MEGGINGS for men?

LEGGINGS FOR MEN- MEGGINGS
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There is always a lot of chatter about leggings for women and of course, there should be! Leggings have become an integral part of most women’s wardrobe, no matter what her age. We adore them because they are so comfortable, easy to wear and flatter most women’s bodies when worn with the right tops and shoes.
But I decided to investigate the idea of leggings for men and low and behold, I found several great articles over the past few years about men wearing leggings and one in particular, a video, from ABC that showcases MEGGINGS- Leggings for men! It is fun to watch.

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/meggings-make-mens-fashion-world-leggings-men-18131012

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As mentioned in the video, we think of Robin Hood, dancers and Shakespeare characters when we think of men in tights or leggings. However, daring young men are trying out the trend, probably inspired by pop icons such as Justin Beiber and XXX. Meggings definitely should be worn under shorts or with long tops, following some of the same rules for women wearing leggings. It seems that meggings might be a good idea for bike riders, or athletes when working out. But everyday wear or to the office? I’m not so sure. Now that they have been around for a few years and can be found in mainstream stores such as Nordstrom’s and Urban Outfitters, do you think meggings will become more popular or just go away? At Foot Traffic, we have no immediate plans to create meggings, but we will continue to watch the trends and see where this fashion trend goes.
What do you think? YES or NO to meggings!

TRANSITION THIGH HIGHS

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It’s almost spring… Or is it? This time of year I get so impatient as I wait for freezing temperatures to go away and be replaced by gentler, milder days. Just when spring like weather teases us into thinking winter is over we get blasted with another cold air front. March is fickle like that.
So what do we wear during this transitional weather? One of my favorite in-between accessories is our Foot Traffic black combed cotton Signature Thigh Highs. Although a fun year round staple, this time of year they are the perfect fashion legwear accessory to bridge the gap between winter and spring. We can bust out our spring tops and short skirts and add a scarf, black thigh highs with a great pair of booties and BOOM! We have a fresh look that goes warm or cold. At Foot Traffic we love our cotton thigh highs because they have a silicone band on the inside to prevent them from rolling down. In black or brown, we enjoy the look and the warmth these favorite thigh highs bring to our transition wardrobe. Come on spring!
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SLEEPING IN SOCKS–IT’S A GOOD THING

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DO YOU SLEEP IN SOCKS?
BRRR! It is cold outside! I love hopping in bed at night and snuggling under a warm down comforter. I look forward to a good night of sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and rested. We all know the health benefits of a good night sleep!
However, many people have difficulty falling asleep and one of the primary reasons is cold feet. As we age, our circulation slows down and our hands and feet feel cold. According to a Swiss study, researchers found that as our bodies prepare for sleep, the blood vessels in our hands and feet dilate, cooling the blood as it flows through the open channels near the surface of the skin. When our body temperature falls, we fall asleep. By wearing socks, the blood vessels widen, creating better circulation, therefore better sleep.
Wearing socks can also prevent the feet from sweating. There is a condition known as hyperhidrosis, that is, excess sweating of the feet.  Socks can absorb the sweat, especially when the socks are made from natural fibers such as cotton.
Especially in the winter, when the air is dry, our feet tend to become dry and flaky. Apply moisturizer on your feet and put on a pair of socks. Your feet will stay soft,preventing cracked and dry feet.
Wearing socks to bed can be a good thing if you follow a few simple rules:
Make sure your socks and feet are clean
Make sure your socks are made of mostly natural fibers such as cotton
Make sure your socks are comfortable and not too tight
Make sure your socks are cute so you will go to bed with a smile on your face!

At Foot Traffic, our men’s novelty socks and women’s novelty socks are made of 65% cotton, 5% spandex, 15% nylon and 15% polyester and come in a variety of fun designs that will put a smile on your face every night.
Sleep tight!

 

Great SEX or is that great SOCKS?

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Most men want one thing for Valentine’s Day and they make that very clear. Did you ever think that they are misunderstood and they really mean is they want great SOCKS!
At Foot Traffic, we have great SOCKS!
We have a broad selection of men’s novelty socks that are the perfect way to show your man how much you know him and love him. This Valentine’s Day, show your love with three pairs of socks (for only $24!)  from our selection of over 70 designs perfectly edited to his tastes and interests. From camouflage to music, football,  and grilling—just to name a few—you will find the perfect solution to Valentine’s Day.
You will win his heart with GREAT SOCKS this Valentine’s Day!

SUPER BOWL-SUPER SOCKS!

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Let the party begin! Sunday is the big day for all football fans and even if you are not a regular sports enthusiast, it is still fun to watch the teams battle it out on the field. This year will be no different as we watch the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots. The game is estimated to draw a whopping 184 million viewers. 43 million viewers plane to host a Super Bowl party and about 13 million plan to view the game at a bar or restaurant. Of course, the ads are as fun to watch as the game itself. They are always interesting, controversial, edgy and most of the time, very entertaining. A brand can spend up to $8 million dollars for a 60-second spot, trying to grab the attention of the elusive Millennial. The average amount of money spent by adults age 18-44 is somewhere between $94 -$103.

So, where will you be Sunday night– with family, with friends, at a local eatery with big screen TVs?
No matter where you are, male or female, you should be wearing FOOT TRAFFIC football socks. It doesn’t matter what team you are rooting for, because your socks say it all. They say you are putting your best foot forward and supporting one of America’s favorite sports- FOOTBALL! Order today and have your socks for the BIG GAME!

FRENCH BLUE-OUI?

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FRENCH BLUE. What’s in a name? A lot I believe. When we named our opaque nylon tights French Blue, all I could think about was taking my legs on a little get-away to southern France. Being a bit of a “Francophile” I am in love with anything French and just the thought of being in southern France where blue dyes were used to make beautiful fabrics makes me swoon. The name French Blue is universally recognized as a greyish blue with much depth and can be soft or deep, depending on the fabric.
There is much history to French Blue. The rise in the color blue in fashion in the 12th and 13th centuries led to a thriving blue dye industry in several European cities, including Toulouse, a southern French city. The dye was called pastel and it was made from woad, a common shrub from the mustard family grown in Europe. Unfortunately, the dying process was particularly long and noxious. During the 15th century, indigo, a shrub grown in Asia, was introduced from India and competed with woad. The European countries with prosperous pastel businesses tried to block the use of indigo but it was too late. They indigo was a better price, easier to use, and created a beautiful rich blue. Despite the “battle of the blues”, blue continued to be a dominant color in France and represented the color of liberty and revolution. Throughout history, beautiful blue fabrics were used in homes and fashion as well as the military.
Many historical French fabrics that were dyed in Southern France can still be found and chateaus built during the era of woad dying dot the countryside near Toulouse and still remain today. A company called “The French General” offers classes in dying French blue textiles in southern France. Oh  how I would love to go!

536_1492_thumbOf course our tights are not dyed with indigo or woad, but the color replicates this beautiful greyish blue that works so well with denim and compliments so many colors. I suppose I will just have to enjoy my Foot Traffic French blue tights and hope that someday I will  experience the authentic blue fabrics of France.

HOT DOG! IT’S A GOOD DAY!

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Hot dog, it’s a good day!  It is difficult not to be discouraged by all of the unrest in the world and the local news that calls out the crime and discord in our cities. However, that is life and it is important to learn to navigate in a world full of complexity and chaos. That means finding joy in our daily lives and making the most out of our individual situations.
At Foot Traffic, we are in a position to provide a way to bring joy to your day and get you started on the right foot. We have so much fun creating novelty socks, we hope you will wear them just for the fun of it. We have designs that bring a smile to our Foot Traffic team every time we look at them. Feedback from our customers lets us know that wearing our novelty socks at the office, to the gym, or just around the house  makes a positive impact on one’s attitude. That’s what we are here to do. It’s that simple. I am pretty certain that this guy in the cartoon is wearing Foot Traffic novelty socks.

Whether you are buying socks for yourself or for a gift, a smile goes a long way. We may not be able to solve world peace, but we have the world at our feet and hopefully our novelty socks can bring joy one step at a time!

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A-LURE-ing Socks

 

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OK, I’ve done my research and over and over again I come up with FISHING as the #1 hobby for men. Over 50 million go fishing every year. Besides the oceans, I don’t see enough lakes, rivers or ponds to satisfy all of the anglers out there but apparently men are able to find water just about anywhere. If someone wants to fish, there will be a solution. And, are there really enough fish to satisfy this sport? Apparently so since fishing has been a major source of food since the beginning of time and continues to be a significant source for people around the world.  But fishing has evolved to a hobby that continues to grow  in popularity with men and women of all ages.  And, the truth is, it is not necessarily the fish itself that is the prize but rather the process of fishing.
I know a bit about fishing as I grew up with a father, grandfather, and brothers that were all serious fishermen. Every vacation was spent on a lake, usually in Minnesota. I don’t actually think catching the fish was always the goal. Let’s just say if we counted on fish every night for dinner we would have starved. It seemed, as a female observer, that they were more interested in the process of catching the fish. That is getting the tackle box ready, making sure the lures were appropriately selected for the type of fish or method being used (e.g. trolling, casting, etc.), and what the weather would be like to prepare for the day. Of course, there was usually beer involved with the situation when the men collected their gear and outfitted their fishing boat–that comes with the territory. Fish tales were an anticipated outcome of a day on the lake. There was always the “one that got away” or “ mine was bigger than yours” or “ the fish just weren’t biting today….” Believe me, I have heard them all!
Whatever the reason your angler continues to find time and energy to go fishing, let it happen. There is no stopping a serial fisherman once he has it in his blood. On a good day, there may even be a fish on the end of the line. And beware…you may get hooked on fishing as well.
So, if there are really that many fishermen out there, Foot Traffic has socks that will put a smile on every  angler’s face. Whether a birthday present or just a fun surprise to show that you are on deck with your fisherman, lure him in with a pair of Foot Traffic fishing socks- the best catch of the day!

 

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WINTER BRIGHTS

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Now that the holidays are over and winter sets in, it is easy to hibernate and hide behind our black sweaters, black pants and black coats as we wait for spring to arrive. But why not embrace this time of year and brighten the grey days with our Icelandic Knee Highs?! These bright, colorful socks add just the right amount of cheerful color to any winter outfit, including black. Our Icelandic Knee Highs are new this year and we are so excited about the excellent quality of these awesome socks. The content is 80% cotton, 17% polyester, and 3% spandex. The knit is unique because unlike similar Nordic design socks, our special knitting process eliminates all clippings on the inside so they are smooth against your skin, have  great stretch and layer nicely over tights or leggings. Not only are they extremely comfortable, they look great! We love them and hope that you will buy all three colors to brighten the grey days of  winter! icelandicboot2

RESOLUTIONS OR SOLUTIONS?

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2014 was not just another year. Personally, there were many surprises, some good, some not so good. But I believe that as we get older, that is the norm for every year. The “norm” is a life that includes unexpected turns and twists. That is what makes life interesting. It is also why it is difficult to create resolutions that will really work. Life can get in the way. Although well-intended, resolutions seem too lofty.
Therefore I have decided to focus on solutions. This year I will pick three simple issues that I need to solve and focus on those things only. A solutions seems more action oriented than a resolution.  I will do what it takes to solve the issue and celebrate my anticipated success.
Here is my first example
PROBLEM
MY DOG EATS MY SOCKS- I work out a lot so wear a lot of socks,no-shows, or novelty socks. I also wear boot socks to work with my boots or booties. MY problem is that  sometimes when I take my socks of, I leave them near the laundry basket but not IN the laundry basket. Thus, my dog finds the socks and inevitably eats one…or two. The outcome is not good. We are both bad and this sloppy behavior needs to be corrected.
SOLUTION
Put the socks in the basket EVERY time I take them off. Reward myself with chocolate after a week if I complete the task and no socks are consumed. Give the dog a treat ( not chocolate) as well just because. Continue the disciplined behavior and reward until it is no longer an issue for me  or a health hazard for my dog.
I think you to get the picture. And as an additional reward for my improved behavior, I will go to Foot Traffic to replace the chewed or devoured socks and start fresh in 2015! I will do whatever it takes to buy new Foot Traffic socks!

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