Author: Jennifer Wright

July 17, 2018

Happy Little Bob Ross Socks

Come ride the nostalgia wave with us in new socks featuring Bob Ross, painter and television icon! If you need a little touch of peaceful, positive energy added to your day, then look no further than these cheerful styles.

Who was Bob Ross?

Painter Bob Ross working on a mountain landscape
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

In the 1980s, self-taught artist and retired Air Force sergeant Bob Ross started an instructional painting show on PBS. The show, The Joy of Painting, was merely intended to promote his line of art supplies and painting kits, but it became a surprise hit with viewers, who enjoyed his easy-to-follow instructions as much as his happy-go-lucky demeanor.

While painting lovely landscapes, Ross would add “happy little trees” and speak calmly and contentedly, providing words of encouragement such as: “We don’t make mistakes; we just have happy accidents.”

Although he died in 1995, Ross’ legacy lives on in the hearts of his fans and in popular culture. The Joy of Painting runs on Netflix, and Ross remains beloved for his iconic look, soothing voice, and most of all, his positive message of finding beauty and joy all around us.


Sock Styles

Made and officially licensed by popular sock brand Oooh Geez!, our Bob Ross pairs are designed to put a smile on your face. They feature a hand-illustrated style, showing his cheerful face, iconic nature motifs and popular phrases such as a “Good place for my happy little squirrel.” These women’s and men’s styles are also super soft and comfy, made from a luxurious combed cotton blend.

Bob Ross was all about seeing beauty and adding joy to your life, and that’s kind of our thing here, too, at The Sock Drawer. We’re so pleased to add these happy little socks to our lineup, and we hope you will be, as well!

July 10, 2018

Fresh Fruit Styles Ripe for the Picking

In the heat of summer, we’ve got a refreshing treat for your feet! We have lots of colorful, cute styles in stock right now featuring different kinds of tasty fruit. Our selection of food socks is always popular, but fruit socks seem to be particularly hot right now, and it’s easy to see why: These fun, bright styles just say summertime!

Browse through our orchard of sweet, healthful fruit socks and pick yourself out something ripe!


Pineapples

Because it’s grown in tropical locations, fresh pineapple is available most times of the year, and yet there’s something about a pineapple pattern that just feels so summery! Slice yourself off a piece of pineapple socks!


Mismatched Watermelons
Watermelon Socks

Mismatched Watermelons Watermelon Socks

What’s better than a cold slice of watermelon on a hot day? It might be the most refreshing fruit, and its red-and-green look is pretty darn refreshing, too! Brighten your style up with watermelon socks.


Strawberries

Break out the whipped cream! Come summertime, strawberries are like nature’s candy, and we love rocking their bright red on our feet. How cute would these patterns be with a sundress? What’s more, strawberries are one of the main agricultural exports near Sock Drawer headquarters in California, so our sock fairies have a special affinity for ’em!


Citrus Socks
Lemons Socks

Citrus Socks Lemons Socks

Yellow is so popular right now, so our socks featuring lemons and other citrus fruits should satisfy your craving! Wear these while sipping a tall glass of lemonade out on the veranda … ahh!


Bananas

Let’s wrap things up with perhaps our most popular fruit motif of all: bananas. This tasty snack has inspired some of our most beloved sock patterns, maybe because the bright color and kooky shape just feel so cheerful. These socks are B-A-N-A-N-A-S.


They may not seem like it, but avocados are fruits, too! Give them a little love down at the old sock market, along with our other fun food patterns.

July 3, 2018

Introducing Sockwell’s Stylish Compression Socks

Exciting news: Compression socks have come to The Sock Drawer! Maybe you’ve heard about this popular wellness trend and the ways compression socks can help sore, tired or swollen feet. Our socks — from top-quality brand Sockwell — do all that, and they look great at the same time. Read on to learn why we picked out these amazing products to join our ranks!

Benefits of Compression Socks

Put simply, compression socks apply pressure to your feet and legs to improve blood flow. They have been around for decades, usually recommended by medical pros for folks who were prone to circulation issues, but in recent years they have surged hugely in popularity as all kinds of people have realized their benefits.

They are a great choice for:

  • Exercise.
  • Travel.
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing.
  • Other circumstances that might lead to your feet being sore, swollen or excessively tired.

For instance, compression socks are extremely popular for nurses who spend long shifts on their feet, runners and other athletes who want some extra support, and people who fly frequently.

How do they work?

Compression socks apply firm but comfortable pressure in graduated panels to different areas of your lower legs and feet. This prevents blood from pooling in the feet, which can cause swelling, soreness and fatigue. Pretty simple, huh?

Many people who try out compression socks tend to be surprised how such a simple concept can make such a huge difference in their comfort. A little bit of moderate pressure can be enough to really boost your quality of life.


The Sockwell Difference

As these socks have grown in popularity, we sock fairies have gotten a lot of questions from our loyal shoppers about them, and perhaps the No. 1 question has been: “Are there compression socks that are actually cute?” We did our homework on the matter and are proud to introduce Sockwell compression socks as part of our lineup!

Not only are these some of the best-quality options out there from a wellness perspective, but they also look totally fab! We’ve picked up seven adorable knee high styles for women that use pretty, modern patterns and lovely color combos.

What’s more, we also chose Sockwell’s fun compression socks because this brand has so many amazing benefits:

  • Made in the USA to support the American textile industry and keep carbon footprint low.
  • Seamless toe, arch support and cushioned sole for added comfort.
  • Options for people with wider calves.
  • A luxurious fiber blend of Merino wool, bamboo and other materials that wicks away moisture and maintains a comfortable temperature.

We’ve heard your calls for compression and responded with pretty much the best socks out there! We sock fairies can’t wait to try these out personally, and if you’ve ever had sore, swollen feet (who hasn’t?), we suggest you try ’em too!

Featured image courtesy of Sockwell.

June 26, 2018

Sock FAQ: All Your Size Questions Answered

The sock fairies are back again to answer all of your curious questions! One of the most common topics customers ask us about is sock sizes. Whether you’ve got especially large or small feet or another issue that makes figuring out the right size confusing, we’ve got the answers!

Quick tip: You can always check out our special Sock Size Guide or reach out to us directly if you’re unsure whether a certain style will suit your needs. Email the sock fairies at hello@sockdrawer.com.

Now, let’s dip our toes into your questions!


What do the sizes on socks mean?

If you check out the label on most pairs of socks, it will say size 9-11 for women’s or 10-13 for men’s. That does not mean shoe size! These sock sizes are really more of an industry insider term, meaning how many inches long your foot is. We realize most people don’t really know how that measures up on their own feet (heck, we’re not so sure what it means!), so on our website we always put the equivalent shoe sizes each style will fit. Keep an eye on this when shopping!


What is my sock size?

Do you know your shoe size? That’s all you really need to keep in mind. We sell lots of different brands here at The Sock Drawer, and they all do sizing differently. Some simply have a women’s and a men’s size that are smaller and larger, respectively. Some have S, M and L sizes. Some even use standard European sizing systems. So to keep things easy on all you lovers of fun socks, we put the equivalent shoe size for each style right in the details on our website. Piece of cake!


What should I wear if normal women’s socks are too small?

Excellent question! If you’re looking for extra large women’s socks, you should simply check out our men’s collection!

Socks are basically a unisex product. There’s not much difference between a “women’s” sock and a “men’s” sock except men’s are made for a larger foot. We organize our website into women’s and men’s sections for most shoppers’ convenience, but we understand there are lots of folks who have feet that are larger than is typical.

Most of our women’s socks fit up to about a women’s shoe size 10. If you’re around the 9-10 range or larger and find standard women’s socks too tight or short, try men’s socks. (Men’s and women’s shoe sizes are about 1.5 different, so a women’s 10 would be a men’s 8.5. Most of our men’s socks fit men’s shoe size 8 to 12.5. That equates to a women’s 9.5 and up.)

Take it from our personal experience: Lots of our female sock fairies love to wear men’s socks! Even some who wear an average women’s shoe size opt for men’s socks sometimes, either because we prefer a looser fit or we simply can’t resist a certain pattern! Plus, depending on their cotton content, some socks are likely to shrink a little in the dryer, so larger men’s socks give you some leeway.


What should I wear if normal men’s socks are too small?

This is an easy one! Check out our extra large men’s socks! These bad boys are designed to fit men with shoe size 13-16. We know lots of guys with big feet who want to rock cool novelty socks, too, instead of just plain ol’ multi-pack tube socks. We’ve got you covered!


What are wide calf knee high socks?

Wide calf knee high socks are specially designed to be stretchier than standard women’s knee highs, which some people find too tight or restrictive. Plus size shoppers love these long socks, and so do women with very muscular calves. They also work perfectly well for women with slender legs, and many of our pairs fit comfortably over tights, leggings or even skinny jeans. Because of how stretchy the socks are, their patterns don’t get distorted when you slip them on. And, of course, like all of our styles, they’ve got silly themes and great designs. What’s not to love about these babies? You can read more about them here.


That about does it for the most popular sizing questions we hear from shoppers, but we encourage you to drop us a line for more information! Here are some other great resources:

  • For info on kids’ sizes, try our Sock Size Guide.
  • To learn about different sock lengths, check this out.
  • Any other concerns? Try our FAQ page.

This FAQ post is part of an occasional series we’re working on to help you figure out all things socks! Let us know if there are other topics we should cover by emailing us at hello@sockdrawer.com.

June 19, 2018

Enjoy Some Summer Fun in Outdoorsy Socks

Summer is in full swing, and we love seeing you folks out there showing off your fun novelty socks with all your shorts and sundresses! Sure, some people opt for sandals at this time of year, but we sock lovers know this is prime time for rocking cool patterns when we’re out and about in warm weather.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out some of our favorite women’s and men’s socks featuring outdoorsy patterns. These say summer fun to us, perfect for a picnic in the park, a camping trip in the woods or a day at the vineyard!


Outdoor Activities

Barbecues, bike rides, a trip to the ballpark — yes, please! These summer activity socks for women and men feature lots of fun themes for the dog days!


Wool Socks for Summer? Yep!


Women's Navigator Wool Socks
Men's Waves Wool Socks

Women's Navigator Wool Socks Men's Waves Wool Socks

For all you avid hikers out there, we recommend checking out our collection of wool socks. Most people know that wool helps keep you warm in the winter, but it can also keep you cool in the summer! It’s one of the most breathable fibers around, and it naturally wicks away moisture. Along with its high durability, this makes wool a great choice for hiking.


Short Socks

Want something extra cool for hot days? We recommend something short! We have ankle socks for men and women, as well as some extra short no-show socks for women.


Hiking & Camping

Are you the woodsy type? We have so many fantastic styles featuring fun camping themes for women and men, with everything from tents and s’mores to fishing and Bigfoot. Also be sure to check out our Outlands socks, a special collection of outdoorsy patterned socks that have technical design details that make them a great choice for hiking.


We hope you have a fabulous summer out in the sun! Check out our collection of beachy socks if you’re dreaming of a vacation, plus our patriotic socks for the Fourth of July!

June 12, 2018

Sock FAQ: All You Need to Know about Seamless Toe Socks

Have you heard of seamless toe socks? We’ve been getting some questions from our beloved customers lately about these special socks, so we thought we ought to dive deep into what they are and why they are a great choice for folks who prioritize comfort. The language used around these socks can get a little inconsistent and confusing, but worry not! We’re here to clear things up!

What does the term “seamless toe” mean?

“Seamless toe” socks are designed without a seam inside the end of the sock that might irritate sensitive toes. In most cases, there is still a seam at the toes, but it is a “barely there” seam that is very flat and minimal, not noticeable to most people.

If you have friends or family who knit — or if you are an awesome knitter yourself — you may know that there is a way to weave a sock with no seam at the toe at all, but that is not easy to accomplish on standard sock manufacturing equipment on a broad scale. Therefore, the sock industry standard has been to call any style that makes an effort to close those toes up minimally a “seamless toe” sock.

Why is this important? For comfort, of course! We are all about rocking fun and funky patterns here at The Sock Drawer, but we know style doesn’t matter much if your feet don’t feel comfortable in the first place. We offer a selection of seamless toe socks that look as good as they feel. Depending on what we have in season at the time, these socks may have very minimal “handlinked seams” or “smooth seams” or they may be truly seamless.

We understand that for some people, a comfortable toe is especially important. Those who have certain conditions such as arthritis and diabetes and others with extreme sensitivities to irritation often search for seamless toe socks. Athletes such as long-distance runners and those who have to wear a certain style of snug shoes also prioritize toe comfort. Imagine working a long shift on your feet with an obtrusive seam rubbing your toes. That’s not just annoying — it’s painful!


Hummingbirds Socks
Sailor Stripe Socks

Hummingbirds Socks Sailor Stripe Socks

These styles from Socksmith are made from soft bamboo and are woven specifically with a flat, minimal seam, making them a good example of seamless toe socks. Although a very fine seam can be spotted, most people can’t feel it on their toes at all.


If you are in search of comfy toes, we encourage you to reach out. You can begin by searching through our collection of seamless toe socks, and if you have an extreme sensitivity for any reason, please shoot us an email at hello@sockdrawer.com. Our helpful sock fairies are happy to walk you through what options we have in stock for the most comfortable possible experience depending on your needs.

Our goal at all times is to provide both style and comfort for all the women, men and kids who love rocking novelty socks. We hope this post has helped explain the seamless toe option, and we invite you to contact us if you have a special interest and want to know more!

June 5, 2018

Sock Battle: Cats vs. Dogs

Let the fur fly! Our cat socks are taking on our dog socks in a battle of the beasts! OK, maybe “beasts” isn’t the right word. It’s more like “adorable, loveable fur babies.”

We sock fairies down at The Sock Drawer truly can’t decide who comes out on top in this one. We love all animals, and that’s especially true for the ones that live in our fairy houses and snuggle up with us.

Who could choose between these? They’re all so great! Here are some of our all-time favorite cat and dog socks, plus some of our newest feline and canine designs. These make a perfect gift idea for the cat or dog person in your life … or for yourself!


Cats! Socks
Dogs! Socks

Cats! Socks Dogs! Socks

These funny word socks are a great choice for crazy cat ladies or passionate puppy fans, spelling out your animal of choice with lots of exclamation points in tow!!!


Meow!

Holy moly, do we ever have a great selection of cat socks for women and men right now! From big jungle cats to silly house cats getting up to mischief, there’s something for every feline friend.


Woof!

Dog lovers, get your paws on these puppies! We have fun dog socks for both women and men featuring all your favorite breeds in bright, bold and just-plain-funny patterns.


So, have you made up your mind about who wins this sock battle? Actually, never mind. Whether you adore cats, dogs or both, we’re pretty sure everyone wins with socks this cool!

May 29, 2018

Father’s Day Gifts He Will Actually Love

Father’s Day is coming in hot on June 17, so it’s time to get shopping! And instead of getting your dad a bunch of boring socks as a gift, we have a different idea: FUN socks!

Yep, it’s a new twist on a classic gift idea. Whether you’re shopping for your own father, a spouse, brother or other awesome dad in your life, our cool socks make an excellent gift. Like all socks, they’re practical, but they also help that great guy you know bring out his great personality.

Take a look at our special hand-picked collection of Father’s Day socks to get started, then try searching for whatever your pops is into. We’ve probably got a sock that’s the perfect fit!


Sports & Hobbies

Got a sporty dad, or one who’s really into certain hobbies? These socks will undoubtedly get him fired up!


Funny

Who couldn’t use a little laughter added to his day? These funny men’s socks are perfect for the dad who’s a real cut-up!


Food

Hungry for cool patterns? We have a huge menu of food and drink socks, with everything from morning coffee to dinner with dessert.


Matching Dad & Kid Sets

For dads with young kids, we suggest checking out our matching sets of socks for men and their little ones. These make for adorable photo ops!


You’ve got a couple of weeks until Father’s Day, but we suggest you hop to it to secure the perfect pairs for the dads on your list. If you want us to send your sock gift right to your padre, we’re happy to oblige, and we even offer gift wrap! You can also hook your dad up with a gift card so he can pick out his own pairs!

May 22, 2018

Explore Our Stretchiest Knee Highs for All Sizes

If you’re in the market for fun and funky knee high socks, you’ve got to check out our special collection of extra stretchy styles. We happily carry two different brands of knee highs that are specifically designed to look great on all sizes of legs, and of course they’re packed with fantastic patterns, just like all of our socks.

All of these styles fit perfectly for women with slender legs, but they can also stretch for:

  • Women with wider calves
  • Women with very muscular legs
  • Women who prefer a stretchier fit that can often work over leggings or skinny pants
  • Some men who want to rock knee high socks, as long as their shoe size isn’t too large

Take a look at these two brands to learn more about how they might work for you.


Sock It to Me Knee Highs

Sock It to Me has long been a favorite brand of our shoppers thanks to its bold, quirky patterns, but we also love the company’s commitment to accommodating plus size shoppers and others who want a stretchier fit. In 2015, Sock It to Me started making extra stretchy “wide calf” knee high socks designed with a higher thread count so that their patterns aren’t distorted when they stretch out. This means they look bold and beautiful on all sizes of legs, up to a 21-inch circumference.


ModSocks Knee Highs

We also carry a large selection of tall socks from ModSocks, a brand that makes richly detailed patterns that we completely adore, from lovely florals to naughty honey badgers! What’s more, the brand’s knee highs have a very accommodating fit. Although they are not advertised as “wide calf” knee highs, per se, the company does test them on a large range of real legs during the design process, ensuring they fit real people of many sizes. We sock fairies have found through personal experience that ModSocks knee highs stretch quite well, particularly those that have less complex patterns.


Knee high socks are one of our favorite ways to add a major dose of bold creativity to your look, and we believe that should go for everyone, regardless of her shape or size.

If you’re in the market for wide calf knee highs and are curious about which pairs might work best for you, the sock fairies are here to help! We encourage you to give us a call at (805) 786-4375, Ext. 2, or shoot us an email at hello@sockdrawer.com. We would be happy to make personalized recommendations based on our own experience with these awesome socks!

May 15, 2018

Proud Patriotic Socks for Your Summer Celebrations

Memorial Day is on its way, and the Fourth of July will be here before you know it! There’s just something about summertime in the good ol’ U-S-of-A that makes you feel patriotic, and we’ve got the perfect red, white and blue footwear to help you rock your American pride.

Check out our selection of patriotic socks, perfect for the upcoming holidays or anytime. We suggest pairing these with shorts or a dress — the ideal summer attire anyway — for maximum impact!


Stars & Stripes

You can’t go wrong with Old Glory! These fun socks feature the stars and stripes … or at least some component of them, as with those hot dog socks with stars. How great would those look at a Memorial Day cookout?


Made in the USA

We also have dozens of styles of socks that are made in the USA. They feature all kinds of patterns, both patriotic and otherwise, so you can find a style that suits your personality and still feel great about supporting American manufacturers!


These timeless styles are a fun, festive way to get into the spirit of the summer season. Pick yours up soon!