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02nd June 2015

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SockShop recommends – tights for the party season

Posted by Katrina

House decorated? Christmas presents bought? Turkey on order? Great! It means you can now focus on the important things, namely, what to wear to all those fabulous parties – especially the biggy, New Year’s Eve!

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SockShop gift guide

Posted by Katrina

Jokes about receiving socks at Christmas – we hear the same old ones every year, and it has resulted in sock Christmas gifts gaining a pretty bad reputation. We get it - there are only so many times you can look under the Christmas tree and discover a badly made pair of musical Christmas socks staring up at you!

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SockShop Spend to Give: Crisis

Posted by Katrina

Here at SockShop we like to think we are very active in supporting good causes. As individuals, we all take an interest in helping charities in different ways, and this often spills over into our working life.

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SockShop on the Underground

Posted by Katrina

A couple of months ago I featured a few behind the scenes shots of a photo shoot we were doing in the Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

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The winter wedding outfit conundrum

Posted by Katrina

So last week I had a bit of a dilemma on my hands. I had been invited to a friend’s wedding, and had excitedly planned and prepared my outfit weeks before. There was a peplum dress, a pillbox hat and a trench coat – it was pretty cool.

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Christmas socks – designed by students, sold by SockShop

Posted by Katrina

Earlier this year we featured a number of posts about our competition, which involved pupils from a local school designing Christmas socks for us.

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It's a tough job...

Posted by Katrina

Last week a merry band of SockShop workers, including myself, headed off to the Lowry Hotel in Manchester to shoot a very exciting advertising campaign which we’ve got planned for this winter. We decided to use one of the hotel’s suites as the backdrop for the shoot, as it was modern and spacious, but also quite grey and muted – and perfectly reflected the atmosphere we wanted to create.

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Our 'Design a Sock' winners!

Posted by Katrina

Last month we ran what was, in our humble opinion, a pretty darn cool competition. We asked you lovely people to design a sock for our ‘Dare to Wear’ range, with the winning designs being made and sold on the SockShop site.

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A pilgrim's progress...

Posted by Katrina

It is quite common for SockShop to be contacted by different people and organisations requesting sponsorship or items to use in raffles. We especially like to hear from folks that are looking for socks to help them complete particularly arduous tasks which they are receiving sponsorship for.

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When socks are more than socks part 2: random and various!

Posted by Katrina

I had so much fun putting together the sock bun blog post, and it got me thinking, ‘how else can random socks be put to good use?’ So below is a selection of ideas on how to recycle socks.

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Our 'Design a Sock' ideas (just for fun)

Posted by Katrina

We’ve launched an amazing competition this week that I am very excited about. We are giving people the chance to design a new ‘Dare to Wear’ sock, and the winning designs will actually get made and go on sale on the SockShop website!!!

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The Three Peaks Challenge

Posted by Zoe

The importance of socks can often be overlooked. In fact, we had a Facebook comment not that long ago saying that “socks are [just] bloody socks” (naturally we quickly replied detailing how we felt that this statement just wasn’t true!)

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A cream tea with an Olympic legend!

Posted by Cassie

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The evolution of a sock - sample time!

Posted by Katrina

It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about the design process for creating the new socks for our Autumn/Winter range.

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Going with the flow – how to put together a summery photoshoot when it’s pouring with rain

Posted by Katrina

A couple of weeks ago, when the sun was shining and the whole country felt optimistic about actually having a hot summer this year, we planned to show off our gorgeous spring/summer socks, tights and accessories in an outdoor picnic-themed photoshoot.

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Christmas sock competition – the winners!

Posted by Katrina

I recently posted about a group of secondary school pupils whose Christmas sock designs were being made and sold on the SockShop site this winter.

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Lesson time at SockShop HQ

Posted by Katrina

Back in February I featured six Christmas novelty sock designs drawn by pupils from a local secondary school, which were shortlisted for our ‘design a sock’ competition. The designs were sent off to be made into samples so that we could get an idea of which ones worked best on an actual sock, then choose an overall winner.

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One man. One giant sock. Two marathons.

Posted by Katrina

The hard work and commitment it takes to run a marathon means that many people don’t ever tackle it, while some attempt it as a once-in-a- lifetime event. But for Stephen Peel, a 60-year-old hairdresser from Ashton, one just wasn’t enough. He has run two marathons – London and Paris - in the space of a week. Dressed as a sock.

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"So this season!" – The design of the sock

Posted by Katrina

So the design team have read the right books, completed their homework, and now the design work can begin! At this point, I have been reliably informed that the process should go rather quickly and smoothly, as long as enough research has been done!

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From mood boards to manufacture: The evolution of a sock

Posted by Katrina

Socks; you pick out your faves, buy them then wear them til holes start to form, then replace them with another pair. But what, if anything, draws you to buying what you buy? Is it colour? Design? Material? Do you like a plain sock, patterned or maybe novelty?

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What we do with SockShop's odd socks

Posted by Katrina

So we have already (in a rather tongue-in-cheek way) addressed the mystery of the missing socks in this blog. But what we didn’t look at is how SockShop is affected by the phenomenon.

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Get ready, get set, go!

Posted by Cassie

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Wait, so socks and sandals are cool now?

Posted by Katrina

There are very few certainties in this ever-changing world of heat waves in March and snow in April. But there are some things we can be certain of: death, taxes, and that socks and sandals aren’t cool.

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“If I knew you were comin’ I’d’ve baked a cake…”

Posted by Katrina

This week the SockShop team have put on their aprons, rolled up their sleeves, dusted off their cook books and baked up a storm, all in the name of charity.

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SockShop imitates art: Part 2

Posted by Katrina

A few weeks ago we featured a blog post documenting our homage to Sheffield artist John Dowswell and his Project Odd pieces. Since then John has been in touch, and has very kindly given permission to showcase some images from his collection – to show you, and us, how it’s meant to be done!

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Tackling the tights-in-spring conundrum

Posted by Katrina

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Socks in action

Posted by Katrina

The everyday sock is a simple creature, worn for comfort, warmth and convenience by, I think it’s fair to say, a large majority of people. But in this world there also exists other socks, which are designed and made to keep up with the ever-increasing demands of people who take part in extreme activities - either for sport or charity.

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Students teach us a fashion tights lesson

Posted by Katrina

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The phenomenon of the missing sock

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Big Foot, the Loch Ness Monster, the giant black cat that roams the British countryside; there are many myths that to this day cause strong divides between the believers and the sceptics. But there is a phenomenon that unites one and all, mystifying people for centuries, stumping scientists and generally causing widespread confusion and head-scratching - the phenomenon of the missing sock. There have been countless reports of ‘missing sock experiences’ over the years, with rumours of governmental investigations into the disappearances resurfacing every once in a while.

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