There’s a sock shop on the block (actually Internet) with myriad styles and funky prints perfectly suited for equestrians. Sox Trot, purveyors of riding socks that express your personality, gifted me with women’s knee high socks in exchange for this blog post. I was excited to receive the socks because
a). Sox Trot has super fun designs (I had my eye on the leopard print pairs and the Tropical Nights which reminded me of Hawaii).
b). my dog eats socks and I had to dispose of a favorite pair of riding socks recently (I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say we’ve seen the proof in a pile on our weathered California lawn. And it’s not unusual that I put on pair of socks and realize there are small holes that hadn’t noticed before.)
c). a couple pairs of my riding socks are really old and have lost their elasticity at the top and I need to throw them away.
I felt like a kid in a candy store when I browsed through the Sox Trot selections of over 50 various patterns!!! I think my husband thought I was crazy agonizing over which pairs to choose, since selecting socks is not a life-altering decision. But there were too many hip and elegant patterns!
Even the names were fun. Who wouldn’t want to wear a pair of socks named “Groove Thing” while riding?
I actually had Downton Abbey in mind for some reason when I selected the blue toile pair (shown above). The checked pair reminded me of Baker plaid and I’m a Baker fan. And the blue floral had a hint of an Asian motif which was intriguing.
My Experience with the Sox Trot Socks
The first thing to note is that these socks are thin–perfect for your ultra-tight fitting tall boots. Think of them as a fancier version of the old-school pantyhose knee-high. The socks seemed generously tall. I wore them during a riding lesson while my boots were at the shoe repair having new zippers installed, so I wore my paddock boots and half chaps. The socks were fine.
I threw them in the dirty laundry after the lesson and my husband got ahold of the laundry before I did. I’m not really sure what cycle he put them on but I’m positive it wasn’t gentle. I would normally hang thin riding socks like Sox Trot to dry, but these ended up in the dryer and suffered no ill effects. I don’t want to make a practice of that however.
Another point that’s impressive is Sox Trot socks are designed, knit, printed, and packaged in the U.S.A. Also you get free shipping on orders over $30 (and Canadian orders over $50). When I selected my socks they were in my mailbox just a few days later. I was pleasantly surprised at how quick my order was processed and delivered.
Overall I am very pleased with my new riding socks and I even received a “hey, I like your socks,” compliment on them. If it’s been a while since you’ve been complimented on your socks, may I suggest giving Sox Trot a go? Or perhaps you just want to spice things up a bit underneath those otherwise traditional black boots. Whatever your motivation for sock shopping, I recommend taking a gander at the Sox Trot online store. You’ll have so much fun and possibly walk away with some funky socks on your feet!
Please Share: Is there a favorite brand or type of socks you use for riding? What patterns, designs, and features do you find compelling?