Our footwear is one of the major aspects that we must take care of especially while doing some activity. So considering a number of hardships our feet undertakes for us, we should always provide the best protection to our feet. Socks play a major role in protecting our feet- it functions as a protective layer for the feet and offer comfort as well. So it is crucially important to choose the right kind of socks for specific activities in order to secure the feet from potential harm.
Origin of merino wool
The best kind of socks by far is made of merino wool which is derived from an economically influential breed of sheep by the same name. Merino sheep of New Zealand is quite valued for producing the best quality of wool, which are developed further for producing different types of winter garments especially socks.
Merino socks are finely crimped and tender. The fiber staples are normally 65 to 100mm in length and are lesser than 24 microns in diameter. There are five types of fibers available, namely: Strong and broad wool, which is around 24 microns thick, medium wool, which is about 20 microns thick, fine wool around 18.8 microns thick, superfine and ultrafine wool with a thickness ranging between 11.5 and 15-micron thickness.
Uses and benefits of the socks
Merino wool is commonly used in making high-tech athletic wear. Clothes made of these fibers commands a premium over other variants of synthetic fibers. The most commonly found cloth is merino socks, which are popular all over the world. There are various reasons that have contributed to this popularity. Some of them are discussed below:
• Merino made socks are outstandingly efficient at regulating the temperature of the body, particularly when they are worn against bare skin. The fiber provides some warmth, but doesn’t exceed normal temperature levels. It draws away moisture and sweat from the skin, which is more commonly known as wicking. This process helps the person wearing the socks stay cost in both cold and warm conditions.
• The fabric is also moisture repellent as the keratin fibers are hydrophobic at one end and hydrophilic at the other that doesn’t cause any feeling of wetness. Like cotton, these materials can also absorb water up to one-third of its weight, but unlike cotton socks this woolen socks can retain the warmth even when wet which prevents causing hypothermia after sweating heavily from strenuous workout or getting drenched in heavy rain.
These woolen socks contain lanolin which is known for its antibacterial properties, those results in a reduction of body odors caused by microbial waste products. Besides, merino is also one of the softest varieties of wool available as a result of its fineness and smaller fibers.