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Damn You Gold Toe

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by montecristo#4, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. montecristo#4

    montecristo#4 Senior member

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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?
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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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?



    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.
     
  3. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    Gold Toe, a name even I can pronounce. That's all I get for my sweaty feet! Durable.
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    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?
     
  5. Jovan

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    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.
     
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    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...
     
  8. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    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
     
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    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.
     
  10. thinman

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    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.
     
  11. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    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.
     
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    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!
     
  13. DocHolliday

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    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.
     
  14. Teacher

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    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!!!![​IMG] ).

    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!
     
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    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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    Hand-washing makes them weak.

    That is what I have been thinking.

    High heat wash and dry must put the steel into the ones I have worn for about 5 years without a problem. However, I'm using about 30 pair in the rotation.
     
  17. montecristo#4

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    What was the model name for 712H?

    The 712H is the "Whisper Wool" over the calf, which is a fine merino. Not to be confused with the Windsor wool, which is thicker and courser (though also a good sock for matching with heavier winter fabrics).

    I stocked up a couple years ago when they became hard to find, but I've burned my way through the stockpile now, especially in charcoal and navy. I am tough on the heels of my socks, and these Gold Toes held up much better than anything else I've tried.

    Oh well.
     
  18. Jovan

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    Hrm, I find myself looking for wool blend fall/winter weight dress socks ahead of time. Do you guys think Gold Toe's offerings would be a good choice overall? I'm kind of on a budget (minumum wage, grrrr) and just want something that'll look good enough.
     
  19. coachvu

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    If you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with Gold Toe. Mine have lasted for years and served well through this latest New Haven winter. TJ Maxx and Marshalls always have several pairs.

    I also have to recommend BB for more formal dress hose. I bought a pair for my junior prom (6 years ago) for $20, and they still look like the day I bought them.
     

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