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Socks and Being Cool in School

When I was very young, I had, as probably almost all kids had, no choice in what I wore. Mom was the sole authority in the matter. Some of the things she chose for me I hated, though I'd love 'em now. Things like a camel's hair coat and hat.

Now Mom was born in a little more fortunate circumstances than Dad was. Dad came from an Irish coal-mining family. No, not him. Not even his dad. But his dad's dad and the previous generations of males all did.

So although my dad would have been more in touch with my choices, Mom wasn't. As a result, I had to wear (oh, the infamy of it!) Argyle socks. Em-bar-assing! The kids wore white socks. They were hot! Yes, I go that far back. White socks. Hot.

Just about the time I was given the OK for white socks, the cool kids (they had changed from hot) were wearing black socks. I was a square one. It's the story of my life.

Well, to this very day, I wear only black socks. Not the thin ones, since my feet will wear holes in those. Thick socks. They go with everything, last well, and remain popular.

So what's happened lately to somewhat alter my perspective? Haines black socks. Haines has (in my estimate) taken something of a nose dive in recent years. Quality is no longer their byword. The black socks have a short rim of excessively strong elastic (likely Lycra nylon spandex) that digs into the leg. And I have a mild allergy to nylon. When socks had less of a death grip on my legs, it was not a problem, but now Haines socks hurt and itch my legs, both.

Dear Wife of mine: do not buy any more Haines black socks, please?

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MegL wrote on May 23, 2018, 2:39 AM

Unfortunately, the bean counters are constantly trying to make items more cheaply, while not reducing the price. In the UK, most schools insist on pupils wearing school uniform, so your clothing choice is made for you. My husband prefers one brand of sock, as lasting well and comfortable but they are very expensive. They are hill walking socks, thick and long made by Bridgedale.

lookatdesktop wrote on May 23, 2018, 11:01 AM

I buy Haines white socks with grey toe tips and heals, ankle socks. I guess they are okay. I tend to walk around without shoes on and wear a hole in the heals. I end up buying more in a very short time.

VinceSummers wrote on May 23, 2018, 12:39 PM

You don't also walk around the house in your Hanes' Skivvies, do you?

lookatdesktop wrote on May 23, 2018, 8:56 PM

I won't tell. LOL

Last Edited: May 23, 2018, 8:57 PM