I have a bit of a fetish that I feel like I can share with you all know. I love socks. For some people it’s shoes (well, I do love my Keens), for others it’s coats (actually, I do have a lot of coats too..) – but for me, it’s socks. I have always loved socks for some reason. Getting new socks is one of my favorite things. And over the years, I’ve been moving up the “sock ladder.” When I worked at Camp Sawtooth in Sun Valley, Idaho, I first experienced the joys of Ultimax socks. They wicked moisture away, they were comfy for hiking, they were great. I even still have a few pairs of my first Ultimax socks that I bought, back around 1999; that’s some damn good sock-life.
After I gave up on traditional white crew socks, I picked up some crew socks from Ducks Unlimited. These were really nothing special, but they were comfy. After a few years of these, I started picking up some socks from Target. I suppose this may have been going a few rungs down on the sock ladder, but I had a few pairs of Champion socks that I really liked from Target.
However, everything changed over the past few months. Last spring I had picked up a pair of Heathered Rib SmartWool socks. I thought I was in heaven. Seriously – these socks were amazing. The combination of these socks with my new Keens. Wow. So I asked for some more for Christmas. And I got some. And I wondered if life could get ANY better for my feet.
And, what do you know? It could. And it did. Because one of Sarah’s cousins picked me up a pair of the most amazing (and probably most expensive) socks I’ve ever owned. The company is based in Vermont and is called Darn Tough. Seriously. These socks really are darn tough and the most comfortable, amazing socks ever. I really do think I may have reached the top rung of the sock ladder. I have the In-Country 1/4 Sock (pictured on far left and far right) and the In-Country Micro Crew (pictured second from left).
So there it is. My love for socks and my current recommendation for Darn Tough socks. Does anyone else have any odd fetishes that would be appropriate to share?