OTC socks too tight in the calf?

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  1. epic raccoon

    epic raccoon Senior member

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    I recently ordered a three-pack of Gold Toe Canterbury OTC socks, but since I have abnormally large calves, they're extremely tight up there. The materials are 63% mercerized cotton, 36% nylon, and 1% spandex. Will the socks stretch in the calf after a few wears or am I sorry out of luck in this department?
     


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    I have some of the same socks, and when I first put them on in the morning, I have the same problem. After wearing them for a few minutes, the socks work themselves lower down on my legs, and then I don't have much of a problem. Unless you want them to remain high on the calf, there shouldn't be a problem.
     


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    Unless you want them to remain high on the calf, there shouldn't be a problem.
    For me, the big idea behind OTC is that they don't tend to slip down and this is a positive. OP, I have found Gold Toes quite comfortable and good value for the money.
     


  4. epic raccoon

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    For me, the big idea behind OTC is that they don't tend to slip down and this is a positive.
    OP, I have found Gold Toes quite comfortable and good value for the money.


    I don't doubt the value and comfort of Gold Toes, but the tightness around my calves is quite a compromise...

    I also ordered a pair of socks from Viccel. Hopefully those will fit a bit better.
     


  5. epic raccoon

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    Hmm, after wearing a pair all day the elastic bands at the end cut very uncomfortably into my calves.
     


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    I also have very large calfs. I've found that Viccel socks, lacking any elastic, tend to slide down the leg eventually over the course of the day. They are also very thin--although I understand a thicker version is now available. Robert Talbott socks are generally neither tall enough or wide enough for my legs. After washing, they end up below the calf. However, they are well cushioned.

    I have worn some Falke socks (cotton/wool/nylon blend) which stayed up, did not bind my legs and were fairly good. They did not offer the cushioning effect I really like in the luxury wool socks. But they are recommended.

    I also routinely wear Pantherella. They stay up very well and do not bind. Although wool, they lack the padding effect from Marcoliani that I really crave.
     


  7. epic raccoon

    epic raccoon Senior member

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    I also have very large calfs. I've found that Viccel socks, lacking any elastic, tend to slide down the leg eventually over the course of the day. They are also very thin--although I understand a thicker version is now available. Robert Talbott socks are generally neither tall enough or wide enough for my legs. After washing, they end up below the calf. However, they are well cushioned.

    I have worn some Falke socks (cotton/wool/nylon blend) which stayed up, did not bind my legs and were fairly good. They did not offer the cushioning effect I really like in the luxury wool socks. But they are recommended.

    I also routinely wear Pantherella. They stay up very well and do not bind. Although wool, they lack the padding effect from Marcoliani that I really crave.


    Have you had any experience with Pantherella cotton socks? I'm not a particular big fan of wool socks (personal preference).

    I also ordered the thicker Viccel socks last week, and they should be getting in within a week or so. Hopefully they'll work for me.

    Anybody else have this problem?
     


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    Why not a fan of wool socks? They will breathe much better than cotton, and tend to be warmer in the winter for sure.

    If I could choose any sock it would be a cashmere OTC sock, but I haven't found any yet. Of course, they'd need to be a blend of cashmere and something else to give the sock durability. Otherwise, they'd wear down too fast.
     


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    I like the cashmere furo mentions - also merino.
    I've had some OTC's, notably several Nagrani's, that are way too tight in the calf and I'm normal in that area.
     


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    I recently ordered OTCs from Viccel and am very happy with the fit (although I would classify my calves as average size). Their structure is different from other brands I have worn (mostly pantherella) and stay up nicely one me.
     


  11. SirSuturesALot

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    Why not a fan of wool socks? They will breathe much better than cotton, and tend to be warmer in the winter for sure.

    If I could choose any sock it would be a cashmere OTC sock, but I haven't found any yet. Of course, they'd need to be a blend of cashmere and something else to give the sock durability. Otherwise, they'd wear down too fast.


    I do enjoy my cotton Nagranis.
     


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    If their too tight then perhaps you don't really need them in the first place, try a mid calf and see if that fits better.
     


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