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A shimmery natural protein fiber, silk adds a bit of luxurious softness and shine to any fabric. There are a lot of benefits to silk socks: not only are they some of the best liner socks around, but adding a little bit of silk to a wool blend creates a warm and silky sock that offers a chic coziness. read more »
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Benefits of silk socksLike all natural animal fibers, silk is a good insulator and great at distributing heat and dampness, making them the perfect liner sock to pair with something warm. It’s also gentle to sensitive skin, making it a great choice for pairing with textures that aren’t to your taste. Though very fine, silk is an incredibly strong fiber, however exposure to sunlight can weaken it. For this reason we suggest line-drying your silk and silk blended socks indoors, to avoid direct sunlight.
One thing to remember about silk socks with 60% or higher silk is that their stretch isn’t always as great as options with synthetic fiber. To make up for this silk socks often come in sized options. So be sure to read the Sizing Tips for the silk socks you’re looking at, to be sure that they’ll work for you.
Silk socksAs luxurious as it may seem today, silk was a traditional fiber used to make socks and stockings for a very long time. It was, of course, still an expensive fiber, so the world rejoiced with DuPont created nylon and nylon stockings as an affordable alternative to silk socks. We go over the history of nylons more in the National Nylon Day Sock Journal entry.
The introduction of synthetic fibers offered silky socks to the masses, but if you’re looking for actual silk socks and silk stockings, the search can be a little more difficult. There aren’t many companies out there that still produce silk socks, so we don’t always have high silk content options available. But we do love the feel of real silk socks, so keep an eye on this category for new additions.
Wool and silk socksBlending wool and silk has the almost alchemic result of creating a sock that is pure gold. Wool and silk socks are a balance of the sturdiness of silk with the softness of wool, combining both of their fabulously insulating properties into one perfect option.
Our wool and silk sock styles are thick without being suffocating, and surprisingly sturdy for the lush fibers they use. There’s nothing that really describes the particular softness and well, silkiness, of a wool and silk sock.
Alternatives to silkIf you want a silky sock but can’t find a real silk option (or don’t want a real silk option) then viscose, rayon and bamboo rayon are good alternatives to silk socks. Nylon, that original standby for silk, is used too, but both viscose and rayon maintain more of the silky qualities.
Viscose and RayonBoth viscose and rayon are used almost interchangeably in place of silk. When you look at socks that use viscose and rayon you’ll find a lot of them using these silky synthetics in wool blends for the same benefits found in wool and silk socks.
If you want more of a silky indulgence, M. Rena’s leggings use modal rayon and viscose for a soft, silky and stretchy legging with surprising opacity.
There are lots of silky socks that go knee high and over the knee too, they’re particularly fabulous for transitional seasons like autumn and spring, because they insulate and breathe well for synthetic fiber options!
Bamboo RayonBecause of its quick growth and easy processing, bamboo is a popular choice to turn into rayon. And, although rayon from bamboo does not retain the same beneficial properties as bamboo yarn, it makes for silky socks and blends with wools well, making it an affordable indulgence.
Even if you can’t find a silk sock that suits your needs for now, there are several silky sock options available to keep your toes indulged until new styles are available!
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