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Welcome to our big alpaca socks test 2021. Here we present all the alpaca socks we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best alpaca socks for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy alpaca socks.




Summary

  • Alpaca socks are characterised by a variety of useful properties that ensure an ideal and comfortable foot climate. For one thing, they have a thermoregulating effect and can both store and repel heat. This makes alpaca wool socks suitable for both summer and winter.
  • There are two types of alpaca socks: On the one hand, there are socks that are made of 100% alpaca wool and require special care and cleaning. On the other hand, there are socks that only contain a percentage of alpaca wool, to which other natural types of wool or synthetic fibres have been added.
  • When buying, you should pay particular attention to the proportion of alpaca wool in the mixture and the fineness of the wool fibre used is also decisive for high product quality.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying alpaca socks

You want to buy alpaca socks but still have some questions? In our guide you will find important information about alpaca wool socks.

What makes alpaca socks so special?

As the name suggests, alpaca wool - which is used to make alpaca socks - is made from the hair of the animal of the same name.

The special properties of the fur of the Peruvian farm animals can also be used by humans. Socks made from alpaca wool provide more than just warm feet.

Alpaka

So cosy: But the fur is not only nice to look at, it also protects the four-legged camels from the most diverse weather conditions in their homeland - the South American Andes. (Image source: pixabay.com / Capri23auto)

Unlike other animal fibres, such as sheep's wool, alpaca hair is hollow on the inside. This results in unique thermal properties.

In the cold season, body heat is stored in the fibres and at the same time they have an insulating effect against the cold from outside.

In summer temperatures, the alpaca's fur compensates for the heat by simply repelling the warm air. Wearing alpaca socks therefore guarantees a pleasant foot climate in summer as well as in winter.

Alpaca socks are also ideal for people with sweaty feet. Sweat and other moisture is wicked away by the hollow fibres.

Only 25 % of the moisture is absorbed by the wool. Due to the molecules contained in the hair, perspiration odour has no chance. Alpaca wool has a neutralising effect and protects against unpleasant perspiration odours.

The wool fibres are very durable.

High-quality alpaca socks are well worth buying because the fibres are extremely durable, hard-wearing and dirt-repellent. In contrast to comparable natural fibres, alpaca wool felts less quickly and even protects against UV radiation.

What are alpaca socks suitable for?

Due to the many advantageous properties of alpaca wool, the socks are ideally suited for sweaty and strenuous activities, such as hiking or trekking tours.

Alpaca wool socks can also be a good companion when you go camping. Thanks to their special heat-regulating properties, they are ideal for sleeping and are comfortable to wear in both cold and warmer temperatures.

Did you know that alpaca wool is particularly tear-resistant and hard-wearing compared to other animal fibres?

In the tear test, the wool of South American farm animals can withstand up to three times more than conventional sheep's wool.

Alpaca socks can also serve as cosy companions at home. Due to their pleasant feel, they are particularly suitable for warming your feet while watching a series or reading a book on the couch.

Alpaca socks are also available with rubber studs on the soles so that you have a secure footing even on slippery floors.

Alpaca wool socks are also available for children and babies.

Finer knitted versions are also suitable for everyday wear. Alpaca socks are also available in a chic business look. Alpaca wool socks are also available for children and babies. Due to the good compatibility of the fine wool, alpaca socks are also suitable for people with sensitive skin.

Do alpaca socks scratch?

No, if you pay attention to the quality of the wool and buy socks made of pure alpaca wool, you should not feel any unpleasant itching. This should only happen to people with very sensitive skin who cannot tolerate any type of natural wool.

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Wool with a particularly high quality is usually characterised by a pleasant skin feel. (Image source: unsplash.com / Les Triconautes)

If you have very sensitive skin, you should make sure that the wool you buy is as pure as possible. It's best to buy socks that are made of 100% alpaca wool. And even here there are differences in the fineness of the wool.

We have described in more detail what you should look out for in our buying criteria.

Alpaca socks have antibacterial properties and thus make it difficult for bacteria to multiply, which could lead to skin irritations. This makes socks made from this special wool a good choice for allergy sufferers.

What alternatives are there to alpaca socks?

Besides the much sought-after alpaca wool, there are several other natural fibres that stand out for their particularly skin-friendly properties. These include yak hair, cashmere, camel wool and merino wool.

All of these alternatives are characterised by similar properties, such as improved heat regulation and moisture wicking. The biggest differences are probably found in the prices and the availability and environmental friendliness of the respective raw material.

In the cold season, cottage slippers also prove to be particularly practical.

How much do alpaca socks cost?

The price of alpaca socks is always related to the purity of the wool and its quality. In addition, higher socks that require more wool naturally cost a little more than those that only reach just above the ankle.

Socks made of 100% alpaca wool are the most expensive. In most cases, the fineness of the wool is also reflected in the price. The finer the fibre used, the more expensive the product. On the other hand, the more expensive versions are usually much more comfortable to wear.

Percentage of pure alpaca wool in the socks average price per pair of socks
75 - 100 % 25 - 35 € / pair
less than 50 % 5 - 10 € / pair

Especially when you buy online, you should always pay attention to the exact wool blend. Socks made from a blend of alpaca wool with other natural fibres such as sheep's wool or cotton can be very comfortable to wear and still be a little cheaper.

The cheapest socks are those in which the alpaca wool makes up only a small proportion and is mixed with synthetic fibres. As long as the synthetic fibre content does not predominate, however, an increased wearing comfort can still be achieved in this case.

Decision: What types of alpaca socks are there and which is right for you?

If you're thinking about getting alpaca socks, there are two types to choose from:

  • Alpaca socks made from pure alpaca wool
  • Alpaca socks with alpaca wool content

In the case of the variant that consists of a wool blend, there is also the choice between pure natural fibre blends and blends that contain synthetic fibres.

The two variants differ mainly in terms of the positive properties of the alpaca wool.

Of course, these are not as noticeable in the blends as in products made of pure alpaca wool. The care and price of the two types also differ.

Depending on where your priorities lie and what you pay particular attention to when buying, one of the two types is more suitable for you. In the following section we would like to make your decision a little easier.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of alpaca socks made from pure alpaca wool?

Socks made from pure alpaca wool are of very high quality and particularly comfortable to wear. All the properties of alpaca hair fibres can be fully exploited.

The socks are particularly breathable and regulate the temperature. They can be worn in winter as well as in summer and provide an ideal foot climate.

This makes them ideal for long outdoor activities or strenuous hikes.

Even those who tend to sweat can do themselves some good with alpaca socks. The socks absorb very little moisture and wick away most of it.

They also have a neutralising effect on odours and thus prevent unpleasant sweaty smells.

Alpaca wool socks are particularly suitable for allergy sufferers and people with very sensitive skin. Due to the low percentage of wool grease and the additional antibacterial property, they counteract unpleasant skin irritations.

Advantages
  • Exploits all the advantages of alpaca wool
  • Particularly comfortable to wear
  • Suitable for allergy sufferers and sensitive skin
  • Pure natural product
Disadvantages
  • High price
  • Complex care and cleaning
  • More sensitive to the formation of fluff and tangles

However, the good quality of pure alpaca socks is also reflected in the price. It is difficult to find serious offers for less than 20 € per pair. So if you don't want a wool blend, you'll have to dig a little deeper into your pocket.

The care of pure animal fibres is also somewhat more difficult than with a mixed product. For example, they tend to shrink a lot at the wrong washing temperatures and are less forgiving of care mistakes.

In addition, alpaca wool - like almost all animal wool products - tends to mat and form fuzz if washed and dried incorrectly. All in all, more care must be taken with products made of pure alpaca wool.

What distinguishes alpaca socks with alpaca wool content and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Socks that only consist of a certain amount of alpaca wool are usually not as cosy and comfortable to wear as the version made of pure alpaca wool. However, depending on the mixture, they are easier to clean and maintain.

There are two types of wool blends: Those in which the alpaca wool is mixed with other natural fibres such as merino wool or similar, and those in which synthetic fibres are added.

Advantages
  • Cheaper
  • Easier to care for and clean
  • Less delicate
  • Partially better fit and shape retention
Disadvantages
  • Advantages of alpaca wool only to a limited extent, depending on the blend
  • Not always skin-friendly and comfortable to wear
  • Not suitable for allergy sufferers
  • Possibly admixture of synthetic fibres in the natural product

If you prefer natural, you should make sure that only natural fibres are used. Depending on the type of wool added, these socks can also have similar properties to pure alpaca socks.

But beware: the structure of other types of wool can be completely different from that of alpaca wool. This can lead to the socks scratching when worn and moisture and warmth not being regulated as well.

This problem can also occur if the proportion of synthetic fibres such as polyamide, polyacrylic, Lycra or elastane is too high.

In principle, any amount of synthetic fibre leads to a reduction in the positive properties of alpaca wool. How much synthetic fibre is too much cannot be said in general.

However, it can be assumed that the quality is better when there is as high a proportion of pure alpaca wool as possible. Artificial fabrics or other types of wool can also quickly lead to skin irritation and allergic reactions.

However, a wool blend also has advantages: especially when it comes to the care and maintenance of the socks, a synthetic fibre content or the blend with another type of wool can be advantageous, because the wool blend is much less prone to linting or knotting.

In addition, the drying process is not as delicate as with the variant with pure alpaca wool and the wool blend can withstand more washing cycles overall.

Additives such as elastane can also ensure that the sock sits tighter and more form-fitting on the foot and slips less. A wool blend can also have a positive effect on the fit.

If you want cosy socks but don't want to spend too much money, you should also opt for wool blends with alpaca wool content. Depending on the blend and quality, this alternative to the pure product can be significantly cheaper.

Socks with alpaca wool content can be bought for as little as 5 to 10 € per pair.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate alpaca socks

In this chapter we would like to show you which factors you can use to decide between the many different alpaca socks on offer.

The criteria that we consider particularly important before making a purchase are:

  • Fineness
  • Origin
  • Composition/Purity
  • Prewash
  • Care instructions
  • Additional functions such as slip resistance

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what the individual factors are and what you should pay attention to in each case.

Fineness

Not all alpaca wool is the same. The fineness of the wool fibre is measured in microns.

Finer fibres result in a softer structure of the wool and indicate a higher quality.

In the following table you will find the common designations for the individual quality levels and their respective thickness in microns. (Source: edlerzwirn.com)

Quality level Thickness
Baby Royal Under 20.0 micron
Baby Alpaca 20.1 - 23.0 micron
Superfine 23.1 - 26.9 micron
Medium 27.0 - 30.9 micron
Strong 31.0 - 35.9 micron
Coarse 36.0 micron and stronger

Many manufacturers do not specify the micron of the wool used. For particularly soft products made of alpaca wool, the level "Baby Alpaca" is often used.

If in doubt, always check with the retailer if you buy your alpaca socks online and can't touch the fabric to test the softness.

Alpaka

There are two types of alpaca: The Huacaya and the Suri alpacas. The two species do not differ greatly in conformation or behaviour, but can be distinguished by the texture of their hair. Suris have smooth and curly hair, while the wool fibre of the huacayas is very fine and curly. (Picture source: pixabay.com / Capri23auto)

Origin

Similar to food, there are some clues you can look for in natural fibres to assess the quality of the raw material used. For example, alpaca wool can come from an organic farm.

Alpaka auf der Weide

Alpaca wool in organic quality must fulfil certain characteristics, such as the free roaming of the animals. (Image source: unsplash.com / Max Crawford)

This means that no aggressive or dangerous substances were used in the feeding of the animals and the processing of their fur into wool.

Look for the organic seal.

In addition, an organic seal also guarantees that the animals from which the wool comes have had a minimum amount of outdoor exercise and that attention has been paid to general animal welfare.

If it is important to you to buy products that have been produced as environmentally friendly and regionally as possible, you can always find out from the respective supplier where the wool used comes from and where it has been processed.

Of course, regional production without long transport routes is best for the environment.

The safest way is to buy directly from the manufacturer. In Germany, there are already some alpaca farms that also produce wool and process it themselves. There you can also get a direct impression of how the animals are treated and their living conditions.

Did you know that most alpacas can still be found in their original home country of Peru?

With about 3.5 million animals, around 80% of the world's 4.4 million alpacas live here. The Peruvian Indians are particularly well known for their colourful ponchos and other items of clothing made of alpaca wool, which are still worn today according to ancient tradition.

Composition/Purity

As we explained in the decision section, there are different types of alpaca socks to buy. Some are made of pure alpaca wool, while others are made of a wool blend that contains only a percentage of alpaca wool.

If you are looking for the highest possible quality, you should go for the pure variant, as this guarantees that the positive properties of the alpaca's hair fibre can actually be fully exploited.

Products that are made of 100% pure alpaca wool are usually much more expensive. If you want to save money, you can opt for the wool blend variant.

Make sure that the proportion of alpaca wool is not too far below 50% and that only a very small proportion of synthetic fibre has been added. Additives such as merino wool or other high-quality natural fibres ensure that the garment remains comfortable to wear.

Pre-wash

When buying, make sure that the product has been pre-washed. This means that the fabric has already been washed at the maximum tolerable temperature and has shrunk accordingly.

Waschmaschinen

Alpaca wool requires special care. (Image source: unsplash.com / Tina Bosse)

This way you avoid that the socks you buy suddenly have a different size after the first wash and don't fit you anymore. Like all natural fibres, alpaca wool warps when washed at high temperatures.

Care instructions

Always follow the care instructions of the manufacturer or supplier. Especially socks made of pure alpaca wool are usually more difficult to care for than wool blends.

But care should also be taken with the blended version with pure natural fibres. Depending on the composition, cleaning and drying can also require more attention here than is the case with ordinary cotton clothing.

If there are no washing instructions on the packaging or in an instruction leaflet, check with the manufacturer to be sure, as incorrect washing can quickly lead to major damage or visual impairment in the case of delicate wool.

Additional functions such as slip resistance

Alpaca socks have become so popular that they are already available in a wide variety of designs and equipped with useful extras depending on the intended use.

Socks with rubber studs on the soles are particularly practical if you want to wear the cosy foot warmers at home or without shoes on slippery floors.

Kind spielt

Alpaca socks with rubber nubs provide slip resistance on particularly slippery floor surfaces. (Image source: unsplash.com / Caleb Woods)

These are a useful extra, especially for children who like to run and romp around, as they can prevent injuries caused by slipping.

For very active people who like to be out in nature and have planned a longer hike or trekking tour, it is worth investing in alpaca socks that have an additionally prepared sole.

These are usually reinforced and are intended to provide additional protection for the soles of the feet and make walking as comfortable as possible.

Facts worth knowing about alpaca socks

Would you like to know more about alpaca socks? In our trivia section you will find some interesting information about alpaca wool, as well as useful care tips and knitting instructions.

How do I wash my alpaca socks properly?

The correct care and cleaning of your alpaca socks is particularly important, as this ensures maximum durability and a comfortable feel even after the first wash.

In general, you should make sure that you do not wash your pure alpaca wool socks too often and unnecessarily, as every wash wears down the wool. For example, if your socks just smell unpleasant, you can simply hang them out in the fresh air for a while.

If they are dirty, you can wash them in the washing machine if it has a wool wash cycle.

Never use a normal wash cycle and make sure you use a special detergent for wool, otherwise it can cause matting or linting.

The best way to wash your socks is by hand, as this is particularly gentle. Simply soak your socks in warm water with a dash of wool detergent.

Then you can slowly swish the socks back and forth in this solution. Then simply rinse them with clean water.

Very important: never rub the socks together and do not press them roughly together! This can quickly lead to unsightly knots and felting of the wool. You should always dry alpaca wool textiles lying down, as they can change their shape when hanging.

For really stubborn stains, there is no way around professional cleaning by a professional. To ensure that your socks last for a long time, you should not experiment with them yourself.

Wool blends with synthetic fibres are usually easier to clean because they are not as sensitive. In general, as with all types of clothing, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

How can I knit alpaca socks myself?

If you know your way around a knitting needle and wool thread, you can of course knit alpaca socks yourself. You can buy the wool in the desired colour in balls and then get started straight away.

Wolle

Alpaca wool balls are available in various colours and blends. If you want a purely natural product, you should make sure that the wool has not been chemically dyed. The natural colour palette of alpacas ranges from white, beige and brown to deepest black. (Image source: unsplash.com / Soraya García)

However, always bear in mind that the wool shrinks again the first time it is washed and this change must be factored into the size.

For better durability, you can also look for a small amount of synthetic fibre in the yarn. This will make the end product a little less delicate.

What other alpaca wool products are there?

Because alpaca wool is becoming more and more popular and its properties make it so pleasant on the skin, there is an increasingly wide range of products based on this natural fibre. From socks to hats, blankets, insoles or scarves, almost everything in terms of clothing is included.

Leggings and home textiles such as bed linen can also be made from the fine wool with the heat-regulating properties.

As with socks, of course, the same applies here: Quality has its price. Whole blankets made of pure alpaca wool can quickly cost several hundred euros.

What can I do if my alpaca socks get linty?

As with any other product made from natural animal wool, alpaca socks can also get linty. Especially before the first wash and when worn for the first time, small wool fibres tend to come loose from the fabric.

You can counteract the first fluffing by gently washing the alpaca wool socks in lukewarm water before wearing them for the first time. Move the socks slowly and carefully back and forth.

This should help the loose fibres to settle and prevent the heaviest linting at the beginning.

The only way to prevent lint from forming later is to follow the manufacturer's washing and drying instructions exactly. This will also ensure that the cosy and soft structure of the alpaca wool is preserved for as long as possible.

Is the production of alpaca socks associated with animal cruelty?

No, this is not necessarily the case. If the breeders and keepers of the animals pay attention to species-appropriate husbandry, the right feeding and the right social environment, the alpacas can lead a beautiful life and still provide plenty of wool for further processing.

The following points are considered particularly important for species-appropriate husbandry:

  • Alpacas are herd animals and must therefore always be kept together with other animals.
  • They need a lot of outdoor space. Ideally, an area of around 1000 m² is available for two animals.
  • Alpacas must not be fed concentrated feed or similar. In their home country they feed exclusively on grasses. This should also be maintained in Germany.
  • Regular cleaning of the stable and constant access to food and water are always necessary so that the animals feel comfortable.
  • For reasons of hygiene, shearing should always be done on the whole body at the same time. (Source: edlerzwirn.com)

If you buy your alpaca products directly from a farm, you can at least partially control these requirements yourself. If this is not possible, you must rely on any seals or the manufacturer's information.

Image source: pixabay.com / LUM3N

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