Winter and wool go hand in hand — yet the fabric’s notoriously itchy reputation causes many people to avoid it. But is all wool created equally scratchy? Merino wool has become a popular alternative in recent years, and for a good reason. Keep reading to learn the comfy truth about this versatile material.
Merino Wool 101
To answer the title question, no! Merino wool is not itchy for the vast majority of people. Even those with sensitive skin find they can tolerate it with ease thanks to its hypoallergenic fibers that are soft to the skin. It is also widely recognized as an allergy- and asthma-friendly material.
Merino wool is an excellent choice when winter winds blow because of its efficiency at insulating. Plus, it absorbs more moisture than cotton, keeping you dry and comfortable from head to toe.
A Foot’s Best Friend
Speaking of toes, there’s no better choice for cold feet than Merino wool socks. They offer more warmth with less bulk, so you don’t have extra bunching around your shoes.
Feetures is committed to keeping feet itch-free, blister-free, and warm no matter what your winter-weather activity may be. Our game-changing Merino 10 line is crafted from a uniquely spun blend of Merino Wool with TENCEL fibers. We’ve revolutionized the wool sock industry with our softer-than-ever Merino and rarefied 200-needle-count process, resulting in a sock that is comfier, stretchier, more durable, and drier than any of its counterparts on the market.
We offer it in various heights and cushion levels, allowing you to utilize this technology from the boardroom to the gym.
Treat With Extra Care
We would be remiss not to mention how best to care for your Merino wool socks since giving them a little extra attention will extend their life and ensure top performance.
One of the most significant benefits of Merino Wool socks is how dry they keep your feet. Drier feet equals less stink, which means less smelly sock laundry. You can wear your wool socks multiple times before you need to wash them. Not only does this increase the number of miles you can put on each pair, but it also decreases your environmental impact by saving water and energy.
Wash socks inside out on a gentle cycle in cold or warm water (hot water could shrink wool) with a mild soap. Avoid using bleach, which destroys the Merino fibers. Also, refrain from fabric softeners that will coat the fibers and interfere with their ability to absorb moisture. Merino wool naturally dries quickly, so it’s a great option to let them air dry flat — but you can still utilize the dryer on a low setting.