Are all alpaca socks created equal? The answer to the question “Are all alpaca socks created equal?” would be “No, not all alpaca socks are created equal. All alpaca wool socks are not made equal and all alpaca wool socks do not perform the same way.
So what is the difference between one pair of alpaca socks and another pair of alpaca socks? In some cases, there is quite a difference.
When choosing an alpaca sock, think about what you want that alpaca sock to do for you. Do you want that alpaca sock to keep your feet warm while you are working or recreating in the cold outdoors? Do you want that alpaca sock to simply keep your feet relatively warm under dress clothes? Do you want that alpaca sock to keep your feet comfortable and dry while walking, running, or working out in the gym?
What determines the performance of an alpaca sock is the amount of alpaca content in that alpaca sock. The more alpaca fleece in alpaca socks, the warmer the alpaca socks are going to feel on your feet. Now keep in mind here that 100% alpaca socks would not be a good thing. You need a combination of nylon, lycra, and elastic in your alpaca socks. (No cotton or sheep’s wool in those alpaca socks, please, as that defeats the whole purpose for buying and wearing alpaca socks!)
For example, Perfect Timing Alpacas’ stylish argyle alpaca socks have – at 38% – our lowest amount of alpaca fleece content. It doesn’t mean they aren’t warm alpaca socks; they are just not our warmest alpaca socks. The argyle alpaca socks are meant to be worn with either casual shoes under khakis or jeans or with a pair of dress pants and dress shoes. We also have alpaca dress socks at 40% alpaca. Again, while these alpaca socks are warm, they are not our warmest.
In the middle of the pack of Perfect Timing Alpacas’ warm alpaca socks are our boot alpaca socks and our PL Famous Alpaca Hiker Socks, each with 50% alpaca fleece content in these alpaca socks. These are both very comfortable, warm alpaca socks designed for either inside or outside wear. 50% alpaca in an alpaca sock is indeed a warm alpaca sock, but it is not the very warmest alpaca sock one can purchase.
If you’re looking for the highest level of warmth performance in alpaca socks, then our Extreme Alpaca Crew Socks is your ultimate best choice for alpaca socks. These puppies have 74% alpaca content in them and are designed for the highest warmth performance of warm alpaca socks. And if you want them to wear inside of the house, try our Extreme Alpaca Slipper Socks.
So, when buying alpaca socks, do be aware that all alpaca socks are NOT created equal. Check the alpaca content on the sock you think you would like to purchase and make sure the content is the amount that you need for the desired level of warmth. Remember: Buying alpaca socks by price – meaning going for what seems the cheapest “deal” – is NOT the way to buy the right pair of alpaca socks for you. Take a few minutes to review alpaca content before making your choice and plunking down your hard earned money. If you have to spend an extra dollar or two to obtain the alpaca socks that will meet your needs, it is tine and money well spent. If you take the time to become educated on alpaca socks, you will love your alpaca socks and wear them for years to come.