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May 25, 2011 6:42 AM   Subscribe

My new obsession is argyle socks. Please recommend places I can find quality argyle socks for men, suited to brown / tan slacks and jeans. $10 / pair or under preferred. Bold, bordering on obnoxious, colors get bonus points.
posted by Apropos of Something to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (14 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Sock Dreams is my go-to for socks. Lots of argyle there!
posted by corvine at 6:48 AM on May 25, 2011 [4 favorites]

Any major department store that has a good men's department. My husband just picked up about ten pairs of garish argyle socks at Belk, a local higher-end store in our area.
posted by something something at 6:51 AM on May 25, 2011

My fiance loves his argyle socks from Express for Men.
posted by radioamy at 7:23 AM on May 25, 2011

Seconding Sock Dreams - they have a whole section of Men-sized socks, many of which are argyle or would appeal to the argyle-aficionado. Plus, free shipping! I'm a fan.

I'll also second Express - Back when I shifted from sneakers to oxfords and needed to get reasonably-interesting socks fast, I bought a ton there. Inexpensive, comfortable, fun patterns, including a not-quite-argyle harlequin pattern I've become very fond of. One caveat: Last time I was there, their options trended toward black; less useful for brown slacks. On the other hand, they're still very much worth a look.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:30 AM on May 25, 2011

I have had luck at the Gap, mostly for women's argyle socks but I have bought some men's as well, in fabulous colors. I suspect places like Banana Republic, J. Crew, etc. will also work well.
posted by mlle valentine at 8:10 AM on May 25, 2011

Old Navy and the Gap do have a fine variety, and both wear pretty well. They rotate colors a fair amount, so if the ones they have now don't tickle your fancy, wait a while until they get, like, bright green ones.

Happy Socks seem to be the sock equivalent of the Norwegian curling pants, but even though they clearly have male models in many of those pictures, their selection for men seems painfully sedate right now. Maybe they have more available in Europe.

And speaking of Loudmouth Golf, they have a couple pairs you might like after all :)
posted by Madamina at 9:02 AM on May 25, 2011

Out of your price range, but beautiful argyle socks in bright (bordering on obnoxious?) colors at Fine and Dandy Shop. They do sometimes have sales.
posted by cushie at 9:06 AM on May 25, 2011

i'm a sock lover, a sock obsessionist. i have over a thousand dollars of socks. i only buy my husband's argyles from sock dreams or from target (seriously. they have great, cheap, soft socks).
posted by nadawi at 9:49 AM on May 25, 2011

I like express' socks, but I personally go through socks so quickly it started to feel like a waste of money. In consequence I now mainly buy patterned socks from target (except for sale socks from express); they are surprisingly good, and the argyles are kind of similar to express'.
posted by advil at 10:29 AM on May 25, 2011

cushie beat me to my recommendation. They are a small shop, but have excellent customer service. I have ordered items for my dad, and all the products seems to be high quality.
posted by annsunny at 11:26 AM on May 25, 2011

If you are in NYC, Uniqlo is a great source for great cheap argyle socks.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 12:22 PM on May 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

GAP again. I just wore a pair of theirs today that go great with my chinos. Tan base with navy and maroon diamonds and a bright orange criss-cross line (obviously, i have no idea what the proper argyle terminology is.)
posted by fso at 3:09 PM on May 25, 2011

Response by poster: fso: "Tan base with navy and maroon diamonds and a bright orange criss-cross line"

Ironically, I just went out a few days ago and bought these (two pairs, actually). I really like GAP's socks. Do I need to just wait a spell until the colors change? Go to different stores?
posted by Apropos of Something at 9:15 PM on May 25, 2011

Amazon has a pretty good selection of argyle socks too.
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