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For us, Chicago’s Comic and Entertainment Expo, came and went in a blast of frigid wind, a sprinkling of unseasonable snow, and a mad rush of pop culture enthusiasm. As you can imagine, we ran into a wild assortment of sock loving characters.
On Friday one of our first customers was Jillian in black O Basics, who solemnly swore that she was up to no good. Once Saturday hit, the place was hopping. That’s when Liz, a.k.a Ramona Flowers, roller bladed into our dreams wearing seafoam M45’s and Super Stripes. Finally, Jess and Hanna, or rather Harley and Ivy, stopped by to show off the socks they had purchased from us the day before. Jess is sporting a convention exclusive variety of our M45’s and Hanna has on our Vertical Cotton OTK’s.
Sunday was the final day of C2E2, and before the show had even officially opened we were visited by Anthony, a true Renaissance man in purple and sherbert O Basics. Later in the day, we had the opportunity to catch Tosha, an exceptional Vulpix Pokemon in another pair of sherbert O Basics. We also caught Dustin doing a fine impersonation of Archer ogling Lana, portrayed by Lindsey, who’s ever popular O Basics were in a lilac shade.
At 5pm the show was over, and we packed our few remaining socks and sent them home. But don’t you worry, we will be bringing them and many other with us to Denver Comic Con over Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re in the area, and you’ve got a great cosplay that makes use of our products, be sure to stop and let us snap a photo and we may feature you in our next post convention write up.
If you have an amazing cosplay featuring Sock Dreams socks or accessories, but you will not be at any of the events we will be visiting, we’d love it if you would email us a photo. Anyone who emails a valid cosplay photo to firstname.lastname@example.org will receive a special coupon code that can be used on their next purchase. All cosplay photos collected from now until October 23rd will also be held in consideration for our new annual Cosplay contest. Rules and prizes will be announced soon!
We clicked our heels three times and have finally made it home from Emerald City Comic Con. While there is definitely no place like home, we have to admit that ECCC was an amazing adventure. The best part about it though, was getting to meet some of you. We were impressed with the way you tied some of our favorite socks into your incredible cosplays, including Shannon’s very fitting Dorothy Gale. She used a pair of Four Button Ribbed Leg Warmers in ivory for her steam punk spin on this classic character.
Aireeka was the first to stop by our booth and show off her costume socks. She completed her rad Rocket Raccoon cosplay with our N Stripes in orange and red. Sarah couldn’t wait to show us how she utilized the Purple Knees she had bought from us the day before. Here she is as Clawdeen Wolf with her Monster High classmate, Frankie Stein, as portrayed by friend Merce.
What comic con would be complete without a visit from The Doctor? Fortunately we didn’t have to find out when Whitney showed up as the 11th version of this enigmatic traveler from Gallifrey. Her Constellation Knee Highs from Sock It To Me added a spacey touch to this feminine take on the role. And speaking of feminine takes, we also loved this girlish approach to Firefly’s Captain Malcolm Reynolds. Kayln used our Extraordinary Thigh Highs in olive green for her sassy ensemble.
Another thing that we loved about our adventure in Emerald City was getting to meet other exhibitors. Our next door neighbor and borrower and lender of scissors was the talented James Ramos. James is an artist, illustrator, game designer, and philanthropist. His heroes include Walt Disney, Charles Schulz, and Chuck Jones. We also, literally, bumped into Christopher Stuart Wilson, a painter and self proclaimed ninja. He is an award winning artist who strives to, in his words, “bridge the canyon gap between the real and the abstract.” We were particularly taken with his Mona-Mystique painting.
Eventually all adventures come to an end. Fortunately we are gearing up for a new one at Chicago’s C2E2. If you want to be a part of our next incredible journey, meet us there at Booth 781!
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.
If you are like us, you’ve spent hours browsing the website. You’ve gotten lost in the colors, the patterns, and textures. You’ve daydreamed about ways to layer and outfits to wear. But sometime, don’t you want to be able to pick up the socks and hold them in your hands? Wouldn’t you love to run your fingers over those textures and see the colors with your own eyes? Well, your chance is coming, because we are taking our socks on the road! Over the next eight months we will be traveling far and wide to bring our socks to some of the biggest comic book and pop culture events in the United States.
Not only will these events be the perfect time to see our products in person, but it’s your chance to take home some convention exclusives. As always, we will be bringing one of our collectible stickers in a brand new design. This one is a tribute to a favorite animated character. We love her sassy attitude and flawed, yet multifaceted nature. Even if her boyfriend is a real joker. Stop by our booth and get one for free!
In the same vein, we have also created a pair of socks inspired by this quirky character. These socks, like this woman, are truly extraordinary. They are super long and stretchy, expanding up to 24 inches in the calf and up to 27 inches in the cuff! If cosplaying is one of your passions, and you are thinking of dressing as a semi-psychotic trickster, than these will be a perfect fit.
Here is where you can find us and both of these exclusives this year:
- March 27-29: Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth 206
- April 24-26: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – Chicago, IL. – Booth 781
- May 23-25: Denver Comic Con – Denver, CO. – Booth TBA
- June 13-14: Pride NW – Portland, OR. – Booth P-5
- July 31 – August 2: Boston Comic Con – Boston, MA. – Booth TBA
- September 4-7: DragonCon – Atlanta, GA. – Booth TBA
- September 19-20: Rose City Comic Con – Portland, OR. – Booth TBA
- October 10-11: Geek Girl Con – Seattle, WA. – Booth TBA