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One of the things we love to do is help folks find which socks will work best for them. That’s why we put as much information as we can into the Sizing Tips on each product page and try to give as much real-life testing as we can into the styles we carry. Sometimes you’ve got to scroll a little to see it, depending on your monitor size, but it’s there!
And if it isn’t, or you’ve had a different experience, let us know via email and we’ll make sure things are up to date! So many products we carry are wrapped up in packaging and sometimes things sneakily change in a way we don’t notice until you let us know.
So okay, the information is there, but you’re still unsure—or, you’ve got a particular fit issue or need and our Advanced Search isn’t helping? Then it’s time for our handy-dandy contact form! Select “Sizing Query” from the topic drop-down and make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.
Now for your question itself! Something we tell folks a lot is that “large”, “skinny”, “plus” or really most adjectives and dress sizes don’t mean much without context. Who knows what clothing sizes mean anymore (besides, they’re based on everything but the measurements we need)! If you write us saying you’ve got “tiny calves” and nothing stays up or you’ve got “curvy thighs” and stockings always roll, we can only give you the vaguest help. But we want to give you specific help! So here’s what you’ve gotta do for ultimate sock searching assistance: measure!
Even if you don’t sew, a tailors tape (or fabric measuring tape) is the best $2 tool to have. I use mine to measure weird spaces furniture needs to go as much as I do when sewing! But, if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The same ability to measure around stuff is just as easy to obtain with some yarn or string and a regular ol’ ruler.
You just wrap the yarn around what you’re measuring, then lay it out next to a ruler and BAM! Measurements.
In general, a good reference for where you need to measure for what coverage of sock is the image on the Measurements & Sizes page (shown below with common coverage highlighted for easy reference). We also like to know your shoe size, too, particularly if you have smaller or larger feet than the average sock you encounter.
But more information is always useful, so after the jump we’ve got some slightly more in-depth tips for measurements to send with your sizing question.
Spring is here and winter is coming!
If you watch the show, you know what we’re talking about. Based on the epic series by George R. R. Martin, the television show Game of Thrones is a visually rich (and rather violent) series that’s starting back up in just a couple of days! It’s really your classic, sweeping, epic fantasy wherein large family tribes battle for honour and glory. But the costumes. Oh MAN, the costumes.
The beautiful hand embroidery and surface embellishment (like these pieces by the amazingly skilled Michele Carragher, for example) help illustrate and underline each character’s loyalties and position. All the families have a crest with a sigil and motto that is worked into the more elaborate costumes. Taking that idea and applying it to socks (naturally), we’ve got some styles to suggest that can add a new layer of meaning to your look. And, of course, dressing up for watching the show is highly encouraged!
More houses after the jump!
The first official day of spring was yesterday, and we know that some of you folks out east are still experiencing wintery wildness and that folks in the Southern hemisphere have been undergoing quite the sultry summer, but! Here in Portland, cherry blossoms are bursting awake and drifting about like fairytale snow—when they aren’t being pummelled by the rain, anyhow.
Even if the lion of March keeps roaring into April, we got a glimpse of the flowers full spring will bring!
However you spend Valentine’s day, and whoever you spend it with (including yourself!) we’ve got some sweet treats for the day. Our Valentine’s Sweeties section is a great place to start. There’s your classic reds and hearts:
And traditional Valentine themes and colours with a little more edge:
And of course you can always paint the town (or your toes) red with our colour search.
Or pink to match your blush (which, I’m sure is totally because of the cold and not infatuation!).
Your best valentine should always be yourself, because (to paraphrase what a great person once said), if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love anybody else?! So indulge yourself, or get something warm to cozy up in, or get a little treat that’s on sale.
Of course, with the weather everywhere is having, even if you upgrade to Priority or Express (check our Shipping FAQ for more info) you might not get your Valentine treat in time. But we came prepared! Three of us Dreamers indulged our pun and doodle sides, putting together a bunch of little valentines for you all, like these:
Like the cartoon and toy themed valentines you might have got in grade school to give to all your classmates, we’ve made a PDF you can download and print to share with your friends and loved ones! Just click and save this link right here!
Of course, our favourite valentine is you, our wonderful customers! We love you lots and love that we can help your feet find their true love in socks!
The word is, less people made resolutions this year than on average. It can be hard to stick with a goal you made in the rosy light of a fresh calendar, even if you know it’s for the best. Whether it is giving up a vice, exercising more or keeping healthy in general, we’ve got some socks you can both reward yourself with and use to reach your goal!
I’ve talked about our Vices category before (actually at the start of an earlier year!). These socks are a great way to indulge yourself without actually indulging in your particular vice. Maybe you need some sweet treats for your feets:
Or to take your toes out for a steak and a drink.
Of course, you can always say #@%! it and indulge your toes and your tummy at the same time. It’s all about moderation, right? Eat well and exercise. And our Sports Socks will be by your side (or, um, at your feet). From ways to warm up those muscles, or tricks to steady your toes—
To styles designed with support in mind and leggings we love to layer with shorts, we have lots more than old-school terry lined athletic socks (though we have those too!).
One thing we have noticed lately is that a lot of folks are starting their year right by treating themselves to compression socks. If you sit a lot or stand a lot (generally, if you are stuck in one position a lot), compression socks keep the blood flowin’ around your feet and ease a lot of strain. I know this holiday season when us Dreamers were wearing down the floors in the stock room to pull all your fabulous orders, we were glad to have compression socks to keep our feet from getting swollen and worn out! If you are treating yourself to compression socks, remember to put them on right!
More than anything, we hope you’re starting this year by treating yourself right and remembering that you are awesome and fabulous and (by the way) totally gorgeous. Yes, you. Let’s make this a great year, even if we don’t meet every goal we set when it started!