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Because we get to see what people order for gifts, we have a good idea of what the popular sock presents are for the holidays. Toe socks are probably one of the most popular styles. They’re different and fun and great stocking stuffers. And if you’re a toe sock convert, a present is the best way to try and win others over to the joys of toe freedom.
Now, what about folks who totally should get toe socks for the holidays, but aren’t exactly a stripy, tabi, goofy kind of person? That’s where beautifully engineered, premium toe socks come in. We’ve written about Injinji before, when we first brought them in and again this summer, when telling you about Coolmax® fiber. They’re a little pricer than novelty toe socks, but that’s because of all the brain power that went into designing them.
Designed for performance, with a comfortable welt cuff, smart shaping in the toes and heel, a bit of built-in arch support and available in three sizes, Injinji toe socks take that quirky toe sock present to the next level. Their most basic sock, the Performance Micro Toe Sock, is comfortable as all get-out and even comes in more options than boring old black and white.
After the jump we’ll highlight a couple more of their styles and let you know just who they’re perfect for (and just maybe they’re perfect for you!). Plus, we’ve got a review from a Vibram FiveFingers wearer about the Injinji Performance Liner styles! Read more »
Sometimes something big happens that can cast a shadow over daily joys. The only thing to do is keep fighting forward to find the small happinesses that can buoy you along the hard path back. The earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan hit all of us sock Dreamers in our hearts. Working with the International School we donated socks to support Socks for Japan, a brilliant and amazing organization that knows that though small comforts don’t fix big problems, they can be a small flash of warmth in a cold world. Their site says it beautifully, “Socks aren’t primary support, but a token of care that will last beyond their small mid-crisis comfort.”
Tabbisocks, our supplier in Japan, so far has not suffered any direct loss from the recent disasters. We’re keeping fingers and toes crossed for their continued safety and we will do our best to keep our Tabbisocks styles in stock as we can. Supporting Japanese companies like our wonderful sock friends at Tabbisocks is a small way to help support their economy (and ours) during this troubling times. It seems silly, and small, but again, it’s the small comforts and helping hands that can help uplift hearts as we work to heal.
In that mind, here are a couple of our favourite comfort socks by Tabbisocks, including two new styles that we are so thrilled to be able to offer.
We’ve featured the Super Loose Socks before on the Sock Journal, they’re one of the Dreamer favourites, hands (and feet) down, cozy and slouchy and classic. We now offer almost every colour Tabbisocks has, including an incredibly vivid Kelly that we got just in time for St. Patrick’s day.
They were, until recently, one of the closest styles we could recommend to folks looking for something like the long-lost Pippy Longstockling, which were much thicker and longer, perfect for getting the schoolgirl look. We searched long and hard for a good replacement for the Pippy style and much to our delight Tabbisocks recently introduced their Schoolgirl Long Socks, in 30 and the Extra-Long 40 inch lengths. Unlike the Super Loose, they’re a cotton blend and have a wonderful heft and slouch to them.
One new Tabbisocks style I am personally super excited about are the Furry Warmers and the Spotted Furry Warmers. The cozy faux fur gives just the right amount of warmth and adding them to an outfit, as warmers or a retro-style muff, makes for one undeniable look.
There are so many ways we can help, directly with the Red Cross and the Portland-based Mercy Corps to more indirect ways like Socks for Japan and supporting companies that are local to our hearts. Every little bit helps, remember that small comforts can bring a surprising ray of hope no matter how dark the day.
We are super happy to present two variations on a great idea we’ve been seeking for ages… tabi socks that go over our knees!!! in both a solid and in vertical stripes they can even pass as a thigh high, especially if you add sock glue or garters… or just embellish them with a pair of Shelleopard’s tasty new Cupcake Snappy Garters…
As the days get warmer our desire to set our toes free increases.
Of course you can wear toe socks & tabis any time of the year with nearly any kind of shoe but they really shine when it’s time to put on your flip flops and sandals. I rarely wear them with bare feet, not only are my toes shy, I just really don’t like how dirty my feet get from a day of walking around like that.
To celebrate spring we’ve added a few new tabi socks with at least a few more on their way. The K.Bell peace signs above (and the cherry blossoms and stripes) have been staying on my feet very well during our long walks to the park and back with Lola.
If the thought of having your toes all separated is a bit much these are a nice alternative since they just separate your big toe which is perfect for flip flops.
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