These Welly Boot socks or Sea Boot socks are knee length, turn-over top socks machine knitted by a small family run firm in the U.K Midlands from 80% hard wearing British wool and 20% nylon. The wool offers excellent insulation and wicking properties, whilst the nylon content provides enough stretch to ensure a good fit. This combination will help to keep your feet warm and dry and is ideal on chilly Winter days for working outdoors or Country walks. These socks come in 3 unisex sizes 4-7, 8-10 and 11-13+. We find that the sizes are on the larger side in the foot area but can be a little tight at the tops (they are designed to be turned over at the top which eases them up a little, they do also stretch and relax with wear, but will not fit over the outside of your wellies). These socks are knitted from machine washable wool (30 degree, short spin cycle only, with small amount of detergent, don’t tumble dry, dry flat away from direct heat).
These socks come to us from Arbon Socks who produce a range of British made luxury Alpaca and wool socks. They are then dyed at our small outside dye house in Oxfordshire, using well water and plant or insect dyes, many of which are grown or gathered by us in a sustainable way from the organic Estate on which we are based. When we do use imported dyes we source these directly, or from a company with a strong ethical sourcing policy.
The joy of natural dyes is the wide variety of colours, shades and tones we are able to produce. Whilst it would, in many ways be easier and more practical to batch dye and standardise our colours, we are reluctant to give up the individual and experimental and we enjoy making the results of this available to our customers. Therefore we give each colour or shade we produce a unique name and photograph it with a label, so that you can be clear about what you are buying. We name some of the classic colours that each dyestuff produces after the dyestuff itself (e.g. woad blue or madder red), other colours are named using the Pantone colour system (this occasionally causes confusion as several Pantone colours are also plant names – please contact us if you would like to know what dyestuffs have been used to create a particular colour).
Alum-mordanted socks are an option for anyone wanting to do their own dyeing, the mordant will assist the natural dyestuff of your choice in binding to the wool.
If we don’t have the colour of your choice in the relevant size Contact Us and we may be able to dye a pair especially for you (we won’t promise to match exactly but can usually achieve similar colours to other socks or wool yarns on our site).
We have a policy of buying no new packaging material for use in posting out parcels, we re-use old packaging gathered from other local businesses, individuals and schools. We hope you will enjoy receiving your parcel, whatever shape and size it is, knowing that it has a little less impact on the environment