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Technical socks for Walking, Hiking, Trekking, Mountaineering, Running, Skiing, and Everyday.

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Bridgedale Outdoor

We are a global market leader in the design and manufacture of technical socks for Walking, Hiking, Trekking and Mountaineering as well as Running, Skiing, and Everyday outdoor styles.

We are governed by 3 principles… Fit, FusionTech and Guarantee. 

Fit - don’t tell anyone but this is the secret behind every Bridgedale and ensures they’ll feel like a new sock after every wash. 

Fusion Tech - the unique blend of yarn and knitting technology that sets Bridgedale apart from our competitors.

Guarantee - a badge of confidence that we have designed, developed, tested and manufactured products worthy of our brand name.

We have earned the trust of millions of customers and they are now available in over 40 countries around the world. Whether for walking the Appalachian Trail or climbing Mount Fuji, Bridgedale have become the most trusted and comfortable sock brand on the market.

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    Heritage

    We don’t just design Bridgedales… we make them. Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd is located at the tip of the Strangford Lough, Newtownards, near Belfast in Northern Ireland under the shadow of the Scrabo Tower which was built as a monument to Lord Londonderry.

    The factory here has been knitting socks in Newtownards since WW1, when the first army socks were made. The strong heritage in hosiery is a feature of the Bridgedale brand and several of our team have been working in the factory for over 40 years, so you could say we know our socks!

    When the first Bridgedales were launched in the early 1980's there were 3 colours, 2 sizes and 2 lengths, just 12 products, now we have over 500 products in the range and we have factories not only in Northern Ireland but South Africa too.

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    Quality

    Bridgedale prides itself on producing the most comfortable, highest quality, hardwearing socks in the business. We are market leaders in the innovation of hosiery technology which means we produce the most comfortable socks on the latest machinery.

    We are continually investing in the latest knitting and finishing machinery which enables us to develop new designs and constantly improve the performance of our socks.

    Every single Bridgedale is passed through a series of inspection processes and at the packing stage is hand inspected to reach our very high quality standards.

    Quality is at the heart of everything we do.

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    Continual Innovation

    Our product development team is continually listening to our customers and looking to make continual improvements. We have a panel of gear testers to help with comfort and durability trials, some of them walk over 100 miles/ week. 

    We look to understand the latest trends in footwear technology and produce innovative products that work with the latest footwear systems to provide all day, enduring comfort. 

    We look to appeal to as many outdoor enthusiasts across the world who are passionate about their activities and want to wear the most comfortable socks on their feet.


All of our suppliers are committed to the highest practices of animal welfare.

All our wool yarn suppliers follow the IWTO guidelines. https://iwto.org/

The five freedoms summarize the minimum standards for all our suppliers:

1. Freedom from Hunger and Thirst - by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.

2. Freedom from Discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

3. Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

4. Freedom to Express Normal Behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animal's own kind.

5. Freedom from Fear and Distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.