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When we first found out about FOTSIE Wraps we had to have them, even though we were just going into the colder months. In addition to being one of the most original designs we’ve seen, they’re also hand made in the USA, from a tiny woman-run company — we happen to have a soft spot for that.
Now that Spring is here, we’re getting more adventurous in experimenting with these hand-crafted foot adornments, and wanted to share some of our results with you! The thing we first loved about these is that they fit into the same wardrobe niche which has been filled by a whole lot of no-shows in recent years. Now, we do understand the appeal of a low-coverage sock in summer, but something about trying to look like you’re not wearing socks at all seems just a little sacrilegious to some of us. What’s great about FOTSIE Wraps is that while they work with most of the outfits that one would wear no-shows with, they are visible, and add a great embellishment to your shoes, while being a light-weight whisper of fabric that lets your feet breathe in hot weather.
As it turns out, they’re also great for adding adorable accents to your shoes in cooler months, given enough layers! Because most of them are sheer, they layer over solid tights beautifully. Dreamer Rae put her black wraps over burgundy Opaque Tights, so a deep dark red shows through. Dreamer Lucy went for lower cotrast, wearing her royal Heart Lace wraps over french blue tights, giving the combination a tonal effect.
For Dreamer Paige, it’s less about color, and more about what you do with the ties! She styled two looks for us, the first of which utilizes a pair of the Heart Lace Wraps with a pair of the Solid Modal Wraps for added volume! For her second look she layered just the sheer heart lace wraps over contrasting socklings (kept in place by garters from Revivall Clothing), but stretched the wraps up her ankles before tying them in back, so that more of the lace pattern can be seen!
Dreamer Rosalind was mostly concerned with the interplay of ankle boots and the wraps, in terms of both contrasting colors and heights – the Lace Wraps are just tall enough for their ties to trail over the tops of booties in back, for a romantic effect where you might not expect to find one. Samara Animal Print Tights add to the unusual and striking nature of this ensemble.
FOTSIE actually stands for Fruits Of The Spirit In Effect, and creativity is certainly a fruit of the spirit! We encourage you to approach wearing these with the same creativity which their inventor, Marlene, has put into the conception of these fun and versatile wraps!
Do you prefer to dream discreetly?
We would like to take a moment to let you know that we are happy to send out packages without our company name on the exterior. Often people request this when ordering gifts for someone they live with, but we know that there are a variety of reasons for which you may not wish to have your package identified as being from us, and we are not at all offended by these requests.
An example of a discreet domestic shipping label.
We think it is important to note that due to customs laws, we are required to attach a copy of the invoice, which lists items purchased, to the exterior of all international shipments. For this copy of the invoice, we list all items as “socks”, which we think is fairly innocuous. We must also provide a name for the return address. In cases where international customers request discreet packaging, we use an alternative (and more ambiguous) company name. We are working on removing all searchable ties to this name, but we think you should know that if you are concerned about prying eyes, international shipments may not be 100% secure. If you think that somebody you live with might open the customs packet or Google our alternative company name, you might want to try to find a safer address to ship to, or arrange to pick it up at a post office, if possible. We know that these measures aren’t possible for everybody, and are working to minimize these issues, though we must comply with customs law.
Examples of our international labels with our alternative name. Unfortunately we must include a name, but this one should be less obvious than Sock Dreams.
Your identities, privacy and personal safety are of the utmost importance to us. Just leave us an order note requesting that we leave off our company name and logo when you check out (order notes are on the same page as shipping options) and we will absolutely respect your wishes.
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 email@example.com 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!
Some of you may have noticed over the years that we here at Sock Dreams are rather fond of our vices… while “sock hoarding” is probably the number one vice for most of us, we’re also fans of assorted boozes, in moderation. Gumball Poodle has been good enough to supply us with so many boozy word socks over the years that it wasn’t until after a photoshoot at our friendly neighborhood bar (featuring virgin drinks – after all, it was 3PM and we were all on the clock) that we noticed kind of a conspicuous hole in our sock liquor cabinet…. ABSINTHE!
Distilled with anise seed and fennel (which makes it taste vaguely of licorice), Absinthe was once very popular among artists, writers, Parisiennes and romantics in general, but gained notoriety due to its traditional inclusion of wormword. Stemming from severely overblown reports of the psychoactive properties of this drink (in reality it is no more hallucinogenic than whiskey or vodka), it was made illegal in many countries for the better part of a century. It was relegalized in the USA a few years back, and while those of us who have tried it are more fond of it in theory than reality, there’s no denying the allure of this infamous beverage.
Those of you familiar with the history of this drink (or perhaps the film Moulin Rouge) may also have heard of “la fée verte,” or “the green fairy”. This is not only a euphemism for the drink itself, but the embodiment of the artistic spirit and romantic ideals. About 2 minutes into our conversation about getting ABSINTHE socks it became clear that we would need coordinating fairy socks. We settled on the spelling, “FAERY,” as it was a nice compromise between “fairy” and “faerie”, and looked the best in our signature Art Nouveau font.
And so it is that we present to you our two new Sock Dreams exclusive styles from Gumball Poodle – ABSINTHE and FAERY in inverted colors – perfect for mixing or matching! We recommend pouring them over a sugar lump and diluting with water until they become slightly cloudy…… or just put them on your feet and enjoy! Most importantly, always drink (or wear) your ABSINTHE responsibly!