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Over the Calf Socks...who's the best?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by damonallan, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. damonallan

    damonallan Well-Known Member

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    Hey Friends:

    In your opinion, from experience, who is the best over the calf sock producers. I have had some good fortune with Pantherella. Anyone try Falke? My Pantherellas started to wear out in the toe one year later. That's a lot of wear...

    Thanks!
     
  2. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

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    I realize it is a different grade of sock, but for the OTC, I have success with Gold Toe.
     
  3. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here are my favorites....

    Pantharella
    Paul Stuart
    Breciani
    Ben Silver
     
  4. Panzeraxe II

    Panzeraxe II Senior member

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    I'm a big fan of Pantharella. Calzificio are pretty good too
     
  5. bry2000

    bry2000 Senior member

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    I have started wearing OTC socks from:
    Pantherella
    Dore Dore
    Brooks Brothers.

    I have not worn any label long enough to draw any conclusions. But, I think Brooks (the sized socks available only at 346) offer great value.

    I also recently picked up a pair of JPress OTC socks, but have yet to try them out. They seem to be high quality.
     
  6. di Robilant

    di Robilant Member

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    I wear only (just below the) knee-length socks ; it is a most egregious style faux pas to reveal an expanse of hairy leg .

    Now , if you insist upon natural fibres - e.g. , cotton or wool (although I sometimes wear also linen or silk) - as do my Italian confreres , I don't think that you can do much better than Bresciani . I like them for several reasons , not least because they are discreetly patterned .

    My problem is that I have over-developed calf muscles : many cotton and woolen socks do not stretch sufficiently (or they tear) for me to be able to wear them confidently (in the knowledge that they won't roll down) . So , I often resort to Ralph Lauren or Cole Haan , which contain a little nylon (or similar) , enabling the hose to stretch and hug the calves comfortably . The problem is , of course , that man-made fibres do not 'breathe' .

    So , here's a secret I've discovered : WOLFORD . Yes , Wolford , the store in which , if you're lucky enough , your wife or girlfriend buys her hosiery . They carry a small selection of men's socks ; they're all solid colours , but they feel like the softest velvet and they're very hard-wearing . Yes , they're expensive , but they also stay put all day long and without cutting-off your circulation .
     

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