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    Socks Help

    Suddenly, I looked in my sock drawer and I am down to just a few pair that are in good condition and keep my feet warm. Given this winter so far, I need to remedy the situation quickly! I would love some advice and recommendations on the best warm but not 100% wool socks that I can wear around the house (price doesn't matter because I want to invest in some great pairs that will last). Also, I was wondering if someone could recommend nice trouser socks (again not 100% wool) that come in the color black. I can't do pure wool socks because in my experience they cause my feet and ankles to itch.

    For reference: I am a woman with average sized feet (7.5). I live in the Northeast so socks that keep the toes warm would be wonderful.

    Thank you.

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    I often have the same wool-itch issue, but have found that I am able to wear Smartwool socks. In fact, my sock drawer is almost entirely full of Smartwool. I haven't had much luck with other brands. I've found Smartwool to be warm and durable too.

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    Try Smartwool PhD socks. They're merino. I know you said no wool, but I have the most sensitive skin in the world and they don't itch I swear. If they do make you itch, look for a blend of bamboo or viscose or rayon. Those are all natural fibers. I can't do acrylic because it feels soft but somehow clammy.
    I love socks! If I had one luxury it would be a new pair of socks every day. Have you ever looked at the website sockdreams.com? It's sock nirvana.

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    I've tried Darn Tough socks out of Vermont, Smartwool, Ibex, and Icebreaker. The Icebreakers are my favorite so far for everyday wear, while SmartWool is what I go to for thick heavy around-the-house socks. The wool content varies, most are merino, which is a pretty low-itch fiber. None of them get a "no vote" from me so far. Eventually, I'll try Point6, which is a company run by the people who founded SmartWool (and later sold it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocks View Post
    I love socks! If I had one luxury it would be a new pair of socks every day. Have you ever looked at the website sockdreams.com? It's sock nirvana.
    enabler!.... oh my .... plaid socks with little bear prints ....

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    I ordered a few multi-packs of the Smart Wool socks on-line: a three pack of knee high socks and a three pack of regular socks. I will trust that they aren't itchy! I have memories of these knitted wool socks that my mom would give us and they were huge and itchy. I think these will be very different.
    Thank you for the suggestions! I will let you know how it goes!

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    I second the sockdreams.com recommendation. I have been ordering from them for years and have never had any issues. Their customer service is very good. A couple of times I've emailed questions about differences between socks and have received clear responses very quickly.

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    I love my Icebreakers socks. They make SmartWool feel like burlap, and so far, they've been remarkably durable.

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    my usual go-to has been the smartwool on the job socks, which i snagged from sierra trading post. i wear sock heels out like nobody's business, and these have reinforced heels. the week's worth of socks i own have been used continuously for over 3 years with no sign of holes in any of them!

    however, i recently found a couple other options at costco that have been working well for when i need thinner socks and for schlubbin' around the house. the kirkland brand wool socks are surprisingly good! they were about $10 for three pair (i got black, gray, and black & gray stripe) and are comparable to the thinner smartwool socks. i also picked up a 3-pack of wigwam ragg wool socks for lounging and have also been very pleased with those, though they're bulkier than i'd generally like to wear under a shoe.

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    I got my shipment of SmartWool socks today (love that Zappos VIP membership) and I am in love with both the crew socks and the knee socks. They are cushy in the right spots and not itchy!! My warm toes are so thankful for all your help

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    nsh, I'm glad the Smartwool socks worked out for you. They're my go-to for everyday socks, and I have them in a variety of weights in both regular and articulated toe styles (to wear with toe shoes; classy, I know).

    I have been harboring curiosity about Icebreaker socks for a while so I'm glad that others here like them. I'm looking forward to trying out a pair or two in the near future.


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    I'm a Smart Wool fan also, having converted my sock wardrobe year by year to all Smart Wool. I recently purchased some Icebreaker socks for a tropical trip coming up soon. I love them.


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    Another SmartWool fan here. I always get mine from Sierra Trading Post. They have all kinds of socks... dress socks, compression socks, athletic socks, hiking socks. Icebreaker makes great non-itchy wool clothing. I'm sure socks from them would be great!
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    Glad you are happy with your order! I also love smartwool socks. They (and most of the other commercial wool socks) are made of superwash merino, which has been chemically treated to not shrink or felt; hence being able to machine wash them and dry them. I do think they hold up best if they are hand washed and air dried.

    Thanks for the tip re:Kirkland wool socks. DH needs some new pairs so I'll check them out.

    I am a knitter and over the years I've made a stash of superwash wool/various wool blend socks. They are such a treat to wear and fun to make
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    I rotate among SmartWool, Darn Tough, and PointSix. I like them all, although I tend to grab the SmartWools first. After reading this thread, I think I need to try some Icebreakers. You can never have too many socks, right??


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