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Pantherella wool socks?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josepidal, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    What exactly is the difference between wool and cotton socks? (Asked by a person from a tropical country where wool socks are not used.)

    I'm told Pantherellas are the best of the lot, and what's a good price for these?
     
  2. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    A quick search would have revealed that wool socks stay drier and provide better cushioning and that some members prefer them even in tropical climates and summers. Several threads about Pantherellas being bought for cheap at STP and discounters would've also appeared on the computer screen, replete with prices and members' opinions on how much they would and wouldn't pay for socks.

    You might want to try it.
     
  3. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Okay, okay. To be honest, I'm a little confused by the old threads. Pretty conservative Pantherellas are on STP for about $17 to 19 apiece, cotton and merino wool ones. However, some old threads say $5 to 12 is the good bargain while others say something below $20 is good.

    How do you specifically rate the $17 to 19 price for merino, in mid-2006?
     
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    Okay, okay. To be honest, I'm a little confused by the old threads. Pretty conservative Pantherellas are on STP for about $17 to 19 apiece, cotton and merino wool ones. However, some old threads say $5 to 12 is the good bargain while others say something below $20 is good.

    How do you specifically rate the $17 to 19 price for merino, in mid-2006?


    Jose: I live in a tropical climate and wear Pantheralla wool blends every day, except for Fridays, when I wear Pantherella cotton socks. Their wool blends are great in the tropics and a good bargain at <$20 on STP. Buy without reservation, both in cotton and in the wool blends.
     
  5. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    Just to clarify all those stories about $5 to 10 Pantherella wool socks, might it be accurate to say that these are not common finds in West Coast discount stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx, or East Coast equivalents like Filene's?

    I ask because I have zero wool socks and it occurred to me to invest in several pairs for the colder Boston months. Buying even half a dozen pairs even at STP's discounted <$20 price, however, is a signficant amount, and I'm in no hurry.

    Then again, when I was in California last, I only saw one Marshall's with Pantherellas, and they were really zany colors in the 10-13 size.

    Also, while I'm asking on the subject anyway, I saw a bunch of complaints from people who were size US 10 and 11 and bought the 10-13 size. I wear US 9, so the regular size should be fine on me?
     
  6. Stu

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    Just to clarify all those stories about $5 to 10 Pantherella wool socks, might it be accurate to say that these are not common finds in West Coast discount stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx, or East Coast equivalents like Filene's?

    I ask because I have zero wool socks and it occurred to me to invest in several pairs for the colder Boston months. Buying even half a dozen pairs even at STP's discounted <$20 price, however, is a signficant amount, and I'm in no hurry.

    Then again, when I was in California last, I only saw one Marshall's with Pantherellas, and they were really zany colors in the 10-13 size.

    Also, while I'm asking on the subject anyway, I saw a bunch of complaints from people who were size US 10 and 11 and bought the 10-13 size. I wear US 9, so the regular size should be fine on me?


    Jose, with all due respect, I think you are obsessing too much. These are freaking socks we are talking about. Just go to a Marshalls and stock up.
     
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    I hope a thread on the proper &quot;east coast&quot; underwear isnt forthcoming....after all Jose is an asian coming to Boston from a tropical country.
     
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    The price seems a little for a real discount.
    Pantherella cotton socks are usually thicker and have a smooth finish, while the wool ones are often thinner and a have a plush feel and finish.
     
  9. DocHolliday

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    In my experience, Pantherellas are common at both TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Usually they start out at $15, sit there for a good while, then get marked down, first to $12, then $10, then $7. I've seen a few make it down to $5, but they usually go fairly quickly once they get to $7.

    Bear in mind that Pantherella has a variety of lines, some better than others.

    If you're looking for a less expensive sock to stock up on, Gold Toes are decent, and can often be found in three packs for $5-7.
     
  10. josepidal

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    Doc, I'll be in California in the second week of August and I think I'll poke around. I was there last year in November to December, and I guess that's why I couldn't find anything.

    Could you elaborate on the variety of lines? From reading the old posts, I got the impression that the cashmere is incredible but wears out very, very quickly. The merino wool socks are probably the best deal. Would this be accurate?
     
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    The merinos are definitely more durable and easier to wash &amp; dry than the cashmeres. I usually wait until there's a 20-30% STP coupon, then stock up. Brooks Brothers merino socks and the NM housebrand socks are also good, so you might score some there on sale in the fall/winter.
     
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    To clarify, there are good sales for winter wear even towards the end of summer, right? When might be the last time to score something before it gets cold?

    Doc, incidentally, do the markdowns you describe come at a certain time of year, or is it just different for every store?
     
  13. Ambulance Chaser

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    To clarify, there are good sales for winter wear even towards the end of summer, right? When might be the last time to score something before it gets cold?
    Most stores are receiving their Fall/Winter merchandise now. These items will not go on sale until January.

    Discounters such as Filene's Basement will be your best bet.
     
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    I hope a thread on the proper "east coast" underwear isnt forthcoming....after all Jose is an asian coming to Boston from a tropical country.

    Wait...Jose is an Asian from a tropical country?
     
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    Wait...Jose is an Asian from a tropical country?

    Actually, no. . . .

    Jose is an Asian lawyer from a tropical country who is going to Boston. It is always important to get our facts correct.
     
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    Actually, no. . . .

    Jose is an Asian lawyer from a tropical country who is going to Boston. It is always important to get our facts correct.

    I believe that Jose is moving to Cambridge, not Boston, which renders much of the advice in this thread and others obsolete. Although close in physical proximity to Boston, Cambridge is actually much warmer, due to all the hot air emanating from the Harvard campus.
     
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    I believe that Jose is moving to Cambridge, not Boston, which renders much of the advice in this thread and others obsolete. Although close in physical proximity to Boston, Cambridge is actually much warmer, due to all the hot air emanating from the Harvard campus.

    But, of course, no wardrobe change necessary at all, unless one runs into the chill of certain Radcliffe women.
     
  18. josepidal

    josepidal Senior member

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    In my experience, Pantherellas are common at both TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Usually they start out at $15, sit there for a good while, then get marked down, first to $12, then $10, then $7. I've seen a few make it down to $5, but they usually go fairly quickly once they get to $7.

    Bear in mind that Pantherella has a variety of lines, some better than others.

    If you're looking for a less expensive sock to stock up on, Gold Toes are decent, and can often be found in three packs for $5-7.

    Thanks for this post, Doc, it's exactly what I needed to hear to clear up the old threads.

    Acting on your advice, I picked up a couple of Pantherella merino socks for $10.40 each from STP. I was about to leave for an out of town trip and they only allowed one credit card per coupon so I didn't have time to grab more than two, but that should be a start.
     
  19. Artisan Fan

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    I really like the Pantherella cotton lisle socks. They are usually marked down at Nordstrom mid-year sales...I just loaded up on four. I'm not a big wool sock fan...they seem to be less comfortable to me.
     
  20. Film Noir Buff

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    Although im not a huge fan of cotton socks for dress, I do wear them. I find that pantherella and a few other of the very best makers make a cotton sock that doesnt rub your foot raw if your feet tend to perspire more than not. I would not include dore dore in that equation. Ive found dore dore's cotton socks to be too thin and hard.

    Aside from their basic cotton socks which Ive worn for years, Pantherella make a sea island cotton sock which is heavenly. They also now make a cotton dress sock with a cushioned bottom and heel which i will try soon.

    I basically buy only Pantherella now.
     

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