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post #1 of 19
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So I've just learned that Gold Toe has discontinued my favorite sock -- model 712H, a merino wool over the calf model that was sleek enough to work with a 150s fabric and wore like iron. For $16 a pair, this was, IMHO, the best dress sock on the planet.

I suppose everyone is going to recommend Pantherella as a replacement, but my experience is that they just don't compare.

Any other suggestions from the board?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4
So I've just learned that Gold Toe has discontinued my favorite sock -- model 712H, a merino wool over the calf model that was sleek enough to work with a 150s fabric and wore like iron. For $16 a pair, this was, IMHO, the best dress sock on the planet.

I suppose everyone is going to recommend Pantherella as a replacement, but my experience is that they just don't compare.

Any other suggestions from the board?


can you still stock up? I haven't bought a pair of socks in 3 years, I got 20 pairs of gold toes and not one of them has a hole or has shrunk.
post #3 of 19
Gold Toe, a name even I can pronounce. That's all I get for my sweaty feet! Durable.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by montecristo#4
I suppose everyone is going to recommend Pantherella as a replacement, but my experience is that they just don't compare.

Gold Toes aren't as luxurious as Pantherella, but my Gold Toes have held up much better, and I consider them better value for money. I'll buy Pantherella on sale, but never at full price. You don't care for any of Gold Toe's other offerings?
post #5 of 19
Used to own some Gold Toe athletic socks. They were probably the only pair that didn't get holes in them. I have no idea where they went.
post #6 of 19
The Sock Company has a very wide range of Gold Toe socks
at discount prices. They even have "extended" sizes which
are very hard to find in stores.

http://www.sockcompany.com/dresssocks.html
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
Gold Toe, a name even I can pronounce. That's all I get for my sweaty feet! Durable.

Well I can't pronounce the separation of the 'd' and 'T' easily, without sounding like I'm try to do a John Gielgud impression. I think you have to practice it with pebbles in your mouth. Or just give up and say "Goal Toe" like most people.

I've always been disappointed when my GT's have ended up wearing out at the heel. They couldn't reinforce that too? My own damn fault for bouncing my heel in and out of my loafers while sitting at my desk, but still...
post #8 of 19
I posted in a similar thread that I like my RLPL socks far better than my Pantherellas. Expensive though, and harder to find. I've heard others recommend Dore Dore, but those are apparently really hard to find
post #9 of 19
What was the model name for 712H? I wear both the Windsor OTC (wool/nylon blend) and Canterbury OTC (mostly cotton with a little nylon) and both have held up well. I just wish I could find a decent olive-colored OTC sock as GoldToe has only black, charcoal, navy, and brown.
post #10 of 19
I also own about 20 pairs of Gold Toe socks. Some of them I've probably owned for 15 years and they're still going strong. Among all my Gold Toe socks, I have only one hole, in a pair that's only about 6 months old....but that's what I get for buying seconds at (C)Ross Dress for Less.

Millerp, thanks for posting the link.
post #11 of 19
Wtf, all of my Gold Toe socks are crap. Large holes for no reason, and the pair I have on right now is almost worn through at the heel after around a year of wear.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by dusty
Wtf, all of my Gold Toe socks are crap. Large holes for no reason, and the pair I have on right now is almost worn through at the heel after around a year of wear.

I don't get it. I've worn some of my navy Gold Toe socks literally once every two weeks for 15 years. They're very slightly faded (only noticeable when I place them next to the new ones), but other than that they're in great shape. Even the elastic in the cuffs is still OK. And I abused them for years with hot-water washes and high-heat dryers. Maybe you're not abusing them enough!
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by thinman
I don't get it. I've worn some of my navy Gold Toe socks literally once every two weeks for 15 years. They're very slightly faded (only noticeable when I place them next to the new ones), but other than that they're in great shape. Even the elastic in the cuffs is still OK. And I abused them for years with hot-water washes and high-heat dryers. Maybe you're not abusing them enough!

Hand-washing makes them weak.
post #14 of 19
Discontinued, huh? Dang...I'm gonna have to stock up, too. Yeah, I love Gold Toe socks and also have noticed that they last longer than just about anything (including the friggin' $95 Donna Karen cashmeres that lasted for TWO WEARINGS!!!! ).

EDIT: I did NOT pay full retail for the rip-off DK socks; otherwise, I would have been back at the retailer's demanding my money back!
post #15 of 19
Land's End used to carry Dore Dore. They are great socks, but even the heartiest pair of them will only last roughly 1 year worn every other week or so. But their wool/cotton blend dress socks are super comfortable in the winter.
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