So­phis­ti­cated Socks

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Paula Ra­bel­ing Im­ages © FALKE

Socks are a sta­ple in al­most all wardrobes. Mov­ing from be­ing an item worn purely for prac­ti­cal rea­sons, socks have be­come a style state­ment all on their own.

While some do not sub­scribe to the never end­ing roller-coaster of what is deemed fash­ion­able and what is not, there is one item that all of us, no mat­ter our opin­ion on the fash­ion world, pur­chase: socks.

The hum­ble sock is some­thing most of us have in com­mon. Be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a drawer full of these sta­ples in ex­cel­lent qual­ity that are com­fort­able – and ap­peal to your sense of style – can make all the dif­fer­ence. Any­one who has had a washed-too-many-times sock slip be­neath their foot while walk­ing will at­test to this.

While ful­fill­ing a very prac­ti­cal role, socks are no longer purely made for prac­ti­cal wear – they come in a va­ri­ety of colours, styles, and ma­te­ri­als. Socks peek­ing out from be­neath a pair of well-tai­lored trousers or jeans is a style state­ment in itself – socks took centre stage at the re­cent Mi­lan Men’s Fash­ion Week.

En­ter FALKE, a brand with a pas­sion for socks and hosiery that has been help­ing peo­ple don their feet with so­phis­ti­cated, stylish, and com­fort­able socks for over a cen­tury.

The story of FALKE be­gan over 220 years ago, when Franz Falke be­gan a fam­ily yarn busi­ness. FALKE then evolved to be­come a busi­ness known for exquisitely crafted socks and hosiery. Since 1895, while a lot has changed in the brand, its goal of de­sign­ing and cre­at­ing items of high qual­ity, that peo­ple love wear­ing, has not wa­vered.

To as­sist peo­ple in putting their best, stylish foot for­ward, FALKE has put forth a col­lec­tion that is prac­ti­cal, but also beau­ti­fully de­signed and cre­ated. Find­ing in­spi­ra­tion in the sci­ences of ge­ol­ogy, botany, and mar­itime sci­ence, FALKE has cho­sen earthy, neu­tral colours, with pops of bright hues bring­ing some spunk into the ranges.

The ge­ol­ogy-in­spired col­lec­tions of socks in­clude clas­sic as well as con­tem­po­rary styles. Wool and Silk Tweed is a time­less tweed rib sock made from a wool and silk blend im­ported from Italy. Chevron Twist, made from nat­u­ral combed cot­ton fi­bre, is a clas­sic an­klet avail­able in dark hues. FALKE has also re­vised the clas­sic ar­gyle pattern with its Di­a­mond Ar­gyle.

The more con­tem­po­rary styles in­clude City Stripes, made from Ital­ian mer­cerised cot­ton, which is breath­able while adding an ex­tra touch of pizazz to an or­di­nary busi­ness suit. Ex­pand­ing Stripes is the per­fect sock to let peek out from un­der rolled-up pants, and also has a cush­ioned sole for com­fort.

Botany-in­spired de­signs in­clude the Metal­lic Foullard that comes in a range of colours with an eye-catch­ing gold ac­cent. More sub­dued, but not less stylish, is the Tipped An­klet – made from nat­u­ral combed cot­ton fi­bre and with a cush­ioned sole, this is the ideal de­sign for a sportier aes­thetic.

For the Mar­itime-in­spired col­lec­tion, the fo­cus was placed on shapes – the Grid Check sock is for the ge­om­e­try lover with its clas­sic check de­sign, while the Leisure Stripes is a fully striped sock (colours range from dark and light blue for the more colourful, to black and grey for the more sub­dued). They are made from Ital­ian mer­cerised cot­ton and nat­u­ral com­bined cot­ton fi­bre re­spec­tively.

Even if you do not sub­scribe to the ebbs and flows of the fickle world of fash­ion trends, socks are a sta­ple – why not make the daily ne­ces­sity of sock-wear­ing a com­fort­able, stylish, and so­phis­ti­cated one.

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Socks peek­ing out from be­neath a pair of well-tai­lored trousers or jeans is a style state­ment in itself – socks took centre stage at the re­cent Mi­lan Men’s Fash­ion Week.


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