I am on a continual quest for socks that I like. Every time I find some, they seem to be discontinued before I go to buy more. These National brand cotton crew socks seem to be quite good.
One of my top requirements is that the socks have a high cotton content. Over the past few years, most manufacturers have been reducing the cotton, and increasing the nylon and polyester to improve wear. But at best I don’t like how these feel, and at worst, they give me a rash.
These National Kid’s Crew Socks are 80% cotton, the highest I’ve seen in quite a while. They have 15% polyester and 5% elastic. They feel great!
With my small feet, I bought the kid’s size, sock size 6-8, but they also came in adult sizes. They are a tiny bit large on my feet, but not so much that the toes bunch up.
The inside is lightly cushioned with a terry-cloth weave. These feel more padded than the Hanes socks, and I think they feel like a good athletic sock should. The package says there is “power reinforcement” in the heel and toe, but I can’t see or feel any extra padding. So if there is reinforcement, it is through using a different fiber. I like that they aren’t thicker in those locations.
The toe seam looks nice and flat in the new sock, but has bunched a little in the sock that has been washed twice (see picture). However, it’s not so thick that it hurts my toes, which is another of my ever-present concerns.
The tops are lightly stretchy, with elastic woven into the top band. They stay up nicely, but don’t compress your ankle so much that they make ridges. They probably have too much elastic for diabetics, but they aren’t really tight, like some socks I own.
These are supposed to be washed in cold or warm water, and only non-chlorine bleach is OK. I would probably use chlorine bleach anyway, and take a chance on some shortening of the lifespan of the elastic. Drying in the dryer is acceptable. Although I don’t usually use the dryer, the one in the photo has been through the dryer once.
I would say that these National Cotton Crew Socks are very much like the Hanes Cushion Crew Socks, but a little bit thicker. Hopefully, they will wear better. Those were comfortable, but did not hold up well. They look a lot like the Fruit of the Loom Crew Socks, but feel better- the elastic isn’t so constricting. The sizing is better for me than the Fruit of the Loom ones were.
At only $2.00 for three pairs of socks these are also a GREAT buy. Next time I need white socks, I’ll be looking for these again.
Made in Pakistan.