Where can I buy British made socks?
Here are the places I know of, in no particular order, where you can buy UK made socks.
Samson Socks have a factory in Manchester. Established in 1981. They make football, rugby and hockey socks. Some items on their website are available retail, most trade only, and they also have an eBay shop. They say on their website “My company philosophy is quite simply, “quality football socks made in England at affordable prices, with a personal and first class service”. I am not sure if all their socks are UK made so please check before buying. No country of origin information is given against individual products on their website, although it is on their eBay shop – http://footballsocks.co.uk
I already mentioned Bison Bushcraft. Bison Bushcraft describe themselves as bushcraft and wilderness outfitters and they are keen to source stuff locally. All their men’s and women’s clothing and knives for example are made in the UK (made in the UK from UK materials). They also sell British made Spoons / Crook Knives, fire steels, knives, Strikefire Spork (yes it’s a British made spork), and pot hanging tripods. Their clothes include Guide Shirts, Forester Shirts, antler buttons, the Bush Shirt, the Zipped Bush Shirt, the Gamekeepers waistcoat, the Troyer Sweater, moleskin trousers, a Wax Cag (the splash-proof zips are also made in the UK), Bronco hats, the Merino Wool Watch Cap (a wooly hat), Merino Wool Buffs, Bison Woodland Boots, Bison Bushcraft Boots, a Bison Bushcraft Cloth Badge, and their fabulous woollen socks. Their service is excellent.
Bison Bushcraft Sage or Brown Woollen Socks. 90% wool.
Alpkit.com sell socks made in the UK – http://www.alpkit.com/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=16436&category_id=303 – if they have them in stock (Alpkit do great outdoor kit, but most of their stuff is made abroad). I have not tried their socks.
Brasher make all their socks in the UK (but sadly not their boots). Just read that Brasher are to be no more and that the name will be dropped for the Berghaus name,whether this means the socks will no longer be made in the UK I don’t know (thanks to Dorian for the info). Both companies were already part of the Pentland Group. Additionally, whilst all Brasher boots are foreign made, it seems they currently use Pittards British leather – manufactured in the UK and that may change too – www.brasher.co.uk
Finisterre – http://www.finisterreuk.com/ – sell nice UK made socks (Finisterre do great outdoor kit, but most of their stuff is made in Portugal). These ones are 65% wool.
J Alex Swift make socks here in the UK – http://www.jalexswift.co.uk – you can get their socks from RAB socks or the Sock Shop for example. This picture is of a pair of men’s J. Alex Swift fawn colour 100% wool ribbed socks (handwash only; made in Gt. Britain). I ordered these socks from Amazon and they feel wonderful. J Alex Swift Ltd was established in 1895 in the village of Hathern in Leicestershire, England where it remains today.
Like J Alex Swift, Pantherella make quality English socks – http://www.pantherella.com – they are available from RAB socks or the Sock Shop for example. There is an interesting article about Pantherella here. Pantherella also make socks for others, for example Richard James socks are made by Pantherella. HJ Hall – http://www.hjhall.com/ – have been making fabulous socks in England since 1882 and are the largest independent sock manufacturer in the UK. They own Pantherella and Scott Nichol (http://www.scott-nichol.com/). According to their website “In 2012 HJ celebrated 130 years of manufacturing, and took the bold decision to bring the majority of overseas production back to the UK” – best check then that socks from these companies really are made in the UK, but it sounds as if they will be now. HJ Hall socks are available online at various shops including http://www.hj.co.uk and in various stores. Update 2/116 – Renowned Hinckley sock company HJ Hall is stopping UK production after more than 130 years. All production of HJ Hall socks will now be abroad, although Pantherella socks will continue to be made in the UK. I don’t know about Scott Nichol socks, but I suggest UK production may continue in as they are currently made in England by Pantherella. The Pantherella plant in Leicester, acquired by HJ Hall in 2001. Sad news indeed about HJ Hall.
Talking of the Sock Shop, they highlight which socks are made in the UK on their website – http://www.sockshop.co.uk – not all the socks they sell are made in the UK.
RAB Socks only sell socks that are made in the UK – http://www.rabsocks.co.uk – I have not shopped here but I will I think – they also have an e-bay shop.
I’ve recently bought some Karrimor socks in TK Maxx that are made in Great Britain, although I cannot find any mention of socks on their website. The Lambretta Classic Socks in TK Maxx were also made in Great Britain.
Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd manufacture of technical socks for Walking/ Hiking, Mountaineering, Running, Skiing, and Everyday. Bridgedale socks are made in the UK – http://www.bridgedale.com – Owned by the Bollin Group.
WoolFusion Summit Knee Sock by Bridgedale. Wool mix. Made in the UK.
I have just found this company on the net – http://www.rampantsporting.com – I have not tried them, but all of their socks are made in Britain. See the Rampant Sporting blog – http://www.rampantsporting.com/blog/?p=10. They make cotton socks and specialise in striped socks.
Corgi Hosiery – http://www.corgihosiery.co.uk/ – make socks and scarfs and the like in wool, cotton and cashmere. According to their website – “Everything we sell is entirely made at our factory in Ammanford, Wales, using traditional methods.” They are part of the Dewhurst Dent Group of companies, who also own Dents gloves (which are not all made in the UK!). “Since 1892 Corgi wool, cotton and cashmere socks and knitwear have been exclusively made at our factory in Wales, UK”.
Ducker and Son, Oxford – http://www.duckerandson.co.uk – do a range of UK made socks, as well as bespoke and off-the-shelf shoes and other accessories like ties, bags and belts all made in Britain. Some of the stuff in their shop is made abroad I think. You’ll need to visit the shop really if you are interested.
Viyella socks – Viyellasocks are made in England. http://regencyshirtcompany.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=61_74
Wolsey socks – Some Wolsey socks are apparently made in Leicester in the UK. You’ll have to ask your supplier which or look at the packing. Strangely, no socks are featured on their website, but it seems they are still made and you can buy them in some shops or online, for example at Richmond Socks.
Some men’s socks and shooting stockings in Cordings of Piccadilly are made in England; others are foreign made. Cordings sell quite a few British made menswear items, as well as quite a few foreign made items. All their womenswear is foreign made – http://www.cordings.co.uk
Marko John’s – http://marko-johns.com – socks are made in England by a hosiery specialist who has been making British socks since 1895. Marko John’s even sell bespoke wedding socks! Their socks are all cotton socks, mostly of the shorter length and are usually striped or bright colours. Available in one size (8-11 mens; 4-7 ladies). Marko John’s are based in Oxford and they also sell special Oxford University socks for various Oxford colleges. Free postage in the UK and only £5 to post worldwide. I am pleased to read that all their packaging is manufactured and printed in England too.
Marko John’s Merton College cotton socks. Made in Britain.
Oxford Socks are manufactured in England using British yarns. Cotton socks. Not sure who makes them but they look nice.
Smart Turnout sell a range of military, university and old school cotton coloured socks that are made for them in England.
Sir Plus sell made in England socks – http://www.sirplus.co.uk/products/socks,4739016.
Universal Works sell a range of made in England socks in cotton, cotton mixes and wool mixes.
Turnbull and Asser socks are made in the UK – http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk/Socks/Woollen_Sports_Socks/Merino_Wool_Sport_Sock_in_Navy.html
Woolyknit sell British Wool socks – http://www.woolyknit.com/accessories-hats-scarves-and-gloves-10-c.asp
Richard James Savile Row socks are (all?) made in England.
Burrows cotton socks are all made in England – http://www.tburrows.co.uk
Burrows cotton socks. Made in England. Photograph by author.
Sealskinz – All their socks, except the liner socks, are made in England. Their Ultragrip Gloves also are all made in England. Unfortunately their other products are foreign made. On their website they state “We are extremely proud to manufacture over 50% of all our product range by hand in the UK, with factory, warehouse and office facilities in King’s Lynn, Norfolk.”
Murdock London sell made in England socks.
Johnstons of Elgin make their socks in the UK, in Scotland (using mostly imported raw materials); and as far as I know all their other products are UK made too – http://www.johnstonscashmere.com/retail/
House of Cheviot country and kilt socks for men and women appear from their website to be made in the UK, but please check before buying. Their website is trade only but lists stockists – http://www.houseofcheviot.com
Purdey socks are made in the UK – http://www.purdey.com
The Sock Mine and Roy’s Boys Socks by Roy Lowe and Sons – All the socks sold under the brands the Sock Mine and Roy’s Boys are manufactured in Sutton in Ashfield , Nottinghamshire, England. Roy Lowe’s is also a distributor of socks at a lower price point to the major high st chains and sources those socks worldwide. The Sock Mine make technical socks for both men and women for running, cycling, hiking, skiing or snowboarding and under their Roy’s Boys brand they manufacture colourful mens fashion socks. It’s great to see that Roy Lowe and Sons are bringing some production back to the UK.
The Eagle Sock Company is a British sock manufacturer. They are the retail arm of All Sox Ltd (trade only) which is a well established manufacturer, who also trade under the names Sole Provider and Turner and Sons (trade only).
Calm Leisure’s alpaca or bamboo socks for men and women are made in the UK – https://www.calmleisure.co.uk
Some Coxmoore socks seem to be made in the UK – http://www.coxmoore.co.uk
Sock and Trotter socks are made in the British Isles according to their website, but I have yet to determine where in the British Isles. On their pinterest site it says they are British made and the company are based in England. Worth checking as these socks may well be made in England, but you will want to ask where they are made before buying – http://www.sockandtrotter.com
Dr Martens sell a few ‘Made in England’ own branded socks at their factory shop in Wollaston and online. Mostly their socks are made in Turkey – http://www.drmartens.com/uk/
Sock Club London sell socks that are made in Britain by Pantherella and Corgi, as well as Fox made in England Umbrellas and Globetrotter made in England luggage. They also sell some foreign made products. This appears to be a membership sock buying club – http://www.sockclublondon.com
Blighty’s Emporium online sell UK made socks (and UK made men’s underwear) – http://www.blightysemporium.co.uk
All Tejay socks are manufactured in the UK. Minimum order quantity is 25. Tejay Sportswear is a leading manufacturers of football, rugby and hockey socks, and supplies socks to a host of household name kit suppliers and clubs. They do not sell to the general public. – http://www.tejay.co.uk
Beaufort & Blake sell British made cotton casual mid-calf length stripy socks (all the socks were sold out when I looked in August 2015), plus British made bow ties, braces, and dress studs. Their shirts and boxer shorts are foreign made – http://www.beaufortandblake.com
Billy Ruffian (Tusting and Twyman Ltd) sell some English made stripy cotton and nylon mix socks. I would like to say that their shoes are made in England too. Their website strongly suggests they are but does not actually say so, which in my experience is very suspicious. I will write to ask them where their shoes are made – https://www.billyruffianshoes.co.uk
John Arbon Textiles – http://www.jarbon.com – make and sell textiles and yarns in the UK, including great socks like these UK manufactured Shetland 90% wool socks shown in the picture below.
If you are buying British made wool socks, then if it is wool from British sheep all the better.
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