I decided to dedicate this entry to 4 of trendiest and stylish sock brands that may not have the attention of so-called sock enthusiast. In my honest opinion, if you are a sock connoisseur then I believe you should know about many brands other than the top popular brands. Let me be the first to admit that I have indulged in those brands, however I’ve grown fond of some of the smaller guys.
GranBury Socks (www.granbury.com)
In the last few months, I took the liberty to go on a little shopping spree for some of the coolest, yet rebellious socks in the US. Starting in my home state of Texas at a company called Granbury based out of Austin. Founded in November of 2014, Granbury hasn’t hit a year yet but is using social media to become an instant fan favorite. Their products aren’t widely available in retailers, but you can find them online without a problem. Currently, Granbury has two collections: the Original, which is constructed of GOTS-certified organic cotton (Yes people… I said organic) and the Reserve or Winter collection, which is made slightly thicker for added warmth and comfort. I picked up a pair of the 19th Hole and a pair of the Winter Solstice. I also plan on visiting them in April after I finish the MS150 Bike ride. Visit www.granbury.com for all their sock technology and detail, I am sure you will love what you see.
Mitscoots Socks (www.mitscoots.com)
Staying home and in the same city of Austin, I set my sights on Mitscoots. Mitscoots is an interesting company and their mission speaks volumes. For every pair of socks purchased, they provide an equal quality pair to a person in need. “Mitscoots are SOCKS with a Mission: Get + Give + Employ”. Their styles range from Women’s casual and athletic, Men’s casual and athletic to kid’s socks. Again, coming a long way in a short period of time, Mitscoots created their brand around 2012. Being a style finalist for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award not only gave them major exposure but also showed they are well on their way to becoming a major sock establishment (and selling 100% American Made socks, just gives them 2 thumbs up in my book). I picked up two pairs of their socks as well, The Frap and The Clifton. Both socks fit the mold of what Mitscoots set for their socks: Be Bold and Stand out. I will review one of the pairs here on SoxPlusShoes soon. In the meantime, stroll on over to Mitscoots’ website (www.mitscoots.com) and pick up a few pairs for your feet, you will not be disappointed.
Strideline Socks (www.strideline.com)
Seattle, University of Washington to be exact became the birthplace of this trendsetting sock company. Being featured in publications like Geekwire, Seattle Times and Portland Business Journal to name a few only helped this company explode into the mega force it is today. Strideline has inked distribution and retail deals with more than 30 stores and has used social media heavily to their advantage. Currently, Strideline has two collections with an array of colors and creative designs; the S Collection and the City Socks. I ordered a pair from the City collection but have yet to throw them on my feet. Just from the sheer visual presence alone, it’s no wonder celebrities and athletes are looking to snatch up Stridelines socks. With over 80 different socks to choose from, you are bound to find the right socks for you. Check out their website (www.strideline.com) or visit their epic Instagram page: @strideline_socks.
Evoke Socks (www.evokesocks.com)
It wouldn’t be fair to say only certain colors or styles of socks should be worn with specific outfits. However, I will add to this statement and say dress socks should be worn specific outfits, while athletic socks can be worn with more casual outfits. A small sock company out of Carson California decided to take on the dress sock class and wanted to be bold while doing it. Evoke Socks was founded on the foundation of creating a luxurious, trendy yet bold option to the commonly bland dress sock. All of their socks (… ALL) are made with cashmere, polyester and elastane, creating a feel that is both luxurious but also optimally durable and sturdy for every-day use. If you have not had the chance to put your foot into a cashmere ANYTHING, you are surely missing out. The average price of each sock is $24, but Evoke makes buying easy with package deals. The Rookie package; gives you a choice of 2 socks for $44, the Professional package; gives you a choice of four socks for $74 and the Veteran package; which gives you a choice of six pairs for $104. All of which are totally worth the feel of cashmere. Seriously, give Evoke a long hard look, if you are looking to purchase a pair of great dress socks.
There are so many other sock brands I want to add to the list. As time goes, I will continue to build as I experience more and more socks. I don’t think there are rules to buying socks, I honestly believe you should buy as you see fit and purchase socks that make you happy. Only you truly know what you want on your feet!
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