Why Wool Socks are Wonderful

Point 6 SocksSheep are great. They’re cute, they’re great groundskeepers, and they are responsible for the best socks in the entire world. Wool socks are the way to go when it comes to performance footwear. Those ten dollar a dozen cotton socks just don’t cut it after you’ve owned a good pair of wool socks.

We’ll get the disadvantage of wool socks out of the way first since there is really only one. Wool is more expensive than cotton. You can expect to pay upwards of 15-20 dollars for a nice pair of wool foot mittens. Even though they are expensive, they are entirely worth the price especially if you’re going to be doing long-distance hiking.

Wool socks are unrivaled when it comes to regulating body heat. In an almost magical way, wool keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. Wool fibers create air pockets which retain heat in cold weather and allow heat to escape in warm weather. Wool also has wicking properties which are crucial during summer months and long hikes.

There’s nothing worse than sweaty feet, which is exactly what cotton socks bring to the table. Well, sweaty feet during the summer and ice-cold toes during the winter.

The fibers in wool are naturally more lush than cotton fibers. This makes for extra padding and added comfort in wool socks. You will immediately notice the difference between wool and cotton socks just by trying them on, but there’s nothing like a solid multi-day backpacking trip to make you fully appreciate a good pair of wool socks. The comfort and breathability that wool socks provide are game changers. You won’t be able to wear cotton socks again.

Another great property of wool is that it is naturally anti-microbial. This means that it doesn’t retain bacteria or odor as much as cotton socks do. They’re also easier to clean for the same reason.

There are plenty of companies out there that are making wool socks, but we have a few favorites here at Uncle Sam’s.

Wigwam, Point6, and SmartWool are all great brands made in the USA. All three companies specialize in wool and merino wool socks that are guaranteed to make you swear off cotton. Come by the store and check them out!

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