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How durable are silk socks?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by The Silverfox, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Title says it all, how many wears should I expect form a well-made pair of silk socks?

    How is this compared to pure merino or compared to 70/30 merino/nylon mix socks?
     
  2. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The merinos are probably going to last you longer. I've got a couple pairs of silk blend socks and they tend to kind of pull and pill a lot easier.
     
  3. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    The lifespan will depend on your lifestyle and how the socks are washed. They will certainly last longer if you only walk from the car to the office and are hand washed than if you are pounding pavement in your daily commute and machine wash.
     
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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    silks socks (100%) only for formal wear.
     
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    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    FTFY
     
  6. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    Of course, but I already have merino socks so I use these as my baseline. For any amount of pavement-pounding, how long will well made silk socks last compared to merinos? Half the time? About the same, about double?

    Heh, and how eccentric do I need to be to get away with it? I just got my first pair in the mail yesterday and they are absolutely wonderful. I really want to never wear anything else ever.

    How formal is formal? Can they be worn with suits, or are we talking morning coat/white tie here?
     
  7. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They will last 42.3% of the time.
     
  8. Ferragamo4me

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    Try Pantherella otc silk/ nylon blend otc's,very durable for my needs
     
  9. Gdot

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    Isn't there a fetish site for this sort of thing? :happy:
     
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    texas_jack Senior member

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    If you had to guess how durable would you think they are?
     
  11. Ferragamo4me

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    Not sure about the fetish thing.just think a thinner sock is more elegant than thicker one,I find my foot is not as cramped in shoes when wearing a thinner sock
     
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    Not sure about the fetish thing,but I find the thinner otc's as being more refine than a thicker sock,besides my foot fits better in my shoes with a thinner sock
     
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    lee_44106 Senior member

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    If you really want to wear pure silk socks all the time, just do it.

    Why are you soliciting internet opinion/approval?
     
  15. Ferragamo4me

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    I could'nt agree with you more
     
  16. The Silverfox

    The Silverfox Senior member

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    I thought this was the fetish site....


    I have no idea, one the one hand it's very finely knitted, on the other hand it's made from a material used to make bulletproof vests.
    That's sort of why I'm asking, because I have no best guess.

    The approval you can keep, but the opinions I consider to be valuable as I like to be appropriately dressed, at least when I have to. I've already made an order of more silk socks the same night I received the first pair and I fully intend on wearing them, preferably every day, but I don't consider it to be silly to want to know whether or not I'm dressed inappropriately when doing so. I'll be wearing them often either way, but if they're a big no-no for businesswear I'll just limit them to the days when I don't have to impress anyone or when I'm wearing footwear that hide them.
     
  17. Ferragamo4me

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    I wear them every day for business and never thought of them as inappropriate,I just don't understand what the big deal is.
     
  18. Gdot

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    Srsly, silk socks are fine for business wear if that's your thing.

    May I ask how they are in terms of temperature control?

    I have some seriously sheer cotton/silk blend socks that I wear in the middle eastern summer - love them.
     
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    I must be one of the lucky ones never really sweat much,although white collar jobs in temp controlled buildings are not a true test of temps outside,would not wear sheer silk otc's for construction jobs !
     
  20. Xenon

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    As someone who loves and wears sheer socks (I hate anything thicker) I will say that 100% silk is not as durable compared to anything blended with polyester. Silk will tolerate more stretching then merino but is less abrasion resistant such as when you walk alot. Polyester is not very pleasant in itself but it is just so much more resistant to abrasion and stretching (and more so when humid) than silk or wool that there simply is no contest. Even a 5 or 10% poly content (which forms the core of the threads) add significant strength and durability and basically your feet don,t actually come into contact with the poly.

    BTW bullet proof (resisitant) vests are made using a synthetic fiber called Aramid which is much less pleasant than poly but much stronger
     

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