Wool, Bamboo or Cotton? The Complete Guide to the perfect Work Socks - Badger Australia

Do you hold your daily work boots responsible for poor ventilation, insulation or not keeping your feet fresh every day? Have you ever taken a minute to think that it may be your troublesome socks?

If you are going to invest in a decent pair of work boots then it is necessary that you accompany them with a good pair of boot socks that are the right fabric, fit and have the perfect cushioning for your feet. They should also be able to keep your feet at the right temperature in order for you to work comfortably.

Getting confused? Don’t worry it’s not that complicated!

The overriding benefit of work socks lie with the additional cushioning and support which can be seen in the overall thickness of the sock; however, we are going to delve a little deeper and take a look at the perfect work sock just for you!

Woollen Socks & The Pros and Cons

Wool or Merino can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water, so socks made with merino can keep your feet dry in most conditions.


  • Comfortable in both cool and warm conditions
  • Absorbs and wicks moisture
  • Cushions and most importantly, doesn’t itch!


  • Takes longer to dry than synthetics and is more expensive.

Bamboo Socks & The Pros and Cons

Bamboo socks are designed to preserve your feet against moisture because bamboo fibre is super absorbent.


  • Bamboo = Breathable. Bamboo’s microscopic holes in the fibre provides excellent ventilation, allowing you to stay fresh for longer.
  • Bamboo is an awesome insulator. It regulates heat and also helps keep you warm in the winter, making it a very versatile material for all seasons.


  • Bamboo fabric, unlike cotton, takes a long time to dry.
  • More expensive than cotton.

Cotton Socks & The Pros and Cons


  • Cotton fabric is extremely soft. While some socks may feel restrictive on your feet, the right type of cotton combined with a well-fitted pair of socks will feel fantastic in your boot!
  • Cotton is more breathable in your boot. It will be less irritating to your skin, and your feet will sweat less as a result.
  • Lightweight


  • Cotton is more expensive than lower-quality fibres like polyester. This is why many socks are cheap; however, you should know that investing in cotton socks will pay off in the long term. Your feet will thank you for it!
  • Absorbent, meaning they can become heavier & damper over time.

Now you may be asking, but what socks are best for certain environments?

✅Top Sock for Cold Environments:

Woollen or Merino socks are better suited for cooler climates, as your feet will get way too hot in warmer conditions. Unlike cotton, wool is an excellent insulator and will keep your feet warm even in the coldest conditions. Wool can also absorb high levels of moisture, much more than cotton.

✅Top Sock for Warm Environments:

To keep healthy, your feet need to be able to ‘breathe’, and Bamboo fabric allows your feet to stay cool in the heat. It offers great moisture wicking capabilities, keeping your feet dry even if there is excess sweat, especially common in work boots. And finally, because of the micro-gaps in the bamboo fibre, bamboo socks are known for being an incredibly absorbent material.


Now, this maybe all very overwhelming, however finding the right pair of work socks is not as difficult as you may believe. At the end of the day, your personal preferences and the environment in which you operate will help determine which is the right pair for you!

As long as you realise that work life gets so much easier once you understand the value of work boot socks!  Don’t believe me? Well choose the perfect pair of work socks and your boots will definitely thankyou later!

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