The Great Debate: Polyester vs. Cotton Socks
Last Updated April 09, 2018
Socks are sensitive creatures. They get lost, lose shape, shrink, or can surprise you by lasting for 30 years.
Do you have a sock thing?
Do you care about which material is best for socks? Polyester vs. cotton socks – that is the debate today, but only you can decide which is best.
Knowing the differences between these fabrics can help you to make a more informed choice the next time you go sock shopping.
Whether they are for fashion or home, socks do matter.
From Man, by Man.
Did you know that polyester is a humanmade fiber, not natural?
If you had owl eyes and could zoom in, you’d see soft plastic woven into fibers.
When you find yourself in a store holding two pairs of socks wondering which to choose, polyester vs. cotton, try to remember these facts:
Polyester Quick Facts
- It retains color well;
- It isn’t breathable;
- It isn’t absorbent;
Are you a fun sock kind of person? Statements, cute pictures, rainbow colors? Think Polyester.
A fashionista, apparently, feels no pain when making him/herself fabulous in their choice of color, texture, and design.
Don’t let polyester be demonized just because it was lab-made in the 20th century. That said, cotton is the queen of socks, after the scratchy woolly king.
There is a phrase in British English, “bless your cotton socks,” which is a term of endearment. Thus they are a particular part of English culture.
Should that be a reason to buy cotton socks? If only to be wearing them when someones bless you. Otherwise, it is a personal choice best made according to seasons and feelings.