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Pica~Picks: Socks

Published: Fri Sep 08 2017

In a land of progressive outerwear and high-profile trainer releases, socks can be easily overlooked.

This is bit of a shame really, as not only are they a crucial element of comfort, but when used correctly they can create an exciting visual segue between footwear and trouser-hem.

Socks are for life, not just for Christmas… or something.

Anyway, here’s some that we’re into.

Japan’s Anonymous Ism make very fancy socks. Some of them look like 70s hiking socks, some of them look like classic sports socks, and these ones here… well, if you use your imagination a bit, they look like a rainbow sighted above a misty Canadian glade.

They’re also made out of hemp. To quote the great Axl Rose, smoke ‘em if you got ‘em.   

Next we’ve got these Rib Border socks from Beams Plus. They’re stripy, yet subtle. And they were made in Japan for extra bragging rights. 

If there was ever such a thing as a ‘classic sock’, the Burlington Preston argyle would probably be it. Designed for golf back in 1977… loved in Jamaica… look great with a pair of Clarks. Wondrous.   

And now, the Waffle Socks from Folk. Texture is very important in the sock realm, and these beauties feel ace. Sort of like soft, cotton Shreddies or something. That burnt orange hue is pretty tasty too.   

To round this educational voyage off, here’s the infamous Wig-Wam Cypress Socks. El Classico hiking sock vibery here, but as they’re made of cotton they don’t have the itch factor.

They come in more flavours than a packet of Jolly Ranchers too, and like John Candy’s band in Home Alone, these are reportedly, “very big in Sheboygan.” And for good reason!

So there you go - some socks we like. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, click that handy link below to enter serious sock Shangri La.