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If you are like us, you’ve spent hours browsing the website. You’ve gotten lost in the colors, the patterns, and textures. You’ve daydreamed about ways to layer and outfits to wear. But sometime, don’t you want to be able to pick up the socks and hold them in your hands? Wouldn’t you love to run your fingers over those textures and see the colors with your own eyes? Well, your chance is coming, because we are taking our socks on the road! Over the next eight months we will be traveling far and wide to bring our socks to some of the biggest comic book and pop culture events in the United States.
Not only will these events be the perfect time to see our products in person, but it’s your chance to take home some convention exclusives. As always, we will be bringing one of our collectible stickers in a brand new design. This one is a tribute to a favorite animated character. We love her sassy attitude and flawed, yet multifaceted nature. Even if her boyfriend is a real joker. Stop by our booth and get one for free!
In the same vein, we have also created a pair of socks inspired by this quirky character. These socks, like this woman, are truly extraordinary. They are super long and stretchy, expanding up to 24 inches in the calf and up to 27 inches in the cuff! If cosplaying is one of your passions, and you are thinking of dressing as a semi-psychotic trickster, than these will be a perfect fit.
Here is where you can find us and both of these exclusives this year:
- March 27-29: Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth 206
- April 24-26: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – Chicago, IL. – Booth 781
- May 23-25: Denver Comic Con – Denver, CO. – Booth TBA
- June 13-14: Pride NW – Portland, OR. – Booth P-5
- July 31 – August 2: Boston Comic Con – Boston, MA. – Booth TBA
- September 4-7: DragonCon – Atlanta, GA. – Booth TBA
- September 19-20: Rose City Comic Con – Portland, OR. – Booth TBA
- October 10-11: Geek Girl Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth TBA
Though some feet don’t seem to mind the seam across the toes of their socks, others do. Sensitive toes and certain kinds of toe seams can be pretty uncomfortable. Our Woven Toe Seam section is there to help you find styles that will cause less discomfort!
Before we go into what styles have woven toes seams, let’s look at some regular, machine-stitched toe seams. Socks are knit in a tube by a machine and in large production they’re finished off by another machine that tightly sews the toe closed. It sort of looks like a serged edge, like most seams you see in store bought clothing.
For a lot of folks, this kind of seam isn’t noticeable. On styles with a formed heel, the seam falls across the top of your toes where there is often room in your shoe for toe wiggling. That gives you some ease for things like seams.
In tube style socks, that seam runs across the end of the sock and falls across the tip of your toes, or at the edge of your toenails. Even if you’re someone regular seams don’t bother, the kind on tube socks can be an irritation, depending on where it lands (smaller and narrower feet have more problems with tube socks sometimes, due to excess fabric) and what shoes they’re paired with.
Above, you can see the seam at the end of the toes on the Signature Cotton Thigh Highs on the left, compared to the kind of seam a formed heel style has in the Althea Cashmere Crew on the right. Some Dreamers with sensitive toes choose to turn styles like the Semi-Opaque Color Tights inside-out, so they keep the look but don’t have to deal with the seam. Not all styles are reversible (the nature of patterns and knit!) but there are styles in openwork, fishnet and lace that can work just as well outsides in.
Sensitive toes can also avoid the tyranny of a machine-stitched toe seam by choosing squishier styles. The nature of bouclé, for example (as we’ve discussed previously) adds a lot of loft that cushions your toes from a seam. And terry-lined styles work in the same way. You can see how comparatively minimal the toe seam on the Top Striped OTK Tubes is, once you pack terry loops around it!
In the same vein, thicker styles like the Erin Wool & Silk Socks (or the larger footed Maniche) can cushion around a seam, making for a more comfy fit. If you’re ever curious about how thick a seam is, drop us a line before ordering, our toes run the range of sensitivity, so we’re familiar with all sorts of comfort levels!
But for the ultimate avoidance of toe seams, it’s the woven (or “hand-linked”, or “flat”) toe seam. There’s barely a bump where the edges meet, perfect for those particular feet. Some brands, like Stance (on the left, below) or Sockwell (on the right, below) never use anything other than a woven toe.
We had our best turn out yet for February’s Dreamer Dress Up contest. The theme was Amethyst and Violet. In other words, shades of purple. We received some truly gorgeous submissions this time and we want to share them with you!
Our first two finalists brought out the beauty of purple’s darker hues. Olivia stunning cape brings out the richness of the plum in her Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs, and makes the lilac really pop. Meshel, who was very nearly in our top three, found a skirt that exactly matched the purple in her Multi Stripe Over the Knee socks. Olivia and Meshel really captured the theme of our contest with their sweet and flirtatious entries.
Heather’s lavender outfit, Long Cuffable Scrunchables, and tree hugging photo captivated the lighter side of purple. They also made us smile. Jess and Erin traveled from Washington to our shop in Portland to show off their violet socks. Jess paired her Striped OTK Toe Socks with a rainbow skirt, while Erin’s Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs added some color to her little black dress. Steph is staying warm and looking cool in her Fleece Lined Leggings. She sent a special message to her fiance on Valentines with this outfit by adding the Love Ya crews.
It is cold up in the North East right now, and that’s why Amy Lynn is wearing triple layers. She is getting cozy in dark red Purple Knees over plum M45’s, which she has layered over her Signature Cotton Tights by Foot Traffic. Sadeyeartist, as our next model prefers to be called, is also from the North East. She is keeping warm by staying indoors and wearing two Crinoline Skirts over purple Striped Tights. She stays extra warm with Super Long Ribbed Leg Warmers which she keeps in place with Snappy D-Ring Garters.
As for our three finalists, we just couldn’t resist any of them. Summer rocks her plum and lilac Super Stripes, and an amazing guitar. Nate is lovely in his Extraordinary Striped Thigh Highs. And Rose, well, Rose pulled together seven different Sock Dreams items into one of the best photos we’ve received so far! If you want to learn more about these three finalists and why we loved them so much, check out our newsletter!
Our next Dreamer Dress Up Contest is “Flora and Fauna”. Check out the official rules here! We want to see your best use of floral and animal themed products. Just send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 13th with the following:
- 1 or 2 photos, no larger than 500 x 700 pixels, which best show your entire outfit.
- A description of the Sock Dreams products used and how they fit the theme.
- Your full name, preferred public name, and preferred pronoun (they, she, he, etc).
- Your city, state, zip code, phone number, and email address.
Each person sending in a valid entry will receive a 10% discount code which they can use on their next purchase. Our three lucky winners will all receive a $50 gift card as well. Just think! That could be you!
Since the inception of Sock Dreams we have been providing free shipping to our US customers. It is a service that we are proud of and passionate about. We have always wanted to offer the same service to our customers over seas. Now that dream has finally become a reality.
Beginning today we will be offering free USPS Airmail International, to customers in most countries, with purchases of $30 USD or more. Customers with these qualifying purchases also have the option to upgrade to USPS Airmail Plus for only $3 USD. Airmail plus includes improved tracking, with updates from when the package leaves the US to when it arrives at the door, and also comes with delivery insurance. To find out more about available shipping options and qualifying countries see our FAQ.
We have also updated our website to automatically convert the currency from US dollars to local currency. Now our international customers will know instantly how much they will be spending, without having to bother with a currency conversion calculator.
These are just a few more ways we are working to provide great service to sock lovers and dreamers around the world!
February is a tricksy time, you’re feeling just about done with winter and snow and cold and wet. In some areas, like the Pacific Northwest, there are whiffs of the spring to come as the most heedless flowers (I’m looking at you, crocus) pop up on the surprisingly “warm” days that aren’t actually that warm, in the real scheme of things.
We recently talked of the wonders of fleece, in all its variants, but what are some other ways to keep cozy and make sure you have all your toes by the time spring really comes? That’s where our Warm! Category steps in. Let’s look at the non-fleece options for snuggly socks (and more!).
Speaking of more, why don’t we start with your shoes? We recently brought in Alpaca Felt Insoles, made in the USA by Heartfelt. They’re super warm alpaca wool felted onto burlap for sturdiness, made to slip into your shoes and curl just a bit up the sides, adding an insulating layer between your feet and the cold world.
They can be a bit fiddly to get in, but oh boy are they worth it (we found that bending back the front edge as you slip them in helps)! Perfect for those boots that are always a bit loose, they’re a dream to stand on and some of us removed the insole that came with our shoes to replace it with this warm, woolly option.
And what of wool? If you can wear it, it’s the best natural insulator. That’s thanks to the halo we’ve talked about before, trapping all that air like a Thermos and keeping warm in and cold out. It also works to wick sweat and wet away, which makes it ideal if your feet might end up damp and cold!
Pairing wool fiber and fuzzy textures ups the snuggly factor. “Boucle” (or, more properly, “bouclé”) is both a yarn and the fabric made from that yarn. Strands are wound together in a way that makes that distinctive loopy appearance. Fabric knit from bouclé yarn has a squishy thickness to it that indicates its lovely insulating properties.
If you can’t wear wool, or aren’t big into bouclé, then there’s a similar option available for you! Terrycloth (called “terry” for short and “French terry” if knit, and “warp knit” if you’re nasty) is a fabric knit to be flat on one side, with lots of loops on the other. Those little loops trap air just like a bouclé fabric (though maybe not as efficiently). They also add a thickness too that ups the warmth factor. We have quite a few terry options not in the Warm! section too. But these two are probably our top toasty terry-lined options.
Of course, there’s much to explore (and lots of options to layer) in the Warm! section, but I want to leave you with one last luscious option for staying warm. They’re a home sock, really, made for snuggling into at the end of your day, but the New Zealand Bed Socks by Outer Gear are fabulously furry inside, with a gentle top that is kind to sensitive ankles, making them a great option for folks who need to put their feet up. In stripes, solids and polka dots, with treads and without, there’s a style for just about everyone!
Like a lot of our imported styles, shipments of New Zealand Bed Socks are few and far between, so if the one you want isn’t available at this moment, be sure to sign up for email notification by clicking the “be notified when new stock arrives.” link that pops up when you select an out of stock colour. Do that and you’ll know the same day we do that more have arrived and are ready to order!
Keep those toesies cozy and see if the snuggly solution to keeping warm is just waiting for you to find it! Do you have a favourite sock or combo attack that you use to defeat the cold?
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