Cotton is a soft and heat-resistant vegetable fibre used in garments since 3,000 B.C. Absorbs and retains moisture, and is readily washable.
Like other fibres, cotton has several family members. These include both Pima Cotton and Mercerized cotton.
In active sports socks it moves sweat away from the foot, transporting through the sock top or to shoe surfaces where it can evaporate. This is important in strenuous sports use because sweat-soaked socks become hard and matted, ultimately causing discomfort and contributing to the possibility of blistering.
Cotton is the premier fibre in socks and is preferred by many consumers as it has abrasion resistance, excellent shape-keeping resilience and above all, it is a natural fibre.
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