What to look for in a sock

What to look for in a sock

This winter I've been seeing plenty of clients in their favourite old woolly socks. The problem with 100% natural fibre socks is there is no elastic to prevent the sock from bunching underfoot. If your socks are bunching, it is time to get some properly fitting socks and feel the difference.

Most of us have heard that sweat glands are more concentrated in your feet than on any other part of your body. Your two feet lose nearly a quarter of a litre of perspiration on an average day. This is why it is important for your socks to have some wicking capacity to draw the moisture away from your skin. Synthetic fibres are much better at 'wicking' than natural fibres while natural fibres are much better at insulating or thermo-regulating. 

So an ideal sock needs to

  • be predominately natural fibre to allow your feet to 'breathe' and 'thermo-regulate': keeping your feet cool in summer and warm in winter.
  • have just enough elastic to ensure a snug fit and prevent 'bunching'
  • have extra padding in the toe and heel for comfort
  • include some artificial fibre to allow for the 'wicking' of moisture away from your skin

Z-CoiL socks are part of the Z-CoiL Comfort System. The primary ingredient is Rayon which is processed from bamboo fiber.​ Bamboo is an extremely resilient and durable fibre, hypoallergenic and eco-friendly. At the same time it can feel beautifully soft and pleasant to the touch.​ 

Springy Feet didn't intend to sell socks but just bought a few for customers to use when trying on the Z-CoiLs. Then our customers asked to buy them. Through wearing Z-CoiL ankle socks, I have learned first hand the difference between ordinary and good socks. They are my first choice in socks. 

Z-CoiL makes ankle socks, hiking socks, mid-calf socks and a sock that is specially for diabetics. We now stock them all. Shop socks here.

This winter I have been trialling Z-CoiL's Hiking socks and loving them. Good bye bunching.


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