Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
It doesn’t get much better than pulling a comfortable pair of socks on in the morning. While your favorite pair might be a pair of merino wool hiking socks or argyle dress socks, why not try something a bit different next time? Sure, no one will know if the new socks your rocking are indigo dyed, but you will. And you’ll know that with each step you’re working on some
sweat sweet new ankle fades. Join us as we explore the various indigo dyed socks that are out and about, and maybe you’ll find your next pair.
1) American Trench: Supima Herringbone Socks in Indigo
American Trench produces a wide array of made in the USA garments that are high quality without being overly expensive. While they have a wide range of socks today we’re looking at their Supima Herringbone Socks in Indigo, which are made with an 82%/17%/1% blend of Supima cotton/nylon/spandex, respectively. The cotton portion of this fabric makeup will keep the socks comfortable and breathable, while the synthetics adds stretch and durability. This style features an understated herringbone pattern than matches perfectly with the light indigo hue that these socks absorbed.
Available for $24 from Manready Mercantile.
2) Royalties: Harry Sock in Indigo
Texture is far and away my favorite attribute in fabrics, and Royalties’ certainly achieved several fantastic textures in their Harry Sock. Each pair is made in France using a 54%/29%/14%/3% blend of cotton/polyester/polyamide/elastane that combines the comfort of natural fibers with the strength of synthetics, and a deep indigo shade that really helps the various textures on these socks to pop.
Available for $26 from Unionmade Goods.
3) Gustin: Japan Indigo Rib Sock (3 pack)
Gustin is arguably the most well known of the crowdsourced denim brands, but that doesn’t mean their non-denim, stock items are any less worthy. They offer a three-pack of their Japan Indigo Rib Socks that contains three different variants of the dye color: light, deep, and dark. These socks are made in Japan to ensure the quality remains at the highest standard, and feature a cotton-heavy cotton/poly blend to make sure these socks are both comfortable and lasting.
Available for $66 from Gustin.
4) Aesthetic Homage: Indigo Knitted Socks
Most of the socks on this list are of the taller variety, which is why it’s so great to see Aesthetic Homage producing Indigo Knitted Sock in ankle-height for those of us who want a variety of sock styles in our dresser. These socks come with a great, classic texture to them and a fantastic partially faded dye job that really sets them apart from other indigo dyed socks on the market. And for those who prefer a taller sock worry not: they also produce a version in half-calf height.
Available for $10-$14 from Aesthetic Homage.
5) Anonymous Ism: Float Three Quarter Socks
Anonymous Ism is one of the most recommended of high-end sock brands, and it’s not hard to see why. The look of the fabric, dye, and styling on their socks is perfection, and they have such a wide range of offerings that it’s not hard to find something that you like. Their Float Three Quarter Sock is available in three different shades of indigo, each of which plays off the texture of the fabric in a unique way.
Plus One – Kapital: 72 Yarns IDF Dye Ivy Smiley Socks
And the winner of this weeks coveted Plus One slot goes to…Kapital. But was there ever really ever any question? Their 72 Yarn IDF Dye Ivy Smiley Socks are really everything one could hope for in a comfy pair of socks. It’s constructed from heavyweight cotton yarns that are dyed to various shades of indigo; at first glance they might appear to be merely a deep shade of blue, but upon closer inspection you can see how truly varying the hues go. And just for a little bit of fun each socks has a cheerful smiley face on the heel.
Available for $85 from Haven.