SmartWool Split Stripe Socks
Lightweight, crewcut sock that can easily pass as…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $11 USD
Lightweight, crewcut sock that can easily pass as a dress sock. Merino wool will keep feet dry and cool, but comes without cushion. I won't use them for anything beyond casual use.
- 67% Merino wool—can't beat the stuff
- Extremely lightweight
- No cushion
- Design somewhat resembles those once popular stripped toe-socks
Conditions and Use: I've had these a few months now and have worn them many times. These are great socks for casual or business needs, but I wouldn't use them for any adventure activities due to a lack of cushion. Don't be surprised if people say things along the lines of " hey, I like your crazy socks" or "wow, those socks are pretty funky."
If covertly letting others know your brand loyalties is important to you, you'll notice in the photo that the SmartWool name is not stitched across the toe like it is on many other SmartWool (and other brands) socks. If you need to remind yourself and others of the company's name, it's buried on the lower side of each sock.
Construction and Durability: The 67% merino wool is great, with 30% nylon and 3% elastane (for the arch and ankle bands). Whenever possible I buy products with merino wool as it has all the best heating/cooling/drying properties. These socks are witness to that. Extremely lightweight, and breathable. If you're used to cotton socks or even heavy wool socks, you'll forget you're even wearing socks with these on. That's how lightweight they are.
Sizing: This may be the most important part of the review: I wear a 12.5 - 13 men's shoe and bought the large (9 - 11.5) instead of the extra-large (12 - 14.5). I've learned to do this with every pair of SmartWool socks I own. For some reason, I think the smaller size fits better.
Also, these socks seem to be on the taller end of the crewcut spectrum. I have long legs (I'm 6'3") and these still come up higher than most other crewcut socks I own. I measured them after the photo below was taken and they are 9.5" above the top of my ankles. Not a problem, just an observation (See photo below).
Temp: These babies are 67% merino wool, so they will keep your feet cool and dry. If you can't tell, I have a thing for merino wool. These are better for keeping feet cool in the warm weather, not necessarily warm in the cold weather. They're just too thin for that.
Notice how tall the SmartWool Split Stripe Sock (Right Foot) is compared to a "normal" crewcut sock. These are very tall for being considered crew cut. These are 9.5" above the top of my ankle.
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Manufacturer's Description refers to the men's version
This sock for men features our original SmartWool® Fit System, with ankle and arch braces, and reinforcement on the bottom of the foot. Made with WOW Technology, and includes ventilation zones, so your feet stay dry. Non-cushioned.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Colorful graphics and cozy merino wool fabric encase your gal's feet when she wears the SmartWool Girls' Split Stripe Socks to school or around town. These midweight socks feature an arch brace for support and merino wool fabric for heat and odor regulation.
- Backcountry.com refers to the kids' version
On Sale. Smartwool Girls' Split Stripe FEATURES of the Smartwool Girls' Split Stripe Supportive arch brace SPECIFICATIONS of the Smartwool Girls' Split Stripe 74% Merino Wool, 24% Nylon, 2% Elastane Height: Crew
- Moosejaw refers to the kids' version
The SmartWool Split Stripe socks offer the performance of wool to keep girls' feet dry and comfortable.
- REI refers to the kids' version
Everyone should have access to the high-performance qualities Smartwool provides, even the kids. These socks are too cute, and they go with everything...except polka dots, that is. Girly stripes combine with grown up technology to make these the coolest socks in the club house. Moisture and sweat wicking, odor shedding and built to last longer than the rest. That's Smartwool wool for you.. Color: Berry, Grape. Supportive arch brace. Cushioned. Crew Length. Materials: 74% Merino Wool, 24% Nylon, 2% Elastane
- Tahoe Mountain Sports refers to the kids' version