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STYLIN’ in THIGH HIGHS

Spice Up Your Normal Sock Wear

Are you intrigued by thigh-high tights but don’t know how to work them into your normal wear? You’re not alone. Thigh-high tights were fashionable before elastic was invented, and were worn under dresses and secured with garter belts. As waist-high tights became more popular, thigh highs fell to the wayside as novelty items. However, the thigh-high remains one of the most versatile parts of any wardrobe — and here are ten different ways to prove it this fall.

Who said socks don’t matter? Show off your fondness of patterns with socks like these opaque striped and tie-dyed thigh highs! For a punk look, wear a pair with cutoff denim shorts and doc martens. That way, you don’t have to let short season end too soon, but you can start incorporating your fall footwear into your wardrobe incrementally.

Pair With Knee-High Boots

Is there anything cuter than a pair of knee-high boots? Maybe a pair of knee-high boots with thigh-high stockings under them! It can be hard to incorporate tall boots with dresses in a way that looks natural, but utilizing the length and texture of thigh highs is one of those ways. It contrasts the boot from your wardrobe while giving it that cozy look that is perfect for the fall. Try out one of these pairs with a brown boot.

Wear Over Tights

Layering is back in fashion, and it doesn’t have to stop with the layering of tops. Layering tights and thigh-highs can be an effective and unique way to showcase contrasting patterns in your outfit. Do you have a plain sweater you love to bits but can’t quite find anything to wear with? Use a pop of pattern to give your wardrobe a boost, simultaneously showcasing your sweater and the tights. Try these floral tights under a pair of thigh highs of your choice!

Get Spooky and Decadent With Black Lace

Black lace doesn’t just have to be for the boudoir! Think the Bride of Frankenstein, Vampira, and Elvira for this Halloween’s looks. A black lace thigh-high is great to kick up the sexiness of a costume or to inspire the spookiness within your usual wardrobe. Because black lace is a type of pattern, it is best to pair with more everyday clothing if you want the pattern to pop (really, think Morticia Adams! She wears all black but always has a statement piece). Worn with a cute fall color, you’ll be sure to turn heads.

Under a Pair of Rainboots

There’s no reason why you should have to compromise your fashion aspirations on a rainy day. Especially since they happen so often in the fall, there’s a way to make your rain attire look super cute without you even having to try hard. Pair your bright rain boots with a pair of knit, knee-high socks and leggings. It’ll look like you tried hard to look unique, but really it will feel like you just rolled out of bed and showed up to work in your pajamas. It’s a win-win.

Pair With A Shirt Dress and Sneakers For a Skater Look

Are you still living with suppressed nostalgia for the early-2000s when you wore your striped athletic socks and vans everywhere? It’s enough to make you want to break out your Blink-182 and Avril Lavigne CDs, stick them in your CD player, and head out to the skate park. Why not give in to the nostalgia a little? No need for the skinned knees or whiny teenage angst, you can accomplish the look with a modern take — pair thigh-high athletic socks like these with a set of cute vans and a tee-shirt dress. You’ll feel like you’re on your way to your first day of high school again!

To Keep The Spice In Your Cool-Weather Clubbing Attire

You still like to go to clubs, but if you live in a colder climate you are often left with a choice — compromise the cuteness of your outfit with warm clothes, or grin and bear the chilly weather to keep your look solid. With thigh-high socks, you don’t need to compromise! You’ll turn heads on the dance floor without having to worry about your teeth chattering on the way to hail a cab.

Go For The Modified Schoolgirl Look

You’ve always wanted to do it, but haven’t ever felt bold enough. Well, Foot Traffic is here to say it. Go bold! The Schoolgirl outfit can either look really good or really strange, and its success is mainly dependent upon the quality of the clothing you wear and your take on it. We suggest going easier. Find a nice, plain pair of knit knee-highs and some cute loafers to pair with a skirt that comes above the knee (but doesn’t go too high!). A frock with a bow tie and a nice cardigan can round out the outfit nicely all while keeping you warm and stylish for fall.

Don’t Wear Them Out!

Thigh-highs aren’t just for going out and getting glances. They pair great with a pair of sleep shorts. Great for keeping you warm in your favorite pair of pajamas and for giving a romantic kick to a mostly tame outfit. 

Go Big Or Go Home

When it comes down to it, thigh-high stockings are a statement piece. Not everyone is going to be comfortable with them, so if you think you want a pair for occasional use, don’t be afraid to really get out there. Opt for bold patterns, different textures, and different thicknesses as a way to add variation to your wardrobe for those times when you feel like you need it. Don’t feel as though you need only to have bland thigh-highs. Play around with styles, and find what works best with you this fall and year-round.

Foot Traffic is your source for quality, high-fashion socks, stockings, and thigh-highs. To take a peek at what we have to offer, visit us at our main website — foottraffic.com.

Think Fall….

When the weather starts getting frosty and the leaves start turning, there’s nothing quite like curling up under a blanket with a hot beverage and reading a book, listening to a podcast, or watching your favorite show. Or, maybe you like to stare out the window at the fall foliage while the wind shakes the trees, enjoying only the sounds nature is providing you. Perhaps you’re one of those people who want to bundle up and enjoy the crisp air out among that foliage, picking apples and smelling the fall smells.

Whatever your favorite fall activity is, nothing is better than a nice pair of warm and comfy socks around your feet to help you enjoy the change of seasons without feeling the cold. Fall doesn’t have to be all about ugly wool socks, however. Here are seven fun sock ideas to help you get ready for fall 2019. 

Spooky Skele Slippies!

Fall is more than the seasons changing and the nights getting longer. For some, fall holds the key to their hearts, as well as their favorite holiday. Get ready for Halloween with these bones socks suitable for the entire year (if you like being spooky year-round). Black socks feature the forefoot, midfoot, and hindfoot bones, as well as part of the tibia and fibula, in a shocking white. You’re sure to stir up some skeletons in the closet or rattle someone’s bones by wearing these at an office party. Plus, these are slipper socks, so you can be sure your bones are safe from slipping and sliding over the hardwood floor of an old haunted house. Cotton mix, these fun socks for women fits sizes 4-10. Smaller sizes can fit older children.

The Last of the Season

People who love the outdoors will camp right up until the snow flies (and some even camp after it flies!). The fall is a great time to go camping. The fishing is still very good, the bugs are few and far between, and you’re less likely to run into those pesky tourists that take away from the scenery. Honor the outdoorsman and fall camper in your household by gifting them with this three-pack of outdoor-themed socks. On one pair, bears traipse across a woodland scenery. On another, you’ll see an assortment of fishing lures. On the last one is all the quintessential camping gear that makes camping so much fun — s’mores, flashlights, campfires, and tents. One size fits all.

Jack O’ Lanterns

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin on the porch. Pumpkins are symbolic of the harvest time, at the end of the year, and it’s rare to see a porch step without one come October. These Jack O’Lantern socks are perfect for people who like Autumn and Halloween but who aren’t too keen on some of the creepier aspects of the season. Featuring a smiling Jack O’ Lantern face, charming green border on the upper part of the calf, and black toe and heel pieces, these are a festive addition to your fall holiday wardrobe. 

The Start of Basketball Season

Sports lovers, rejoice! Just because one sports season is ending doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. October marks the beginning of basketball season, and these fun socks for men and women are great opportunities to show your hometown (or national) team pride! A pleasant tan and orange sock fits well with the color theme of the season, and the sock itself features a ball being slam-dunked. This sock fits most women’s sizes. It is also available in men’s sizes. 

Hard-Boiled Fun

Everyone has that aunt who makes the Thanksgiving favorite — deviled eggs. Deviled eggs are not long for this world at family functions, and with Thanksgiving gracing our tables in the fall, deviled eggs are on the back of the mind of everyone who is just “meh” about the turkey but wild about the other tastes of this fall holiday. These fun socks for women feature some of the more famous players in the egg cuisine world. The deliciously meaty scotch eggs, eggs benedict, pickled eggs, runny eggs, and scrambled eggs are all depicted as kooky characters dancing around the sock. They’re a must-have for any Thanksgiving food fanatic or egg enthusiast. Available in women’s socks (with a blue background) and men’s socks (with a red background). 

Cigar Aficionados

For some, fall marks the time when it is officially acceptable to become someone who stays inside the majority of the time. Cigar aficionados flourish in the fall, when they can put on a nice sweater (or a smoking jacket, if they’re feeling fancy), pour themselves a glass of scotch, and enjoy a peaceful night in with a cigar. Maybe they invite their friends over for a movie, or maybe they just relish the quiet after a hard day’s work out of the cold. These fun men’s socks are great for the older man who enjoys some of the finer things in life. Ladies who enjoy cigars and scotch could also benefit from the toe-toasting warmth of these socks. One size fits most. 

So Warm I Can Hardly Bear It!

If you’re a parent, this scenario might sound familiar to you. You’re sleeping in one fall morning, and you feel your kid crawl into bed with you. Cute, right? 

Only until your child puts their ice-cold feet on your calves or back. Brrrr. Even coffee can’t wake you up quite like that.

Stave off that horrible feeling by keeping your kids’ feet warm with these cute 3D bear socks. Thick, brown socks feature a bear pattern on the calf, little ears that poke up above the rim of the sock, and small arms that poke out the sides. These socks are designed to be appealing to your children so they’ll actually keep them on, and so that you can enjoy a restful sleep without the fear of cold feet. Better yet, enjoy a pair of adult size for yourself and you can share the bear den with your kids!

So, whether you’re looking for a quality sock to keep you warm this fall, or whether you’re hoping to liven up your fall a little bit, Foot Traffic has the best fun socks to brighten your wardrobe. Are you not sold on these fall ideas? Check out our website to see other options for fanciful footwear in your household.

Father’s Day FUN SOCKS

Father’s day is coming up, and instead of getting him a tie, why not opt for something fun that he can use every day? Fun novelty socks for men are becoming more and more popular, now even being worn to work and formal occasions. In most instances, guys can find a way to wear a novelty sock with almost any item that they own. This Father’s Day, turn to the personality-filled delight of the common sock to put a smile on Dad’s face.

For the Outdoorsman

“Not all who wander are lost” are the words on these socks. A comforting shade of whites, grays, greens, and browns, these novelty socks show a mountain, a compass, and contain the famous phrase from the Lord of the Rings. Treat the dad who likes to wander with this pair of comfortable socks to be worn on the days he can’t get to the mountains for a hike.

Socks for the Nurse in Your Life

When the average person thinks of a nurse, they statistically imagine a woman. The stereotype of the exclusively female nurse seriously undervalues the scores of men in the nursing profession. If your dad is a nurse and took care of you and others growing up, honor him with this set of “badass nurse” socks. A stretchy and comfortable set of blue showing a syringe and soles that say “this won’t hurt a bit”, these men’s casual novelty socks are the perfect gift for dads who are nurses.

For the History Buff


Four score and seven years ago, your dad graced the earth with his presence. Honor the man that made you who you are today by gifting him with a sock that says a lot about another great man. These Honest Abe socks are perfect for the Illinois dad, the dad who likes history, or just someone who strives to be great every day. With a picture of Abraham Lincoln and one of his more famous quotes, these novelty socks will be sure to brighten anyone’s day. Or, check out Einstein, Mozart, Ben Franklin and Obama.

For The Dude With a Soft Spot

We’ve all heard of the crazy cat lady, but is your dad a crazy cat dude? Show him there’s no issue with having a soft spot for the cuddly felines in our lives. These blue striped socks fit most men’s feet and are perfect to pair with a set of blue jeans or even under a trouser. Complete with the picture of a cute kitty and the words “crazy cat dude”, help your father embrace the title with these socks. Disclaimer: they don’t repel the hair his fuzzy friends shed all over the house. Think about pairing with a lint roller.

For the Out of This World Dad

Combine the power of dad jokes with his astronomy hobby, and you have the perfect sock for any dad who likes to look up at the sky at night while still finding a way to make you laugh. These novelty socks show the phases of the moon on a dark blue background that pairs well with just about any piece of clothing he chooses to wear. The words “It’s just a phase” appear in the center of the sock’s picture, highlighting a joke so corny only a dad could tell it. One size fits most. Get your pair before this lunar phase completes!

For the Ladies’ Man In Your Life

Got a dad who’s over the moon for a lady he loves? Dads are often the first to show their wives, partners, and daughters that they are one of the greatest people in his life. For a humorous take on someone who is always thinking about a woman he loves, try these campy socks. Bordered with a greek design, it displays The Thinker thinking about Venus De Milo. Perfectly pairs with some khakis or blue jeans for a fun day out. These are a great alternative to a silly themed card for father’s day.

For the Horror Fan

Is there a dad in your life who is absolutely crazy about horror movies? One who can’t get enough of The Walking Dead or the kind who scared the pants off you when you were huddled in the dark with your friends as teenagers watching The Ring? This pair of socks will delight any fan of the spooky and macabre. With an all-black bottom, these socks blend easily into a pair of black slacks. But the higher up you get, that black turns into a classic zombie arm sticking up out of the grave. Get your zombie-loving dad the sock he wants for Father’s Day.

For Your Favorite Grillmaster

Most people have at least one person in their life that is so good at grilling you remember the things they make for years to come. For many, that is dad. Honor his love of grilling with these socks that feature different cuts of beef on a barbecue-red background. Pair with a bright white apron and the best barbecue sauce for the perfect father’s day gift combo. Then, maybe convince him to fire up the grill. After all, can’t we all be happy on Father’s Day?

For the Superhero We All Need

Dads are one of a kind, and many kids see them as their own, real-life superhero. Honor the superhero in your life with these action-packed comic book art socks. With classic action bubbles like “BAM!” and “POW!”, your dad will feel like the good guy he is.

For the Football Fanatic

As a kid, many of us likely groaned at the thought of having to put up with hours of football to please our football-loving parents. But if you’re a kid with a dad that loves football, these men’s casual novelty socks are sure to please. Give your dad a pigskin to wear over his little piggies while he watches the big game. These comfortable football-themed socks will be a hit at the Superbowl and any game in between.

For the Best Dad Ever

The obvious pair of socks that says it all is our trophy socks that say “BEST DAD” on them. What dad would not want to receive this well-deserved sock on his special day. After all, he is the Best Day, right?

Foot Traffic is committed to providing quality men’s novelty socks for all the men in our lives. With a selection of high quality cotton blend socks, we offer the widest variety of socks anywhere on the internet. To browse our selection and find the perfect gift for your father this father’s day, click here.

MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and because it is a national holiday, most of us will enjoy an extra day of vacation as we celebrate on Monday, May 27. Yeah! The holiday originated after the Civil War to honor those men and women in the military who died while serving our country, originally called Decoration Day when citizens were encouraged to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. In 1971, the last Monday in May became the nationally recognized day that we continue to celebrate each year. We also continue to decorate the graves of soldiers with flags and flowers, honoring their memory.

We also think of Memorial Day weekend as the end of school and the beginning of summer and those reasons give us a great excuses to get together with friends and family to eat, drink, and party. So have a great time together but remember, at 3:00 local time across the country we are asked to give a minute of silence to honor those thousands of military members who have died for our country. Be safe and have a wonderful weekend.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”
Mark Twain

FUN SOCKS FOR GROOMSMEN

Here are ten fun sock ideas for the groom-to-be to spice up his wedding party.

Planning a wedding is never easy, especially when it comes to managing all the little details. In fact, as many as 40% of peopleplanning a wedding spend between ten to fifteen hours per week on planning their wedding. The party favors, the flowers, catering, and more have to be a perfect combination of the bride and the groom’s tastes. Otherwise, disagreements may arise. Less often thought about are the accessories worn by the groomsmen and groom, but these little touches are one of the most perfect ways to foster creativity and a sense of companionship among groomsmen and the groom alike. You’d be surprised how far the creativity of something as simple as a sock in a wardrobe can go.

Pair Your Sock Color with Bridesmaid Colors

Traditionally, groomsmen have matched the wedding party by using similarly-colored ties or shirts. Some even go as far as matching their entire tuxedo. However, another option is to wear socks. For a more casual wedding, rolling up pants to expose a flash of color is a trendy and unique way to include socks in your wardrobe planning.

Add Subtle Color & Design to a Modest Dress

Think your wedding party’s color theme and styles are too modest for novelty socks? Think again. Wearing a sock with a thin line pattern and a pop of color can liven up any wardrobe while still seeming conservative and tasteful. Stripes are an excellent option for wedding parties with no other print on their shoes or suits.

Plan Sock Designs Based on the Weather and Time of Year

Are you getting married in the spring? Include socks with a floral print for a more intriguing look that will almost assuredly go with the florals the bride-to-be will include in her getup. Winter designs are often even more fun to work with and provide a plethora of pattern and theme ideas for the groom and groomsmen. These will all involve working around weather restrictions, such as avoiding socks that are too cold in the winter and ones that are too warm in the summer, but will give you plenty to work with.

Stars and Stripes — Incorporating Patriotism

For military weddings where groomsmen are not in the army and therefore cannot be in dress uniform, a fun way to show patriotism and support for the groom is by wearing patriotic-themed socks. Alternate star socks with striped socks amongst your groomsmen or nab a uniform pair with flags on it. This theme can also be used for July weddings or just for a hint of color that shows pride for your country. Don’t forget the sparklers if you’re getting married on July 4th!

Match Personalities With Fun Print

Have a lot of bold personalities in your group, and you want their individuality to shine? Consider picking a printed sock with different color choices. That way, the print in your wedding party will match, but the colors will be up to the groomsmen. It will give you party a way to feel like they have a hand in the planning of your wedding while also still maintaining control over the outcome and execution of wedding styles.

Animal Themes for Animal Lovers

There are ways to use animal themes in your wedding party without it getting tacky or over-the-top. Opt for animal-themed socks with simple colors and prints, such as these plaid buffalo novelty socks. However, if you’re the type of people that like over-the-top animal enthusiasm, you might step it up with animal print or by letting your groomsmen pick a sock with their favorite animal on it.

Comic Book Themes

Comic book themed weddings are taking off in popularity, sometimes even at the behest of the bride. However, not all couples share a love of comic books, and therefore a great way to incorporate comic book themes into a wedding party that might not have mutual respect for comic books is by using socks. A simple Batman, Superman, or Spiderman print sock under a trouser maintains a uniformity while also showing the groom’s devotion to comic books. 

Print Your Face on Your Sock and Hand it Out As a Gag Gift

If you’re opting for a more traditional black or navy trouser sock but still are a sock aficionado, there are ways to incorporate socks into your groomsmen’s tradition. At your bachelor party, consider buying a pair of printed socks with the bride and groom’s face on them. Not only will this get you a laugh, but it will provide your groomsmen with something comfortable (and fashionable) to change into after the ceremony.

Get Personal With Your Groomsmen

Are you stuck on what to get the people in your party as a show of gratitude for their commitment to your relationship? Get them a personalized pair of socks. This can be as simple as monogramming the date of your wedding on it or as personal as getting a pair of socks that references an inside joke from your bachelor’s party or a past shared event. Either way, this souvenir will delight and be a constant reminder of one of the most important personal events they’ve been involved in.

Rainbow Up!

Rainbows are great for all types of weddings, and doing a gradient in the color of your groomsman’s socks is a fun look that doesn’t necessarily outshine the bridesmaids or the bride. Gradients can be rainbow, different shades of the same color, or a variety of colors ordered from lightest to darkest. This will also help groomsmen remember their place within the wedding party lineup, preventing any mishaps and maintaining order without the bride or groom to be putting in any extra effort.

Planning and buying fun socks for a wedding should be about highlighting the personality of the groom and everyone in the party, and it shouldn’t be harder than necessary. Stick with themes you both are comfortable with, and remember to consult with the bride before making any executive decisions, and this can be a fun and unique way to incorporate the personality of the groom into the event.

If you’re on the search for the perfect pair of adult socks for your groomsmen, check out the novelty sock collections at Foot Traffic. We have a wide selection of novelty socks for men and novelty socks for women, all at great prices with regularly updated prints and styles.

FOR THE LOVE OF CHICKENS

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Did you know that there are more chickens on the planet than there are people? Yes, chickens are everywhere and are a major source of protein around the globe.  They provide not only meat for consumption but the hens give us the gift of eggs, another source of protein, and a reason to decorate for Easter.  In the US, chickens used to be a luxury meat but with today’s technology and (unfortunate) supplements to chicken’s diets, chicken is now the most consumed meat in America. Just look at what COSTCO rotisserie chickens have done to our culinary consumption.  For $4.99, you can get a 3+ pound fully cooked bird for your family.  They are a bargain. No wonder Costco sells over 60 million chickens a year. And several years ago Martha Stewart glamorized chickens several years ago when she started raising exotic chickens for the eggs and the unique blue colors of various chicken breeds.  She now has four large chicken coups and chickens are a part of her brand.
But many people are wanting to raise chickens themselves. Raising chickens has become quite a trend and not only are they found on the farm but are now found in backyards in the suburbs and in cities where all you need is a little space for a coup, land for the chickens to run around and a lot of attention for proper feeding and cleaning.
Chicken coups are readily available and can be found on websites as common as Wayfair, Etsy, ebay and Amazon, to name a few.  But once you have the coup do you know what goes into raising chickens? You will need to choose a breed, which is thought to be in the hundreds.  You have to determine what you want your chickens to provide for you.

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According to , The Happy Chicken Coop, there are lots of breeds of chickens, and they all fall into one of four categories:

  • Heritage Breeds: The Livestock Conservancy defines a Heritage chicken as a natural breeding chicken that has a slow growth rate and can live a long, productive outdoor life. The breed must also conform to the American Poultry Associations standard for that breed.
  • Egg Laying Breeds: These hens have been bred to produce large quantities of eggs through their short production lifetimes. Leghorns are a good example of prolific egg producers as are Australorps.
  • Dual Purpose Breeds: These hens are the best of both worlds in utility terms. They are productive in the egg department and also grow large enough to be used as a meat bird later on in their life.
  • Meat Breeds: As the name suggests these breeds of chicken are bred for meat purposes. They grow very, very quickly. They put on weight at an alarming rate and are ready for slaughter at around nine weeks.

Once you have decided how you want your chicken to fit into your life, you can figure out how you want to buy your chickens. The cheapest is chicks but there are other options. (as noted in the same The Happy Chicken Coop )

  • Hatching Eggs: These are fertilized eggs that you need to incubate. If you are new to chickens, I don’t recommend that you get hatching eggs unless you really know what you are doing. Although incubation is fairly straightforward, there definitely is an art to it.
  • Chicks: This is the most used and wise choice for novices. You can select which breed(s) you want and when you want them. You typically get chicks at one day old.
  • Pullets: Pullets are birds aged between four to six months. The chicks have been reared to adulthood and are usually sold at point of lay, meaning the pullet is about to lay her first egg anytime soon!
  • Adults: Adult hens are more difficult to come by as breeders like to move birds out before they get too old since they eat more. A common source of adult hens is animal shelters or rescue sanctuaries.
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    As you can see there is so much to think about before you decide to get into this hobby.  And remember, where there is a coup, there is poop.  Yes, chickens are messy and chicken hygiene is important to keep them safe as well as you. Chickens are a pet of sorts, but they are not to be cuddled, snuggled or kissed on the chicken lips. They are carriers of harmful bacteria and handling chickens requires washing your hands often and keeping your ladies clean.

And, don’t forget that you are not the only one that loves chickens.  There are many predators out there that would love your chickens as a treat so keeping them safe is a major concern and priority when raising chickens.  And make sure your homes association approves your little cluckers.

There is so much to consider when deciding whether to raise chickens. For me, I think I will respectfully leave that up to the chicken farmers and well-informed hobbyists and get my chicken and eggs from the grocery store. But of course, for the love of chickens, I will also be wearing my favorite chicken novelty socks from FOOT TRAFFIC .

Looking Ahead: 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Socks for Spring & Summer

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If this recent Daylight Savings Time hit you hard, you’re not alone. Although most United States citizens go through Daylight Savings Time each year, there are numerous articles in existence on the internet that indicate people struggle with the time changes. It’s interesting to note that some studies say DST is more than just an annoyance. Sleep scientists argue that losing even an hour of sleep per night can put undue stress on the heart. This shows in the increased rate of heart attacks the day after Daylight Saving’s Time. However, for most Daylight Saving’s Time is a mere annoyance that people must pay for evening out the daylight as the days get longer.

 

Setting your clocks forward is not the only thing that people have to think about, however. Spring acts as an exciting bridge between cold and warm weather, and finding the right outfits to wear during this turbulent season can be just as hard as adjusting to one less hour of sleep. Often thought about less, socks are one of the most critical preparatory parts of a spring and summer wardrobe. With the right sock, your feet stay cool, dry, and odorless — attributing to your overall comfort.

 

When choosing socks for spring and summer, here are six tips to keep in mind for your spring/summer sock choice.

 

Fun Socks are Often The Best Choice…

 

Late spring and early summer are full of fun and festive occasions. While celebration has been and should always be about spending time with friends and loved ones, adding a little flair to your wardrobe doesn’t hurt. Fun socks come in adult sizes and some of the more popular celebratory events that fun sock suppliers cater to include Easter, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Cinco De Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. The best part about fun socks is that they can be used to brighten up almost any wardrobe.

 

…But Always Think About Bringing a Spare Pair

 

That being said, even if you have planned your outfit to the nth degree, it is always advantageous to bring an extra pair of socks with you. For those who have worked novelty socks into their wardrobe, sometimes you show up to an event and realize that event is neither the time nor the place to be hosting that sort of novelty. Bringing a pair of socks that are meant for the opposite type of event setting is a good idea, just in case you’ve missed the mark. Additionally, the time between spring and summer can hold a host of volatile weather. If you are headed to a wedding in flats and no-show socks and find out the green they’ve scheduled it on is going to be particularly mucky, you might have to do a quick re-think of your footwear.

 

Lo Liner Socks Bridge the Gap Between Fashion and Function

 

It used to be that you either suffered the consequences of stinky feet or chose to look ridiculous by wearing big, bulky socks with boat shoes, flats, or other low-cut fashion shoes. With today’s sock technology, it’s possible to have comfortable, dry, odorless feet without showing that you are wearing socks. Lo liner socks are a modern marvel and are a perfect addition to your spring and summer sock wardrobe.

 

Low-Liners and no-shows

 

Although no-shows and low-liner socks are great for keeping foot stench at bay, they are not always the best choice for an outfit. If you’re participating in any activity — hiking, dancing, or even just a long afternoon stroll, low liners are not the way to go. Their purpose is to limit the presence of sweat in fashion shoes, but they don’t work well for increased movement.

 

Choose a Moisture-wicking Sock When Possible

 

Above all, spring is a time of moistness. Between constant puddles caused by an increase in rain, increased humidity because of snowmelt and ground thaw, and the change in the environment that causes your feet to sweat more, your feet are almost undoubtedly going to be placed in a sticky, wet, and uncomfortable situation at some point during spring. Cotton socks with a high needle count, like our novelty socks and are a good choice because they are lightweight and their breath-ability in the heat of the summer often makes them an excellent choice for general wear as the heat increases. Moisture plus high texture makes the foot’s environment rife for bacterial and fungal infections. The same goes for certain polyester and blended materials.

 

When it comes to comfort during the changing seasons, the best route to take is to find a moisture-wicking sock, such as one with a bamboo makeup, to keep your foot comfortable. While this is especially true for those who do a lot of walking, it doesn’t hurt to keep a moisture-wicking sock on hand for all spring and summer situations.

 

Purchase Socks That Support an Increase in Activity

 

With warmer weather comes an increase in activity. For some, this means more time spent outdoors. Without the right sock, an outdoor trek can turn into blisters, infections, and pain. Blisters and infections in spring and summer happen for many reasons. An increase in activity automatically increases your body’s temperature. When combined with a steadily rising environmental temperature and a lack of airflow caused by your shoes, this creates a hot, moist cave for your feet to reside within. Our no-shows work well with sneakers and athletic shoes because they are not too thick and provide a cotton cushion between your feet and the shoe.

 

Additionally, wearing the wrong texture of sock can irritate the skin on pressure points on the foot. Combine this with an increase in dehydration that comes with temperature and activity increase and this equals out to uncomfortable feet. Doing a little research into the best socks for the type of activity you want to do makes a huge difference in your foot’s comfort.

 

Foot traffic wants to make your spring and summer as festive and comfortable as possible with our extensive sock collection. Find out more at our website.

 

Choosing your SPRING SOCKS

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This year, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow at the annual Groundhog Day viewing. For those of us familiar with the old American legend, that means spring is just around the corner. This season is an exciting time signaling rebirth, encouraging people to clean up (and clear out) their houses, as well as a time for people to put away their winter wardrobe in place of a lighter, sunnier, and more casual look. One thing that people often neglect to overlook when it comes to swapping out winter wardrobes for warm weather ones, however, is their socks.

 

Since spring is a tricky season for temperatures — very frequently showcasing days with hot highs and evenings with chilly lows — getting a sock that works with your sense of style, springtime events, and springtime temperatures can be tricky. Luckily, if you plan for spring, you can be sure to step out the door in style, comfort, and with a little extra green in your pocket.

 

Determine the Average Spring Temperatures For Your Area

 

Springtime temperature conditions will vary depending on what place in the United States you live in. Because of this, there is no right choice for a springtime sock.

 

New England, for instance, averages highs of no more than 50 degrees. Sometimes, even single states have drastic differences in weather. Utah averages a high of 48 degrees in March in the upper part of the state but a high of almost 70 degrees in certain southern parts of the state. If you’re sock shopping, determine the average weather for the entirety of spring before you shop. You’re not going to want a pair of no show socks if you’re still expecting temperatures in the low thirties.

 

You should also take into consideration the makeup of the sock versus average temperatures. Trouser socks, for instance, cover a great deal more of the leg than low-rise socks for men or women, but the material can make a huge difference in the warmth. If you’re down to the last two pairs of socks in your drawer and one of them is a set of microfiber socks, and one is a pair of trouser socks, one will keep you much warmer than the other. However, if you see a set of spring-themed microfiber socks on sale but you live in South Texas where spring temperatures reach the mid-eighties, you might want to avoid the purchase of said socks and opt for a thinner, more breathable pair of socks.

 

Take Humidity Into Account

 

If you’ve ever heard someone say “It’s a dry heat” when referencing the temperature of the place, they aren’t just trying to upsell the place. A place’s heat index is reliant upon the way the body feels in that place relative to the amount of humidity in existence in that place. Humidity plays a huge part in tolerating heat, and the reason why this is so is due to sweat. Sweat is the body’s way of keeping itself cool, and in dry weather when the sweat evaporates, this works quite well. That’s why places with high humidity, like the Southern United States, feel so much hotter in 90-degree weather than places like Idaho, Wyoming, or Montana — places that have low humidity.

 

It might seem counter-intuitive to wear socks when you know that it will be sweltering, as it almost seems like putting a blanket on already uncomfortable and warm feet. However, in some instances, wearing socks makes a foot’s environment that much more tolerable. Say you are a female teacher who lives somewhere where spring temperatures exceed seventy degrees, and the humidity level is very high. You are required to wear professional footwear that is also comfortable — which often equates to wearing flats. Wearing low-liner socks for women (especially ones that wick moisture away from the foot) are critical from transforming flats from unbreathable sweat machines to the height of comfort for professional work wear.

 

Plan For Holidays

 

Spring is home to many holidays, and for one particular holiday, it’s always good to have some green hidden somewhere in your wardrobe. Most sock companies carry socks to help you celebrate those special days. Some favorite holidays to consider patterns for include — St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, International Woman’s Day, April Fool’s Day, and Earth Day. Usually, these patterns are available in many styles, including no show socks for men and women.

 

Consider the Signs of Spring

 

Easter is, in practice, a Christian holiday, but the symbols that have commercially come to surround it — bunnies, chicks, flowers, eggs — reach beyond religion. Sporting socks with one of these symbols on it doesn’t mean that you necessarily celebrate Easter, but it does mean you’re hoping for warmer weather and the beauty of nature that comes alive during the springtime.

 

Mud Season Rather Than Spring? Consider a Pattern.

 

One of the most heartbreaking things that can happen to a beloved pair of socks is when they begin to get stained and brown on the bottom from overuse. In places like Maine, where early spring is often referred to as “mud season,” a pair of socks can go from new to ruined in a single use because of mud and dirt brought out by the melting snow, increased rain, and higher humidity. Even if socks aren’t completely ruined, laundry gurus will often purchase more of their stain removal products and find themselves a little lighter in the wallet because of it. While wearing a patterned sock doesn’t make the sock invincible to mud and dirt stains, it does make them less easy to see. This ultimately prolongs the life of a sock and livens up the wardrobe at the same time.

 

Spring means more than just out with the old, in with the new. Celebrate the changing weather and beauty of the season by adapting your wardrobe and spicing up your sock collection. Foot Traffic is home to a variety of socks that are designed to keep your foot temperature regulated, your wardrobe in tip-top shape, and your spirits up as the snow starts to melt and the flowers start to bloom. For more information on our many types of socks, including no-show socks for warmer weather shoes, browse our spring selections.

STYLIN’ WITH SOCKS

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How To Stay Stylish While Wearing Fun Socks

Everyone remembers a statement sock. Sometimes, however, being recognized is not a good thing. Fun, loud, and memorable socks look great on their own, but when paired with certain outfits or even individual pieces this can be a recipe for a fashion disaster. The main thing to remember when it comes to wearing fun adult socks is that they are supposed to be the emphasis of your outfit when they are worn. There are other things to keep in mind when it comes to sporting your fashion socks, especially as fashion trends change at the beginning of this new year.

Take it from the sock experts: wearing fun socks can take your wardrobe to the next level, but only if you avoid specific fashion faux pas. Here are a few different ways Foot Traffic recommends you wear your fun socks for ultimate wardrobe impact.

Try to Match

Fun socks often are the focal point of the outfit, but that doesn’t mean they should stick out like a sore thumb. Think about color combinations when picking a pair to put on under your outfit. Some examples of classically clashing colors include brown and black, green and orange, and purple and yellow. On rare occasions, these colors go together very well. For instance, a green and orange sock can conjure up spooky feelings during the Halloween season. However, for the ordinary day, it’s best to select complementary colors or different shades of the same color.

As an example — if you’re wearing a pair of dark pink pants, try a pair of salmon-colored patterned socks! Mixing and matching shades makes a statement; they show that you understand color palettes and how they apply to fashion.

Pair With Plain

Not everyone can be a bold fashion icon mixing colors and patterns. Most people rarely stray from plainclothes. Citing lack of confidence and preference in garb, among other reasons, plain, unpatterned clothes are a perfect pairing for patterned socks because there is one less element that you might potentially clash with. The upside? Most people’s wardrobes are full of plainly patterned clothing that is just waiting for a glow-up.

Have a pair of socks with loud polka-dots on them? It’s easy to match just about any color to a pair of blue jeans. Have some animal-patterned statement socks you want to wear with a simple green dress? Hues of brown, grey, burnt orange and some shades of pink make your dress stand out. Or, perhaps you’ve got some work slacks that are just begging for a flash of color. Most colors blend with khaki and black — two of the most common plain workplace colors.

Spice it Up With a Themed Outfit

Casual doesn’t always mean plain, which can often spell disaster when it comes time to match. But knowing how to match different casual wear with fun socks is key to spicing up your everyday wardrobe. As we stated before, jeans go with almost everything. Luckily, jeans make up a heft of casual wardrobes in America. However, jeans also are perfect for being the tie-in piece to a more significant statement: a themed outfit.

Have a pair of cheetah-print socks you’ve been dying to wear as part of a larger ensemble? You could pair them with most prints, but why stop there? Thinking about an outfit rather than some aspects of clothing is a fun way to showcase your wardrobe. Pair with a pair of black jeans and a tropical plant-print shirt for a jungle-themed outfit. You can do this with many different types of clothing — bandana-print socks with a rancher’s shirt for an Americana look, floral socks with flower-themed accessories, and more. An essential consideration is to keep at least one of your articles of clothing plain, that way the theme seems a little less garish and highlights your fun socks.

Keep Away From Certain Formal Functions

Headed to a wedding and want to spice up your suit? Not a problem. Especially at Millennial and Gen Z- aged weddings zany little wardrobe pieces, like brightly-colored glasses or patterned socks shine. However, there are places where flashes of color and pattern aren’t fun. Avoid fun socks at funerals, legal proceedings, and times when uniforms might be worn. Most of the time, these events are less about individuality and might come off as brash or tacky. While we love our socks, we understand that sometimes the formal calls for something a little less fun.

Don’t Be Afraid to Play With Patterns

Pairing pattern with pattern used to be a fashion no-no, but as more interesting fabric prints have become available thanks to modern weaving technologies and the influence of other cultures, double-print pairing has become a fun new fashion trend. Public figures and celebrities, like Janelle Monae, Beyonce, and Cardi B often show up to events and shows sporting unforgettably colored, vibrant outfits. Take a page from their book and use your fun socks to showcase different patterns together.

It is possible to pair patterns incorrectly, so there are a few things to remember, even if you’re just starting with socks. For beginners, the key to fashionably clashing patterns often relies upon matching colors. Start with one statement piece, like your fun socks, and notice the colors in the design. For instance, if your socks are hibiscus print, look at both the background color and the colors of the hibiscus flowers and pair these socks with other clothing patterns with same or similar colors. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be livening up your wardrobes on a regular basis (and maybe even making a fashion statement!)

We believe everyone should have at least one pair of fun socks in their repertoire, but it’s up to you how you want to showcase them. Fashionably plain Janes could use their sock collection to spice it up every once in a while. Or, if you’re bold all over, you could use your socks to tie together your wardrobe. Either way, your socks are an extension of your personality and should encourage you to portray yourself as the person you want to be.

 

 

 

IT’S GAL-ENTINE’S DAY!!

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VALENTINES DAY or GAL-ENTINE’S DAY?
Valentine’s Day will soon be here and it is traditionally a time of blissful romance and celebration of new love or lasting love.  But for others, it is a day that we wish would be behind us so we don’t have to wallow in the lack of a romantic relationship.
The classic venue of flowers, chocolates, and dinner is a nice reminder to take time to honor the one you love but it doesn’t mean the rest of us need to be left out if we aren’t at the receiving end of such gifts.  You traditionalists go do your thing but for the rest of us, we can make Valentine’s Day a wonderful day of love that doesn’t require a romantic relationship- just good gal pals.

So, how can we take advantage of V-Day without stressing out?  Here are some great ways to enjoy the day:
Shed some love on yourself!
– Treat Yo’self ! We have socks that say TREAT YO’SELF so buy the socks and buy some ice cream! You deserve it!
-Do something you love.  Perhaps get a massage for being a good person. After all, you need to love yourself before you can love others.
– Do something out of the ordinary that you would not normally do but have always wanted to. Perhaps it’s as simple as ordering take out from a restaurant you’ve never been to. Go on a road trip to an antique mall or a small town you have wanted to explore.
– Write down what you are grateful for. It can be a person, a place, a moment. Just write!
– Call someone who lives out of town just to reconnect.  Let them know you are thinking about them.
– Wear some fuzzy socks, curl up with a good book, and a favorite snack. Heaven.
– Get a good bottle of wine and wear our LOVE THE WINE YOU’RE WITH socks. They are perfect!
– Don’t forget–you are not drinking alone if you are with a furry friend.
Spread the love!
– Host a Gal-entine’s Day party!  Invite your BFFs over to drink some wine and watch some NETFLIX or play some fun games.  Don’t be alone as this is the day to celebrate the friends you love!
– Shed some love on your dogs or your cats. They are the ones that greet us every night after work, cuddle with us when we need attention and love us unconditionally. Take them to the park or for an extra- long walk.  You will both love it.
– Invite a neighbor over for a glass of wine or take some cookies to your favorite neighbor just to let them know you appreciate them.
– Make cookies for a local retirement center. There are many lonely people that reside there and would appreciate the kind token of recognition.
– Take chocolate to work.  Your co-workers will love you!

 

 

 

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