I was recently given the opportunity to test out a new brand of socks from a company called Stance. Their slogan is The Uncommon Thread and they stand for creativity and individuality. These are not just your everyday, average, plain, white socks. Designed in California, the makers of these socks describe them as works of art for your feet and poetry in motion.
Stance currently has six different categories of socks: Reserve, Casual, Art Collection, Performance, Snow, and Kids. I have been testing out three different pairs from the Casual Collection:
The longest pair shown is called Burnout and these socks are made of 80% combed cotton, 12% polyester, and 8% spandex. These feature elastic arch support, seamless toe closure, Y gore seam, deep heel pocket, self adjusting welt cuff, and mesh vents.
The middle pair shown is from the Short Stack collection and these socks are called Florence Short. They are made of 85% combed cotton, 8% polyester, and 7% spandex. These socks feature elastic arch support, seamless toe closure, extra soft feel, a Y gore seam, deep heel pocket, and their signature logo.
The third pair, Mexicali Low, is from the Lowriders collection. They are made of 86% combed cotton, 10% polyester, 4% spandex. Like the others, these socks feature elastic arch support, seamless toe closure, extra soft feel, Y gore seam, deep heel pocket, and their signature logo.
After wearing each pair in different temperatures and environments I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I wore the long pair while camping in Colorado where the temperature drops into the 30s at night. The thickness of these socks kept my feet and legs warm. Then when I left to go hiking in the morning, while it was still a bit chilly, I switched to the Short Stacks so I could still keep my ankles covered without getting too hot during the afternoon. However, during the winter time the long socks could be worn throughout the day. They could also be used as an alternative to pants to protect your lower legs from any poisonous plants or thorny bushes. But when I just wanted a pair of socks that would keep my feet nice and cool I put on the Lowriders and was ready to go.
The care instructions are fairly simple:
- Hand washing is recommended to preserve colors and maintain size and shape. If this is not possible wash with like colors on gentle cycle with cold water and never use bleach.
- Line dry socks to increase longevity. If this is not possible you put them in the dryer at your own risk. Avoid hot tumble drying.
- Colors will stay true for longer if socks are washed inside out.
- Avoid ironing socks.
After washing my socks a few times now I noticed that the colors do not bleed or fade. I even put them in the washing machine, against Stance’s recommendation. They have been tumble dried in the dryer as well as line dried. In the future I will try to follow their care recommendations more closely. As for now, I have not noticed any horrible side effects.
Every time I wore these socks my feet felt really comfortable because of the extra soft feel of the combed cotton, the elastic arch support, the seamless toe exposure, and the deep heel pockets. They fit just right and make walking and hiking an even more enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this brand of sock to anyone who likes comfort, performance, and a unique look.
Thanks to the folks at Stance for providing these socks for review.