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‘Growing sock’ definitely grew on Boots

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socksThere are two different kinds of people in this world:

The kind for whom socks are a fashion statement, a love note to the toes, a borderline obsession. These might well be the kids who grow up to have foot fetishes, though I haven’t seen any studies on the issue.

And then there’s the kind who couldn’t care less about socks. They’re an encumbrance tolerated only in the months when Mean Mom insists it’s too cold for sandals.

We have one of each in this house, which is why I was curious to see the reaction to Richelieu Legwear’s “Growing Socks” when a public-relations firm asked me to give them a test drive.

The theory behind “Growing Socks” is great: Two sizes fit virtually all, thanks to a “grow panel” embedded in the arch of the sock. In this house, one size was fitting all anyway, but with considerable bagginess for Boots (shoe size 9 1/2) after Big Guy (shoe size 12) had worn them.

Too bad for Boots and his sad, saggy socks that he’s the one with the obsession.

He took to “Growing Socks” immediately. Oh, the comfort of the thicker layers. Oh, the ease of the blue soles that let him easily figure out how to put them on.

Even Big Guy didn’t complain much through two test drives. First time out, he liked them. Second time, he accepted them. Third time, he balked. I’m not sure if it was because he’s used to crew, not ankle socks, or if it’s because he wants nothing do to with anything unsophisticated enough that his brother also can wear it.

Boots still is in love, though.

Through a month’s worth of washings and running around, “Growing Socks” still are going strong – doing much better, in fact, than a pair of licensed character socks purchased about the time “Growing Socks” arrived. The character socks already have snagged and disintegrated at the heel, much to Boots’ dismay.

“Growing Socks,” on the other hand, are unblemished and quickly return to their original size after a session in the washer.

At $5.99 for a four-pack, they cost a bit more than I’d usually pay for socks, but they still cost less per foot than the character socks we splurge on occasionally. The idea that the socks are interchangeable among siblings is negated here because Big Guy simply doesn’t like them.

But the durability makes them worth it. Especially for Boots, who so covets his footwear that he takes great care to not lose them.

I did suffer a bout of envy, though, when I saw the display of “Growing Socks” at Target recently with the festive colors and polka dots for girls. Plain white or blue-soled only for boys, though.

I guess Boots and I are the only ones in this world who realize that sometimes a guy likes to feel pretty, too.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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