Activewear is one of those nouns that’s made it into the vernacular alongside it being wholly acceptable to drop off the kids, do the weekly shop and run around the park in lycra. But does your activewear wardrobe include
merino wool sports socks? Can you wear wool in the summer? What are the best running socks? If you haven’t factored your feet into your exercise equation, it’s never too late to start. So without further ado, allow us to talk you through why athletes love merino wool socks.
Merino wool is already a champion
When you’re working out, there’s no room for chafing anymore. Merino wool activewear is soft against your skin thanks to its majority fabric being merino - one of the softest wools out there - with the rest providing some stretch. In short, that means no blisters or rubs from those new trainers and anti-blister running socks.
Add to the softness some breathability and you’ll soon notice how quickly merino wicks away the sweat you’re working up. Yes, your synthetic activewear does this too, but it’s not natural (product or process). And after a full-on military fitness class or a hot yoga session, merino wool activewear is so much easier to get off!
Merino wool doesn’t cling onto much. With less lingering dampness, you’ll also notice less pong at the end of your workout. It either wicks sweat away or deflects moisture in the form of rain - never seen a sheep running for shelter now have you?!
With less pong, there’s less washing required, so you can wear your merino socks for days on end - honest! Which in turn ensures your merino sports layers will last for longer. Plus... when you can darn your elbows no more, merino will also biodegrade easily and naturally.
The go-to base layer
Merino has been the go-to fabric for base layers since the late 20th century as developed by some of our favourite wool brands. Merino base layers were originally designed with outdoor pursuits such as hiking and climbing in mind, but we know a few rowers and runners who won’t hit the winter mornings without one to start their training session.
Why wear wool socks for hiking? Merino sport socks work an all-season magic on your toes too. In summer their breathability helps to regulate your body temperature when the sun is beating down while you’re still wearing a suit and brogues. And on those frosty winter mornings when you’re de-icing the car, they’ll keep your tootsies cosy until you get moving.
Our favourite merino wool socks
Merino wool socks joined the fray to keep toes toasty while skiing and quite frankly the merino wool sportswear industry has blossomed. Our merino wool socks sell like hot cakes amongst those in the know and our wool sock range has expanded over the years to include mohair snow sport socks and alpaca bed socks. We’ve even got long boot socks to wear with your wellies.
Whether you’re restocking your everyday sock draw or planning a natural addition to your activewear wardrobe, consider a pair of merino wool
sports socks. And if you’ve got any questions about the options or our range - we’ll be happy to help.
Notes from the Village
Our local farm shop, Village Greens, is a not-for-profit, run by lovely people to serve our local community on Bodmin Moor. They provide local and organic produce, fabulous cooked breakfasts and great company in our sometimes lonely bucolic idyll. We love what they do for our community, we love their gorgeous cakes and produce and want to share their weekly newsletter. In it Di provides beautiful and amusing insights into modern organic smallholding and farming life. Come and join us on Friday mornings if you can - bring a shopping bag too, but in the meantime, sit back, read on and enjoy...
Having spent last Sunday afternoon retreiving an escaped sheep, it was no surprise to discover another neighbour suffering the same public humiliation. An excursion in my car on Monday evening involved a slight detour to capture a stray chicken who was happily browsing the roadside vegetation. I took her back to my yard, snuggled her in a nest box and began tracking down her owner. She stayed for a sleepover (but neglected to lay an egg!) before being collected the following morning. We're keeping a close eye on the pigs, in case they decide to enter the fray and exit their accommodation. Our most athletic pig ever jumped out of the trailer after he'd been loaded up, but was easily coaxed back in with the promise of food.
We look forward to opening up at Village Greens this week, there are local cucumbers and runner beans, Lynda's blueberries, more flowers, and other treats include red peppers, sweet potatoes, white cabbage and doughnut peaches. If you haven't already given them a go, we have some really good olives in stock, pitted green and pimento stuffed. They can be used in salads, and make a great combination with our range of pasta. We have spaghetti and various other shapes and colours on our shelves, a simple summer supper can be on your plate in minutes, without a long journey to buy ingredients.
See you there