Who makes the best dress socks?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jaskip, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. jaskip

    jaskip Member

    Messages:
    7
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2004
    Should one wear patterns?

    What about the pastel socks sold by RL and Thomas Pink?
     
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

    Messages:
    7,805
    Likes Received:
    66
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2003
    Location:
    Heart of America
    Pantherella is likely to be a popular choice for 'best'.

    I like the American ("Hot Sox") made Ralph Lauren socks.

    Never tried the Thomas Pink.
     
  3. christian

    christian Senior member

    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    Only if you want to look like John Travolta in Grease when he was wearing pink socks to match his pink shirt, which may or may not be a bad thing.
     
  4. petescolari

    petescolari Senior member

    Messages:
    226
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    I was going to post this as a notice, but I figure I will include it in my reply.

    Pantherella is the best I have worn. Hands down the best weight and weave to them.

    I just picked up five pairs at the T.J. Maxx here in Boston at the Downtown Crossing store. The majority of which were the cashmere blend in simple a simple style and colors (i.e. black, blue, grey). Amazingly enough, all the Pantherella they have in stock are now in the clearance section.

    The cashmere blend are $9.00 marked down from $15 a pair. The breakdown of material is 78% wool, 15% nylon, and 7% cashmere. One pair which is a tighter weave and is not made of cashmere is 70% wool and 30% nylon and those models are $5.00.

    As of Monday they had roughly 20 or so pairs of the cashmere blend in black, grey, blue, tan, and a few other random designs, I think maybe it was an argyle.

    Great stocking stuffers for Christmas.
     
  5. brescd01

    brescd01 Senior member

    Messages:
    543
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2004
    There maybe joys undiscovered for me, but I have never worn anythieng but cotton. I also do not wear anything higher than mid-calf. With that caveat, I can say that Pantherella, at least the cotton ones I purchased on Sierra, are nothing special, and Bresciani are slightly better but now that I have washed them I don't think much of them either. I am still looking for the perfect cotton dress sock and maybe Chuck will oblige, but as of now, I think there must be something better. I wonder about Dore Dore (because people have praised it and it is French and not expensive) but I have never owned any.
     
  6. kabert

    kabert Senior member

    Messages:
    2,093
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2004
    The best socks in my opinion:

    -- Dore Dore. Great over-the-calf socks. Both wool and cotton. Supremely comfortable and they don't fall down.

    -- Nordstroms. Yes, Nordstroms. They have some with blue tops (a thin strip of color) to signify cotton blends and others with maroon tops to signify wool blends (I may have that backwards). They are far less interesting color-wise than Dore Dore, but they are true workhorse socks. I have pairs that I wear weekly and have worn weekly for 3 or 4 years now, and they still have all their elasticity -- they don't fall down at all. Highly, highly recommended for those of you who wear dress clothes to work every day.

    -- Ralph Lauren. I have several pairs of RL socks and have been quite pleased with them. They are casual socks, but they seem well made and don't lose their elastic fit either. Some of my oldest socks are RL.

    -- Paul Stuart. Great colors and quality.

    By the way, I have far, far more over the calf socks than below calf socks because I can't stand socks that fall down, plus I don't like to "show leg" when my legs are crossed. It's sloppy IMO.
     
  7. Pink22m

    Pink22m Senior member

    Messages:
    772
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2003
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    I will have to agree that Pantherella's are some of the best socks out there. That is all I wear, from wearing a suit to wearing a pair of jeans, they are always on my feet. They seem to hold their color extremely well, and much of that is because the socks are yarn dyed.

    Actually the strip of color on the Nordstrom socks is not to differentiate material, rather, it is to differentiate color. Navy socks (both cotton and wool) have a light blue strip on the top, black socks have a maroon strip, and brown have an off white strip (I think).
     
  8. housemaidsknee

    housemaidsknee Senior member

    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2004
    here in idaho at tjmaxx all pantherella are marked down to $3. guess they have no clue out here so for once it works in my favor.

    however, my grudge with pantherella is that they don't come in sizes - most are too big for me.
     
  9. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

    Messages:
    14,914
    Likes Received:
    93
    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2002
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I bought three pairs of Pantherellas at Marshalls on clearance and returned them all. I had cotton and two merino pairs. All were too big (I'm size 11), too thin and see-through. They were nice looking on the hanger, but once on, not so much. I'm willing to give them another chance, but I will say they are not consistently amazing. These were all made in England, btw.
     
  10. sirgarnetwolseley

    sirgarnetwolseley Senior member

    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2004
    Location:
    Canada
    Yes. Great colours (and patterns). Great Quality. Abhorrent prices.

    Who makes the socks for Paul Stuart? I assume they are charging a near usurious mark-up for the product, based on the other, admittedly great, stuff in their store.

    Mr. Bresch, you really ought to give wool socks a try. I find them far more comfortable and durable than cotton.

    And I am a big fan of over the calf hose as well. I can't stand when my socks fall down, even if I am in jeans.
     
  11. MPS

    MPS Senior member

    Messages:
    217
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Marks & Spencer.
     
  12. Giona Granata

    Giona Granata Senior member

    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Location:
    Milano
    Burlington.

    Black, dark grey and dark blu for suits.

    Argyle pattern for informal / sport.

    The price is high, though.
     
  13. Giona Granata

    Giona Granata Senior member

    Messages:
    203
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Location:
    Milano
    Burlington.

    Black, dark grey and dark blu for suits.

    Argyle pattern for informal / sport.

    The price is high, though.

    Never, never, never below calf.
     
  14. brescd01

    brescd01 Senior member

    Messages:
    543
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2004
    I guess I am a barbarian: I just find the over-the-calf socks too fatiguing.
     
  15. T4phage

    T4phage Senior member

    Messages:
    6,117
    Likes Received:
    650
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2003
    Location:
    sage
    I agree with Kabert, Dore Dore for me is the finest readily available dress socks, in wool, cotton, and wool/cotton blends.

    brescd01, why do you find over the calf socks fatiguing? I always wear otc dress socks since there is little chance of them slipping down and then flashing skin.
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by