Angora

Soft luxurious angora is a yarn originally made from angora rabbit hair and characterized by a woolly look. Great for winter and often used with specialty acrylic fibres.

Ankle High Hosiery

Ideal for wear under trousers that stop above the ankle. During the summer months these are cooler to wear and are available in 15 – 40 denier. Currently they can be seen on catwalks in all colours and styles worn with heels. Great alternative to full length tights.

Arch Support

Arch Support Socks feature an elasticated section which fits around the foot arch and holds in place to provide that extra support. These socks are ideal for sports and activities.

Argyle

Argyle is a multi-coloured knitted diamond pattern against a solid colour background.

Bamboo Socks

Bamboo Socks set themselves apart from other socks. With antibacterial and anti-sweat qualities, bamboo socks absorb moisture faster than other fibres, keeping your feet dry throughout the whole day.  Bamboo never sticks to the skin, and it’s 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton This allows your feet to be healthier, drier as bamboo retracts potentially harmful bacteria from infecting your feet and naturally stops bacteria from spreading. The micro-holed structure of bamboo fibre promotes effective temperature control, ventilation than other fibres, helping to keep feet 2-3 degrees cooler in warm weather and warm in cold winter weather.

Bamboo is known for being super soft, because at a microscopic level, bamboo fibre has a round and smooth surface. Because of this it reduces foot irritation making bamboo socks ideal for anyone with any sensitive or allergy prone skin.  Bamboo is 100% naturally grown, without assistance from man and it is 100% sustainable. It thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilisers and the fibre is 100% biodegradable. Bamboo also has many features that lend themselves perfectly to socks. Test have shown that even after fifty times of washing, bamboo fabric still possessed these functions.

Cable

Cable is a knitted pattern; usually made up of two vertically intertwined bands, often known as Cable knit.

Cashmere

Cashmere is a luxuriously soft, expensive yarn made from the undercoat of the Kashmir goat.

Coolmax

Designed to decrease moisture away from the foot allowing it to evaporate. Cool Max helps socks keep your feet feel and look cool, dry, and fresh whenever you wear them and most effective during exercise and sport.

Comfort Cuff

Socks with a comfort cuff feature a softer top which grips the leg more gently – enough to keep the sock up but not so much that it digs into the leg, cuts off circulation or leaves any uncomfortable marks.

Cotton Socks and Tights

Cotton is the most desired fibre where socks are concerned and are popular for their natural softness.

Cotton socks also absorb moisture effectively, especially in sports or work socks where more strenuous work is being carried out. They are also easily washed and naturally durable. Cotton is a soft and heat-resistant vegetable fibre used in garments since 3,000 B.C. Absorbs and retains moisture, and is readily washable.

Like other fibres, cotton has several family members. These include both Pima Cotton and Mercerized cotton.

In active sports socks it moves sweat away from the foot, transporting through the sock top or to shoe surfaces where it can evaporate. This is important in strenuous sports use because sweat-soaked socks become hard and matted, ultimately causing discomfort and contributing to the possibility of blistering.

Cotton is the premier fibre in socks and is preferred by many consumers as it has abrasion resistance, excellent shape-keeping resilience and above all, it is a natural fibre.

Cotton Lisle

Cotton lisle is loved for its superior strength and durability. Twisted an extra twist per inch than ordinary yarns in one direction with a second thread twisted at the same rate in the opposite direction, these two strands are then twisted together to create one combined cotton lisle thread.

What is Mercerised Cotton Lisle?

To create mercerised lisle cotton, the yarn is put through the mercerising process (exposing it to a caustic soda solution). This removes any removes any rough fibres giving the yarn a beautiful sheen finish and extra strength.

To ensure the highest quality, Pantherella use the finest quality long staple Egyptian cotton for their classic cotton lisle socks.

Cushioned

Cushioned, is any construction with a terry pile surface on one side and a ribbed or plain knit surface on the other.

In most cushioned athletic socks for example, the terry forms the inside of the foot portion of the sock. Some of the more sophisticated styles feature added layers of cushioning under certain areas of the foot, depending upon the sports activity for which the socks are intended.

Cushion constructions are often used in men’s and women’s athletic and casual socks of all types. While terry cushioning normally fulfils a functional purpose of reducing shock of running or jumping, the same terry-knitting procedure is followed in producing some novelty sock with a terry or velour outer surface.

Cushion constructions in a sock increases the thermal qualities. The cotton-cushion-soled sock is the most versatile all-weather purpose sock.

Energising Socks

Graduated compression socks that help rejuvenate tired and fatigued legs. This is done by promoting upward blood circulation in the legs.

Denier

Denier is used to describe thickness and weight of the hosiery. In summary, the lower the denier, the thinner and sheerer the yarn. For example, 80 denier tights are durable and warm whilst 20 and below denier tights are ideal for summer.

In simple terms, the finer the tight the lower the number, and the thicker or heavier weight the hosiery the higher the number. The denier of the product will determine how the product will look on the leg.

10 denier or lessUltra-sheerExtremely elegant, cooler in summer, can give the illusion of bare legs when wearing the correct skin tone
10 to 20 denierSemi sheerElegant and practical for every day or evening wear. The most popular denier range, giving even coverage to legs. Stronger than ultra-sheer.
25 to 35 denierSemi – opaqueStill elegant for dressy occasions, stronger, longer lasting and slightly warmer than sheers.
40 denier or moreOpaqueDurable and long lasting. Practical for everyday use. Warmer and ideal for cooler weather. Offers complete cover for the leg.

Dri – Fit

Nike Dri-FIT fabric has been cleverly developed by specialists Nike. This special fabric wicks away moisture from the skin helping to keep your skin dry and comfortable.

Embroidery

Embroidery is the application of designs or decorative trim by machine or hand sewing.

Hand-linked Toes

Socks with hand-linked toes are basically seamless. You really must experience the comfort to believe it.  We link the toe seam together with a single thread – so you feel no bulkiness.

Fair Trade

A trade agreement that ensures fair prices are paid to producers in less developed countries by companies in developed countries.

Graduated Compression

A type of compression that helps upwards circulation. Compression is tighter at the bottom of the sock and looser at the top to encourage blood to flow upward. This is the case with our flight socks and our IOMI energizing socks.

Honeycomb Top

A knitting method found around the top of a sock, designed especially for extra comfort.

Hold Ups

These maintain the sexiness of stockings without the inconvenience of having to wear a suspender belt. Cooler in summer, they have a silicone band at the top of the leg which holds them in place against the skin. Beauty products, talc and body lotions should be avoided when wearing hold-ups, as these lessen the grip between the silicone and the skin, which is key to keeping the product secure and in place. They are available in 15 – 70 denier and some fashion styles. Hold ups- avoid moisturisers when using our silicone-based products. In the event of any irritation please discontinue using them. For those who are allergic to silicone products we offer an alternative, our classic nylon stocking.

Knee High Hosiery

These are ideal to wear under trousers as the product stops just below the knee. They are available in 15 – 70 denier and some fashion styles.

Leggings

Tights without feet, this hosiery is a great alternative to traditional tights. Often referred to as footless tights or leggings.

Lycra

Almost all hosiery now has a Lycra content. Hosiery containing Lycra is stronger and fits better on the leg, resulting in increased comfort. The more rows of knitting that contain Lycra the better the result. Lycra is the registered brand name of Du Pont for elastane fibre.

Mercanised Cotton

(Also known as pearl cotton)

Although the mercerising process was devised in 1844 by John Mercer, it was not 1980 when H.A. Lowe improved the process did mercerising become popular. Mercerising is a treatment that the yarn is put through which gives the yarn an extra strength and gorgeous sheen finish.

Merino Wool

The Merino is an economically influential breed of sheep prized for its wool. Merinos are regarded as having some of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.

Non Elastic

A method that loosens the top of the sock. These types of socks have no constriction rings around your legs, meaning they are much more comfortable for everyday wear. This property also promotes blood circulation and is ideal for those who suffer from diabetes.

Pair

A pair is an article consisting of two joined or corresponding parts not used separately. For example, a pair of trousers or a pair of scissors.

Purista

Purista is an exciting new treatment designed to keep your fabrics cleaner and fresher for longer, increasing your comfort and giving you a new, fresh confidence in your clothes.
Your clothes will retain that just washed feeling after a full day at work – no matter how stressful your day has been!

Ribbed

Composed of vertical ridges or ‘wales’ of varying width ribbed is a traditional sock construction method, popular not only because it has a visual and tactile appeal, but because it gives a sock needed elasticity. The diagonal rib is a design treatment not unlike a herringbone.

Stockings

The most traditional form of hosiery, with two separate legs worn with a suspender belt to keep the item in place.

Thermal Socks

Thermal socks are specifically designed to keep your feet warm. They can be made from wool, cotton and acrylic. The knitting process of a long thermal loop and a brushed inner are the main determinants of a classic thermal sock.

Tights

The most popular form of hosiery, available in 7 – 100 denier.

Modal Cotton

Modal cotton is a blend of cotton and modal, which is a type of rayon made from beech tree fibres. The modal element enhances the moisture wicking ability of pure cotton and it’s also less prone to shrinking.

Tog Rating

A reliable scientific method that measures the thermal properties of a certain fabric. The higher the tog rating, the more effective a fabric can contain the warmth. For instance, Heat Holders socks have a 2.34 tog rating meaning it is 7x warmer than an average cotton sock. You will also find a tog rating attached to thermal underwear, blankets, hats, gloves and neck warmers on our website.

Kilt Socks

Wool

Wool is a great insulator, making wool socks ideal for colder climates. Wool socks are especially helpful when hiking or working in cold conditions as they absorb moisture, reducing the chance of sweaty feet. Wool fibres are also naturally anti-bacterial and odour resistant.

Welt

The welt of the sock is the top of the sock, more commonly known as the cuff.