We often get asked which is better but it's a case of apples and oranges, each has a place in your life - learn some of the differences here.
Threads & Co. socks are custom designed and thoroughly tested for comfort, lasting quality and vivid color. Although no two designs are the same, we have set a very high standard of quality to ensure each pair exceeds both our expectations and those of our customers.
One of the questions we get asked often is "which sock material is better, combed cotton or sustainable bamboo". The answer to this question is perhaps not as straight forward as many people would like. It depends on many factors, most importantly how and where you typically wear your socks, as well as the desired fit and feel you prefer.
Confused? Well let's get our sock geek on some more to answer your question further.
Firstly let's start with combed cotton - cotton socks have literally been around for decades. However it's very important to understand that not all cotton socks are created equal. The key differences in cotton socks typically come from the quality of the raw materials, as well as how they are processed and manufactured.
Cotton is typically known to be an extremely lightweight, moisture-absorbing fibre. It's relatively durable, breathable and is cared for and maintained easily. There are a variety of different ways to process and manufacture raw cotton, the combed cotton style is perhaps one of the more refined and involving process, however produces a very high-quality sock.
Threads & Co. Combed Cotton socks are premium triple-combed cotton socks. The raw cotton is initially graded and only the highest grades are selected for processing, whereby the cotton then undergoes a combing process in 3-stages to remove impurities and short fibres, leaving stronger long straight fibres only.
Triple combed cotton is perhaps the world's best grade of cotton socks money can buy. The triple combing process produces some of the best quality weaving fabrics because of it's resistance to damage and fraying, not to mention the beautiful softness you can feel in the finished sock.
So if combed cotton is so durable yet beautiful and soft, why even think about something strong and hardy like bamboo? Well we have some news for you.
Bamboo fibres used for the production of our socks are taken from the natural, fast-growing plant that can be found in many countries around the world. Despite all it's amazing qualities, bamboo fibres are much softer and more breathable than cotton; possessing a remarkable almost silky/cashmere feel to them.
Bamboo fibres are actually hollow, which is the natural secret to much of its remarkable abilities to produce one of the world's finest socks. These hollow fibres absorb almost twice as much as cotton and wicks any moisture carefully aware from the feet, leaving them dry and odour free. The ability for the sock to breath easily while maintaining warmth ensures the temperature of the foot is maintained better without rising excessively during high activity or extreme temperatures/humidity.
With its hypoallergenic characteristics, bamboo socks are also an ideal choice for those with sensitive skin, or those known to have allergic reactions to certain cottons and artificial fibres. Lets not also forget that bamboo is extremely fast-growing and an amazing sustainable source for the planet.
As you have probably gathered, both sock types produced by Threads & Co. have their own unique attributes and benefits, but it largely comes down to differences in the quality of the underlying raw materials and manufacturing processes.
While some of you out there may be thinking "I've tried cotton socks, they're always so thin and have holes in after only a few wears" - this would tend to reflect the quality of the raw materials used and underscored by the chosen manufacturing process. Threads & Co. premium quality combed cotton socks are some of the world's finest combed cotton socks you'll find. They're an ideal choice for year-round comfort and durability.
Our sustainable bamboo range of socks certainly provide an alternative to combed cotton, for those seeking higher levels of breathability and improved temperature regulating. They're an ideal choice for warmer climates (higher temperatures/humidity) and higher activity levels.