If you don't already own a pair of Merino wool socks, we think it's about time to invest in some, and we'll tell you why.
Merino wool socks get their name from the sheep the wool is sourced from – the Merino sheep. Originating in Spain but found more frequently today in Australia and New Zealand, Merino sheep produce soft wool that's highly demanded worldwide.
Discover the top eight reasons you need a pair of Merino wool socks in your life below.
1. Flexible Fibres
The fibres in Merino wool are very fine, giving the socks a more mouldable fit. Their flexibility ensures that you're comfortable with no restrictions. Some cheaper sock brands use elastane for a more structured fit, which can cause tightness.
2. Temperature Regulating
Whether you're looking for the best socks for sweaty feet or socks to keep feet warm in winter boots, Merino wool is the answer. This is because the fibre has natural temperature regulating properties – in other words, it keeps you cool when you're warm and warm when you're cool.
The material's breathability also allows the socks to absorb considerable moisture. Yet, your feet will still be able to breathe, and you won't feel clammy or damp.
The excess heat is stored, and when you cool down, the fibres then help to insulate your feet for warmth again, which makes merino wool perfect for ski socks.
3. Soft and Sensitive
The fine fibres of Merino wool are soft and gentle, even against sensitive skin.
4. Resistant to Stains
Merino wool isn't too static, which is unusual for woollen items. It doesn't pick up dust, lint, dirt and other particles too easily.
Thanks to the natural protective layer that coats the wool, you'll also find that your Merino wool socks are tough to stain.
5. Easy to Care For
If you wish to make greener choices for your clothing, Merino wool is 100% sustainable, renewable and biodegradable.
7. Odour Resistant
Your feet are among one of the sweatiest parts of your body and are covered with thousands of sweat glands – yuck! High-quality Merino wool socks help absorb the moisture from your feet and keep them dry and odourless.
Merino wool socks can absorb sweat and moisture, which reduces friction with your choice of footwear.
Super-soft and comfortable Merino wool limits rubbing, reducing your chance of getting blisters.
Brands that specialise in Merino Wool Socks
Here at SocksFox, we stock several luxury European sock brands that specialise in making Merino wool socks. Discover our favourite labels below.
We're proud to say that at SocksFox, we offer the widest range of Falke products available in the UK.
Falke was founded in Germany in 1895. We love this heritage brand because of its innovation, creativity and attention to detail that goes into the sock design process.
Falke socks are comfy, stylish, and made of high-quality materials, including Merino wool, cashmere and cotton.
Founded in Leicester by Louis Goldschmidt in 1937, Pantherella has built up a highly-regarded brand reputation in socks and hosiery.
When men's socks were bulky, uncomfortable, and non-aesthetically pleasing, Goldschmidt reinvented the sock and designed high-quality pairs in various colours, patterns and luxury fabrics – all with seamless toes.
Today, you'll find Pantherella socks made from Merino wool, cotton and silk – all still made in the original Leicester factory.
Originating back to the end of World War II, Giuseppe Gatti founded the Italian brand Marcoliani.
Today, Marcoliani socks are renowned for their utmost quality, almost invisible seam and an array of captivating designs. Their merino wool socks are considered the gold standard of textiles, as they bring comfort and durability.
So, there you have it: eight reasons why you should own a pair of Merino wool socks and our favourite brands that specialise in making them.