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Socks appeal

(Sockratic methodology)

I have 14 pairs of general-purpose socks for everyday wear.

I have not just pulled this number of sock pairs out of thin air. This figure has been arrived at after careful consideration of two fundamental and critically important principals:

i) I will do at least one machine load of washing each week.
ii) I am unlikely to change a pair of GP socks more than once on any particular day.

For me, a good general-purpose sock is a dark coloured, nondistinctive, un-patterned high ankle sock. The sock should consist of a blend of natural and synthetic fibres, and be of a medium thickness, in order to provide a comfortable and flexible foot covering across the greatest range of climatic conditions and whilst wearing a varied selection of outer footwear. I currently favour a well-respected brand of soft ribbed multi-terrain leisure socks. An example of a balanced fibre blend for a typical general-purpose sock could be 76% cotton, 21% nylon and 3% lycra; providing for a pleasing combination of warmth, ventilation, stretch and durability.

While a general-purpose sock is, as to be expected, suitable for most occasions, I also have seven pairs of woollen socks for use in cold weather. These socks, when worn with a stout leather boot, provide a winter expeditionary capability; allowing for journeys to be made on foot –perhaps to a Christmas cracker shop or eggnog stall– during harsh wintry weather conditions.

As a legacy of my army service, I also have in my possession a couple of pairs of army issue arctic socks, though it is rarely cold enough to need them this far south of the Arctic Circle. In addition to the white arctic socks, I have seven pairs of woodland-green, woollen, general issue army socks. I do not normally wear these; however, they are reassuring to have – I know that should I need to engage in woodland combat, I‘ll have the right socks on hand.

I have seven pairs of white sports socks, as though I am a physically active person, I will not normally have more than one training session per day. I also often have a day off training each week, and so one pair of sports socks for each day for a week is sufficient.

I have 14 pairs of ‘hidden’ socks for use in summer when wearing shorts – three white pairs, four dark blue and seven black. I have two pairs of soccer socks, though I have not played a game of football in years. One pair is white, one pair is dark blue; neither pair is team branded.

I have a pair of purple socks that have a non-slip rubber tread for use indoors on hard flooring. I do not wear them; they are gay, insofar as an epicene cotton bag can be gay. However, they were bought for me, and are potentially useful, so I keep hold of them.

I have two sock puppets with which I often entertain myself.

My sock system has an inbuilt sock redundancy – I am able to operate a flexible laundry routine, and should a sock become holed, I have ample time to replace that pair without having to worry about running out of socks of any type.

I have two pairs of underpants. One for everyday wear, one for special occasions.

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