Funky Socks

What are Socks Usually made of? 

If you head down to your local clothing store, you will typically find socks made from cotton, polyester or merino wool. However, in recent times, bamboo is becoming increasingly more common, which is great for so many reasons that we will get into shortly. 

But where are these materials so commonly used? Well, keep reading as we analyse each type and discuss everything they have to offer!

Merino Wool

First of all, you may be wondering how merino wool is different from normal wool. The answer to that question is that merino wool is much softer and thinner than standard wool. 

But that isn’t all it’s good for. Merino wool is amazing at regulating temperature. During cold periods, socks made of this material help trap air and keep feet nice and cosy, whereas when it’s warm out, the socks can expel sweat, keeping your feet fresh and cool. Being able to do this is one of the main reasons why Merino is used by sock manufacturers around the globe. 


A new contender to the sock world is bamboo. Although bamboo has been around for a while, it has only recently become popular. Bamboo shoots are grown, soaked in caustic soda and spun into yarn. The yarn is then woven into comfy socks ready for your feet!

Bamboo is anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic and thermo-regulating, all of which make it a perfect sock material. Plus, bamboo grows incredibly quickly, making it a highly sustainable material in a world that is looking towards creating a green future.  


Cotton is an excellent material that has been in circulation for years upon years. It provides the wearer with good comfort and durability. Plus, cotton is amazing at controlling moisture. That’s why cotton socks are ideal for sports activities, as they can keep sweat under control while being comfy and cool.

What’s more, cotton is hypoallergenic, which means if you suffer from any skin allergies, cotton should not trigger a reaction, even when you wear it for a long period of time. Some other clothing materials contain harsh chemicals which aggravate the skin, but thankfully, cotton does not!


Contrary to the other two types of material we have talked about, polyester is a man-made material. Very small strips of plastic are entwined to create a durable material that is easy to make. However, polyester does come with some drawbacks.

Unlike the others, polyester is seen as the least comfortable, especially when it’s warm outside as they tend to stick to the skin. This is due to polyester being unable to absorb moisture efficiently. 

Furthermore, polyester is made using petroleum, which is a major issue as the world tries to shift to a more sustainable future. 

Ending Thoughts

Like most clothes, socks are made from a plethora of materials. With that being said, the main ones have been listed here. If you are interested in upgrading your sock drawer, check out our best sellers here!

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