To be original, wear original. After all, why wear reproductions when you could wear the real thing for basically the same price?
These are ORIGINAL 1930's - wartime dark gray socks. These are the exact same pattern and weave as the "standard" issued Wehrmacht sock just without the size rings (see comparison photos). Socks without stripes were issued and used, see original photo. These are all the same size and will fit roughly a size 11-13 US (roughly a typical German army sock size 3). These are new old stock and have never been worn. They are all in good condition with only maybe a little dirt from storage.
These have been field tested and they held up great! Based on my experience, I expect them to wear as well as any modern reproduction. These are probably made from a wool/Perlon blend.
Hand wash in cold water, hang dry.
These are civilian or private purchase, though plain gray socks like this would have been requisitioned for use by the army and especially by SS, as fierce competition with the Wehrmachts existing manufacturing contracts forced them to seek many supplies on the civilian market.
Important note on sizing: They will fit a size 11-13 which is roughly equivalent to a 3 ring sock. Some are marked size 11.5 which is an original and correct German size, I found a reference to sock being sized this way in a 1931 German mail order catalog. These are fantastic for collectors or even for reenactors looking for a real authentic experience. The paper tags pop off very easily so the pair you receive may no longer have the size tag.
Perlon is an early German version of Nylon which found wide use in items like socks, parachutes, fabric, and women's stockings. We have found examples of it from the 30's in some original women's stocking that we brought back from Germany. Many collectors and reenactors incorrectly look at any of these synthetic fibers as post war when, in fact, they were widely used before and during the war especially as Germany's access to natural fibers diminished.
We also have civilian socks in light gray and dark gray.