Natural or Synthetic Fiber?

By: Tom Lemke - Cped MC, Cped C, Nov 15, 2017
The Foot Lab, Edmonton, Feet Foot Health

What are the best kind of socks for my feet?

In my opinion any natural fiber is infinitely better for us than any synthetic material!

I've heard people refer to cotton as "death cloth" and I understand why, in situations where you need to keep your skin dry so you don't freeze to death cotton does become a health hazard.  But in situations where life and death are not an issue cotton will breathe much, much better than virtually any synthetic material.

My favorite is wool, wool is a miracle cloth, nothing compares to a quality wool garment whether it's a coat, shirt, socks, or undergarment it is the best possible thing we can wear in any situation. It breathes, it's self-cleaning, it doesn't cause body odor like synthetics do.  And its temperature self-regulating better than any other material, and a quality wool is not itchy on the skin. In my opinion.

Tom Lemke has been making custom footwear for Canadians for over 30 years.

Tom became a Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman in 1996, and a few years later in 2003 he started his own orthopedic, orthotic and pedorthic practice: The Foot Lab. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, The Foot Lab serves clients from Grande Prairie to Nova Scotia and beyond.  Check out our website 

Our Certified Pedorthic Master Craftsman will create custom-made shoes, inserts, insoles and/or footwear modification to help you:

  • improve your walking posture, putting less stress on your body;
  • relieve foot, leg, or back pain from walking and standing;
  • walk more naturally with differently-sized legs or a partial or full amputation; and
  • relieve pain and improve balance problems caused by chronic health issues like diabetes or cerebral palsy.