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We had a blast at Denver Comic Con last month! We got to see some wonderful costumes and meet a lot of great people, some of which incorporated Sock Dreams brand socks into their con look! Which we absolutely love seeing! Can’t get enough!
Jennifer is ready to crush the rebel alliance with her charcoal M45s.
Looking colorful and radiant in plum Extraordinary Thigh Highs
Will showing house pride in black/yellow Sorcerer Socks, 10 points to Hufflepuff!
Eva completed her look with black/grey Dreamer Vertical Striped Cotton OTKs.
We also took a lot of measurements, which makes shopping online easier. If you are headed to any of the same events we are or can make it into our Portland brick and mortar shop, we will happily take your measurements for you!
If you incorporated any of your purchases into costumes we’d love to see them. Share them to us on Facebook, Tumblr, tag us on Instagram or email them to us at email@example.com. Be sure to let us know if you want us to share them with others or if we should keep them to ourselves!
If you spend much time on the internet, by now you’ve probably heard that Pokémon GO was released in some areas last week. The world has taken notice, and we here at Sock Dreams are not immune; in between dashing back to the warehouse to check for Pokémon, and spending our breaks trekking to the nearest gym, we decided to celebrate the only way we know how. With socks!
If you’d like to get in on the celebration—or beef up your sock collection, what with all that walking you’ve been doing—never fear! We’ve got socks to help you make that age-old decision: fire, water, or grass type? No matter your starter Pokémon, you can enjoy all three types with these socks.
Fiery and intense, or cute and cuddly? No matter your preference, you can represent your favorite element with these lovely socks.
Prefer leisurely strolls along the beach, or diving into a cooling lake? Grab some of these socks to let your water Pokémon know you’re one of them.
Strike out into the tall grass, search the highest mountains, and always let your grass Pokémon be your guides to adventure!
If those three aren’t enough, perhaps you prefer something with a little spark to it? Pay homage to everyone’s favorite electric mouse with these electrifying items.
Or, maybe you just want to represent your team colors. We refuse to pick sides; they’re all too awesome!
And if you’re local to Portland, OR, come check out our Sellwood shop—word on the street is, there’s a PokéStop right out front!
Conventions can be a ton of fun; you’re dressed in your finest cosplay, all your hard work finally paying off, having the time of your life—when suddenly, a button snaps off! A seam rips! A passerby gets snagged on your armor and brings the whole thing crashing down! No matter how carefully crafted, even the most professional costume can be subject to costume malfunction. And whatever the cause, a little preparation can keep your dream con from turning into a nightmare.
Some cons will have a “cosplay first-aid zone” where you can get help and supplies to fix your ailing costume, but just in case, we recommend you keep a basic survival kit on hand.
Find a small case that can easily be carted around with your luggage. Or if you’re driving in daily, it may be worth having a bag to carry everything around with you, especially if you don’t want to keep running back to your car.
Even if you’re not cosplaying, having some of these essentials close by will help you have a happier con!
Travel Sewing Kit
You can get these at most craft stores (and even some grocery stores), and they usually come with a selection of thread colors. It doesn’t have to perfectly match your costume, and you can always add your own thread. You just want some way of dealing with emergency sewing needs.
Spirit Gum (and remover)
If you’re wearing fake ears or prosthetics, spirit gum is an absolute must. Even if you don’t have immediate plans for it, it’s a good staple to have in your emergency box; you never know when you may run into a desperate cosplayer in need of a few dabs.
While it isn’t as hardcore as spirit gum, the It Stays! Adhesive is much less messy, and washes right off with water. It’s pretty much a must-have if you’re wearing thigh highs, but is also useful for keeping shorter socks in check (like those pesky no-shows that like to flip under your heel while you’re walking), and can also be used to keep gems or embellishments (or even an unruly neckline) in place.
These clips are great and very versatile. They can be a good alternative to sock glue or a garter belt, but can also be used to cinch back a jacket, add a fetching layered look to a long skirt, or even act as a stirrup to keep your leggings from riding up.
Super glue will probably provide the greatest power for its size, but if you have room, having your hot glue gun along can be a life-saver. And if you’re working with props, you may even want to bring along whatever glue or adhesive you’re using—just make sure to keep your room well-ventilated, or better yet, do any application outside!
Speaking of props, if you’re wearing armor, it’s always a good idea to have something between it and your skin. Chevron Sleeves are a great thin arm warmer to wear under your armor, without adding thick layers that may change the fit of your outfit. They can also add some much-needed breathability to jackets or shirts made out of synthetics like vinyl or heavy polyester, and may be a real relief on a hot day. For protecting your legs, we recommend Signature Cotton Tights or Leggings, which will give a similar layer of protection while also being more breathable than your average leggings. Costumes (especially armor) can heat up quickly!
Clear Nail Polish (and a nail file)
It may seem a little unnecessary, but many a cosplayer has realized on the con-floor that their nails have felt the brunt of all the con-prep. A file will quickly even out those rough tips that could snag your precious creations, and a quick coat of clear polish will keep your nails from breaking at the con. More than that, clear nail polish can be a life-saver if your stockings snag; just add a dab to stop a run in its tracks!
Cozy Socks (for after-hours)
No matter how sensible your shoes, a day of walking the con will have your feet crying out in pain. Bring some luxurious, cozy socks like the New Zealand Bedsocks or the Fleece Slipper Socks to slip into before bed. For really sore feet, make sure to soak them in warm water at the end of the day (even bring some Epsom salt, if you’re serious about happy feet).
Actual First-Aid Kit
Hopefully you won’t be doing anything too dangerous in your costume, but accidents always happen, and, well, we cosplayers can be known to get ourselves into precarious situations all for the sake of a good picture. If you find yourself with a skinned knee or a scratched arm, don’t let it ruin your day—or your costume! Keep some Band-Aids and Neosporin in your bag, and it doesn’t hurt to have some pain killers for when those long hours in a wig start to take their toll on her head.
Whether it’s flimsy plastic or hardy aluminum, you want to have a water bottle on hand. You may be standing on your feet for uncountable hours, possibly in the sun (depending on the con—and how bad the lines are). Keep hydrated and keep healthy to fight off the ‘con crud’!
Hopefully these tips will help you have a much better con. Any survival kit essentials we didn’t think of? Let us know in the comments!
This will be our second year vending at Denver Comic Con, inside the Colorado Convention Center, June 17th-19th. Unfortunately that means we won’t be vending at Portland Pride, but we will have plenty of pride accessories at our shop and here on our site.
Making their con debut will be our new Extraordinary Boardwalk Thigh Highs! As always we will be bringing an assortment of novelty “Shop Exclusives” from BlueQ and Bioworld (superhero and gamer socks!). We will have products perfect for any upcoming costume, as well as an assortment of Sock Garters and Sock Glue (a con must-have) to keep your current costume pieces in place!
The two official Con Exclusive Dreamer Socks are ready to battle:
Whether you’re trolling dark alleys with your Puddin’ or preparing a jailbreak with your Squad of fellow baddies, these con exclusives bring the BAM! POW! to any look on or off the Con floor. FYI: Denver Comic Con has also changed a few of their cosplay rules, found here. Be sure to check them out when putting together your costume. If the rules put a damper on your look, check out our DIY on making socks into “shoes”.
Nestled away in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains lies the secret sock lair of Booth 606.
See you on the other side!
We are back from sunny California and the extravaganza eleganza-filled weekend of the 2nd annual RuPaul’s DragCon at the Los Angeles Convention Center. What a wonderful and unique celebration of diversity, acceptance, equality, and flat-out fun! We couldn’t be happier that we were asked to be a part of it!
Friday evening, VIP Preview Night kicked off with the one, the only, King of Queens, RuPaul, taking the time to stop by each and every vendor booth for a personal welcome. How cool is that? Pretty much right at the top of the cool-o-meter! Our turn came just as we were putting the finishing touches on our space.
On Saturday, attendee Max (not drag queen Max, who was also spotted throughout the weekend), picked up a pair of our Sock Dreams exclusive Queer Pride socks by Gumball Poodle, and came by the next day proudly displaying fantastically rainbow legs. An endless sea of glitz and glamour, ball gowns and shiny crowns, glitter beards and platform heels overtook the exhibit hall. The most delightful sensory overload one could ask for!
Sunday found another fabulous day with RuPaul opening the morning by roller skating circuits around the show floor. We loved the opportunity to meet some iconic figures in the drag world and enjoyed a weekend of unity.
Dreamer Rose was wide-eyed and giddy over getting to meet the ever glamorous Chad Michaels.
Dreamer Nina enthusiastically seized an eleventh hour opportunity to say “Hey Qween” to comedian, talk host, and all-around entertainer Johnny McGovern.
Then, in a flash, 4 PM rolled around, the floor lights turned off, and the fabulous Miss Kennedy Davenport made the final sock purchase of the weekend, before we all sashayed away. Because everybody knows, with the dancing feet on that girl, comfy and cozy socks are a must!
We wish we had more pictures to share, but such a busy weekend it was! If you’d like to see more, hop on over to RuPaul’s DragCon Facebook or Instagram. And if you’d like to get your share of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent…plans are already in the works for next year’s 3rd annual gathering!
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