Pass me the sock

There are many ways you can express yourself with your sock collection. You can really say a lot about your personality and your interest through your socks. With so many different brands and with crazy socks becoming a more popular trend it’s becoming easier to show your personality and add a little flair to your outfit. One of the biggest and easiest things to express is a love of sports.

I love basketball and you can definitely see that through the socks that I wear. One of my first “funky” pairs of socks were black and red socks with the logo of my favorite basketball team, the Miami Heat, on them. Since then I’ve collected many more sports related pairs. A large portion of those sports related socks display clear photos of famous NBA Players. I have socks with players such as Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Walton, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry (one pair together), Patrick Ewing, and Shaquille O’Neal & Penny Hardaway (one pair together). These aren’t even necessarily my favorite players. I like them at least somewhat (otherwise I wouldn’t have bought them), but they are mostly a cool way to express my love of basketball. I try to get a new pair like these anytime I can find them. I absolutely love these kind of socks with pictures of the players because they’re so unique. I get comments on them all the time.

Dennis Rodman Socks (left),
Klay Thompson and Steph Curry socks (right)

These kind of socks are from my favorite sock brand, Stance. Stance has awesome collections for NFL, NBA, MLB fans and for other sports as well. They’re a really great brand and there’s a lot I could say about them but that’s for another time. If you’re a big sports fan and looking to up your sock game I would definitely recommend checking them out. There are also many sports stores that carry Stance, as they are becoming more popular, so keep your eyes open for them.

There are plenty of simpler sporty socks as well. There are plenty of places that sell socks with simply a team’s logo on them. Nice, simple designs are often just enough to express yourself through socks.

If you want to go even simpler you can always just wear the colors of your favorite team. Sometimes it’s hard to find socks that are really specific to your interest, but every team has a set of colors and you can always find socks for them. I’ve done it before even when my collection was very small. It’s very easy to find red and black socks. I would put one color sock on one foot and the other color sock on the other foot.

You don’t have to show love for a specific team either. I also have other pairs of socks that are simply cartoon basketballs or billiard balls for example. These were only $4 at Boscov’s. It is always good to check the clearance section of any clothing store. You can easily find inexpensive, sports related socks there. Remember, the trick to finding cool socks is to always keep your eyes open. You’ll find cool socks to express your interest of sports or any interest, more often than you might think.

 

Origins of My Sock Collection

Well, I suppose I should start with some background info on why I came to have so many funky socks.

First of all my high school had a dress code that was a little strict. You had to wear solid color polos or buttondowns and khakis or dress pants. It could be very boring at times. However there was one thing in the dress code that was permitted, socks could be any color, pattern or design. This was my one chance to really express myself and be creative with how I dressed.

My first pair of crazy socks (pictured below) were given to me by my father during my freshman year of high school. I don’t believe he knew that I had thought about wearing wild pairs of socks. However he did know that my favorite basketball team was the Miami Heat, whose colors are black and red.

The socks are by a company called Stance which by the way makes the most comfortable socks out there. This kicked off my love for socks. Soon I had other socks, mostly given to me by my father, that had the Miami Heat logo on them. I finally had a way to express myself and show my personally through what I wore at school. I finished freshman year with only a few different kinds of socks but that would quickly change.

Sophomore year my father once again made a contribution to what would eventually become my enormous sock collection. It was a pair from Stance, picturing the duo of Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway from the Orlando Magic. I absolutely loved them. First of all it was so cool to me to have a realistic picture on a pair of socks, especially when that picture involved basketball players. Second, Shaq and Penny were wearing the Magic uniforms from the 90s which I absolutely love.

I started wearing these socks as often as I could. As soon as they were washed I’d wear them the next day. The thing I maybe loved the most was people noticed. I got comments on them all the time. Whether it was simply “cool socks” or a fellow basketball fan wondering who was on them. The socks were now a conversation starter.

Later that year my father gave me two other pairs of Stance socks. One was a black and white picture of Julius “Dr. J” Erving and the other was a picture of Alonzo Mourning. My love of basketball and my new love for socks were now firmly tied together.

I started to totally embrace my love for socks. I wore the crazy pairs as often as I could but it still wasn’t enough. I would ask for them as gifts and always keep my eye out every time I went shopping. Word of advice if you want to get crazy socks, keep your eyes open and look. Crazy socks are more a thing now than ever. You can find them in a lot of places.

My collection of socks has grown tremendously since then in part because I would always look for them and also with the help of my father, my mother and my girlfriend. The collection will grow and you will all see them especially if you follow me on Instagram @thebreadtruck6.