Three (Very Comfortable) Benefits of Wool Socks

Sobex - Feb 13, 2019

Is it time to try a new pair of socks? (Hint: It sure is.)

Whether you’re a rugged outdoor adventurer, a dedicated athlete, a casual hiker, window shopper, or urban commuter,  your socks matter more than you might think. What are your socks made of? Do you know? Chances are they’re made of cotton or some sort of cotton and polyester blend, which is all well and good...until you step in a puddle, your feet start to sweat, or you get caught in damp weather. Unlike typical cotton or polyester blend socks, which lose all insulating quality when damp, feel wet after encountering even a small amount of moisture, and contribute to odor and uncomfortable wear and tear, wool socks offer better:

  • Odor-resistance

  • Moisture absorption

  • Insulating properties

On top of the general perks of wool, Sobex sources high-quality Merino wool socks that are softer, not itchy, and more comfortable than the lower-quality wool socks with which you might be more familiar. Merino wool makes a prime performance fabric by keeping your feet warm in cold weather, dry in damp conditions, and odor-free, no matter what you put them through.


Keep your feet clean.

Listen, no one’s judging you for that odor that escapes from your socks and shoes after a long run or hike, but it’s still unpleasant, and it is avoidable. It’s also a sign of bacterial growth in damp socks, and you don’t want that bacteria trapped around your feet all day. Wool is naturally antibacterial, which fights things like odor and complications like itchiness, rashes, and Athlete’s Foot. Sure, talking about feet and all the funky stuff in our socks can get kind of gross, but isn’t that all the more reason to prevent the nasty stuff and invest in high-quality socks?


Keep your feet dry.

Snow, rain, and even the iciest weather won’t get to you when you’re wearing wool socks. Even when wet, wool socks outperform most materials by holding more moisture without feeling damp or losing its insulating properties.


Keep your feet comfortable.

A lot of people doubt wool socks at first because they associate it with thicker socks and scratchy materials, but Sobex’s Merino wool blend is soft, breathable, and temperature-regulating.

Yes, it’s insulated, but Merino wool is never too hot or too cold.

Another perk of merino wool is that it’s breathable. When you’re wearing cotton socks, you might notice that their lightweight feel quickly gives way to soggy socks in hot, humid conditions or chilly feet when it’s cool, but Merino wool is thermoregulating and moisture-wicking,  meaning the yarn is breathable, well-insulated, and that the wool fibers keep your feet warm when it’s cold outside and cool when it’s hot outside.


Check out Sobex for your next pair (or several pairs) of wool socks. On top of offering comfy, high-quality socks, we also make custom designs. Submit your own design, so your socks and can tell your story.
Topics: Sock Materials

Written by Sobex

At Sobex we’ve been crafting superior quality socks for our clients since 2010. Whether you need the perfect dress sock to capture your design or a performance sock athletes and coaches will love, we’re here to make your sock vision a reality!