Tips for your next sock purchase

Socks accompany us every day and are a very important item of clothing. Depending on whether they are worn in everyday life, for sports or outdoor activities, we have different requirements. Not only the material plays an important role in good socks, but also the wearing comfort, moisture transport, tear resistance, warmth and not to forget the design. We shirt and blouse ironers present the most common materials here.

Wool socks

There are very different types of wool, which are also suitable for different occasions. Did you know that a certain amount of lint after repeated wear is a sign of high quality? It indicates a natural fibre content.

Virgin wool

Socks made of virgin wool are warm and soft, making them super suitable as thermal socks for winter. New wool also binds odours and is breathable and elastic.

Merino wool

Merino socks are particularly suitable for sporty outdoor activities; merino wool is very warming, absorbs a lot of moisture and transports it to the outside. Cold, wet feet therefore don't stand a chance. We from the TUBIE Ironing Doll team are big merino wool fans.


Cotton is very popular for everyday socks because it is kind to the skin, stable and can absorb moisture, and it also keeps the feet warm. Disadvantage: Cotton does not wick moisture well to the outside, so it is suboptimal for sports or hiking.

Synthetic fibres

Synthetic fibres are functional and fit perfectly and, along with skin-friendly natural fibres, are particularly popular for sports socks .

Polyester: Polyester is very durable, lightweight, tear-resistant and dries quickly in the air

Polyamide: This material is long-lasting because it is abrasion-resistant, hard-wearing and retains its shape.

Spandex: This synthetic yarn hugs the foot closely and is very stretchy. It keeps its shape for a long time and is very easy to care for.

Functional socks

A mix of natural and synthetic fibres is usually used for sports or outdoor socks. This creates breathable, robust socks because the positive properties of both materials are perfectly combined. On the one hand, moisture can be absorbed and transported away, and on the other hand, they impress with their perfect fit and high wearing comfort.

Compression socks for sports

Special compression socks were developed especially for sports and work by applying gentle pressure to the foot and leg. Often, silver nitrate is incorporated into the synthetic fibre mix of the socks to reduce unpleasant odours during sports. Depending on the length of the socks or stockings, they fulfil different functions:

Short socks or sneaker socks

These lie close to the skin and reduce the risk of blisters and pressure points. The integrated cushioning zones cushion foot movements.

Calf high socks

Such socks work in the ankle area and stimulate the self-stabilisation of your ankles through gentle pressure, which promotes basic muscle tension. As a result, movements are perceived more intensively.

Knee high stockings

Here, the blood circulation in the calves is promoted and the muscles can be better supplied with nutrients. This helps in sports for higher performance and faster regeneration of the muscles.

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