Bamboo socks are taking over the (sock) world! But, if you’re like this reader, you may be feeling a little hesitant to try them.
I recently tossed most of my old cotton socks, and I’m looking to try something new. After doing a bit of my own research, I came across bamboo socks a number of times. However, as someone who struggles with sweaty feet (and, in the past, athlete’s foot), I’m wary of trying new fabrics out of fear that they’ll make my problems worse.
That said, I have a few questions:
Are bamboo socks worth the hype?
Are they breathable/good for athlete’s foot?
Are they better than cotton socks?
What brands carry quality bamboo socks?
Honestly, I’m just sick and tired of dealing with sweaty feet. I’m willing to try something different, but I’d like to hear an expert opinion on bamboo socks before I buy them.
Thanks for your question! Our feet have a high concentration of sweat glands, so sweaty feet are more common than you think.
There are a number of benefits to wearing bamboo socks. So, to answer your first question: yes. Bamboo socks are very much worth the hype, and here’s why.
Bamboo fabric is naturally absorbent, anti-microbial and breathable. In other words, not only will it keep your feet dry, but it will also hinder the growth of new and existing bacteria (meaning it’s great if you’re prone to athlete’s foot).
In my experience, bamboo socks are more absorbent and breathable than cotton socks. Unless cotton socks are treated with an anti-microbial property, they tend to increase your chances of developing bacteria or fungus on your feet. And, as an added bonus, bamboo socks are more eco-friendly than cotton socks (in most cases).
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With breathability, cost and quality in mind, here are some brands that carry bamboo socks for men that I’d recommend:
Boody’s Men’s Bamboo Socks are crafted with soft, sustainable and organically grown bamboo viscose. They’re made for all-day wear, and they provide fantastic support around the arches and ankles. And, of course, the fabric is ultra-breathable and lightweight. This is a great option if you’re looking for a trusty pair of socks that will get you through the workday sweat-free.
- Available in black
- 80% bamboo, 20% spandex
2. Sock Amazing
The Sock Amazing Unisex Premium Bamboo Socks provide great value and quality at a low price point. You’ll get a lot of wear out of these super soft and comfy socks before you find yourself needing a new pair, so it’s a great option for everyday use.
- Available in black, grey, white and blue
- 74% bamboo, 21% polyester, 2% nylon, 3% rubber
- 8 pack for $22.99
Cariloha’s Bamboo Ankle Softy Sock is a fantastic option for wearing around the house during colder seasons. Despite the thick fabric, they’ll keep your feet at a perfect temperature while drawing excess sweat away from the skin. Keep in mind that these socks are made with a bamboo blend, and I wouldn’t recommend these for daily wear – they’re best if you’re looking for a pair of cozy socks.
- Available in blue and white
- 20% bamboo, 75% polyester, 5% spandex
I love Anatolian’s Bamboo Socks because they’re made entirely of bamboo fiber. They have a classic look and a super-soft feel, so they’re great for wearing to work or professional events. However, they’re comfortable enough to wear at any time, and they’re quite durable.
- Available in black, white, brown, grey and navy
- 100% bamboo fiber
5. Bamboo Sports
Bamboo Sports’ Premium Bamboo Crew Work Socks are fantastic casual socks. I would recommend these if you’re looking for a sock with a little extra padding and support, as these socks have a cushioned sole (which also means they’re great for working out). These are one of my favorite socks on the list!
- Available in black, brown, khaki and white
- 80% bamboo, 15% polyester, 5% spandex
Yomandamor’s Men’s Bamboo Socks are seamless, non-irritating and super cozy, making them an obvious choice for anyone with sensitive skin. They’re marketed as diabetic socks, but this simply means that they’re ultra-stretchy and promote healthy blood flow in the feet.
- Available in black
- 70% bamboo, 30% elastane
- 6 for $18
7. Danish Endurance
The Danish Endurance Bamboo Dress Socks are my favorite dress socks on this list. Their sleek appearance and silky soft feel are a perfect supplement to any professional attire! And, as a plus, the business is family-owned and ensures that the socks are produced under fair working conditions.
- Available in black
- 69% bamboo viscose, 30% polyamide, 1% elastane
- 6 for $32.95
Serisimple’s Bamboo Ankle Socks are fantastic for casual wear! They’re low cost, great quality and won’t wear over time. Keep in mind that they are made with thin fabric – so, if you like cushioned socks, these may not be for you. However, I’d still recommend these socks, as they’re affordable and they do the job.
- Available in black, white and grey
- 90% bamboo, 10% spandex
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