We've found that people like both wool and cotton which is why we're offering both Merino wool and long staple cotton. Our wool has lots of great properties and is very soft, but our cotton is slightly softer and very popular among those who prefer cotton.
We suggest trying one of each and decide for yourself which you prefer. Or you might like both.
Some fiber facts:
- Wool is better at managing moisture; the fibers will absorb water into their core, rather than the outsides becoming saturated. Less moisture next to your skin means more comfort and also fewer blisters from water-softened skin. A few reasons we like wool are:
- Our wool won't itch, and can be machine washed. These attributes negate the most frequently heard reasons for not wearing wool socks.
- Wool, especially in cool, dry climates, manages heat better than many other fibers, including cotton: when it's cool out, it keeps you warm, and when you're warm it helps cool you. (Google "heat of sorption" for an explanation.)
- Wool is supposedly naturally anti-microbial, which means it discourages microbes from growing in your socks and shoes. We're not sure how much of this effect is a result of wool's water absorption qualities, but the result is that wool socks won't stink like other fibers, and can be worn longer without smelling bad.
And again, all that said, Cotton is a very comfortable fiber and ours is luxuriously soft.
The thickness of our socks is the same, in wool or cotton, and the colors will be the same.