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Nice For Now, But Does Not Keep Well
on May 20, 2010
These socks were part of a birthday present to my wife last December. I read the reviews extolling the surreal softness of the fabric, and knew I couldn't go wrong (although expensive for a pair of non-athletic socks, imo, the price was right). What, I guess, I maybe ignored were the little hints and warnings suggesting the socks may shed, or deteriorate over time. Therefore, I will not mince words here: YOU WILL NOT WANT THESE SOCKS AFTER A FEW MONTHS OF USE. Straight out of the packaging I had to snip a stray fabric or two here and there to make it most presentable to her as a present (tried not to think much of it). After receiving them, she was touched, and remarked how warm and extremely soft -- almost silk-like -- they were (despite the fact this softness quality in the fabric material used also made it a slightly dangerous proposition to walk on hard surfaces, such as in the kitchen). The pink color was vibrant as well. However, after only a few weeks worth of washing, I began to notice the "fluff" of these socks withdrawing, with the fabric becoming increasingly matted. In addition to this, the color gradually faded from a pleasant carnation pink to an insipid, droll color, only made worse by each day's use seemingly having a cumulative effect on the socks' appearance, with streaks of black all over from the dirt of the floor contributing to its grungy look (all over the course of 2-3 months of occasional wear).
Why this gets 3 stars and not 1 is because my wife will actually still wear these things; they are still the warmest -- if no longer the softest -- socks she's owned, and the wear on the socks may have fixed the slipping problem. My wife is understanding, so the fact they're a mere shell of their former selves makes no difference to her, but I'd caution anyone giving them as a gift to a co-worker, a boss even, as anyone who isn't a loved one might consider these a dud. Buy them for yourself or someone dear to you, but temper yours and their expectations greatly.