Because We Care
At Socks & Tales we have a clear goal to achieve for every pair of socks you wear:
Beautiful to your eyes, smooth on your feet, great for our planet.
Because of the awesome raw material
Our socks are made from a very special hair of animals that typically live at high altitudes – no, we are not talking about the Yeti. The mysterious yet wonderfully goofy looking animal is the Alpaca. Alpaca fiber, also known as the ‘Fiber of the Gods’ has very special abilities that are unique to its kind. But why is it so much better than normal wool? Well, first of all, it is not wool – it is hair. While we will not go into the detailed differences between hair and wool (since it’s very likely that neither of us are microbiologists), this fine technical difference leads to substantial advantages over most natural fibers.
Let’s take a closer look.
Keep fresh: Alpaca hair cannot hold much moisture. Bacteria that cause your feet to stink hate that. On top, it contains antibacterial keratin. Your feet will stay fresh, even on days with stressful business trips and on a July Sunday in the sun. You can wear them at least twice as long as normal socks.
Keep cool: Woolen socks in summer? That sounds weird... for two reasons: First, Alpaca is hair, not wool, as we have learned. And second, it doesn’t. Those socks will insulate, no matter if warm or cold. Alpacas cleverly developed this ability since they need to stay warm during freezing, sub-zero temperature nights and cool during up to +30°C days.
Or warm: Fiber from Alpacas has tiny pockets of air which makes the hair an extraordinary temperature-regulator. This means that our socks are also the best to wear in winter since they will keep your feet warm and cozy.
Silky soft: The Superfine Alpaca fiber our socks are made of will gently guide your feet into new dimensions of comfiness. Alpaca hair is up to twice as soft as regular wool and even a little finer than Merino which makes them (almost) the softest socks imaginable.
Fungus or blisters, not with us? Now, our socks will certainly not be prescribed as a medicine against fungus but it will definitely help avoid it. With Alpaca’s antifungal properties and their ability to keeping feet dry, fungus does not stand much chance. Friction causing blisters typically needs moisture to increase the friction coefficient between skin and sock. Your new socks don’t allow moisture to stay long. Most blisters will be prevented.
Allergies? Nope: Alpaca hair does not contain lanolin which is a wax and a common allergen many wool-bearing animals produce. This means Alpaca hair does not cause allergies and can thus warm everybody’s feet.
Because if You don't Like Them We'll send a Pair to Your Enemy of Choice
If you are unhappy with the socks you get from us, let us know. We’ll happily send a pair along with a personal note to your worst enemy – shall they be annoyed with those bad socks.
Alternatively, if you don’t have enemies, you’ll get your money back.