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Summary

Norsewear: NZ made clothing for modern hard-working pioneers

Norsewear is a New Zealand clothing company built on a close-knit community. We do everything we can to give back to our community and country. We started 50 years ago in a small town in Central Hawke’s Bay called Norsewood.


We think differently when it comes to sustainability. Wherever possible we source our wool from New Zealand farms and manufacture our garments here too. It’s not the cheapest option, but it does produce garments of a far superior quality



Where to get it?
NZ Natural Clothing Shop

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I give these socks 10 out of 10 acorns.

I wear Norsewear socks all through the year, even in the heat of summer. Ever since discovering them I haven’t worn any other type of sock, these ones are just so comfortable and hardwearing.

My favourite is the ‘farm fleck’. These are 70% wool and 30% nylon and last me around 3 years before they need darning, which is way longer than any other sock I’ve tried.

My family all wear other socks from Norsewear - we’ve tried a couple of different types of adult socks, the ‘ranger’ children socks, and the thinner stripey baby socks. All of them have been really good quality, with similar wool content.

We’ve washed our socks by both machine and hand washing, and they handle both methods of washing well. Compared to cotton socks, these take longer before the need washing too, so we can get away with owning less pairs of them.

I like that these are made in New Zealand, from New Zealand wool. NZ is a good climate for grass-fed sheep, and they have good animal welfare standards.

Another thing I like a lot is the sizing - with most adult socks I’ve found there are only around two size options, which leave me wearing socks that are too small or too big, with Norsewear socks there are five different sizes, and it feels so good to have perfectly fitting socks, and they last longer because they aren’t being stretched or bunched up like other socks.

These socks have a very natural feel and smell. I am sensitive to chemicals in clothing, and there’s no smell in the Norsewear socks.

I’d recommend these socks to anyone that wants high quality wool socks that last.
 
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A really great looking socks - amazing to see the tech (and care) that goes into these products!
 
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Mama always said you can beat a pair of good wool socks 💟
 
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Do you use chlorine in the process of washing the wool?

Does the wool you source have a high crimp?

They look super cozy. Impressed that you are able to both source and the wool and manufacture it "house".
 
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Hope to try a pair soon.
 
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I work in an underground mine in Australia...i usually wear bridgedale hiking or darn tough socks but as I've moved to Australia I'd like to use something more local and I'm in need of a few pairs of work socks.
Anyone think these will last undground? There's dust and sweat and oil and sweat and friction and sweat and did I mention sweat for them to contend with.
I'd love them to be spot on so I can reccomend them to all my fellow miners instead of the plastic socks most people wear and get hole sin and throw out every 3 weeks
 
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I'd love to compare them to the wool socks I've been wearing all winter.
 
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Wow - I won a pair! After a text conversation on their website, we settled on trying the "everyday possum socks" which are recommended for boots. I spend a lot of time in gumboots. At the moment, it's also turned quite cold for this climate - hovering around 0C with extra wind-chill as well. Yesterday I was out working on the concrete pad in front of the house on several projects. Normally, it would be cold feet that chased me indoors, but this time it was my hands that got cold, while my feet stayed warm and toasty!

That said, I got the NZ size "Small 3-5" The toes are very roomy for my relatively narrow feet. This is fine in my gumboots, as most boots are too wide for my feet, but I'm finding I now have "outdoor wool socks" and "indoor wool socks" as they're too roomy to fit into slippers without bunching. This is said as a warning to others with particularly narrow feet, *not* as a criticism of the product. Warm feet are precious - I just want other tiny people to know.
 
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