHEN IS IT OK TO GO WITHOUT SOCKS?

There are a few rules to follow when it comes to wearing shoes with no socks, at least according to fashion experts.

  • When wearing shoes with no socks, it’s best to wear slim-fitting pants or jeans.
  • Your pants and jeans should finish above the ankle.
  • Going without socks may make you look more sophisticated but keep in mind that certain formal situations require you to wear socks with your dress shoes.
  • Break in your shoes before going sockless in them. Doing so helps prevent blisters.
  • You need to do more than just washing your feet before going sockless or you risk never-welcome foot odor. So, scrub your feet vigorously and then line the insides of your shoes with baking powder, baby powder, or anything that keeps bacteria and fungus at bay.
  • Loafers and boat shoes are great options if you prefer to go sockless. Some even argue that you should choose loafers for your first foray into the world of no socks. It’s safe and it looks good.

CHOOSING THE BEST SOCKS FOR MEN

It’s safe to say that your buying choices aren’t limited when it comes to socks. Socks abound and you can find them for sale in many, many places. For our purposes, so many choices mean doing a lot of research in selecting products that we think stand above the rest.

Choosing the best socks among a mountain of socks available in every style imaginable, came down to a few important things for us: comfort, how well they handle moisture, what type of clothing they best go with, and durability.

As always, we took into account the reviews, of others, particularly the reviews of those who’ve worn the socks on a daily basis. Price is always a consideration, as well, although not an overriding concern in our reviews of the best socks.

CONCLUSION

Do you have a favorite pair of socks? If so, why do you like them? And, have you worn any of those listed here? We welcome your comments and suggestions!

 

Men's Low Cut Socks, Invisible, No Show, Ankle, Quarter, Mercerized Cotton From Turkey, Super Absorbent, Moisture Wicking, Long Lasting, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless
Men's Low Cut Socks, Invisible, No Show, Ankle, Quarter, Mercerized Cotton From Turkey, Super Absorbent, Moisture Wicking, Long Lasting, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless

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Men's Low Cut, No Show, Invisible Socks, Turkish Mercerized Cotton, Super Soft, Comfortable, Moisture Wicking, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless
Men's Low Cut, No Show, Invisible Socks, Turkish Mercerized Cotton, Super Soft, Comfortable, Moisture Wicking, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless

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Men's Black Bamboo Business Socks, Great for Any Occasion, Super Breathable, Seamless, Soft, Comfortable, Easy To Wash and Anti Bacterial
Men's Black Bamboo Business Socks, Great for Any Occasion, Super Breathable, Seamless, Soft, Comfortable, Easy To Wash and Anti Bacterial

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Women's Quarter / Ankle Socks - Breathable, Hand Linked - Seamless, White with Blue Stripes
Women's Quarter / Ankle Socks - Breathable, Hand Linked - Seamless, White with Blue Stripes

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Men's Sports Socks, Grey Color, Anti Bacterial, Mercerized Cotton, Breathable, Moisture Wicking, Long Lasting and Seamless
Men's Sports Socks, Grey Color, Anti Bacterial, Mercerized Cotton, Breathable, Moisture Wicking, Long Lasting and Seamless

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Men's Top Quality Mercerized Cotton Socks, Black With Glowing Blue Stripes Color, Moisture Wicking, Light Weight, Anti Bacterial, Easy to Wash and Seamless
Men's Top Quality Mercerized Cotton Socks, Black With Glowing Blue Stripes Color, Moisture Wicking, Light Weight, Anti Bacterial, Easy to Wash and Seamless

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Adidas Men's Sports / Gym / Fitness / Running Socks, Black With Grey Logo, Quarter, Ankle, Low Cut Size
Adidas Men's Sports / Gym / Fitness / Running Socks, Black With Grey Logo, Quarter, Ankle, Low Cut Size

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Mercerized Cotton Women Socks, Seamless, Breathable, Mercerized Cotton Socks, Violet, Pink and Black Colors
Mercerized Cotton Women Socks, Seamless, Breathable, Mercerized Cotton Socks, Violet, Pink and Black Colors

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Men's Softest Mercerized Cotton from Turkey Socks, Easy To Wash, Invisible, No Show, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless
Men's Softest Mercerized Cotton from Turkey Socks, Easy To Wash, Invisible, No Show, Hand Linked Toes and Seamless

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WHY SOXESSORY?

At SOXESSORY, we’re on a mission to not just bring you great products but to improve your shopping experience and enhance your lifestyle with these fine, hand-sourced items. We not only stand behind the quality of our products but also behind the process in which they are made. Unlike our competitors’ products that are made in Chinese sweatshops using child labor, our products are manufactured under the highest labor and textile standards.

WHY MILLIONS ENJOY WEARING SOXESSORY SOCKS:

  • Made from softest mercerized cotton or top quality anti-bacterial bamboo - finest of yarns, first harvest only
  • Our socks made to last - wash as many times as you wish, colors will not fade away
  • Highest quality cotton - we only use lengths of fibers around 33 mm and from 4.3 to 4.9 micronaire. Multi-ended twists are used to achieve a thread count suitable for our thicker leisure weight socks which also enhances the strength, durability and superbly soft handle. Our cotton is strong as silk, as soft as cashmere and as durable as wool.
  • Each pair includes proprietary technology, allowing your feet breathe 25% better compare to any leading brand
  • Every pair is oeko-tex 100 certified
  • Seamless toes - regular toe seams can feel bulky and uncomfortable to everyone. Our smooth toe-seams are basically seamless, leaving your feet in comfort and feeling luxurious
  • Our process includes steam and dry technology that ensures that socks will never shrink in size
  • Cotton (first harvest - top quality) is sourced from Turkey, border with Italy, where major Italian brands source their raw cotton. Each batch goes through rigorous quality control
  • Socks manufacturing process is designed and monitored by famous Italian engineers, using only Italian machinery

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About Our Mercerized Cotton

Our cotton passes air well, provides a relatively good thermal insulation. Sufficiently strong, easy to handle, and most importantly - not expensive. It is of different quality. Cheap cotton looks bad and quickly becomes lose or color faded.... Our cotton, especially mercerized, looks good and you can wear it for a long time. Similar socks are offered by European makers like Falke, Pantherella, Bresciani, Sozzi and many more for a lot more money!

Little about our process

Mercerization, in textiles, a chemical treatment applied to cotton fibers or fabrics to permanently impart a greater affinity for dyes and various chemical finishes. Mercerizing also gives cotton cloth increased tensile strength, greater absorptive properties, and, usually, a high degree of luster, depending on the method used.

The treatment consists of immersing the yarn or fiber in a solution of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) for short periods of time, usually less than four minutes. The material is then treated with water or acid to neutralize the sodium hydroxide. If the material is held under tension during this stage, it is kept from shrinking appreciably; if no tension is applied, the material may shrink by as much as one-fourth. Higher-quality cotton goods are usually mercerized; cloths so treated take brighter, longer-lasting colors from less dye. The effect of caustic soda on cotton was discovered in 1844 by John Mercer.

Carbonation, the carbonated raw material is burned in a gas burner. On the gas-fired thread gets wound on the bobbin, unravels and after the technological operation, again wound on the bobbin. The thread becomes "cylindrical": it decreases vibrancy and increases smoothness and shine.

Combs yarn - has the correct structure, the lowest density of pile on the surface, it is the most uniform in thickness, the most durable. Combs' yarn - fibers pulp yarn absorbs short fibers and residual impurities.

Regenerated cotton - a new technological process that consists in the fact that there is a secondary processing of cotton fabrics with their subsequent mixing with polyester fibers. This procedure allows you to strengthen the structure of socks and protect them from wear, which is very important and economical.

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