The Telegraph Lifestyle 2018

‘I didn’t wash them for a year’, could these goat hair socks stop your feet from smelling?

Jonathan Wells writes an article for Men’s Lifestyle in The Telegraph.

If smelly feet really get your goat, your best option might be to, well, get a goat.

A Devonshire farmer has created a new line of socks that claim to eliminate foot odour. In fact, the socks, which are made from angora kid goat hair, are said to be so effective at stifling your natural stink that the creator reckons you can wear them for an entire year without putting them in the washing machine.

What’s more, Steve Whitley’s Corrymoor mohair socks went on sale over 25 years ago – and he was only recently made aware of the benefits beyond comfort.

Consumers leaving comments on the Corrymoor website told 65-year old Whitley that their smelly feet were a thing of the past, with one buyer, an orchestra leader, boasting that he hadn’t washed his pair for a whole year.

“Customers began telling us that they could wear them for days without them becoming stiff or smelly,” says Whitley of his accidental super-socks.

“It was the men who were more forthcoming about his, but then women began writing in. Our socks can be worn day after day, week after week, in extreme conditions without any problems form foot odour or discomfort.”

As mohair – the luxury material that is usually used to weave expensive designer knitwear – does not trap bacteria in the same way as rougher wool or cotton, Whitley’s socks make it much less likely for bromodosis (the medical term for smelly feet) to set in.

Feet are prone to bromodosis as they have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, and the ‘cheesy’ smell is caused when this sweat comes into contact with bacteria on the skin’s surface.

Whitley, who says that he wears the same pair of socks for a fortnight around the farm before washing them, explains that the mohair shorn from angora kid goats is highly absorbent, and can prevent bacterial build-up by wicking this moisture away from the skin.

Whitley’s socks start at £9 for the ankle versions, are £10 for most standard designs, and go up to £21.50 for the over-the-knee Woodlander Plus 4 pairs.

Published: 5th May 2018