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At Sock Dreams we try to be conscientious about the materials our house brand socks are made with. The cotton styles of our Dream Stockings are made with recycled cotton. What is recycled cotton made of? Well, it’s not made out of used clothes, it’s produced from threads and associated scraps left over from clothing manufacturing. All these little bits are sorted by colour, turned back into fiber and spun into fresh new thread! So instead of being waste, they’re given a new life and become new socks (which has got to be better than being a t-shirt, that’s for sure!)
These are just a couple of the recycled cotton content styles you can find in our Dream Stockings.
Our Dreamer Socks have another interesting kind of recycled fiber, the cotton blends are made from an 85% mix of regenerated cotton/acrylic/polyester. What’s “regenerated?” It’s just another way of saying that the fiber used in these socks is also saved from scraps that would have been just thrown away! So “regenerated” or “recycled”, our Sock Dreams brand socks are doing their best to reduce, reuse and recycle! These are just three of the regenerated fiber blend styles offered in our Dreamer Socks.
Coolmax® is a synthetic fiber, constructed to provide more breathability than cotton while also encouraging moisture to wick away, keeping you cool and fresh. And yes, Coolmax® is a registered trademark, so you’ll see that little “R” after we use it. There’s another confession Coolmax® has to make to you—it’s a kind of polyester. But don’t panic! Polyester and other synthetic fibers have come a long way from those sweaty, shiny fabrics some of you may know from thrift stores and some of us may remember from when they were the next big thing in fabric.
You’ll find our Coolmax® selections gathered together in our Sport Socks collection. Though fantastic for everyday use, Coolmax®’s unique properties make it especially good for sports. Not only does it wick moisture away from the skin, it spreads it throughout the sock, which helps speed up evaporation. And while it does this, the fabric stays breathable, allowing air to move and keep you cool and dry. A beautiful (okay, nerdy to call it that, but it is!) example of this are the Injinji Performance Liner Crew Toe Sock and Performance Liner Anklet Toe Sock.
As a friend of mine found out recently, those five-toe running shoes don’t always breathe that well and sweat plus friction equals painful chafing and blisters. But that kind of shoe fits snugly so there can’t be too much sock. The Injinji Performance Liners are super thin and 75% Coolmax® fiber, just enough to fit between foot and shoe so they can wick away that trouble-causing sweat.
If you are trying to be eco-conscious in your fiber choice, then there’s a Coolmax® for you and another fiber and sport sock style you might be interested in. Don’t sweat it, we’ll tell you after the jump! Read more »
Every year, as folks plan out what they’ll take with them to the playa, we see links back to us here at Sock Dreams. The desert means hot days and cold nights, so layering is essential. Though none of us have had the chance to go to Burning Man (yet!), we do know socks.
To keep yourself safe from playa foot, your feet need to be kept from the alkali desert floor by socks and close-toed shoes. Several styles of our recycled cotton DreaM Stockings are terry-lined, making them cushy and absorbent bootsocks:
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If terry isn’t your thing, here are three more great styles, ranging from super thick wool to nice and thin recycled cotton.
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But what about the fun and stripes and legwarmers? Well, we have our favourite recommendations for those too, but you’ll have to jump below the cut . . .
EG Smith is one of our original suppliers and still among my personal favorites…
so when I was told Eric was creating a “green line” I was ecstatic. I thought it would just be a handful of environmentally friendly styles like our beloved Two Brothers Organics. Instead it is 40+ items! So I’ve been ordering them in small batches to get us started, beginning with the ones I found most appealing…
These Slinky Knees were most certainly the first one I wanted to try…
But first, just what was recycled and where did it come from?
I asked our rep Frank and he spoke with the resident yarn expert for the company in charge of EG Smith and it turns out that our recycled yarns are actually regenerated yarns. The mill takes the scraps from cotton jersey manufacturers such as HANES, and breaks them down, reweaves them and produces new product, it is recycling waste, but it comes from products never worn and cleans up the end result of “scraps” which in the old days would have made the rag bag or the dump. Also on the information highway, the uncertified cotton they are using as blends in the ECO socks comes from Poland and China and is reported to be Organic (they are working on Certification), which gives us an even better Green Product. They are also starting to blend in ECOFIL yarns (plastic water bottles recycled into polyester fill yarns). So they are recycled, regenerated, and still PURE enough to satisfy even the most ardent organic mavens.
So there you have it, the official explanation of the origins of our lovely new socks. More of these will be added this week, and over the coming weeks and months…
They are all pretty awesome!
This has been my absolute favorite pair of socks since they arrived as a sample pair a couple of years ago. Knowing you’d all want them in thigh highs we started ordering them. And while I love those too, these have remained my one truly dreamiest sock, just over my knees, often hanging out just under them. They get softer and softer every time I pull them out of the dryer.
Now this great length is here for everyone to enjoy.
Many of the days since they arrived you can find at least a couple of pairs being worn around Sock Dreams so it seems they are well loved by many already.
I was super happy when the timing worked out perfectly for taking them up on my little sock getaway in Seattle with Raubynn last weekend…
We had lots of fun running around town taking pictures in our socks.
Surely some people thought us mad
I was mesmerized by the hibiscus, such pretty colors!
When I came home I found out the last couple of colors were in so I put them on
and climbed my favorite tree…
We also got this new color that we happily ordered in both lengths…
some said they looked like patina, some preferred antique. In honor of Amanda officially taking over the Dream Stocking section I gave her the final say…
antique it is, and gorgeous too!
I nearly forgot to add this one from before my trip…
These are indeed dreamy as a knee high on fuller legs!
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