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Valentine’s Day is a surprisingly big holiday for us – or maybe it’s not that surprising, if you consider that every pair of socks consists of two perfectly matched sole mates….. or do they?? Today we’ll be taking a look at our socks that don’t match, but still go together perfectly. Somehow we find them even more romantic than pairs that are carbon copies of each other… after all, they say that opposites attract.
The first supplier of mismatched socks that jumps to mind is the aptly named Solmate. Featuring fair isle patterns and eye catching colorways, each US-made pair includes two (or in the case of the children’s crews, three) mismatched socks that go together perfectly. As their motto says, “life’s too short for matching socks!”
As some of us know all too well, being soulmates or best friends won’t always keep us from butting heads. Don’t worry – the socks of Hooray Hoopla understand. Versus socks pair two traditional “enemies,” but they still end up being perfectly matched. Just don’t let your next argument be over who’s the dragon and who’s the unicorn – take a hint from the socks, and learn to coexist!
While there are only a few companies specializing in mismatched socks, there are several others who have dipped their toes into the concept. Stance has several styles of not-quite-matching socks, while K. Bell only has one….. but that one comes with four different socks, so it probably deserves some sort of prize.
Mismatching socks is so fun that we’ve had to try it ourselves! Our Spiral OTKs in the peppermint colorway are only available seasonally, and feature one red with white sock, and one white with red! We also recently introduced a mismatched version of our M Sleeves in four different colorways – while these sleeves are the same colors on both arms, one side has wider stripes, for a subtly quirky look.
But the best thing about mismatched socks is how wonderfully giftable they are! They’re kind of like the friendship necklace of socks – buy the same set for yourself and a loved one, then the two of you can decide if you want to mismatch together, or trade one of the socks for symmetrical, yet complimentary looks. However you decide to wear them, they’re sure to be a match made in heaven!
January 28th, 2016
Can you believe January is over already? It seems like New Year’s Day was just last week. Excitingly, there are still New Year’s celebrations to be had! On February 8th, Chinese Lunar New Year—or the Spring Festival—kicks off the Year of the Monkey. This ancient holiday is celebrated by people in dozens of countries all over the world, including a great many folks right here in the States. It is not unusual at this time of the year to see red and gold decorations in homes and storefronts, or watch a firework display or dragon dance. Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of 12 animal hosts from the Chinese Zodiac (fun fact: Sock Dreams was born in late 2000, the year of the Dragon!). 2016’s animal is the Monkey, and we have created a special limited-edition sticker pack to commemorate the occasion.
Monkeys are clever, curious, and mischievous. Our very own playful little sock monkey is made from a pair of White Knees in “Banana” (we’re out of stock right now, but you can sign up for notifications!). The sign’s lucky colors are blue, gold, and white, and as luck would have it, our Dreamer Holiday Stripes come in those exact colors. If long socks aren’t your thing, try Dreamer Holiday Crews and Holiday Mismatched Sleeves! Instead of our usual lotus, our logo lady holds a chrysanthemum, which is lucky for the Monkey, in bright golds and oranges.
But our Monkey is not alone, she’s brought some old friends! In our Spring 2016 sticker pack, we’ve got some favorites from past years: Mardi Gras Mask, Sweetheart Candies, Violet Valentine, and a be-freckled St. Pat’s lady with an emerald green lotus. This spirited $5 sticker pack is your only chance to get your paws on our exclusive new Year of the Monkey logo, and supplies are limited, so order fast before this playful primate slips away for another twelve years!
You may be familiar with folks using flowers to secretly say what their heart truly means. If you’re thinking of getting yourself or someone else a bouquet of socks, we have quite the garden of floral styles for you to pick from.
When it comes to simply depicting flowers, there is a lot of artistic interpretation that happens, which means the majority of our styles are more of a “floral motif”, with lots of indeterminate blooms and flower-like patterns that evoke a garden without being specific.
But! If you’re looking for a little something more, we’ve also made sure you can search for common flower types to better convey your feelings.
These are loose interpretations of pretty petals, so if you see a bloom we’ve overlooked or mis-identified, let us know! We did our best, but are not botanists (though the folks who design floral patterns aren’t often, either) and many of these flower designs could be representing one kind or another. That said, let’s have some floral fun!
The Anemone is a simple, multi-petal flower with a burst of colour in the center. It can mean a lot of things, but it particularly represents anticipation.
A Carnation is a deeply layered bloom and its distinctly saw-tooth profile is often used as a complement to traditional rose patterns. Meaning everything from deep love to good luck, depending on colour, in general a carnation expresses love, fascination and distinction.
An emblem of good fortune, the Cherry Blossom signals love and affection, while their short span before falling also hints at the fleeting nature of feeling and time.
What defines the Chrysanthemum has often been contentious. A flower of variables, the one constant is many little florets working together to make a spectacular flower that stands for optimism and joy.
Though a bold flower, the Hibiscus means “delicate beauty”. It’s one of those designs that, when rendered in sock form, could be a geranium or even a lily, if you’re just looking at shapes. It’s the tropical colours that help them stand out from the crowd.
The Lily is another classic bouquet flower that holds a different meaning for each colour it blooms in. From “modesty” to “passion”, or “gaiety” to “refined beauty”, the lily can represent practically as many things as the individual breeds of both true and named lilies (though the BlueQ socks below are pretty clear in their meaning)!
Even more bedecked with meaning, the Rose could say “hey, you’re a rad friend” (yellow) to “love at first sight” (purple).
There’re lots more meanings to flowers and colours. And with a search through our Floral styles you can wear your heart on your toes, if not on your sleeve!
We have a sweet treat this upcoming Valentine’s Day! Our logo lady has put on her best Pink Knees and brought all the candy hearts to the party.
If you’d like to receive a sticker in your next order, make sure to put “May I have a Valentine’s Sticker please?” in your order notes. Amounts are limited, so one sticker per order please!
Hearts, red, pink, candy and kisses are all common Valentine’s day themes. We’ve got a category full of sweet styles for your sweetie (luckily socks won’t give you a toothache) and we’ve already seen some super thoughtful sock gifts pass though our hands. We’ve offered a couple different takes and styles on the holiday here on the Sock Journal over the years and our site’s theme is even in the mood for love.
This year, we’ve got a Valentine’s gift for you. No, not a sale or a code, but something much sillier. May I present four covers for (pretend) romance novels featuring our favourite stars, socks! If any style tugs at your heart strings, I’ve given the names links straight to the colour shown.
Her love held him, but would their fibers keep them apart?
Shirley was a gorgeous cotton sock and heiress to a fortune. When she finally meets Michael, the one sock who seems to love her for more than her money, Shirley knows in her deepest heart that he’s too good to be true. When he turns out to be a wool blend she works even harder to bind him with love, hoping he’ll stay and that their different washing techniques won’t keep them apart. But will Shirley go too far and actually felt his cashmere-blended heart?
A baby can test your patience, but can it test your love?
Bea and her baby Dottie give Sabina the family she always wanted. Sabina has never hesitated about jumping into a situation with both feet, but she’s also never jumped into something quite like this. Is sharing the duties of mother too much for the Bea and Sabina’s growing love?
Branded “L” for Love
A sheriff bootsock romance.
Sheriff Gregorio was never easily swayed by a steady life or a pretty sock, until he met April. The flirty knee high was as sweet as could be, but it was her streak of bull-headedness that roped him in. When he finds out that April has been running her family’s ranch by herself, Sheriff Gregorio pitches in and finds that he and his trusty steed might be ready to settle down.
Tides of Desire
They never expected to be swept away . . . by love.
The beach cottage was playboy Greyson’s getaway, a place to escape to. Just like he’d escape to the arms of whoever he could find, leaving both love and cottage when the city called him. This time he chose Franco and, as the sun-warmed days wore on, Greyson began to doubt he could leave his soft embrace—but could Franco fit in with Greyson’s city life?
I am not ashamed to admit I maybe spent a lot of time thinking of the stories for these. I mean, I love socks, why couldn’t they love each other?
Have a lovely Valentine’s day and remember to treat yourself too! Because, if I can paraphrase one of my favourite quotes, “if you can’t love yourself, how are you gonna love someone else?”
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