We have always committed to making socks our science.
We are driven to make the very best product. With socks, there is no one perfect sock for every ride, run, or outdoor adventure. Just like there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to performance socks. This is a listing of our different models and what makes them special.
While you can wear cycling socks for almost anything, most any socks don't work for cycling. Cycling shoes have very specific fits and riding conditions range from the hottest temperatures imaginable to below freezing. Sometimes it feels like all in the same day. Our cycling socks are recognized as the finest available. We craft each model to serve specific requirements. The differences are subtle at first but result in enhanced feel for the rider and the ride itself.
The original DeFeet sock, the Aireator, has been consistently upgraded and remains the gold standard of cycling socks. Affordable and incredibly durable, Aireator's are the most popular cycling sock the world has ever known. Available in many different cuff heights and either single or double layer cuff, the foot of the sock is the same on all of them. The name Aireator comes from the Aireator mesh weave foot top. The first sock to incorporate this type of open-mesh construction, Aireator's breathe and wick well. They are thin throughout for a lightweight feel and help maintain an efficient, close fit in performance cycling shoes. Made with Sorbtek Repreve fibers that are derived from recycled resources.
We pulled out all the stops with the Cyclismo. Made in both wool and ThermoCool™ versions. Cyclismo was originally made under the direction of a World and Olympic Road Race champion who wanted some cushion under the ball of the foot. The cushion serves many purposes. It takes up a little more room in the shoe, creating a tighter fit in the forefoot of cycling shoes than the Aireator. It helps dampen road vibration and eradicates any 'slipping' or movement of the foot inside the shoe.
The lightest sock in the cycling line, Levitator Lite is for those who want the least amount of sock inside their shoe. The feel is even thinner than the Aireator. When you need the lightest, most ventilated socks you can find, go with these.
The burly member of the Levitator family that loves to get dirty. Primarily used for mountain bike riding. Padding through the foot and toes ensure a secure fit in off road shoes. For soaking up bumps and protecting against rocks, debris and abrasion, the Levitator Trail is the best there is.
Made for cooler temperatures, Thermeator creates a thin, lightweight layer of insulation inside the shoe. Made with Thermolite®, a fiber that helps retain body heat. The insulation does create a tighter fit in close fitting cycling shoes than the Aireator, Cyclismo and Levitator do. Keeping feet warm during those colder days on the bike helps conserve energy and increase comfort and performance.
The wool version of the Aireator. Wooleator's are a non-padded, thin sock that can handle 4-season use. They are an even better choice any time moisture is in the forecast or when riding in mountainous terrain.
Perennial favorites of all DeFeet fans. Woolie Boolie's are padded through the entire heel and foot bottom. Sometimes too thick for those who wear their cycling shoes skin tight, Woolie Boolie's are the thickest of the DeFeet cycling socks. Those who love them say "If you can get them in your cycling shoes, they're the best you can own." For many, these are the ultimate all-around Fall/Winter cycling, outdoor, fitness and casual sock.
INNOVATION, SPIRIT, AND CRAFTSMANSHIP FOR THE SPORTS WE LOVE.
DeFeet Has Done It Differently Since Day One.
At the age of four, Shane Cooper arrived in the United States from England. His father distributed knitting machines. In the late 1960's, there was a lot of knitting happening in the Eastern United States. Shane grew up around knitting machines, but he was always more interested in bicycles and music. It wasn't until the early 1990's that Shane decided to turn his attention entirely toward knitting. He embarked on an entirely new way to knit socks. He found it, and he was able to create sock designs the world had never seen.
DeFeet was born in 1992. The first product was a totally customizable, open mesh weave airflow sock. The world's top endurance athletes took notice immediately. The characteristics of those early designs are evident throughout the DeFeet line, today. Elegant, simple, useful and built to last.
There is less knitting, less manufacturing altogether, in the USA now than when Shane's father emigrated. DeFeet will not be joining the outsourcing movement that has become altogether too easy for companies in the United States. To us, that move is like paying someone else to play your music for you. DeFeet is the band, and we will play our own music, thank you. No one else can make our stuff better than we can. Harvard MBA's have told us it's not smart to build a business the way we have. They tell us we can profit more without getting our hands dirty with manufacturing. They say we should source cheap product and mark it up dramatically. That's ok. They can join the long list of brands that do it their way. To us, that would be a hollow existence.
Most of all, we are appreciative of our customers. Retailers and consumers that care as much as we do. We celebrate those that recognize companies like DeFeet. Organizations that go the extra thousand miles or so to stay in the USA and build things. Companies that attract employees with useful skillsets who want to put them to use and always improve.
We salute you. You are the ones operating at a higher level. You have shown us that our products will find their place in the hands of those who recognize the highest standards and always strive for the best.