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For our latest adventure, the events team and I took flight across the country to participate in another comic book convention. This one took place in the gorgeous city of Boston, right on the Harbor. What a city! The days were full of sunlight and ocean breezes. The evenings, with their gentle rain fall, and the music wafting from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, were truly glorious.
And that wasn’t even the best part! As it was our first time in New England, we got to meet an exceptional number of folks who had never even heard of Sock Dreams. Even though the summer heat was reaching into the mid nineties, these northerners know better than most that winter is coming. With 105 inches of snow last year, they were eager to find stretchier and more colorful ways to beat the impending chill. This gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the extraordinary nature of our socks to a whole new band of dreamers. Some of them even stopped by to show us what they did with their new stockings.
Nancy snapped up a pair of Double Grip Clips and our con exclusive Extraordinarily Longer socks. She added her own diamond touch to them, for her Harley Quinn cosplay. Sierra was pleased as punch with the Pink Knees she picked up for her cosplay as Annie from the popular online game, League of Legends. Also cosplaying a League of Legends character was Jill as Leblanc. She wore the Wet Look Thigh Highs that she had previously purchased on our web site.
Our next big event is Dragon Con, in Atlanta Georgia, and it is coming up fast. If you are going to be in the area, get your ticket, get in cosplay, with your favorite Sock Dreams stockings of course, and come say hello. And don’t forget to ask us how you can get a free pair of socks!
The legends say that we were made from sugar, spice, and, I don’t know, niceness. The thing is, when the world has gone to the wolves, sugar is hard to come by. Spice is a luxury. And niceness? That can get you into a whole lot of trouble. So, our creator made us with the tools he had at hand. Grit, steel, and regenerated cotton.
I’ve heard the crazy rumors about us. They say we can fly and shoot laser beams from our eyes. Lies. You wanna know the secret to our true super power? Socks. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. “Socks? Really? In this day and age?” I get it. Radiation storms blast through the lands. The dead rise hungering for flesh. And giant apes are trying to take over the world. But I’m telling you, our socks are the key to all of our heroics.
There was the time that the three of us were captured by a mutant. I kid you not, he had claws for hands. He locked us in a tower, while he plotted our demise. Fortunately, he left the window unlocked. It was a piece of cake to tie our Extraordinarily Longer Thigh Highs into a rope and climb to the balcony below. We were able to take him by surprise and put an end to his reign of terror.
The rumor about our super human strength is also complete bunk. I’ll tell you though, it’s incredible what a sturdy pair of socks and some leverage can do. One time, we were tracking a gang of delinquent boys. These guys were no evil masterminds, but they were rowdy enough to cause serious trouble in the settlements nearby. They’d holed up in an old gas station. An ancient water tower stood looming behind it. With the help of my sisters and a well placed Dreamy Knee, I was able to pull a rusty support beam free. Brought the whole thing down and the boys came running right into our trap.
Socks have been essential to our survival in the outer wastelands. I’ve used my socks to start fires, snare food, make shelter. One time, I even used my Spandex Fishnets as a sling shot. Lodged a stone in the gullet of a lightning breathing iguana. Sure, there are actual monsters roaming the streets, and angry cyborgs wreaking havoc. But all I need are some good socks to keep me safe in this crazy world.
I’ve got to go. Just got word that the giant robot we’ve been hunting is planning to crash the Boston Comic Con. Can you believe they still hold those? I suppose nowadays, we all want to believe in heroes. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a hero, meet us in Boston. We’ll be at the Seaport World Trade Center from July 31st to August 2nd. And we’ll bring plenty of socks.
For us, Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo, came and went in a blast of frigid wind, a sprinkling of unseasonable snow, and a mad rush of pop culture enthusiasm. As you can imagine, we ran into a wild assortment of sock loving characters.
On Friday one of our first customers was Jillian in black O Basics, who solemnly swore that she was up to no good. Once Saturday hit, the place was hopping. That’s when Liz, a.k.a Ramona Flowers, roller bladed into our dreams wearing seafoam M45’s and Super Stripes. Finally, Jess and Hanna, or rather Harley and Ivy, stopped by to show off the socks they had purchased from us the day before. Jess is sporting a convention exclusive variety of our M45’s and Hanna has on our Vertical Cotton OTK’s.
Sunday was the final day of C2E2, and before the show had even officially opened we were visited by Anthony, a true Renaissance man in purple and sherbert O Basics. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to catch Tosha, an exceptional Vulpix Pokemon in another pair of sherbert O Basics. We also caught Dustin doing a fine impersonation of Archer ogling Lana, portrayed by Lindsey, who’s ever popular O Basics were in a lilac shade.
At 5pm the show was over, and we packed our few remaining socks and sent them home. But don’t you worry, we will be bringing them and many other with us to Denver Comic Con over Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re in the area, and you’ve got a great cosplay that makes use of our products, be sure to stop and let us snap a photo and we may feature you in our next post convention write up.
If you have an amazing cosplay featuring Sock Dreams socks or accessories, but you will not be at any of the events we will be visiting, we’d love it if you would email us a photo. Anyone who emails a valid cosplay photo to email@example.com will receive a special coupon code that can be used on their next purchase. All cosplay photos collected from now until October 23rd will also be held in consideration for our new annual Cosplay contest. Rules and prizes will be announced soon!
We clicked our heels three times and have finally made it home from Emerald City Comic Con. While there is definitely no place like home, we have to admit that ECCC was an amazing adventure. The best part about it though, was getting to meet some of you. We were impressed with the way you tied some of our favorite socks into your incredible cosplays, including Shannon’s very fitting Dorothy Gale. She used a pair of Four Button Ribbed Leg Warmers in ivory for her steam punk spin on this classic character.
Aireeka was the first to stop by our booth and show off her costume socks. She completed her rad Rocket Raccoon cosplay with our N Stripes in orange and red. Sarah couldn’t wait to show us how she utilized the Purple Knees she had bought from us the day before. Here she is as Clawdeen Wolf with her Monster High classmate, Frankie Stein, as portrayed by friend Merce.
What comic con would be complete without a visit from The Doctor? Fortunately we didn’t have to find out when Whitney showed up as the 11th version of this enigmatic traveler from Gallifrey. Her Constellation Knee Highs from Sock It To Me added a spacey touch to this feminine take on the role. And speaking of feminine takes, we also loved this girlish approach to Firefly’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Kayln used our Extraordinary Thigh Highs in olive green for her sassy ensemble.
Another thing that we loved about our adventure in Emerald City was getting to meet other exhibitors. Our next door neighbor and borrower and lender of scissors was the talented James Ramos. James is an artist, illustrator, game designer, and philanthropist. His heroes include Walt Disney, Charles Schulz, and Chuck Jones. We also, literally, bumped into Christopher Stuart Wilson, a painter and self proclaimed ninja. He is an award winning artist who strives to, in his words, “bridge the canyon gap between the real and the abstract.” We were particularly taken with his Mona-Mystique painting.
Eventually all adventures come to an end. Fortunately we are gearing up for a new one at Chicago’s C2E2. If you want to be a part of our next incredible journey, meet us there at Booth 781!
Your cosplay is almost perfect. You’ve got your skirt and your corset. You’ve got your wig and your peace bonded weapon. The only thing you need to pull it all together is a pair of colorful thigh high boots. Buying expensive footwear is out of the question. You are saving your money for that autographed copy of Jill Trent, Science Sleuth #1. But the convention is next week and you don’t have time for another full blown sewing project. Don’t worry. We’ve got a very simple and inexpensive project that will get you set in no time. And the best thing is, there’s no sewing involved.
For this project you will need the following items:
- A pair of opaque nylon stockings in the color of your choice. In this tutorial we used the Solid Opaque Thigh Highs by Foot Traffic. We like them because they come in a wide variety of colors, they have a nice opacity to them and they sell for only $7. If you select a different sock, you’ll want to make sure you get something with a high nylon content, and something with a tube style foot.
- A pair of high heel shoes. Ideally you will want something with a wide toe. Something without buckles or embellishments. And most importantly, you’ll want something without a pattern and in a color that closely matches that of the thigh highs stockings.
- A package of self adhesive slip guards for traction.
- A bottle of anti-fraying glue. We tried several and found that Fray Block by June Taylor works the best. Make sure you pay close attention to the precautions on the back of the tube.
- A pair of scissors.
- One bottle of sock glue to keep the top of the boots from sliding down. We love It Stays! Roll-On Body Adhesive. The great thing about this adhesive is that it can be used to keep all sorts of costume pieces in place, such as shoulder straps, wigs, and even theatrical make-up.
Step One: Once you have selected the best shoes for the job, you’ll want to get the shoe inside the sock. Start by scrunching up the sock as if you were going to put it on your own foot. Then slide it over the toe of the shoe. Get the toe situated before carefully slipping the remainder of the stocking over the heel.
Step Two: If there is excess material around the toe of the shoe, you can tuck it under itself as shown. Once it is tucked, place a dab of the anti-fray glue in the fold and press until dry.
Step Three: With the toe looking nice it is time to move onto the heel. Because heels generally slope as they rise to meet the foot, you will want to make a very tiny cut about a half inch behind where the heel touches the sock. The cut should be just small enough to get the very point of the heel through.
Step Four: Place a ring of anti-fraying glue around the edge of the hole you just cut before you place the heel through it. This will help prevent excess fraying. Once the adhesive has dried slip the heel through the hole and work it upwards till it meets the foot of the shoe. If necessary, you can widen the hole, but make sure to add more anti-fray when you do. The sock does not need to go all the way up to the foot, but you can base this on the aesthetic that you are trying to achieve.
Step Five: When the heel is through and at the position you like, add more anti-fraying glue around the hole and any place that is showing signs of fraying. Let the glue dry.
Step Six: Place the slip guard on the base of the shoe. This will give you traction, as nylon stockings can be a bit slippery on the concrete floors that grace a lot of convention centers.
Step Seven: Roll the sock glue on your thigh where you would like the cuff to rest. Press the cuff to the glue. Your boots should stay securely in place.
Then, just repeat all steps for the second boot. And that’s it! You’re ready to go kick some butt. Figuratively of course. We at Sock Dreams do not condone literal violence. Just figurative butt kicking.
Let us know what you think, and if you have any tips or suggestions, we’d love to see you post them.