Cotton has long been dismissed from my sock drawer. My feet were sweaty and my shoes were smelly. I took refuge in cycling socks, mostly acrylic, nylon, or lycra, which were lightweight, breathable, and held their form. However, my feet would get cold in the winter and the smell in my shoes didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t necessarily disappear. After being the butt of jokes and ridiculed by family and friends for my 7 day a week, all occasion cycling sock habit, I had my eye open for some new threads for my feet.