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When you're trying to be your warmest, we recommend layering. If woolly things make you uncomfortable, start with a pair of cotton tights and add warm socks, leg warmers, or more tights. Here are our warmest items, perfect for layering or wearing solo. read more »
Tie Dyed Scruffables $25.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Bess Cashmere Slouch Rib Knee Socks $20.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Super Longs $50.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Great Whites $80.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ Super-Long Ribbed Leg Warmers $14.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors +
New Zealand Bed Socks $15.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Thea Cashmere Striped Knee High $16.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Long Orkney Angora Leg Warmers $60.00 ♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Baby Teddy Bootie $8.00 + more colors + Harajuku Arm Warmers $11.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors +
Alpino Merino Mousse Crew $18.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Katy Striped Wool Baby Socks $8.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Pantera Jersey Dress Midcalf was $53.00 $43.00 + more colors + Bea Polka Dot Crew Socks $15.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors + Kimi Wool Blend OTK $18.00 ♥♥♥♥♥ + more colors +
Ways to keep warmThere are a couple of different options for keeping warm, what works best for you will vary depending on how cold it may get where you live and what you’re more comfortable wearing. Warm socks aren’t always the thickest socks, certain types of fibers or styles of socks and tights work better than others.
Wool socks are often the first option for warm socks, but if you can’t wear wool then fleece socks and fleece-lined styles are a great option! And you’d be surprised at how great terry lined socks and other textures do when you’re needing warm sock options!
WoolTried and true through the ages, wool socks are often synonymous with warm socks. We have a lot of wool options in our Wool category, but there are several styles that we love the best when it comes to keeping warm.
Start with your toes
If you’re dealing with really cold temps, then before you put on warm socks you might want to try adding the Alpaca Felt Insoles, made in the USA by Heartfelt. They’re super warm alpaca wool felted onto burlap for sturdiness, made to slip into your shoes and curl just a bit up the sides, adding an insulating layer between your feet and the cold world.
The best way to keep warm is by layering. Layering traps warm air (kind of like a thermos!) and helps keep you toasty. Pair your warm socks with tights or leggings under pants or a long skirt for truly cold temperatures, or layer two pairs of thinner warm socks for more coziness than a single pair of thick socks can provide on their own!
Fleece and fleece-linedUsing the idea of trapping air to keep you warm, fleece and fleece-lined styles are an amazing warm sock option, especially layered! No matter what kind of fleece (or “fleece”) you go for, it’s a great option for keeping warm, especially for folks who don’t wear wool.
Polar fleece was designed to mimic the insulating properties of natural fleece (the wooly coat of sheep and other fiber animals), which it does—right down to retaining its insulating (read: warm-making) powers when wet.
Like any dense synthetic fabric, it doesn’t breathe well and wearing a thin silk, bamboo or Coolmax® sock underneath can help deal with moisture.
Thick, nicely opaque and super-insulating, fleece lined leggings, tights (and even knee highs!) seem to be the most popular warm layer. Their claim to “fleece” comes from the fuzzy inner layer that traps air to keep you warm and insulated from cold. As they’re also fully synthetic fiber, folks who need a little more breathing room may need to stay away from the tights and go the leggings or knee high route.
Terry and Textured
Using the same principles of trapping air to keep you warm, terry-lined socks and textured styles are great warm socks, and offer options for folks who can’t wear wool socks.
“Boucle” (or, more properly, “bouclé”) is both a yarn and the fabric made from that yarn. Strands are wound together in a way that makes that distinctive loopy appearance. Fabric knit from bouclé yarn has a squishy thickness to it that indicates its lovely insulating properties.
Terrycloth (called “terry” for short and “French terry” if knit) is a fabric knit to be flat on one side, with lots of loops on the other. Those little loops trap air just like a bouclé fabric (though maybe not as efficiently). They also add a thickness too that ups the warmth factor. If you can’t wear wool and are looking for warm socks, check out our other terry-lined styles.
For more tips on warm socks, check out the Sock Journal entries Keeping Warm and A Flurry of Fleece for helpful tips and searches!
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