Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Reviewed: Chaffree Ankle Socks

Chaffree, the underwear and hosiery brand that offers a range of seamless, sweat absorbing and chafe reducing garments for men and women, sent me several new items to trial and review.




I am really going to enjoy doing these reviews as Chaffree products are great quality, and I already own several of them. For underwear, they are my go-to brand.

We have already reviewed the Chaffree Men's Briefs and the Chaffree Men's Boxer Shorts.

We now focus on the Chaffree Ankle Socks. I decided to review these first as the weather is hot and this is the time of year most people, including me, wear ankle socks.



Packaging


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are packaged simply. The socks are held in place with a nicely-designed card clasp. A thin polythene sleeve encloses everything.

The packaging does provide very clear product information: product description, key features, sizing information and care instructions.





Materials and features


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are described as "a premium garment designed for comfort without any compromise."

"These friction-free comfort socks are an everyday essential. They have been designed for maximum comfort and sweat control. Made on seamless technology with 76% Coolmax® breathable fibre to wick away sweat, keeping your feet feeling fresh, dry and comfortable all day. The ankle lip will also help keep the socks in place so you don’t keep losing the sock down your foot/shoe when wearing."


Readers may not be familiar with COOLMAX®. It is a specialist performance wicking fabric which aims to keep the skin cool and dry. The use of COOLMAX® fabric is one of the key features that makes Chaffree products unique.

CoolMax fabric is breathable with an inbuilt moisture management system that keeps users dry and cool when they start to perspire. The COOLMAX® fabric moves and transports perspiration outside of the body where it quickly evaporates thus reducing the skin to irritation and other attributes that cause the skin to chafe, leaving you to get on with your life in comfort and confidence. COOLMAX® fabric also has anti-bacterial qualities.



The Chaffree Ankle Socks are made from 76% Polyester (COOLMAX®), 22% Polyamide and 2% Elastane.

Let's take a closer look at the impressive features of these ankle socks. You are probably already realising that they are not the pack of 5 for £5 that you can pick up on market stalls and lower end department stores!

This graphic from Chaffree summarises what you are getting.



I will comment particularly on the following aspects:
  • The ankle lip and soft grip cuff are particularly notable, and probably quite unique ankle sock features. The ankle lip is very useful for keeping the sock in place. 
  • The cushioning, as you can see in the graphic, extends across the whole foot to include the heel, toe and insole. 
  • They are anatomically shaped for the feet. 
There is a real attention to detail here. You can see that the whole concept of the ankle sock has been thought through, with design features created to provide maximum comfort.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience 

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available in five sizes:

  • S: UK shoe size 4-5
  • M: UK shoe size 6-7
  • L: UK shoe size 8-9
  • XL: UK shoe size 10-11
  • 2XL: UK shoe size 12-13


I wore the ankle socks in the XL size. My actual shoe size is 10.5 (European 45).

The Chaffree ankle socks feel soft but they also really quite robust. They definitely don't feel like those cheap and thin cotton ankle socks that you can buy everywhere.

They are very easy to put on. I didn't find that they had a huge amount of stretch. But I realised that they didn't need to as Chaffree have got the sizing spot on.

I have quite wide feet and a high instep, but the fit was really perfect. It was almost like a pair of socks had been bespoke crafted just for my feet.



Because the fit was so good, the wearing experience was excellent.

Firstly these ankle socks definitely do stay in place. There is no need to take your shoes or trainers off during the day, and pull the sock up and back into position.

Secondly the cushioned fit is really noticeable and extraordinarily comfortable.

Lastly they are really effective at managing moisture. I wore them with trainers on a day with almost 40 degree heat, and my feet stayed cool. The breathability is very effective.



Colour range

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available are available in five colours: 

  • Jet (Black) 
  • Arctic (White) 
  • Blue 
  • Dark Grey 
  • Light Grey 


I wore a pair in the Jet (Black) shade.

A mix of colours is available if a pack of three or pack of five is ordered: 

  • The three-pack dark colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: Black, Dark Grey and Blue. 
  • The three-pack light colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: White, Light Grey and Blue. 
  • The five-pack colours pack is made up of one of each colour: Black, Dark Grey, Blue, Light Grey and White. 

Price and availability

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are priced depending on what kind of order you make.

An individual pair of socks (pack of 1) is priced as follows:

  • UK size 4-5: £6.59 
  • UK size 6-7: £6.59 
  • UK size 8-9: £6.59 
  • UK size 10-11: £6.99 
  • UK size 12-13: £6.99 
A pack of three socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £17.79 
  • UK size 6-7: £17.79 
  • UK size 8-9: £17.79 
  • UK size 10-11: £18.87 
  • UK size 12-13: £18.87 
A pack of five socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £28.01 
  • UK size 6-7: £28.01 
  • UK size 8-9: £28.01 
  • UK size 10-11: £29.71 
  • UK size 12-13: £29.71 
Postage is FREE OF CHARGE for all UK orders over £60.00.

For international customers shipping costs are calculated and displayed in your shopping cart during the order process.

Conclusion

Firstly, thanks to Chaffree for sending the sample of the Ankle Socks.

There are several things I would like to say about the Chaffree brand, having been connected with them for some time now. 
  • New products are released slowly, once they are ready and meet what seem to be exacting quality standards. 
  • Customer service is second to none. You really feel they are paying personal attention to you. Feedback is always valued and if you are a regular customer you get discounts and special offers. 
  • The garments are exceptional value for money given the quality. 
This last point applies to the Chaffree Ankle Socks that we have reviewed here. If you buy the larger packs of three or five, they are tremendous value. For example, with a pack of five the cost works out at less than £6.00 per pair.

Each time I have tried a Chaffree product I have ended up ordering more later. I will be getting more of these so take that as a recommendation from me.

To get more information and news on Chaffree products, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also contact Chaffree via their website. The owner of the brand, Amanda Whaley, will happily answer any questions you might have.

More Chaffree reviews are on the way.

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