Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by clarksdb, Oct 31, 2012.
Can't wear them, my pants get caught on them. It is a shame as I do enjoy the way the feel.
I think OTC socks are less likely to fall down, but good shorter socks can also stay up. I've tried some OTC socks and liked them, but my favorite dress socks are lower. And actually they're not dress socks - they're a high-tech thin and smooth black sports sock that looks dressy, apart from a logo under the arch.
I prefer OTC to MC as well (like others, I hate having to pull them up all the time).
However, my real beef with most socks is that the heel always ends up halfway up my leg because they're always too big for my size 8 feet. Drives my crazy, especially when the heel is a different colour than the rest of the sock.
This is what drove me, finally, to pay top-dollar for socks: the ability to buy properly sized socks. *Such* a difference, not just in aesthetics but in feel as well.
How about longevity? I tend to wear out socks rather quickly. Do the more expensive ones wear better?
I won't wear any dress socks except OTC. Longevity, I wear Gold Toe OTC (found them for $1 a pair) and the same 15 pairs have lasted me over 2 years. They're still going strong.
'Got tired of mid-calf socks falling down constantly so I switched to OTC recently. No more sock pulling every few minutes. Should have done it years ago!
I buy OTC for the most part, although I have large calves so some OTC brands still fall down (I'm looking at you Brooks Brothers). I've just ordered 8 pairs of Pantherella OTC off STP, so we'll see how those fare.
If you're a hard user of socks I might shy away from the pricier socks as they can wear out if not cared for properly. That said, I've worn my socks pretty well (I'm a teacher so I'm on my feet all day, walking around, going from meeting to class and such - definitely not a desk job) and I've only managed to wear a very small hole in one sock at the toe after almost 2 years. Also, this was one of the first socks I bought so it got worn pretty hard; now that I have a real rotation I notice they all do rather well.
Interestingly enough, it's the wool socks that hold up better than the cotton ones. Treat them right and wear them modestly and they'll last.
Any tips on how to take care of them?
Turn them inside out.
Wash in cold water on delicate (or by hand)
Dry on low heat (or air dry)
I use a garment bag in the wash and wash the socks on cold, delicate cycle, and then line-dry them. Works like a charm. I hand-washed them when I started but the time commitment was a bit much for socks. The garment bag prevents pulling.
What's all this about socks catching on trousers? I don't understand what this means exactly...
Time for some of you to start a sock garter porn. man.
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