Zkano Organic Socks: Keeping Your Feet Green

I’m pretty conscious of the origin of clothing that I buy, and knowing that conventionally grown cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop, I’ll choose organic cotton every single time.

I’ve tried a few organic cotton socks, and the quality of the sock itself wasn’t really up to snuff. When it comes to socks, they don’t get seen very much, but they make a big difference in the way you feel (try working all day in crappy uncomfortable socks).

The quality has not been good until now, that is. The kind folks over at Zkano sent me a few pair of their organic cotton socks to try out, and I put them to the test over the last several weeks.

I wore the Zkano socks with sneakers, with sandals (oh yes, I did), and then I also put them to the test of sliding across our wood floors with them (don’t try this at home, kiddos). I’m very pleased with the quality of these socks, and can heartily recommend them to anyone looking for a ‘green’ sock that’s made to last.

My choices:

* The Ridge – I like these for when it’s hot out and you still need a comfortable sock for riding, running, climbing, or working out.ridge_white

“Sitting comfortably just below the ankle, this durable no-show sock flies under the radar while its full terry lined interior adds ample cushion. The toe seam is virtually invisible and fits smooth under the shoe. A specially designed heel tab works with the extra deep heel pocket to prevent slipping, and the custom y-gore heel keeps it snug for the best possible performance and fit.”

*The Venture – Not quite as low as the Ridge, this sock is a bit more of a conventional athletic sock, and the quality of the elastic is great – no ‘quitters’ here.

“This soft and durable mini crew fits snuggly just above the ankle with a reinforced top. From the deep contoured heel pocket, all the way down to the smooth seam across the toe, the extra plush full terry lined Venture stays comfy and always in shape, wash after wash and wear after wear.”

* The Abound – A tall sock with plenty of cushion, good for the long haul.

“Soft, supportive and no-nonsense, the Abound keeps you comfortably in step all day long. This sock starts out strong with a 1″ welt top, and the supportive extra-ribbed top firmly holds on from the shin to the ankle. The heel and toe are both reinforced for optimum support and provide extra padding for the sole. The cushioned foot and flat knit top add comfort to this hard working sock.”

Zkano organic socks are made in the U.S. by second generation sock makers, in Fort Payne, AL, formerly known as the sock capital of the world.

Derek Markham

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6 thoughts on “Zkano Organic Socks: Keeping Your Feet Green

  • November 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I’ve been wearing these socks for a while and have fallen in love with them. Thanks so much for sharing your review. You wore them with sandals? Really? 🙂

    • November 5, 2009 at 11:43 am

      Brittiny –

      Mostly as a joke – I wear Chacos most of the year, and when it’s a bit chilly out in the morning, I throw some socks on. Not usually out in public, though…

  • November 6, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Oh Brittiny, Brittiny, Brittiny don’t you know that as a man gets older the impulse to wear socks with sandals increases – especially black socks. 😉

    I’m surprised to hear that most organic cotton socks would be uncomfortable since other organic cotton fabrics are super comfortable – we have some organic cotton sheets that are so velvety I never want to get out of bed… then the urge to put on black socks and sandals takes over and I force myself to leave the comfort of a cozy warm bed.
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..Beware of Catnip Crazed Cat: An Herby AeroGrow Overthrow =-.

    • November 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

      I think the issue is not with the fabric or materials, but rather with the way they’re made. I’ve had bad experiences with thin socks and ones that have a tendency to lose their elasticity.

  • November 6, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    It’s great to know some textiles are still made locally. Thanks for the information. Can’t wait to try them out both at the gym and with boots this winter.

  • November 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    The Ridge is my favorite Zkano sock- it stays on snug and doesn’t slip down in to my running shoe. No more heel blisters!


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