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Socks – Who Cares About Socks? (Socks Made in America) and Listing

In Silicon Valley, Socks Make the Tech Entrepreneur – NYTimes.com. This is a link to the New York Times article written on February 3, 2012 demonstrating that certain socks may be in fashion.

Mainpoint: Socks made in USA, and the history of socks.

Is there any been any better creation than socks? Is there anything warmer than thick, fuzzy, cozy socks? Is there anything more wonderful than getting a nice new pair of socks from under the Christmas tree? The answer to these questions is “Yes, of course, multiple things”. Well, then… how about the role socks have played in American history? Like George Washington’s socks? No, sorry, there is no story there, no sock has ever helped win a war. Hmm…dead end. How about some unusual facts about socks? Did you know that socks were originally sold as three in case one was lost or destroyed? No, of course you didn’t, because I just made it up. Well, then, how many times did Sherlock Holmes solve a case because of a sock? How many detective stories are there about socks like “The case of the Missing Sock”? I think the answer would be very close to zero.

How popular are socks? I mean almost everybody wears them, right? But, there was not one commercial about socks during the SuperBowl. (They should have shown this one: skittles tube sock commercial.) Have you seen any commercials that say “Have you bought your loved ones red socks for Valentines Day”? I guess maybe it is hard to get worked up about socks. I mean no preacher has ever demonized the existence of socks, maybe stockings, yes, and definitely underwear, whether you are wearing them or not. “You can be saved and avoid unending purgatory if you just rid your existence of them demon socks. They are the devil’s instruments that takes you into the land of forbidden pleasures.” No, it just doesn’t work. But I like the thought of evil socks making you walk into somewhere you wouldn’t go. ” I was just walking, minding my own business, when my evil socks made me walk into the strip club.” Lets face it, socks are the under-appreciated down-under cousin of everyday wear. So, this would be my slogan for socks: “Socks, they are what they are.”

History of Socks

No mind-numbingly boring account would be complete without the history of something. So, here is the history of socks. Now, first off, we are not talking about faux socks like some accounts give which are actually primitive shoes, or hose or wrappings. When I am talking about socks, I mean an article of clothing with an opening in one end and stitched up at the other end which somehow ends up resembling the foot. The sock gets its name from the Latin word “soccus” meaning loose fitting slipper. (It sounds like I am making that up but just check Wikipedia if you believe what it says). It is believed that socks may have been present with some of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but definitely present by 300 to 500 AD. Socks were used to keep the feet warm under the sandals and probably offered some padding as well. Not that much has changed in that respect. Socks are still for warmth, comfort, protection of the foot and shoe. Now, how about the fashion of socks? Socks first became a fashion statement in 15th Century Europe and coincided with the officially ending of “The Dark Ages”. That’s right, my hypothesis is that fashionable socks ended the Dark Ages. Pope Gregory XII  liked socks so much that it created a schism in Rome, the other cardinals kicked him out and they didn’t have a Pope for two years and that’s how the Dark Ages ended. True or not, it is a good story. It’s as good of a story as the Bureau of Missing Socks. Fashion for socks have been a hit and miss proposition, they were big when Argyle socks came in, especially with golfers and their knickers, and again in the 1950s with the bobby socks. And possible a slight come back according to the NY Times link on top of the page.

As for me, I have been discouraged over the years of losing one sock, whether it gets stuck to the inside of clothes, gets sucked up through the washing machine, or lost in the transport to or from the laundry, that over the last 15 years, I have resorted to buying 6 to 8 identical pairs of socks at the same time (usually black crew socks and white crew socks) and then just replace the entire units every 6 months to a year or so. I do buy special socks at times, but really only for special occasions like costume parties or for a certain outfit. But basically it is either white or black crew socks. I really don’t like searching for socks.

Socks Made in America

For many years, the United States has been the world’s number one maker of socks. That was until the United States started outsourcing everything since the 1980’s, but especially the past two decades. The United States still makes quite a few socks, compared to something like underwear. In fact, in some clothing stores where everything they have is made by slave labor, one may still find socks made in the USA, places like J.Jill or J. Crew, Ann Taylor, or Jos. A. Bank. You can check out my blog entry,”Listing of American clothing brands-retail” for the listing of sock manufacturers made in the USA. (or I will just reprint them here, updated May 5, 2013):

  1. Aerosoles
  2. Aetrex
  3. Alaskan Nits
  4. Alleson
  5. American Apparel
  6. Ann Taylor
  7. Anne Klein
  8. Bass
  9. b.ella
  10. Bright Q. T. Feet
  11. Brooks Brothers
  12. Callaway
  13. Canyon Ridge
  14. Catherine Cole
  15. Celestine Stein
  16. Champion
  17. Charter Club
  18. Chippewa Boots socks
  19. Club Room
  20. Dahlgren
  21. Dapper Classics
  22. Darn Tough
  23. Defeet
  24. Doctor Scholl’s
  25. Dry Max
  26. e.g. smith
  27. Ellen Tracy
  28. Evergreen
  29. FBF Green
  30. Feet
  31. Fits Sock Co.
  32. For Bare Feet
  33. For Sox
  34. Foot Joy
  35. Fox River
  36. Franklin
  37. Fruit of the Loom
  38. George
  39. Golden Toe
  40. Good Hen
  41. Gumball Poodle
  42. Hanes
  43. Harbor Bay
  44. Hollista
  45. Hot Socks
  46. Hue
  47. Icebreakers
  48. J. Crew
  49. J. Jill
  50. Jones New York
  51. Jos. A. Bank
  52. Justin Boots socks
  53. Keen
  54. Lauren
  55. Life is Good
  56. Loft
  57. Maggie’s
  58. Nautica
  59. New Balance
  60. Nicole Miller
  61. Nike
  62. Non Binding Socks
  63. Nordtroms
  64. North Country
  65. Nouvella
  66. Orvis
  67. Patagonia
  68. Pearl Izumi
  69. Polar
  70. Power Sox
  71. Pro Feet Inc.
  72. Red Maple Socks
  73. REI
  74. Rock n Socks
  75. Roundtree & Yorke
  76. Smartwool
  77. Sock Guy
  78. Socktrot
  79. Sockwell
  80. Sol Socks
  81. Sole Sox
  82. Sole U Tion
  83. Sox Trot
  84. Starter
  85. Straw Foot
  86. Sweet Marcel
  87. Swift Wick
  88. Thurlo
  89. Tie Dye Heaven Bamboo Socks
  90. Wheel House
  91. Wigwam
  92. Wilson (rare)
  93. Wolverine
  94. Woolrich
  95. World’s Softest Socks
  96. Wright Socks
  97. Xantera
  98. Zella
  99. 14th & Union

Conclusion

Socks: you can live with them or you can live without them, it doesn’t matter, but they are a nice little convenience.- original quote.

“Until you walk a mile in another man’s moccasins you can’t imagine the smell.” – Robert Byrne

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