…there are so many to choose from! Sports socks, woollen socks, knee-high socks, sheer socks, stripy socks, sparkly socks. Low rise socks with trainers; woolly socks with boots; ankle socks with brogues; delicate lace socks with sandals?
At school my friends and I used to wear thick, ribbed ‘over the knee’ socks, held up with a small band of white, knotted elastic. The trick was to get the garter just the right size – too tight and it left a big ring around your upper thigh; too slack and you had to resist the urge to run across the playground for fear your socks would end up around your ankles.
Now, I really hate having cold feet! My favourite socks at present are Falke – dark grey, wool socks with my ankle boots, and Cotton Touch black socks with brogues. My other ‘go to’ brand for socks is & Other Stories. Their Leopard nylon socks, in black, go with practically all my shoes. And if you like the whole ‘socks and evening shoes’ thing, you can’t go wrong with their black, rolled edge nylon sock.
For glamorous socks I would recommend looking at Wolford – the Lace Up Knee High or the Lurex Net knee high would look great with a mid-calf length skirt and heels. They also have beautiful sheer ankle socks embellished with Swarovski crystals (the Love Letter).
And for less glamorous footwear, (but equally as important!) – I love Uniqlos heat tech that handily come in packs of 2 (pairs, that is… not socks!)
But here’s the question. What do you do with your old socks? Does anyone darn socks any more? Or do you simply get rid of them when they wear through?
It’s hard to imaging anyone wanting to wear your average, end of life, non-paired sock, but fear not – they can still be donated to charity.
If clothes are unwearable they are usually sold on to be reused, for example as industrial cleaning cloth. Or they can be broken down for their fibres which are used for everything from mattress filling to carpet underlay. (For more info see Oxfam. 12,000 tonnes of waste material are dealt with in this way, in its Wastesaver sorting and recycling centre every year).
Finally, if you want to re-use and recycle your own socks – just google ‘what to do with old socks’. Who would have thought we could be so inventive?! There are ideas online ranging from creating a woolly cup-holder(?!) to filling an old sock with catnip and giving it to your beloved pet to play with!
It seems the only thing limiting the reincarnation potential of your old socks, is your own imagination!….