Who knew there could be so much confusion surrounding the right type of sock!!
You would well know that socks can be made of natural fibres such as wool, cotton and silk or manufactured from synthetic fibres, such as nylon, polyester, acrylic and spandex just to name a few. Then to confuse us further manufacturers make blends of several different fibres to give us more variety!!
When deciding on what to use for the upper component of our Tiny Treadz we had to consider the facts. Firstly an active child’s feet will sweat, this is normal. Did you know that your toddler’s feet have more than 250,000 sweat glands each? Sweat is our bodies natural cooling method, but nature also never intended for us to keep our feet covered in heavy shoes that won’t allow the sweat to evaporate. In most cases it is this practice that results in feet overheating and often becoming smelly as bacteria love dark damp places!
Of all the fibres, cotton is the most widely used for knitting into socks, because it has the qualities of being cool, breathable and feeling good next to the skin. However there appears to be conflicting advice regarding the use of cotton socks. Some experts say to stay away from 100% cotton socks because when a sweaty foot is trapped inside a heavy shoe, cotton tends to retain moisture rather than wick it away as some of the synthetic fibres do. However some of the synthetic fibres are thought to cause more irritation on the skin and have insulating properties.
After scouring through many articles, we found that a particular line of thought was emerging. For athletes whose feet are under stress and perspire at an increased rate, a synthetic fibre blend is best. Whereas for everyday wear cotton is extremely suitable. So what to choose for Tiny Treadz?
Tiny Treadz are a unique design. The need for a heavy and restrictive shoe over a sock is eliminated. The sock component of our shoe is exposed to the air and therefore allowed to breathe. We had to remember that we are not looking at shoes/socks for the elite athlete. Mind you I sometimes wonder where our toddlers get the energy they have to walk the miles they do in a day! Also toddlers do not put shoes on in the morning and take them off at the end of the day, like we sometimes do. Toddlers can take their shoes on and off numerous times a day, which is made easier for mums and dads with the simple design of Tiny Treadz, and it also gives their feet time to air and cool.
A cotton blend emerged as our fibre of choice. Cotton is a natural fibre, causing less irritation on sensitive skin and providing comfort as it is soft. Cotton is renowned for its breathability and it is essential that the toddler’s foot be able to breathe and cool. Cotton is also durable, strong and versatile – ready to take on the inquisitive toddler!
Our cotton blend checked all of our boxes – comfort, breathable, durable, low irritant, good stretch to make them easy to pull on, and affordably priced for our mums and dads.