Breakfast in BED for DAD

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Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day and is the perfect time to remind Dad just how special he is. Of course, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so what better way to celebrate Dad than by making him breakfast in bed WITH a pair of fun novelty breakfast socks from FOOT TRAFFIC discreetly presented on a tray with the breakfast . Who would have thought of that?!

Here are some breakfast suggestions we have for you:

If he loves bacon and eggs, just make a simple breakfast of the classics and as a fun gift, give him a pair of bacon and egg novelty socks with the utensils slid into them. That’s a fun surprise!
If he loves the non-traditional chicken and waffles fare, we have socks for that too. Make the crazy combination work (you can cheat and buy fried chicken at your grocery deli) and make the waffles at home. It works.  Use the chicken and waffle novelty socks as a carrier for the utensils as well.

If he is not a big breakfast fan, how about bringing him the newspaper, a cup of coffee and our novelty coffee socks with a spoon and packet of sweetener tucked  in the top of the socks ?! That works too!

Whatever you do for you dad, he will appreciate it and be so happy that you made him breakfast in bed with a pair of socks to start the day on the right foot!

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WE LOVE DOUGHNUTS !

 

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Just because I am addicted to doughnuts, there are worse things.
DO-NUT JUDGE ME!
These sweet confections are a part of the American culture and although not the healthiest of breakfast options, they are favorite choice for many.  They have been around for many years and although the origin of the doughnut is disputed, one theory suggests that they were invented in North American in the 19th century.  They were called olkienkoek, a Dutch word that literally means “Oil cake, a sweetened cake friend in fat.”

The first cookbook to mention doughnuts was an English 1803 volume that included doughnuts as part of the American recipes. And, one of the first known recorded usage of the term was in 1809 in Washington Irving’s  HISTORY OF NEW YORK , were he described “balls of sweetened dough, fried in hog’s fat, and call doughnuts or “olykoeks.”

The acceptable abbreviation of doughnut is  donut. It has been used interchangeably since 1900, first seen in Peck’s Bad Boy and his Pa by George W. Peck. Since then, it has become more popularized by Dunkin’ Donuts, so-named in 1950.
Since doughnuts are a favorite staple in the American diet, it is no wonder that it is now taking its turn in being glamorized in new gourmet doughnut shops across the country. Doughnut shops are including every type of topping imaginable and even serving them with fun cocktails in places such as The Doughnut Lounge, in Kansas City, where we were decided to do our fun photo shoot for  our 2017 Spring/Summer catalog.  Seeing the trend in doughnuts, we wanted to feature our newest doughnut socks on the cover. We had a great time sampling the unusual and delicious assortment of doughnuts as we worked and ate our way through the shoot.

Doughnuts will only continue to rise in popularity with the recent launch of David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS that premiered this week on Showtime. The show, popular in the 1990’s, included doughnuts as an iconic feature throughout the story. Doughnuts are part of the sheriff department’s culture. They represent the sweetness of small town America, but contrast sharply with the corrupt underbelly of the Twin Peaks dark plot.

So as you try new doughnut flavors and settle in to watch Twin Peaks, don’t forget to wear a comfortable pair of Foot Traffic’s newest doughnut socks and get ready for a comfy, culinary corrupt adventure. And, if you are eager to celebrate National Doughnut day on Friday, June 2, for sure get a pair of our novelty men’s and women’s novelty socks and celebrate this fun day with other doughnut lovers!

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SUMMER TIGHTS! SUMMER BRIGHTS!

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Spring is quickly giving way to summer, and as the temperatures heat up, our wardrobes change. We pack away our sweaters and even all but our lightest hoodies, exchanging them for T-shirts and floaty dresses. Instead of boots, we’re reaching for lighter shoes and even sandals. This time of year, the big question on every fashion maven’s mind is… what about legwear? When changing over their closet for warmer weather, should the fashion-forward dresser include colorful tights in their summer wardrobe or not?

The answer really is, “it depends.” It’s true that many people think the moment you can bear to make it to your place of business bare-legged, you ought to do so. But sometimes it’s nice, when those spring mornings are a bit cool, or a rainy or windy afternoon is in the forecast, to keep your legs toasty with a pair of tights when you’re already putting on your summer skirts and dresses. But what about days when the mercury is climbing?

Here at Foot Traffic, we certainly think tights are a year round staple! We love keeping tights as part of our wardrobe all through the summer. Colorful tights for women are often a great accessory for summer dresses, for any number of reasons. For one, they can increase your confidence when you’re wearing a skirt or dress that has a tendency to “creep up” or is just shorter than you’re comfortable wearing on a windy day or at the office. They can also jazz up a plainer dress when you need to look a bit fashion-forward or funky, like at a summer concert or festival—and they can also, for some of us, prevent the summer-specific problem of thigh chafing when you want to wear a flirty dress all day long but know you’ll be walking a lot. They also play a major fashion role when they add a perfect color to the outfit. Printed tights can add a dash of pattern and fun color when worn with solids and denim.

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Cotton tights for women may make you a bit warmer as you’re making a farmer’s market run or taking a long walk down the boardwalk with your gal pals, but ultimately you might be a bit more comfortable with them on!
Basically, fashion is all about experimentation, comfort, and confidence. What works for you may not be what works for editors of fashion magazines, but if you feel good wearing it, that will shine through. Having a stock of differently colored, patterned, and textured tights can help you expand your wardrobe, or make your old dresses and outfits feel new again. Finding the right look for you is rewarding work, and if that look involves tights even when everyone else is in as few clothes as possible, we say go for it! And really, just about any fashion blogger would agree, especially if you pair those colorful cotton tights with tunic-style dresses, 60s-inspired shifts, or boho-chic frocks. Pick a color reflected in your dress to make your legs look longer, or mix up patterns and textures to get a funky look that screams summer lawn party. Finish your look with pointy-toed flats or ballet shoes, and voila, you’ll be the “It Girl” of your social circle.

Need inspiration? Check out Foot Traffic’s colorful microfiber tights, microfiber printed tights, Signature Combed Cotton Tights and our Fashion Tights! We’re sure you’ll see something that will inspire your fabulous summer look.

Heat up those summer days and nights with tights from the Foot Traffic website!

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MARCH FOR SCIENCE

 

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On April 22, in conjunction with Earth day, scientists and science-supporting citizens gathered worldwide to celebrate the role that science plays in our everyday life and to support science and evidence-based research. Protesters gathered in over 600 hundred cities with an estimated 70,000 participants in Boston and over 150,000 in several California cities, aggravated by President Donald Trump’s threats to cut the budgets of agencies that fund scientific work.  The peaceful marches were to raise awareness of science and promote science over politics and facts over fiction.

The main March for Science rally was at Washington’s National Mall where speakers spoketo the need to continue research in areas that support health and climate change and to promote policy-based legislation regardless of political affiliation.

At a time of so much political unrest and “alternative facts”, science is an anchor to our environment, the world and our well-being. Without proper funding and attention to the significance of continued scientific research, we risk losing site of the environmental changes that are endangering our planet for current and future generations.

In the name of science, we proudly wear our men’s and women’s novelty science socks and encourage you to do the same !

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EASTER FOOT FASHION

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Easter is a gateway to spring, a much welcomed season as we await new flowers, fresh grass and the chirping of birds in the early morning. Easter is also a reminder of our childhood when the entire family got new clothes and dressed up for church and family gatherings.  Whether we liked it or not, it was tradition and we were supposed to look our finest. Today, Easter is still important but traditions have changed and getting new clothes for the holiday is not what it used to be.

So where did this tradition of dressing up for Easter begin?
This tradition of dressing up in the spring dates back to ancient times. It seems that many cultures celebrated spring with new traditions that included wearing new clothes to represent renewal, and optimism. Pagan worshipers believed that wearing new clothes brought good luck. Iranians similarly wore new clothes in the first day of spring, celebrating their New Year as did the Chinese as they celebrated Lunar New Year, symbolizing new beginnings.
In the early days of Christianity, around 300 A.D. the Roman Emperor Constantine declared that his court must wear the finest new clothing on Easter. Eventually, worships discarded their old clothes for new ones after wearing them for weeks during Lent.
In America, we did not celebrate Easter traditions until after the Civil War. The devastation of the war was so depressing that women traded their dark mourning clothes for more cheerful colors of spring to celebrate “The Sunday of Joy”, as Easter represented hope following dark times.In the 1870’s the New York Easter Parade began, when women wore the most fashionable clothing and walked down 5th Ave. People of all walks of life watched the parade to see the latest fashion trends and retailers used the parade to market their clothing, making Easter as important as Christmas.

By Mid-century, many Americans bought clothes a couple of times a year, Easter being one of those times. They shopped primarily locally or from catalogs. Wearing new clothes represented prosperity in a wholesome All-American lifestyle.
This year Easter is April 17, giving you plenty of time to think about your holiday outfit.  If you are looking for a springy outfit for the weekend to go to church, brunch or family get together, may we suggest some fun colorful socks? How about the ice cream cone?These socks are  a delicious addition to your spring wardrobe and would look great with a pair of sandals or short booties. What a fun way to dress up a skirt or dress! Or how about the narwhals or mermaids? They are a beautiful accessory to add a bit of mystique and color to any outfit.  Ladybugs and bumble bees are a fashionable nod to spring.  And guys, socks are the perfect way to add some color to your holiday attire. Our bacon socks or chicken and waffles are perfect to wear to brunch. Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is springy and fun as well.
So, this year if you are not getting an entire new outfit to replicate your childhood traditions, add a pair of Foot Traffic novelty socks and know that your are starting your spring with your best foot forward.

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BRIDESMAID SOCKS

loyal-books-gift-basketLet’s take a moment to think about the ladies you’ll have stand with you on your wedding day. Whether they’re old friends, new gal pals, or family members who have been with you your whole life, if you want them up there with you, they’re special in some way. So, why not celebrate that individuality as part of their bridesmaids’ gifts? Sure, it’s traditional to give your bridesmaids things like pre-wedding manicures or a bit of bling to wear at the altar when they stand with you, but why not also get them a fun gift that celebrates what you love most about them?

Sure, you knew we were going to say this, but socks really are the ideal gift for anyone, whenever you need to give a gift—yes, even your bridesmaids! Fun novelty socks for ladies never go out of style, and they’re always useful. Plus, it’s a great way to show your lady friends why exactly you love them so much—and that you really think about what makes them so special and unique.

You might even be able to incorporate the socks into your ceremony! If you’re doing a casual dress ceremony, your bridesmaids could wear them as they walk up to the altar, for example. Or, you could use them to give each of your girls a little “pop” of individuality down by their ankles, even when they’re all wearing the same dress! But even if you’re doing a more traditional ceremony, you can still incorporate fun socks. You and your squad could change into them after the ceremony and pictures if you’re changing into comfy shoes. Heck, why not make your reception a “sock hop” that your guests will never forget? Or, if that’s not your style, you could put them on for a memorable, unique photo op! Just think—you and your pals, sitting on a wall or bench or wherever, feet dangling in cute socks that represent what makes you all… you.

Here at Foot Traffic, we have socks for everyone. Is one of your bridesmaids a music teacher? Get her our Big Treble socks! What about an Anglophile friend obsessed with Dr. Who and Sherlock? Our Union Jack socks are sure to please! One of the gals super into mermaids? Oh, yes, we have mermaid socks, too. And for the friend who’s always recommending the best books you’ve ever read, what about our Loyal Books socks?

Here’s a cute idea—even if you’d rather keep socks out of the ceremony itself, why not put together little gift baskets for your bridesmaids! If you get them something sparkly, nestle that in there with cute soaps, a lipstick in that shade they always wear, a pampering face mask… and socks!

Tie the knot in style with fun socks for ladies from Foot Traffic. Check out the Foot Traffic website for the socks your best girlfriends will adore!

 

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Girlfriend Socks

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Let’s take a moment to talk about all the amazing women in your life. Yes, your life! If you’re anything like us, you know a ton of awesome women, whether they’re friends, relatives, co-workers or mentors—or all four! It’s great to celebrate your gal pals on their birthdays or special occasions, or just because! Whenever the mood strikes you, remember that socks are a great original gift idea for just about any female in your life.

If you need a personal, original gift for one of the ladies in your life, take a few minutes to browse through our selection of women’s novelty socks. Have a friend who’s always urging you to go out for chips and guac? Why not treat her to a pair of our “Avocado Nut” socks? Inspired by a teacher who puts her heart into every school day? Our “Teaching Heart” socks will brighten her day! For the Walking Dead fan in your life, our “Zombies” socks will make her scream, of if your girlfriend is already excited about the new Game of Thrones season, our “Dragon” socks will make her feel like the mother of all of them! Our “Loyal Books” socks are a great gift for any serious reader, and for the jock in your life, our “I’m the Coach” socks will bring out that competitive spirit you love so much. We’re willing to bet that whatever the wonderful and unique woman in your life is into, we have socks to please her.

Socks are also a great gift if you need to find something for a group of friends. Are you and your girlfriends going to Las Vegas for a girls-only vacation? Why not buy everyone a pair of our Lucky socks? Got a book club going with your bookworm buds? Get them each a pair of our “Reading Books” socks and then take a group “shelfie”! Ladies’ cycling group need a pick-me-up before the season begins? Our “Retro Bikes” socks will get everyone spinning for the long rides to come. Or perhaps you should get a few pairs of our “Popcorn” socks for your Friday night movie watching crew.

It’s easy to find something for everyone at Foot Traffic. Our novelty socks encompass a range of hobbies, whether sports, music, food, or some other activity like hiking, horseback riding, or gardening. Professions, too—we have socks for your favorite teachers, nurses, musicians, and chefs.

Already a savvy sock-shopper? Keep an eye on our Women’s Novelty Socks page. We have new arrivals and products all the time that might just be the perfect gift for the sock fan in your life—even if that sock fan is you!

Girls just want to have… socks! So, come on and check out our Foot Traffic website to make the women in your life smile. How about a Smiley face sock?!

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FOOT TRAFFIC AT NY NOW SHOW

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I love New York City. It is always a great place to be no matter what time of year. This year FOOT TRAFFIC once again participated in the NY NOW Gift Show, showcasing our latest and greatest men’s and women’s  novelty socks. We were not alone. Many other sock companies were also at the show and it is apparent that socks are here to stay!
We showcased many new designs and had great feedback from retailers across the country, mostly boutique owners looking for new sock designs.  From walking the show it looks like there is no limit to what is said on a sock and what people are willing to wear to make a statement.  We love the competition because if the category is successful, so are we as “all boats rise” as they say.
The entire gift show was busy with retailers doing some serious shopping to make their storefront unique and full of gifts for the contemporary shopper. No longer are nik-nacs popular. Today, top items are useful and/or pampering such as soap, candles, socks, jewelry, home décor items and things that show the recipient that you know their taste.  We were excited to see so many new ideas this year.
While at the show, we spoke with one retailer, Abbey, who currently co-owns a boutique with her sister Sarah Douglas. Shop Beautiful is located in the charming Brookside suburb of Kansas City, MO, and has been around for 81 years.   They share a consistent mission: “meaningful, personal gifts that will brighten someone’s day.”  Always keeping their products fresh and relevant, they recently redesigned their store and were at the New York show looking for the latest gifts  for next season.  Foot Traffic socks are one of the gift lines that they carry to make their store fresh and fun. Check out their story recently posted in the Kansas City Star.

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We always learn from talking to our retailers about their needs and the changing consumer buying patterns.  Good news is, socks are a great gift category for both men and women and our Foot Traffic socks are under the $10 retail price so they make a great gift for anyone, satisfying both the retailer and the consumer.  So now that we have returned from the show, it is back to the drawing board to create new socks for the next show!!

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NOVELTY SOCKS FOR YOUR MAN

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No Man Should be Without a Pair of Novelty Socks!
It’s already February and Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, and here at Foot Traffic we can’t think of a better gift than some great novelty socks for men. While chocolates, flowers, and jewelry gifts all come to mind when Valentine’s Day rolls around, men can be a little trickier to shop for. That’s why novelty socks are so great! They’re a personal gift that’s also functional, unique, and thoughtful. It doesn’t matter if the man in your life works in an office or in a bar—odds are, he’ll need to wear socks. And getting him socks that reflect his chosen career—or inner life—can be just the right way to show him you’re thinking about him, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or any day of the year.

It’s becoming less and less common for men to have to put on a suit and tie every day for work, but most offices still have dress codes. Khakis and button-downs or collared shirts with a company logo are still popular ways to build unity in the workplace and keep everyone dressed appropriately at all times. But then again, that cuts out the tie—the traditional way men have been able to express their personality while dressed for business. And yet, even dressed casually, all people are individuals—and most people like to express their individuality in little ways, as they can, when they can. Novelty socks are a great way to do that!

For example, the man in your life may work in an office, but then when he comes home he practices his guitar for a bit, and dreams of being in a band. In that case, a pair of our Men’s Guitar Neck Socks or Men’s All Over Guitars Socks or Men’s Drum Set Socks can help him feel like a rock star even when he’s doing data entry. Or maybe his hobby is grilling, or fixing that old hot rod that he has sitting on blocks in the back yard. In that case, check out our Men’s Tool Socks, or our Men’s Mechanic Socks. Or maybe he just really loves tacos, pizza, or beer! (Who doesn’t love tacos and pizza and beer?) In that case, check out our Men’s Taco Socks, our Men’s Pizza Slice Socks, or our Men’s Beer and Pretzel socks.

If your fella’s tastes run to the athletic, we have sporty socks, too! Our Men’s Baseball Socks will remind him of his favorite team even if he’s sitting at his desk or meeting with clients! Or, if he’s the coach of your kid’s sports team, or maybe even his company’s Ultimate Frisbee team, our Men’s I’m The Coach Socks are really just the thing.

Novelty socks for men aren’t just for lounging—these days, men can wear them everywhere: to work, on the weekend, on the holidays!  Foot Traffic offers a special where you can get three pairs of socks for $24. Mix and match a few pairs your man will love and surprise him this Valentine’s Day. His feet will be warm, and so will his heart.

Everyone needs socks! So stop by the Foot Traffic website and order up some fun and practical pairs for everyone, including your best guy.

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LET’S ORDER PIZZA!

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The winter sky is grey, it’s cold outside, and post-holiday blues calls for staying home and curling up with a partner, a good book, a furry pet, or all the above.  Staying home can be a good thing as we catch up on our Netflix, new TV series, and just relaxing as we catch up with ourselves. We cooked ourselves into a frenzy over the holidays and now is the time to order in.  It’s the perfect time to order a pizza.

Did you know that every day Americans eat 100 acres of pizza and 350 slices are sold every second? Three billion pizzas are sold in the US each year. The average American eats 46 slices every year. I certainly do my part.

So, what is America’s favorite pizza topping? For years cheese pizza lingered at the top of the list but pepperoni has taken the lead as the favorite pizza topping. But what follows has changed over time. In and article in Fox News, according to a Harris Poll taken in January 2,193 adults surveyed online voted the following:
Favorite Pizza Toppings:

  1. Pepperoni
  2. Sausage
  3. Mushroom
  4. Cheese/Plain
  5. Onions
  6. Bacon
  7. Ham/Canadian bacon
  8. Pineapple
  9. Peppers/Sweet peppers

Least Favorite Pizza Toppings:

  1. Anchovies
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onions
  5. Olives
  6. Pepperoni
  7. Peppers/Sweet peppers
  8. Sausage
  9. Meat (general mentions)
  10. Cheese/plain

As far as WHO has the best pizza, it looks like New York is the best state to get a pizza with Illinois coming in a close second.

Now about the crust. It looks like there is a close margin between regular crust, (18%) deep dish (15%), and stuffed crust (14%). Millennials overwhelmingly prefer the thinner crust.  Of course they do.

That being said, with only 2% of the population saying they don’t like pizza (what is wrong with you?!) it’s time to settle in, get your men’s or women’s pizza socks on and order your favorite pizza with all of your favorite toppings!

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