Who has the widest wooliest socks?
December 16, 2010 8:18 AM Subscribe
Guessing sock size for my large cousin's Christmas present: she needs warm wooly socks, and I know nothing about buying clothes in big sizes. But aren't socks simpler? Somebody please help me out!
posted by aimedwander to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
She weighs about 350-360, at about 5'9", shoe size 9/10ish. I know she's had issues with well-meaning parents buying her the largest XXXL (shirt, sweatpants, etc) and that being too small, which makes her feel terrible. Her job is outside in winter weather, so she's got freezing cold feet and not a lot of extra cash to get non-basic socks. I would love love love to help her out. However, I don't want to send her something useless. And yes, I could just ask her. But blah! I want a surprise - a pleasant surprise!
How can I be sure that whatever socks I get aren't going to cut off circulation in her calves?
Are "plus-size socks" just socks with looser cuffs? Does "plus" cover 360lbs? What are diabetic socks? Is there some other key search term I should be using?
What's an awesome store (internet or common US brick-and-mortar) to look for wooly warm socks (as opposed to lady-socks)? Lane Bryant and Sock Dreams advertize plus-socks and REI advertizes warm socks, but where can I merge those?
Socks sound so simple, but I know that things aren't always as simple as they sound for somebody a different size from the average population. Am I totally over-blowing the difficulty here, or is this a terrible idea destined to end badly and I should just send her a gift card?
Anybody who's had experience with socks for large-sized outdoorsy people, please advise!