Re big socks for big feet: I got a pair of cotton Happy Socks a while ago, and the heel covers my Achilles tendon almost to the back of my shin. I don't know if that's categorically true of their cotton socks (I have a couple wool ones that fit more normally), but it might be worth checking out, especially at their price point.
im a 15e. bru with big feet needs to check out pantharella on sierra tp. their largest size, i forget what it actually is, works wonders. Their over the calf is actually is. Rich colors, small patterns, cheap. If dude is willing to spend more, solid haberdashers (Brooks Brothers for certain) have a bunch of kinds of socks. Dude should also be advised that, if there are 11-13/14 offered, it'll do in a pinch. sock problems are a reason i wear bean camp socks in winter and usually none otherwise.
UPDATE: All sold. Thanks!
I have six pairs of unworn, brand new, 100-percent wool Pantherella socks that I’m looking to sell. They are size UK 9-11.5 (Euro 42-48, US 11-14). They’re yours for $70 shipped via USPS and I take PayPal. Email me if you’re interested.
I paid $75.95 for these via Gilt, so I’m taking a bit of loss here. Why am I getting rid of them? Because Gilt screwed up the sizing on their website. They listed the UK size as US sizes and the socks are too big. I can’t return them because I bought these via their waitlist, which is a final sale transaction. Way to go, copywriters.
I’d love to keep them, but they’re truly too big for me. I’m a size 10.5D and after taking one sock, placing it on my foot and it being way too baggy on my foot, I took it off and thought, “Well, damn.” Sizing aside, they’re wonderfully nice socks and dieworkwear was totally right about how sweet these are in texture. I’m kinda pissed I have to sell them and that I could’ve bought the socks in a smaller size back when they were in stock.
I have two pairs each of what Gilt describes as “light steel, air-force blue and dark grey”. They are all over-the-calf socks and the packaging says they’re 100-percent wool, although you should know that Gilt’s esteemed copywriter described them as a 90-10 wool-nylon blend. Who knows what the truth is, but they’re supposedly better than the higher nylon-content blends Pantherella’s using now in current sock stock.
So, if you have big feet and want to surround them in “fine English socks” of wool, email me.
I sent the message that talked about the socks a few days back - I happened to check out Gilt today and lucky me, Happy Socks in the colors I was specifically looking for. Score one for the home team, especially because I get to use my $25 credit.
Re: WIWT: 03-29-2011
Props to the outfit - a black knit would have been nice as well. Makes me want to go to TheTieBar.com and pick up every color of knit tie they have. Wanted to ask though where you scored those lavender socks? I'm looking for some pastels for this S/S. BB has some but I found they're too thick for S/S. I also saw Cole Haan has some but haven't tried them on yet.
Great blog - keep up the terrific work.
Hey style dudes — any thoughts on sock materials? It seems nearly impossible to find something that’s all wool or cotton — instead you get “60% combed cotton 30% acrylic 9% polyester 1% spandex” (Calvin Klein) or worse. Acceptable?
I think most socks are like that, because they need to stretch. Do all-cotton/wool socks exist? Maybe, but I haven’t seen any.
My advice would be to pick something functional for the winter when your toes need warmth instead of style and pick something that matches your style and sartorial flair all other occasions.
Personally, I’m a little bit more budget conscious when it comes to socks, so I try to grab Happy Socks when they’re on sale or at Nordstrom Rack for $5 a pair. When it came to thick socks, I didn’t screw around, however, and ponied up for thick pairs from L.L. Bean, figuring they’ve got that outwear/cold-weather gear nailed down.