The wintry winds wail outside your windows panes, Jack Frost is nipping on your toes, and your feet are colder than a penguin’s rear end. So what do you do? You pick out your best pair of cotton socks to combat the chills. Well my friend, you might as well stick your tootsies in an icebox before you settle down for bed.
To begin with, cotton socks are terrible insulators. Cotton socks wick moisture like nobody’s business. When you put those cotton socks on your feet at night, you could just save some cash and wear damp Ziplock Baggies instead – and at least those would be waterproof for when you have to step outside to chase Jack Frost away from your daughters.
During the middle of the night, your cotton socks will become saturated with moisture. This leaves perspiration nowhere to go but to cling to your feet. This film of moisture will become noticeably uncomfortable and will cause a clammy sensation. You might even reach angrily under your covers to pull the blasted cotton socks off! Socks should be friends, not midnight enemies.
Outdoor enthusiasts should avoid donning cotton socks. If you happen to step in a pool of water, good luck drying out the cotton socks. If you are partaking in an event set in a cold climate, only wear cotton socks if you wish to acquire frostbite on your toes.
Instead of fishing your hand around in your sock drawer for those smirking cotton socks, get some handy dandy winter socks! The Wicked Witch of the West wears cotton stockings but the Witch of the North wears winter socks because she’s good, glamorous, and a trendy shopper.
Winter socks are a must-have for those of us with too little hair on our feet to keep us cozy. Winter socks are crafted out of wool and synthetic wools such as IsoWool and fleece. Unlike cotton socks, winter socks do not lose their insulating properties when confronted with moisture. Also, winter socks are designed to be thicker than cotton socks. This enables the winter socks to wick up more moisture without becoming saturated.
Winter wool socks also have the ability to dry themselves out while being worn. Body heat radiates into the wool and causes the excess moisture to evaporate, unlike in a cotton sock. Winter socks certainly have the upper hand in footwear and are effective at fighting the chills during those winter months!