I like wool blend socks for work in the cold food plant, and my son-in-law (who also works there) does as well--but they are so expensive, new!
I see heavy-duty socks at the charity thrift stores, from time to time, at cheap prices. But, I don't know how to distinguish wool blend socks from acrylic socks. It is obvious the acrylic socks are designed to mimic the wool socks in appearance--same colors, same thickness, etc. But, the acrylic socks do not handle moisture for me as well as wool blend does.
A quick internet search suggests burning the fabric, to see if it melts or ashes. Or, bleach the fabric--the destroyed fabric will look different.
When I am in the store, examining the socks, destroying them to find out if they are wool or not makes the socks useless to me. And, of course, I would have to pay for the socks I destroyed.
How do I distinguish between wool or wool-blend socks and acrylic polyester socks?
There may actually be a label on the socks.
No, Leigh, there isn't.
Some clothing in the US typically has fabric labels on them (e.g. shirts), but socks usually only have such labels on the packaging. Used clothing at thrift stores does not have the packaging labels on socks.
I have considered. . .
Pure wool, at least, can have a distinctive smell when sufficiently damp. (I have heard it described as a "wet dog" smell.) I could moisten some material without causing it harm--but, a possible customer does not normally make an article of clothing wet that he is not definitely purchasing.
Or, I could just buy a pair of socks that might be either, and consider it an exploratory loss if it turned out to be acrylic. At four of the thrift stores, a pair of such socks is 50 cents. Wood wool blend socks at stores run $6-10 per pair. So, if I bought 3 or 4 disappointments on the way to a treasured find, I would still be well ahead.
$6-10 a pair!!! Id stick to the nylon. Or take a chance at the thrift store.
And I've never seen a label on my socks. Probably because they are cheap.
I do spend $6 or more on two or three pairs of sox from time to time. They also last way longer than the cheapies so it is a worthwhile investment. Sometimes you have to spend a bit more to save a bit more.
I would assume two pairs. After all, who'd buy one sock? Ah, apart from the one legged man who went for the audition for the part as Tarzan.
Re liner socks: there is a whole category of "liner socks" that are designed specifically to wick away moisture, i. e., socks that are NOT designed
to be worn alone/by themselves. They are in common use among "athletics" who are engaged in some form of aerobic exercise since their primary
purpose is to wick away moisture from the feet to prevent blisters (they are so thin that they add little to extra cushioning of the feet). They are
NOT perfect of course especially in hot/wet weather running on a hard surface. AND YES, it sounds like a contradiction to wear an extra pair of socks
while running because they will trap heat. In many ways footwear is a "system" for aerobic athletics that, unfortunately, is a trial and error
process. I wear liner socks when I shovel snow (with industrial strength boots), and on very very cold days when I choose to wear sneakers outdoors.
And yes, even to bed on those nights when the temp drops below 10 degrees F as I don't feel like cranking up the furnace thermostat to compensate for
the lack of insulation in ye olde house.
A visit to an online bona fide running vendor will have liner socks that create sticker shock.
You could start out with a small number of liner socks from different brands/material ratios/etc., and by the process of elimination and on a cost effective basis determine what works "best".
By the way, there are other sock lengths besides ankle socks; a visit to most websites by companies that specialize in the manufacturer of socks will show 3-4 socks lengths such as calf-length.
I highly recommend investing in some Bamboo socks.
I still own my first pair from TWELVE years ago. I buy some with a slightly thicker weave on the heel for extra comfort but I do own plenty of standard pairs.
They are soft, durable, breathable and wash really well.
There are things called "Bra bags" that are designed to put your bras in for washing. The premise being that the clips on Bras either get damaged or hooked on something whilst washing without them. SWMBO uses one, but they should work with a pair or more of socks.