Since moving to Korea, I have developed a slight obsession with my socks.
It’s hard not to be drawn in to this charming textile craze here. I have never before seen such a wide variety and abundance of socks. Instead of putting socks in a forgotten corner, there are racks that proudly display them at a store’s front door. There are street vendors whose only product is an array of socks. You can buy them at any subway stop. They’re everywhere.
I suppose the reason for their popularity is because most Korean homes do not have carpet. I don’t give it a second thought to take off my shoes the moment I step in a friend’s house. Some restaurants even require you to leave your shoes at the door. I personally feel that if you are going to be sans shoes in someone else’s home or a dining establishment, then it is best to wear socks. And if you are going to wear socks, they might as well be cute.
I find all the designs hilarious. I love shopping for wacky styles to send as gifts for family and friends. Unfortunately, not everyone can join in the fun. The trend seems to mainly target women; sorry guys. Also, I wear a size 5 shoe and the socks fit me wonderfully; it’s life changing to find socks were the heel doesn’t flap around my ankle. (“Fits sizes 5-10” does not fit size 5, America!) Though the socks do have some stretch in them, they won’t fit some larger feet.
I hope your feet are currently as happy as mine!