While traditional socks have been made for centuries, the process our sock fairies follow at The Sock Drawer is very special. Since 2007, our sock fairies have been working their magic to send out love and joy, one pair at a time.
If you’ve ever wondered how socks are made, here’s a peek behind the scenes to see how the sock fairies’ partners perform their magic to bring you the best selection of the fun, goofy socks you’ve come to wear and love.
how the sock fairies were born
In 2007, the original sock fairy, Brooke English, opened a small sock boutique in her hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. After years of spreading joy to toes throughout her community, she took her humble store’s mission of weaving us a little closer together through the unique, colorful socks we all love and expanded it to the world wide web in 2011.
Today, The Sock Drawer is one of the largest online sock companies globally, bringing hundreds of styles and designs to soles around the globe. With more than a dozen sock fairies and seasonal helpers working diligently behind the scenes, The Sock Drawer continues to serve and connect with members of its sock family to spread fun, all types of socks and other quirky products all across the globe.
Our values guide us in all that we do, including providing unmatched customer service, helping you bring your design idea to life and getting you your favorite socks in a jiffy.
how socks are made
Sock making has a long tradition, with origins in animal furs worn on the feet of ancient Romans and Greeks. Socks have also wielded political influence, from helping with the war effort in WWI and WWII to becoming more than darning socks by women in the Communist Party of Australia.
While our sock fairies don’t make the socks for sale on The Sock Drawer website, we partner with premier U.S. manufacturers who do and we work hand-in-hand with them to design and create custom socks for bulk orders anywhere in the world.
We partner exclusively with longstanding U.S. factories, and we are proud to support and offer American-made products. From short to crew to knee high socks, we work with manufacturers and brands here in the U.S. and around the world to develop quality socks for men and women.Make Someone Smile With a Pair of Our Goofy Socks
Our wild novelty socks are made by lots of different brands, including Sock It to Me, Hot Sox, Socksmith, Blue Q and many more. While every brand and manufacturer produces them differently, the process may look a little something like this.
First, materials are chosen based on color and composition. Many are produced in a circular knitting machine, which minimizes the amount of seams needed for “seamless toe” socks. These socks usually have a minimal, flat seam at the toe that’s woven in such a way that it does not rub or irritate the foot.
This knitting machine creates socks by creating a series of loops to create a sock tube. From there, one end of the sock is closed off with a seam. Some machines use a coding system to create specific shapes, styles and designs.
Every company we work with makes them a little differently, which is why they each have special care instructions to help our customers preserve the bright colors and detailed patterns of their cool, novelty socks. Treat your socks with care, and they’ll show you nothing but love in return!
feed your sock obsession with us
We know how to take your personal look or your business’ brand to the next level by making you look good all the way down to your toes. We not only offer fantastically fun sock collections but face masks, dish towels, cards, jewelry and much more beyond socks.
From crazy socks to best sellers, like our men’s wanderer socks and women’s “go away I’m introverting” socks, we have designs, patterns and sayings for everyone to enjoy. Whatever your interests and sense of style and humor, we offer pairs that suit every personality. And if you want a style that is uniquely you, we can work with you to develop custom socks to help you sport your company logo or a special design of your choice.
Not only do we help you find whimsical socks and other fun products that tickle your fancy and spread joy to those around you, but we make the process easy. With over 20 years of experience, our sock fairies are equipped with a drawer-full of information about sock sizes and more to help you with all your sock needs.
If you have questions about your sock purchase or need help planning a design for your next sock order, our sock fairies are here to help! Call us at (800) 930-0955 today to get started.