Just before Christmas, I received in the mail a pair of black socks for review. That's right: black socks. Only they weren't just any black socks, they were official Italian-made, 100-percent cotton, black knee socks from Blacksocks.com. And they weren't for me to wear—they were men's socks, as that's who Blacksocks, an award-winning subscription sock service, caters to. Which means Jim got to wear them, try them, enjoy them. And I got to write this review.
Because the socks came so mere days before the holiday and because it was noted to wash them before wearing—and because I wanted Jim to wear them a couple times, to provide an accurate review—this review didn't go out in time to plug the Blacksocks subscription service as a holiday gift. But that's okay because there are plenty of times throughout the year to give the guy in your life a subscription for high-end socks delivered directly to him. Think Valentine's Day, Father's Day...any day, actually, because as the PR literature says, "No one likes shopping for socks, so what's better than having a sock drawer that replenishes itself?"
As far as the socks themselves, Jim loved them. They're billed as durable, versatile, and comfortable, and Jim seconds all of that. He was especially happy the socks were so large—we received a size XXXL, which was perfect for Jim's size 14+ feet. Jim said the socks were quite comfortable each time he wore them, even going so far as to lean over in the middle of Christmas Eve service at church to whisper, "These dress socks don't fall down at all, unlike all my others." A thumbs-up indeed.
Blacksocks come in colors beyond black. There's gray, nave, brown, or red dress socks, too, all made from 100% organic and free trade materials. There's also ankle-length "shorty" socks for athletic guys...or those guys who simply don't care for dress socks. The luxury sock line also offers cashmere socks, silk socks, wool socks and more (the "more" being that they also sell boxers, briefs, and undies of other sorts...like T-shirts).
A trial pair of socks, like the ones Jim tried out, costs $12. Sockscriptions vary, with prices depending on the number of socks delivered and the schedule of deliveries. All prices cover taxes, postage and delivery. Details on prices, styles and more can be found at Blacksocks.com.
What we loved about Blacksocks: Jim was most pleased with the comfort of the socks, I was impressed with the quality. He gave the subscription idea a "meh..." and didn't consider it that big of a deal. I, on the other hand, think a sockscription is an awesome idea—for me. I think getting brand-new luxury socks for our tootsies delivered on a regular basis is something I, and likely other women, would appreciate and enjoy far than men. Which begs the question: When will Blacksocks.com offer something similar for women?