Cadillac or Christian Dior? How much would you pay for designer socks?

So, nice pair of socks, hmm? Thigh-high: very trendy. Love the ribbon. Look nice and cosy. Handy for wearing under over-the-knee boots, or even around the house, or to bed, in the dark depths of winter.

$500, though. Yep, that’s right: FIVE. HUNDRED. DOLLARS. For socks. And why? Why this crazy-ass sock-price, we hear you ask? Surely the socks must be woven from the hair of unicorns, or have priceless diamonds sewn into the seams or something?

Nah. They’re 100% wool. Dammit, those fashion victims will do anything for a designer label, won’t they? Seriously, you could buy a secondhand car for that price! What would you choose, readers: a 1982 Cadillac DeVille, say, or… a pair of socks?

Let’s look at some other things you could buy for $519 or thereabouts:

A mini break in Paris! (OK, so this is assuming you’re flying from London, and you’re traveling alone, but still, if that’s not better than a lousy pair of socks, we don’t know what the world’s coming to.)

4.85 pairs of Topshop shoes!

(Assuming that each pair of shoes is £70. Buy cheaper, get more! Or, you know, GET SOCKS. Up to you!)

Finally, you COULD buy:

36 pairs of thigh-high socks from American Apparel! (model not included…)

Now, these don’t have the ribbon. And they don’t have the designer label. But you could add your own ribbon. And we hate to point it out, but once you’re actually wearing them, no one will know they’re “designer”, unless you go around pointing it out. Which would make you a giant douche, obviously.

Designer socks, then, or… something else? Which would you choose, readers?

(Wow, socks must be REALLY important to some people, no?)


  • July 21, 2010


    I have spent 16$ on socks. I love socks. But for that price, I could buy all my college textbooks, socks I actually like, another ferret, and have some change left for tea.

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  • July 21, 2010


    I’ll go for the mini break in Paris 🙂

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  • July 21, 2010


    Mini break in Paris, every time. $500 for socks?! Crazy!

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  • July 21, 2010


    as with anything similarly ridiculous (cobweb tees…those crazy McQueen shoes) i have no doubt some celeb will appear in them soon

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  • July 21, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Four and a half days’ custom safari to wonder at the beauty of the hyrax.

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  • August 2, 2010


    You would probably have to remove the ribbon anyway, depending on the jeans or trousers you wear. And the sock fairy would have one of them away before long.

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  • August 15, 2010


    Well sure the socks look wonderful and better than the american apparal ones.. but I’m sure you could find just as good of socks for a bit less…

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  • August 18, 2010


    I’m not sure about the socks themselves, but the model wearing them looks very nice with them.

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  • August 22, 2010


    i’d so buy the socks! it’s not the fact that people know they’re designer that counts, it’s the way you feel wearing them and the quality that counts.

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  • September 14, 2010


    Ooohhh, with that money, I could buy some cute stripey stockings, a new skirt to wear them with, a puppy, and then go out for coffee and have change left!

    …Or one pair pair of grey socks with a little ribbon on them. XDDD

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  • October 18, 2011


    I’d buy a pair of thigh-high gray socks from Target, tie a ribbon around the top, and then take the money I saved and buy a second-hand car.

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