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Mercerized cotton – for shine and stability

Mercerized Cotton
Mercerized Cotton

Noble Socks Made of Mercerized Cotton

Cotton has a slight shine in its natural form. This is due to the cell sap present in cotton, although this dries out after harvesting. When processed into a piece of clothing, the material is matte and develops small bits of fluff with repeated use. The finishing process called mercerization (also known as mercerisation) is used to prevent this.

Our Business Light socks, Funky Socks and knee socks contain a significant proportion of mercerized cotton – also known as “Fil d’Ecosse”.


Looking for Mercerized Socks?

From classically muted to cheerful modern colors, Business Light socks are some of our customers' favorites.

The silky, shiny surface is elegant and feels soft against the skin. If you are looking for mercerized cotton socks, then Business Light socks are the perfect find.

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What Are The Advantages of Mercerized Cotton?

Mercerization involves exposing cotton to sodium hydroxide. This causes the fibers to swell, and their cross-section changes from kidney-shaped to round. The cotton also loses up to 25% of its length. Mercerization is therefore an expensive chemical procedure.

However, this finishing process has numerous benefits. The changed structure gives the cotton a silky, wash-resistant shine. Color fastness is significantly increased and the yarn is left stronger.

As well as making the fabric more stable, mercerization also protects it from shrinking. We use mercerized cotton, ensuring better socks for you. Socks made of «Fil d'Écosse».


Do You Like Color?

Mercerization allows us to offers socks in a variety of different patterns, as this is where color comes into its own.

Are you brave enough to add a stylish touch? Then take a look at our Funky Socks collections.

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Who Invented It?

For once, it wasn’t anyone Swiss. When filtering sodium hydroxide through a cotton cloth, Englishman John Mercer noticed that the cloth swelled and ultimately demonstrated different properties.

John Mercer was the son of a hand-loom weaver and began helping out with the work at an early age. Although he never went to school, he learned to read and then taught himself about chemistry through self-study. He immediately began to investigate textile dyes, and patented the procedure named after him in England and the USA in 1851.


3 Reasons to Buy Mercerized Knee Socks

  1. Our knee socks go perfectly with all formal dress codes.
  2. Mercerization leaves them stable and shiny.
  3. Free shipping worldwide in the BLACKSOCKS shop.

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Comfortable and stylish
Lennart M.
Good quality
Peter K.
Patrick R.
Great fit and air flow
Ed K.
Perfect for formal events
William P.
Taguig City
Perfect for formal events
William P.
Taguig City
Perfect for formal events
William P.
Taguig City
Will definitely buy again!
Kim M.
Milton Keynes
Just great value for money
Virachon N.

Care Tips for Socks

Our socks are subjected to rubbing in shoes and changing temperatures every day. Washing should not be another cause of stress. Increase your socks’ shelf life with these simple tips.

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