Remember that your socks and shoes work together. Logic tells you that if you have been wearing a lightweight sock in your shoes you won’t be able to fit a thick sock into the shoes you are accustomed to wearing.
First of all recognize that socks are knit from yarn that is composed of either natural fibers, man-made fibers or a blend of the two different types of fibers. Some fibers have greater abrasion resistance than others. However no fiber is indestructible. Thus ultimately depending on the frequency with which you wear them you socks will wear out, developing thin spots and ultimately holes.
The outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, protects your body from external threats. When the epidermis is subjected to repeated friction and shearing forces (shear is a tearing process in the skin caused by tissue layers moving in opposing directions) a blister typically results.
Cotton is the most widely utilized fiber used in yarns that are knit into socks. That is because cotton is the least expensive of the natural fibers and many people think that cotton is suitable for socks since it is a great fiber for outer apparel. It feels good next to the skin and is cool and breathable. Unfortunately, in the closed environment of shoes, cotton can be detrimental to feet. Feet have app 2,200 pores per square inch or 200,000 pores per pair of feet. For the average person sitting or lightly walking their feet give off 50ml of perspiration per 12 hour day per each foot. For the average person not in humid conditions or engaged in high activities their feet give off approximately ½ pint per day or nearly 2 quarts of perspiration per week for both feet. Some people’s feet perspire more than others. When your feet perspire cotton socks absorb the perspiration which in turns softens the skin of the feet. Soft skin can easily lead to the development of blisters. Thus Cameron Socks, although offering a wide good range of cotton socks doesn’t recommend cotton socks for sports and high activity endeavors. They are fine for everyday wear.
Silk was often used prior to the development of nylon as a fiber used in combination with cotton or wool since it imparted added abrasion resistance the sock fabric that also contains cotton and/or wool. Silk today is known as a luxury fiber and has a wonderful soft feel or hand.
Wool’s principal attributes. It has been used in socks as long as cotton and although in much less plentiful supply than cotton is nature’s wonder fiber. It has the ability to absorb up to 33% of moisture vapor without feeling wet or clammy. Wool fiber has a natural crimp that adds to its resilience, bulk and loftiness. American wool especially has long been known to have greater crimp and resilience than Australian or New Zealand Wool. It has the ability to keep the human body warm in the winter and cool in the summer months of the year. Last of all because wool contains moisture in every fiber it resists flame without chemical treatment and instead of burning freely when touched by flame it self-extinguishes when removed from the source of fire. It does not support combustion.
When nylon was invented by DuPont in 1935 it revolutionized the hosiery industry for both men and women. It replaced silk that had been used in women’s stockings and was the first manmade fiber that in combination with cotton and wool enabled the development of stretch socks. Nylon is especially known for its durability, tensile strength, abrasion resistance and elasticity.