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Soft Topped Socks

Posted 20.04.2020 - alpaca-soft-topped-socks

Made from 55% Alpaca and 45% stretchy nylon these are a 2x2 knit with no defined cuff. They have a tube like appearance but please do not let that put you off, they slacken off immediately. A reduced ratio of alpaca is used to bring down the thickness so that they can be worn in normal, everyday footwear. Even in warm weather these breathe naturally, wick away moisture and keep feet at a perfect temperature at all times. Please note that both types of everyday socks have the same ratio of alpaca and therefore have the same bands around them when they arrive.

They are as soft as cashmere to wear, comfortable, amazingly durable and improve with wear, as do all very high quality fibres. Alpaca repels bacteria and odour so even after a hard day your feet will feel fresh. 

Our socks have hand-linked toes which makes the seams flat and comfortable.

Alpaca has unique hollow fibres which have higher insulating properties than any other wool. The fibre has a low prickle factor and can be worn by those who normally cannot tolerate wool next to their skin. Alpaca naturally repels bacteria and odour so socks can be worn for a week without the need to wash. Embrace the arrival of Long Life Socks!

We have found that alpaca socks and knitwear wash beautifully and there is no shrinkage at all, ever. We have socks that have been worn and washed regularly for the last five years and they are still perfect.

It is not heat that will ruin your alpaca goods but agitation, this is why it is imperative to do them on a wool cycle only in your machine – or hand wash of course.


  • Wash on a 30/40° C wool programme only.
  • No more than 1 Kilo of washing to be in machine.
  • Use wool specific detergent.
  • Wash in a net bag or pillowcase.
  • Can be washed gently by hand in tepid water with a short spin.
  • Do not rub
  • Wash dark colours separately.
  • Reshape while damp.
  • Do not bleach.
  • Dry naturally – they do take 24 hours to air dry properly.
  • Do not dry on direct heat such as a radiator or Aga.
  • Do not tumble dry.
  • Can be ironed.