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.