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It’s Inevitable, You Will Get (Or Gift Him) Socks. But Which Ones?
Words by Mr Jim Merrett
24 November 2020
There comes a time in a man’s life when, every Christmas, without fail, he will receive socks. If you are that man, then congratulations. You have achieved all you could hope for with your life, and surrounded yourself with the spoils to show for it. Even those closest to you can’t find a totem that will improve your lot more than a pair of socks. And it’s true, nothing can complete an outfit, or enhance a winter’s day, better than a comfy, cosy set of foot sheaths. If you’re a giver rather than a receiver, contrary to notions otherwise, socks can actually show imagination – if you choose wisely, that is. Here, then, are five pairs to knock your, or his, current socks right off.
The tie-dye cashmere socks you didn’t know you needed (but now you do)
Come the end of a particularly fraught year, he might like to put his feet up. But what about elevating his socks, too? The Elder Statesman has found a niche for itself specialising in cashmere articles that are at once both luxurious and playful, and perhaps nothing captures that spirit better than a pair of tie-dye cashmere socks. So Now he can be on trend from head to toe.
The stylish sports sock
For the guy who is itching to get out on his bike, even on Christmas Day, in the wind, rain and (fingers crossed) snow, try a pair with a sporty vibe. This banded English-made set by The Workers Club comes in a plush combed cotton and wouldn’t look out of place on the sports fields of an Ivy League university. The vaguely festive colour scheme will warm his cockles as well as his toes.
The classic socks remixed
Designed for Scottish clansmen way back in the 17th century, the traditional diamond-patterned argyle sock has since found its calling in the costuming of the most Caledonian of sports – golf, and, er, skateboarding it says here. Amsterdam skate label Pop Trading Company has updated the style with its logo and a very fetching hue.
The immaculate selection
Holy Mary, mother of God! Is exactly who is depicted on this extravagant pair by fun-time Japanese brand KAPITAL. And if its elves can make socks good enough for Mr Frank Ocean, then they can certainly shore up your old man’s feet. There’s something of an Ecce Homo/Mono restoration about this particular pair, and, of course, there is no better occasion to wear religious iconography on your tootsies.
It’s raining socks, hallelujah
For men who want to wear a different pair of socks every day, here’s a bumper selection of 15. Consider it a grown-up version of the chocolate variety packs you used to get in your stocking. Only, you know, stockings. As the name suggests, the wares of London Sock Co. reflect the sartorial elegance of the English gentleman, making this a far better choice than last Christmas’ careless Wispa.