Back in November, I was fortunate to come across a large stash of these socks reasonable priced at the Neiman Marcus Last Call in Franklin Mills, located north of Philadelphia. The prices were $7.99 - $12.99 per pair for socks that still had their original retail prices of up tp $45 per pair. I had a "gift" card from NM that gave me an additional 20% off my total purchase. I bought about 25 pairs,all different patterns, in fabrics that contained wool, cotton, cashmere, silk, etc. Well, to make a long story short, I only have about 10 pairs left. Some developed a hole at the heel after only 1-2 wears, some tore when pulling them up, some wore out at the toe during the first wear and some lost their elasticity after as little as one washing. I treated these socks with the same care I do with all my other clothing items. They were washed on delicate cycle and left to air dry, never in the dryer. Granted, I did not pay full retail for these but they were not seconds or irregulars. Even at $7 or so net price per pair, to say I am disappointed is an extreme understatement. Who in their right mind would pay $40 retail for a pair of socks that may only last you several wearings? The designs, fabrics and cut of these socks are very nice. The practicality and longevity of them is not. Anyone else have this problem? And what other manufacturer of quality dress socks would you recommend? Thanks.