It’s time for another ethical fashion guide! This time, I’m showcasing the best ethical socks, tights, and hosiery brands in the UK (and those that ship here).
I love a good pair of comfy socks that last and last, and even more so when they come from brands who ensure their workers are treated and paid fairly. The cherry on top is when they use eco materials, such as organic cotton, hemp, or recycled polyester.
Unlike shoes, socks are an easy item of clothing to make. It’s why there’s so many brands out there making ethical socks – but this list will showcase my favourites, both in terms of design, materials, and ethics.
What’s in my sock drawer…
I have a whole range of different socks and tights – it’s one of the items I know I will wear over and over again. While there are some not-so-ethical hanger-oners, most are now ethical.
Socks-wise, I have three brands I like to shop with. Kind Socks are my newest discovery, and one I funded on their Kickstarter last year. I have two pairs of their socks – the blue, white and red striped socks, and a sexy pair of red and black leopard print socks. They’re basically Happy Socks, but made with genuine happiness across their supply chain.
And finally, I’ve written about my favourite tights from Swedish Stockings before, but not yet about their socks! More like glitzy pop-socks, I love wearing both their silvery black ankle socks (above), and their fishnet socks with heels. They’re both high quality, high style, and made from recycled materials too.
Ethical sock, tights and hosiery brands
Alongside these three, there are lots of other great ethical brands making socks out there. Here are my favourites:
Critically Endangered Socks – Range of socks that protect endangered species around the world
Jackpine Socks – Vegan low-impact outdoor hiking socks, planting one tree for every pair sold
Jollie’s – Colourful socks made in England, with one pair going to local homeless shelters for every pair sold
Kind Socks – Sustainable GOTS-certified organic cotton unisex socks made in bright, happy colours
Knowledge Cotton – Organic cotton no show footsies, perfect for flat shoes
MAiK London – Ethically and sustainably made socks in a range of quiet and loud designs
Mamacha UK – 100% alpaca wool thick socks and leg-warmers
Organic Basics – Organic cotton socks made in ethical factories in Turkey and Portugal
People Tree – 98% organic cotton socks in cute patterns and colours
PerTin Textiles – Independent organic cotton socks handmade in the UK
Stand4 Socks – Donating one pair of socks to homeless shelters for every pair bought
Swedish Stockings – Tights, knee-highs, socks, and pop socks all made from sustainable and recycled materials
Thought Clothing – Consciously made socks made in a range of sustainable fabrics and designs