The right sock materials for me are those designed for the task at hand. When you’re preparing for your next hike, walk, or run, you’ll have lots of gear options to choose from. One of the easiest ways to narrow down your sock options and select the right pair for your needs is to look for the right materials for your intended application.

Find your new favorite socks by learning a little about popular materials and how you can determine which is right for you.

Popular Types of Sock Materials

  • Cotton: A very popular material for socks, it’s not recommended if you need socks for active applications, such as hiking, jogging, or trail running. Cotton socks tend to dry slowly, absorb sweat, and saturate fast. These factors can all lead to discomfort and blisters. As a result, cotton socks are only recommended for non-active applications.
  • Synthetic: You can find several kinds of synthetic materials for socks on the market today. For example, you might see nylon spandex and polyester combined to ensure a sock retains its snug fit with moisture-wicking properties. Synthetic socks tend to dry fast, provide cushioning, wick away moisture, and last a long time. Due to their properties, they’re often worn in standard active applications, like jogging or hiking.
  • Silk: Occasionally, companies use silk in liner socks, as it offers a smooth texture and can wick away moisture. While silk is comfortable and lightweight, it’s less durable than other materials. Since it’s not very durable, silk does not tend to be good material for those who have an active lifestyle.
  • Merino wool: Merino wool is a very popular sock material designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable in various temperatures. Unlike itchy traditional wool, merino wool is itch-free. Merino wool socks are also durable and cushion the feet, making them appropriate for many active applications, such as long walks or hikes.
  • Recycled yarns: Socks made from recycled yarns are quickly becoming a popular option for eco-conscious hikers and runners. These socks tend to give wearers the benefits of these previously mentioned materials with a little love for the environment. Due to these socks’ advantages, they’re usually appropriate for active uses. Some sustainable socks, such as those in our ECO Collection, combine post-industrial wool scraps and plastic bottles in their construction to help cut waste.

How to Choose the Best Sock Material for Your Needs

With the many sock materials on the market today, you might be wondering which are right for your needs. Cotton and silk are comfortable for around the house or on short walks, they’re not well-suited for more rigorous activities. For socks on hikes, jogs, runs, and long walks, avoid cotton and silk.

At Wrightsock, we recommend synthetic materials, merino wools, and recycled yarns for active uses.

  • Synthetic materials: When you’re going out on a run or long walk, socks made out of synthetic materials are a great choice. We blend nylon, polyester, and occasionally Lycra® to create performance socks that don’t add extra bulk. These socks feature moisture-wicking properties and give wearers excellent protection. They’re great for people looking for running and jogging socks, no matter the time of year.
  • Merino wools: Many of our hiking and trail running socks feature merino wool. Our merino wool socks provide a great deal of comfort, perfect for long hikes. If you’re in the market for hiking socks that will keep your feet warm on cold days and hold up over long distances, merino wool socks are a great choice.
  • Eco-friendly socks: Our Eco-friendly socks are made from recycled materials, such as Recover RWool®, REPREVE® recycled yarn, and plastic bottles. Our ECO socks are great for activities like hiking, jogging, and running. A popular choice for people who want a multi-faceted pair of socks.

Choose Wrightsock for Your Next Pair of Socks

Whether you’re looking for a new pair of running socks or those best suited for hiking, Wrightsock can help. We offer a variety of anti-blister socks designed for various applications and made from high-quality materials, like merino wools, recycled yarns, and synthetic fabrics. Due to our socks’ double-layer, all of our socks keep your feet blister-free and wick away moisture regardless of their material.

Take a moment to review our collection of anti-blister socks today. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.