The Smartwool Experiment

Charting the wear and tear on four pairs of Smartwool socks.

Episode 4: Evidence

with 8 comments

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Beck raids her own sock drawer to show evidence of Smartwool wear and tear.

Written by Beck Tench

November 17, 2008 at 1:21 am

Posted in The Show, Uncategorized

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  1. Does it matter what shoes you wear? Are you wearing these socks with all types of shoes or only certain pairs? Do you think your shoes have anything to do with the excessive wear and tear?

    Just curious…


    November 17, 2008 at 3:53 am

  2. I wonder if they do.

    Smartwool says on their website that improper shoe fitting could be a reason their socks wear and tear. I think I might go by an outdoor store with the two pairs of shoes I wear most (both sneaker-types, one Keen the other Fluevog) and get an expert’s opinion.

    Beck Tench

    November 17, 2008 at 4:36 am

  3. I was wondering the same thing as Brad, and also wondering if the Keen/Fluevog makes the difference in heel/ball wear. I never really thought about it, but I do tend to get more wear in the balls of my dress socks and the heels of my athletic socks. I get holes in the toes when i neglect trimming my toenails.


    November 17, 2008 at 4:43 pm

  4. Jeff, are you indicating that you have seen more wear and tear in non-Smartwool socks after wearing mostly Keen/Fluevog shoes?

    Beck Tench

    November 17, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  5. After thinking long and hard about this I am leaning more and more towards the fact that you are not tying your shoes tight enough thus allowing for more heel slippage and thus resulting in more heal wear.

    my .02


    November 19, 2008 at 10:41 pm

  6. I couldn’t compare, as I prefer a thinner sock. Wool (smart or dumb) makes my feet sweaty, if not itchy as well. I do get more ball of feet wear in the fluevog and dress shoe, heel wear in the keen/new balance.


    November 21, 2008 at 12:54 am

  7. Great, Jeff. Thanks for clarifying. I have one more follow-up question: Do you wear original soles or inserts in the Fluevogs?

    Beck Tench

    November 21, 2008 at 7:31 am

  8. I had a similar problem with some Adidas socks. I thought they were the greatest ever for summer wear. However, they all failed within a few months in the same area (ball of foot). I mailed one back with a letter similar to your email. Sadly, I got no response (the sock was clean!)If only, I had blogged. I am big fan of Thorlo socks. Also, I never dry my one pair of smartwool socks and they have survived about a year of animal keeping. I don’t know if that makes a difference.


    November 21, 2008 at 7:20 pm

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