We hear you, and don't get us wrong, we love cotton! So, why don't we use cotton in the majority of our socks (our non-squid Carson & Casey knit collections have 5% cotton) ? A great and fair question! Several reasons...
The highly specialized and new printing technology we use to print our socks, dye-sublimation, requires the sock composition to have a high level of polyester in order to work properly.
During one of many of our testing phases, we did attempt a majority cotton sock. Unfortunately, our secret sauce, a.k.a "squiddy dots" wouldn't work on the inside cuff. Total bummer, and who would have thought??
While we use synthetic materials, the materials that make up our Squid Socks® have many properties we love. Unlike cotton, polyester is moisture wicking (when is the last time you saw a raincoat made out of cotton?), which means it dries much faster and actually makes it more stain resistant. Added bonus, polyester doesn't shrink and doesn't wrinkle.
Nylon is extremely strong, durable, flexible, wind proof, resistant to water and a great shock absorber. Another resilient fabric we utilize is spandex, also known as elastane. Lightweight, flexible and great for maintaining its original size and shape.
Cotton has lots of wonderful pros, it's just not the best choice for active uses, and goodness knows our kids are active (understatement of the century). All cotton socks tend to absorb sweat, saturate quickly and dry slowly. Not the best recipe for keeping little feet warm and dry.
Our socks truly are designed for functionality, peak performance and durability. Because, let's be real, kids are brutal on everything! Hence the phrase, "this is why we can't have nice things."
All this said, we are always in the mindset of continuing to grow and improve our product(s). As technology progresses, we are hopeful we can one day bring you additional fabric options and blends. We are just beginning and hope you stay with us on our Squid Socks® journey!