THE SCIENCE BEHIND MOISTURE-WICKING SOCKS
Moisture-wicking socks are a game changer for anyone working in boots for long stretches of time. They keep your feet warm and dry, prevent painful blisters and control foot odor. They go a long way in keeping you on your feet at work, but have you ever wondered why socks that wick moisture are better than regular socks?
Let’s take a look at the fabrics and features that help draw sweat away from your feet and justify adding them to your list of must-have workwear!
How Can a Sock Help Keep Feet Dry?
We all know that sweaty feet in your boots makes for a miserable day. This happens when moisture can't escape your feet and builds up inside your boot.
Quality workwear socks are designed with fabric that allows moisture to travel along the fibers rather than be absorbed into it. The sweat has to go somewhere, though, so it’s important to have the right cold weather footwear with moisture management technologies.
The powerful combo of the right socks and the right boots equals extra warmth, comfort and protection.
It’s All in the Fabric
When it comes to their ability to wick moisture, not all fabrics are created equal.
Cotton is terrible at keeping you dry because it loves to pull in water. This is great for bath towels, not so great for socks. Merino wool, on the other hand, repels water rather than absorbing it. Merino wool also has antibacterial properties, making it an effective sock material for fighting bacteria that cause odor.
Merino wool may be great for moisture-wicking but it needs some help in the stretch and durability departments. For quality work socks, you’ll want a blend of natural and synthetic fabrics to cover all your bases. You’ll probably see a combination of fabrics like Merino wool, Nylon, Lycra, acrylic and even silk.
What Else Can Affect How Socks Keep Feet Dry?
The type of fabric in a moisture-wicking sock isn’t the only thing to think about. Activity level, boot style and how the sock is knitted together can all affect how well the sock does its job. Some people may also have health issues that cause excess sweating of the feet, which makes keeping feet dry and comfortable a challenge even with quality socks.
For the best moisture-wicking socks, look for additional features such as ventilation channels and mesh construction that enhance their breathability.
Want Comfortable, Dry Feet? You Need Quality Work Socks!
Buying cheap socks is one of the worst decisions you can make for your feet. If you want to avoid painful blisters and chafe, skip the department store socks and invest in a pair of quality work socks from RefrigiWear®.
Designed for cold environments, our moisture-wicking socks will help keep feet warm, dry and comfortable. Whether you need the perfect leather boot sock that breathes and insulates or moisture-wicking Merino wool socks for sub-zero temps, you won't regret giving your feet some extra TLC.