In my last post, I brought a few tips of what to do when looking for your next pair of socks. In tip 2 of that post, I stated that we should all splurge a little on a nice pair of socks. Of course, we all have to live within our means and that may not allow us to splurge heavily. When we start to upgrade our wardrobe, we must consider every aspect of the outfits we are upgrading. Socks often fall off the list of items to purchase, but you need amazing socks for the same reasons you need amazing clothes: , , and .
Lets discuss COMFORT - you should contemplate whether the socks you're buying provides adequate cushioning, warmth, breathability, and tactile enjoyment. With that being said, I like to look for a cashmere blend and/or extra-fine merinos (or prized sheep wool). Those materials provide a some "spring back" but are still elegant enough to comfortably fit into a dress shoe. However, price will always be a key indicator when purchasing these items but we are discussing luxury socks.
What type of material do you consider to be an upgrade?
Here are a few brands to look for with a lovely cashmere blend or a merinos sock:
J. Crew - Cashmere Sock $69.99
J. Crew - Corgi Collection Cashmere $88.00
Pringle of Scotland - Cashmere Cable Socks $135.00
A sock’s design and construction should be considered on all levels, whether you are looking for a luxury sock or simple everyday sock. Designs can be as subtle as a herringbone design or simple horizontal stripe or it can be as wacky as the LA skyline or Bob Marley face plastered on a sock. There are plenty of options on the market that allow you to present some visual interest without stepping out of your comfort zone. Another consideration is construction, you want your socks to stay up you also want to know that your sock is built to last.
What aesthetic feature can convince you to purchase a luxury sock?
Here are a few brands that have some great design and construction features:
William Abraham - Rake (Fine Silk Bird Eye) - $98
Valentino Camouflage - $90
Long Term Value
Longevity is a word you normally do not use when speaking about socks, because the sock monster in the dryer usually eats one of your favorite socks. You have to admit cotton is usually the material for long term value. Cotton tends to become harder and stiffen over time, durability is all in the stitching and the fibers. Cashmere or merino socks mixed with a bit of silk or nylon adds strength. However, please remember luxury sock should not have more than 20% silk or nylon.
What sock brand is your favorite for long term value?
My choices for Long Term Value are:
Marcoliani Cashmere/Silk Ribbed - $85
Harry's of London Basel Sock - $75
Give me some feed back regarding your favorite luxury brand and why!
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