What is Moisture Wicking?

Moisture wicking is an aspect which some fabrics feature, to keep your feet dry and cool. What is moisture wicking material, though? Learn all there is to know about this property in fabrics. Understand what it is, how it applies to fabrics, and what the advantages of moisture wicking are. See it for yourself in Giesswein footwear.



Moisture wicking material is a fabric which is able to remove moisture away from your skin. It does this is in two steps: 

  • Step 1: The moisture is quickly transferred from your skin to the top layer of the material. 
  • Step 2: The fabric dries rapidly to make sure your sweat doesn’t immerse in the material. 
moisture wicking sneakers

This property in any footwear or clothing allows for comfort. Your body can regulate its temperature efficiently, the moisture wicking material dry to touch. 

At Giesswein, our footwear incorporates this feature, - your feet stay cool and dry all day long. Never will you have to endure that hot, sticky feeling again. Not once you experience the joy of moisture wicking material! 


Moisture wicking material relies on the flow of liquid through tiny spaces in the fabric. The official name for this motion is a ‘Capillary Action’. This sees the individual absorbent fibres draw the liquid (sweat) towards the surface. From that point the liquid is free to evaporate, since it has been removed from your skin.   

Moisture wicking is a benefit you can enjoy from many of our products at Giesswein. It features in our range of  men's sneakers and women's sneakers. Once you slip your feet into a pair of our comfortable sneakers, you may never want to take them off. That’s thanks to the comfort of moisture wicking, and many more benefits.


There are a range of moisture wicking materials available, for clothing and footwear, which all have their advantages. When it comes to deciding what fabric may suit you best, you may want to consider the types of activities you could be enduring. Whether you need an  everyday sneaker to run errands, or you spend the weekend on nature trails, so need a  lightweight hiking shoe. Whatever you decide to tackle, having shoes made from moisture wicking material allows for your feet to stay dry and comfortable.   


Merino wool is a moisture wicking material used in our clothing and footwear. This  type of wool has many other natural properties. Aside from moisture wicking, the  properties of merino wool include its softness, breathability, and temperature regulation. This moisture wicking material makes excellent  breathable sneakers. Air is able to move around your feet freely, keeping them cool and comfortable in warmer weather. 

Many of our own products, such as our  Merino Runners, use this wool to be comfortable and lightweight. Once you've worn the  world's lightest sneakers, you could feel like you're walking on clouds all day.   


Virgin wool has natural moisture wicking properties, to keep your feet dry throughout the seasons. Which is why it is a great material for many products, including our  men’s slippers and  women’s slippers. Virgin wool’s ability to keep your feet cool and dry, is the reason we favor it for our  summer slippers. Not only will they be perfect for when the warmer temperature greets us, you can also wear them once the sun hides behind the clouds. 

This is because as well as being a moisture wicking material, it regulates your feet’s temperature. Allowing you to enjoy the coziness all year round.


Eucalyptus wood can be transformed into a soft natural fibre, which incorporates the properties of moisture wicking. At Giesswein, we only use eucalyptus wood that is grown in FSC-certified forests. This could also make it the most sustainable footwear option. At Giesswein, we use completely biodegradable wood fibres. The  production of eucalyptus into a fibre is five easy steps. The results lead to our comfortable, unique  wood sneakers. This moisture wicking quality of our wood sneaker makes an ideal choice. Find it in our  men’s vegan shoes and  women’s vegan shoes ranges which keep your feet cool and comfortable. 


Enjoying your morning coffee on the porch in comfort has never been easier. When you invest in moisture wicking footwear, you allow your feet the luxury of staying dry throughout the seasons. An element we can all appreciate. 

At Giesswein, moisture wicking is at the heart of our footwear, since we use a range of wool types. From our colorful  Merino Wool Knit, to our sturdy  Wool Cross X Alpine hiking boots. We are sure there is a style to suit everyone. 


Our footwear is designed using moisture wicking material, wool and other beneficial fabric that keep the environment in mind. Some of the benefits of Giesswein shoes include:

  1. Comfortable  EVA soles - made to cushion your feet as you walk.
  2. Slip resistant - A variety of our footwear offers slip resistant soles. They are perfect for your  outdoor slippers, when you want to enjoy the sunshine.
  3. Cozy merino wool inner lining - to make our comfortable slippers and comfortable sneakers ones you don’t want to take off!  
  4. Super easy to wash - You can  wash merino wool and  wash slippers from Giesswein in the washing machine and allow them to air dry. 
  5. Being lightweight - Some of our  lightweight sneakers weigh just 160 grams!

It is thanks to all these reasons, and more, why our footwear is made to care for your feet as you wear them. From  house shoes for staying in, or  winter running shoes to get you out of the house. Whatever style you choose, your feet are sure to thank you!


When considering the properties of a moisture wicking material, typically it is not waterproof. Some footwear, depending on its use, needs to keep all water out. Our waterproof hiking boots are designed to withstand the elements while you scurry over rocks and plod along muddy trails. It is important to know that waterproof and moisture wicking are not the same thing. They are used for different purposes to keep your feet happy at all times. 

You may find goods made from moisture wicking material, especially footwear, to be water resistant rather than waterproof. We offer a variety of  water resistant trainers to suit any lifestyle. However, an element which is highly favored is the fact this fabric is breathable. Thanks to the tiny air chambers, air is free to travel in to help regulate the temperature of your skin. Wave goodbye to that hot, sticky feeling and hello cool, dry skin, all year round!   


At Giesswein, we are a third-generation family-business specializing in foot comfort. Whether you opt for  men’s sports shoes or  women’s sports shoes, we use our  Green Strategy to ensure our products align with our values for animal welfare and the environment. 

more Information:

How Eucalyptus wood becomes a super-soft, sustainable sneaker

How Eucalyptus wood becomes a super-soft, sustainable sneaker

This is how the leather for our Merino Leather Boots is made

This is how the leather for our Merino Leather Boots is made

Even greener: our shoes made from recycled PET plastic

Even greener: our shoes made from recycled PET plastic

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