Funky Socks

How Long Do Socks Typically Last? The Truth

First of all, you need to know that socks are made from many different materials. This means that depending where you purchase your socks and what they are actually made of will determine life expectancy. 

With that being said, standard socks are known to last anywhere between 2 to 6 months, and this includes constant use. If you are not wearing them that often, you can expect the socks to last longer. Our Funky Socks are known to last longer than a year, so if you are unhappy about frequently buying more, check out what we have to offer!

The Best Time To Replace Worn Socks

In our opinion, the ideal time to get rid of socks is when you notice the heel or the toe section begins to thin. Technically, it is fine to use them when they are like this; although the likelihood that holes will form is high, so it is a good idea to get some backup pairs ready.

Before you start throwing out your worn-out socks, consider donating them. You’ll probably be thinking, “Who on earth would want my used socks?” Well, there are companies that take used clothes and shred them to create other products. By getting rid of your hole-filled socks this way, you can get a new pair without feeling guilty that the old pair are being sent to a landfill! Click here to find the nearest location to you for recycling. 

Make Socks Last Longer

There are a few ways you can prevent your socks from wearing so quickly, helping you to save some money. Let’s get started!

Find The Right Size

Most of the time, your socks will fit well. This is due to standard socks being suitable for many different sizes of feet. However, if your feet are quite small or large, they will not fit properly, causing more friction that will make them wear quickly. So your first task is to find the right size for you that fits like a dream.

Washing Them Inside Out

We suggest turning all socks inside out when you pop them in the washing machine. By doing this, you can ensure their colour stays vibrant. Washing machines are notorious for stripping clothes of their colour, so by making this simple change, you can increase how long your socks last.

Try To Avoid Tumble Driers 

Although it is not always possible, especially during winter months, socks should be dried on a clothesline to prevent them wearing quickly. If this isn’t an option, put the tumble drier on the lowest possible temperature when drying your socks. You will be surprised how much this can increase how long socks last. Plus, not using the drier will definitely keep energy costs down too – double bonus!


Hopefully, these tips we have discussed today will help keep your favourite socks looking better for longer. However, if they do begin to get holes, fade in colour, or look thin in certain areas within 2 to 6 months, you can rest easy knowing this is completely normal!  

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