$four vs. $40 Socks: Which is the Higher Worth?

published on July 2, 2020

Welcome back to the Gentleman's Gazette

In today's video, we compare $4 versus $40
socks, we'll talk about the differences, the

advantages, disadvantages, and why one costs
10 times as much as the other

I get it, socks are not a style enthusiasts'
most sexiest subject, but in fact, they can

have a huge impact on the way your whole outfit
looks

Socks have a unique ability to add some color
to the bottom half of your outfit and therefore

you can tie your entire outfit together, for
example, you can coordinate it with your shoes,

your tie, or your pocket square

The only other two options are either, to
exchange your shoelaces and you can learn

more about how to that here in this video
or you can buy different colored shoes which

is a lot more expensive and those kinds of
shoes are typically less versatile

In our opinion, socks are a gentleman's secret
weapon to tying together an entire outfit

and bringing it alive

For instance, I use socks to make a neat transition
between my pants and my shoes without sacrificing

contrast or visual interest

So the big question is, for an item that you
need to replace regularly in your wardrobe,

should you spend $4 on it or $40?

First, let's look at the $4 socks

I bought a 5-pack of Dockers Men's Dress Socks
for 20 bucks

So, that comes out to be about 4 bucks per
pairNow ideally, that seems like a good deal

especially since they are sized and I got
the size 10 to 13 because I'm typically a

US 11

Of course, if you are on the edges of the
size category, chances are they may be a little

loose or quite tight

When I shopped for a $4 socks, I came across
much larger size brackets such as 6 to 12

or one size fits most

Now even though I followed the size range,
the problem is that there is so much elastics

in there that actually pinches my calves over
the course of the day

Not only that it restricts my blood flow,
but it's also quite uncomfortable

In terms of color on the website, it looks
like they came in black and khakis and variations

thereof

When I got them in person, they are solid
ripped khaki pair, there's an argyle pattern,

there is a small pattern in brown and khaki
but also two in brown

Now at these tones work with Khakis or maybe
brown pants, you have a problem with any kind

of business suit socks such as charcoal or
navy or gray

Also, we take a closer look at the solid socks,
it's really hard to match a pair of solid

socks to a pair of patterned or solid pants
because most of the time the shade is not

quite matching and it just looks off

When we get our $4 socks, they're pretty limited
in the color range and you may find black

or gray, something brownish or khaki but that's
about it

Now, even though they're advertised as dress
socks, they're actually mid-calf height and

because of that, they don't stay up

Gravity is just too strong over the course
of the day, so they'll just move down towards

your ankle

As a consequence, it will probably expose
your legs which is unprofessional because

no one wants to see your hairy legs at the
office

And now, even you shave your legs, people
still don't want to see it

Now, on the material mix on the website, it
was advertised as 71% polyester, 26% cotton,

2% spandex, and 1% nylon, the actual package
itself looks different

Here, it says 83% polyester, 15% cotton, and
2% spandex

Upon touching them, they feel quite soft and
comfortable because polyester can be finished

to be very soft these days

Frankly though, polyester is the cheapest
of all materials that you can use in your

clothing but it also ages very poorly and
quickly

How?

Well, soon you'll find peeling and it just
won't stand the test of time and always look

like a hand me down that's old and worn

Polyester is also insulating, which means
that you're more prone to sweating with these

kinds of socks and just having worn feet over
the course of the day

When I put on those socks, I noticed 2 things
right away

One was how thick they were compared to a
more expensive pair of socks and two, the

toe area

When you need a pair of socks, it has to be
finished in this toe area because machines

are not quite able to do that

Now, if it's done by machine, it's usually
very bulky and that's exactly what you get

with a $4 pair of socks

The problem is you will always feel this elevated
seam inside your shoe especially when you

walk a lot

So in nutshell, who are $4 socks for?

They are for men who think short term, who
want the cheapest pair of socks that they

can find without having to resort to white
tennis socks

They're also for men who don't mind sweaty
feet and don't really want a comfortable pair

of socks

Now, let's go on to the $40 socks

What exactly makes them 10x as expensive?

First of all, they are sized to your foot

Most high-end socks come in a number of different
sizes and at Fort Belvedere, we offer 5 different

sizes — Small, Medium, Large, Extra-large,
and Double Extra Large

This allows as to adequately cover the size
ranges all the way from size 6 to size 15

Of course, if you look at the length difference,
it is apparent

The more expensive $40 socks are the true
over-the-calf sock that is below the knee

and stays up all day comfortably

Over-the-calf socks are the gentlemen's choice
and at Fort Belvedere, we only offer that

style, nothing mid-calf or shorter because
they will just inevitably slide down and for

me, it is really important to design a sock
that stays up

In our mind, the biggest advantage of a $40
socks compared to a $4 socks is their versatility

And now, most men don't even think about that
when they buy a pair of socks

Obviously, we love men's style and we want
you to look as good as possible

To learn more about the basics of how you
can combine pants, socks, and shoes so you

look dapper, please check out this free guide
here

So $40 socks don't just come in a much larger
range of colors for you to choose from, but

they typically also come in 2 different colors
that are combined and the combination of that

allows you to wear a single pair of socks
with a multitude of outfits and pants and

they will always look like it matches and
works together versus a solid, plain color

sock will always look off

Just think about navy, charcoal, or gray for
a second which are the most popular business

colors

They properly come in hundreds, maybe even
in thousands of different shades

If you have two colors combined, for example,
a navy blue and a lighter blue, you can wear

it any shade of navy that's always gonna work

Or look at these socks, for example, it's
kind of a grayish blue and a light blue combined,

so it can work with any type of gray pants,
charcoal pants or navy pants that will always

look good

That's the true hidden power of two-tone socks
that most men underestimate

And it also works with different colors, for
example, look at these socks, they're actually

a combination of purple and white

And there is something that I would call a
false solid because from afar, they look like

a solid but if you look at closer, they are
actually made up of two colors

They can be worn with any kind of brown pants
and they look great

They can be worn with denim or maybe with
something in charcoal or with a pair of chinos

Now, that's true versatility

Compared to this pair of sock in brown, it
just doesn't work with gray

Yes, it somewhat works with a brown, yes it
works with chinos, it doesn't look that great

with any blue or denim

In Fort Belvedere, we try to design our socks
so you'll get a large range of different colors

in two-tone patterns that work with a multitude
of outfits

You also won't find rocket ships or pizzas
on our socks and if you want to learn more

about why crazy socks are overrated, please
check out this video here

Now, as you'll imagine, a pair of $40 socks
is made up of premium materials

For example, you can find silk, cashmere,
or blends thereof

Even if socks are made up of cotton, not all
cotton is alike

You can find cheaper cotton with shorter staple
lengths or you can find higher-end cotton

with a longer staple length that is twisted
twice for consistency and longevity of the

yarn and that way, you just end up with a
sock that is much more comfortable because

it is all made of natural fibers, not artificial
fibers like nylon or polyester and that won't

insulate

In reality is just the raw material of a $40
socks costs more than the entire $4 socks

Because of that, you can make a yarn much
thinner and knit a sock that is much more

finely knitted

Of course, with a larger number of needles,
it takes longer to make a pair of socks

However, the fine gauge knit of a high-end
dress socks is always a hallmark because you

will not be able to find any expensive sock
that is fine as a high-quality sock

Also, the machines used and the country of
origin are typically different

All the $4 socks are made in China, Fort Belvedere
socks are exclusively made in Italy of a 100%

natural fibers

And because there's a tradition of craftsmanship
and socks making in Italy, all the socks are

finely finished by hand so there is no bulky
seam at the toe that would provide any discomfort

to you when you walk

Consider that cotton is absorbent and as insulating
polyester, you will have just a much more

pleasant experience walking around in your
dress shoes throughout the day

So, is it worth it to pay 10x as much for
a higher-end pair of socks?

Well, ultimately that is up for you to decide

In my book, it is definitely worth it especially
when you consider that you can buy a pair

of 3, 6, or 12 socks and can bring down the
price down all the way to $30 per pair

That would allow you to get 12 different colors
of socks, meaning, you'll basically equipped

to handle any kind of situation with the right
pair of socks

It also makes travel easier because you can
bring along a small amount of pair of socks

and you don't have to think about what color
works exactly with it because you can be confident

it's gonna work out

So in conclusion, $40 socks come in many sizes,
the $4 socks come in very few or just 1 size

While the material of the cheaper socks won't
stand the test of time, the pilling will look

bad and make you sweat, higher-end materials
allow for thinner socks that look more elegant

with your dress shoes and your fine outfit
and they're more breathable and overall more

comfortable when you wear them

On top of that, $40 socks are true over-the-calf
versus cheaper socks are mid-calf that cut

of your circulation and just slide down top
make you look unprofessional

On top of that, $4 socks are finished by machines
in its toe area, making it less comfortable

to wear them versus the $40 socks are finished
by hand so you have a smooth result and don't

feel anything

Most importantly, while $4 socks usually come
in colors of black, gray, brown, or khaki,

$40 socks come in a range of 15 or 20 different
colors especially in color combinations that

allow you to really look your best without
having to think about it very much

In today's, video, I'm wearing a casual outfit
that is built around the color green

It starts with a green cable-knit sweater
and I combined it with a green checkered shirt

as well as a brown knit tie

My pants are of brownish green and a nice
twill weave and my shoes are dark green suede

test loafers with accents of brown

I combined them with a pair of green socks
by Fort Belvedere that tied the entire outfit

together seamlessly

Of course, my pinky ring has a green bloodstone
which works with the entire outfit

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