What is in your Socks?

Most online sock stores have varieties of fiber that seesaw materials like cotton, wool, microfiber, polypropylene, and the like. However, have you ever wondered what goes into the making of the socks you wear? Combed cotton is usually mixed with other variants of fiber, mainly to provide the wearer comfort. Yet even in cotton, there are multiple fiber variants. These are a few of the most common fiber materials used in novelty socks.

Nylon Fiber

Stretch is often provided by an ample percentage of nylon fiber. Nylon is a tough variant of fiber, making your novelty socks be more bulky and elastic in comparison to standard socks.

Spandex Fiber

Do your novelty socks avoid an awkward tangle? If so, thank the stretched polyurethane fabric content for that. When mixed up with some of the other socks material, spandex provides snap-fit in medium to long sized socks that stretch up to the ankle.

Polyester and Polypropylene Fiber

Funky socks get their color tone from the percentage element of polyester fiber. Novelty socks mix up stretched and water repellent polyester with polypropylene, mainly to make your socks look great and last for a long time. Polypropylene also has layers of fiber in it.

Cotton Fiber Variants

Even standard socks have a dominating percentage of cotton fiber mainly to facilitate hand washing. However, when woven along with smooth nylon, cotton becomes fully moisture wicking. Cotton is domesticated in plantations around the world, but the price is often determined by its freshness. Depending on how they are handpicked, the cotton can be of the following types:

  • Organic – Made of organic agricultural methods without pesticides or chemical fertilization.
  • Recycled – Made of scrap that would otherwise be termed “discarded” if not for the weaving process.
  • Combed – May seem similar to standard cotton in appearance, but are further combed to fit in with novelty socks. Combed cotton is woven carefully intended to avoid easy skirmishes from the leg.

The materials listed may cover three-quarters of most socks made. Walk into any online sock store for a new pair; you would realize there is a dominating percentage of fresh, combed cotton. No matter what, novelty socks are made of natural fiber variants. So, what’s in your socks today?

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