When Jim Throneburg invented the Thorlos brand in the early 1980s, he dreamed of two new guiding possibilities:
- Sustainability of the company beyond his own lifetime.
- Being the best in the world at foot protection.
As a result, we at THORLO shifted our primary focus from the sock business to the relationship business. Our official vision and mission became all about Sustainable Relationships, and the Thorlos brand experience was born.
Proprietary Fiber Blends
The basic element of our padded socks is our proprietary THORLON® acrylic yarn. It’s the result of 30+ years of research, development and testing. Cotton, wool and silk (all natural fibers) absorb moisture and hold it close to the skin of your foot; for this reason we never use 100% natural fibers. Typical acrylic yarns wick moisture away from your feet, but they tend to “flatten” and mat down after several hours of use. THORLON goes “beyond” the performance characteristics of typical acrylic yarn because it’s exclusively spun to create the highest possible combination of softness and resilience. The designs were patented by THORLO and have yet to be duplicated–wicking and durability that lasts until the day is done.
Engineered Padded Technology™
Engineered variable-density padding is our core technology and is the basis for Thorlos protective properties. This unique padding is precisely placed in the anatomical locations where the foot is subjected to repeated friction (shear), pressures and impact forces in order to provide the protection your feet need to assure maximum performance. This is how Thorlos foot protection goes “beyond” what you might expect from regular thick socks or even doubling up with two pairs of socks. Thorlos clinically-tested padding provides a highly protective buffer/gasket between your feet and the hard surfaces inside the shoes.