What are the best bamboo socks?
What are the best bamboo socks?
Socks are something most people wear every day. You wear them for school or work, for exercise, long walks in the country or lounging on the sofa. You might be the sort of person that gives your socks very little thought and chooses them purely based on price or colour. Or you might be the sort of person who spends quite a lot of time looking for the best possible socks for every situation.
And if you are looking for the best socks available, bamboo has probably come to your attention. If not read our ‘what are bamboo socks article here. However, finding the best bamboo socks can be tough. There are so many options available, so how do you find a brand that will meet your needs.
Comfort and Quality
First and foremost you want your socks to be comfortable. You also want them to look good, and the criteria for that will vary depending on the shoes you are wearing, the outfit or the occasion. And you want them to be great value for money.
Good quality bamboo socks score highly when it comes to comfort. Most bamboo socks are not 100% bamboo but instead a mix of materials including a small percentage of elastane for stretch. But most of the comfort properties of bamboo socks come from the bamboo itself.
Bamboo is silky soft meaning good bamboo socks will feel amazing as soon as you put them on. It’s hypoallergenic which is great if you have sensitive skin. And the smoothness of the fibres helps to reduce the chance of blisters.
Bamboo has incredible moisture wicking qualities keeping your feet dry, and this combined with the fact it is naturally anti-bacterial means bad smelling feet and shoes will be a thing of the past. It is also thermoregulating ensuring your feet stay cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold.
Bamboo is also durable meaning your socks will last longer than ever before and making them great value for money.
Despite growing quickly without the need for pesticides, fertilisers or for the most part irrigation, bamboo doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to ethics and that’s down to the production process.
Because the chemicals that are used to make bamboo viscose can be harmful to both the people making the fibres and the environment it’s vital that every precaution is made to keep workers safe and stop harmful chemicals making their way into the eco-system. As you can’t go and see the production facility for yourself the best you can do is buy from a company such as Thought that puts ethics and sustainability at the top of their priorities list.
It’s also worth thinking about the alternatives. Cotton, unless it’s organic, is just as bad, if not substantially worse than bamboo for workers and the planet. Silk is controversial in terms of animal cruelty, and synthetic fabrics made from petroleum also have a high negative impact, unless of course they are made from recycled material.
You wear them all the time so you probably want your socks to look as good as they feel. Sure plain black socks are handy but sometimes it’s nice to make your socks part of your outfit. They can add personality to a suit, or just make you smile when you take off your shoes at the end of the day.
Our carefully chosen socks combine quality, comfort and great design so you don’t have to compromise on any of these areas. Plus we only use the most ethical suppliers. The range includes classic and trainer socks all with fantastic patterns in a wide variety of colour pallets.