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    Posted: 13 Apr 2018 at 11:17am
After collecting jeans, shirts, jackets, etc I decided to try some expensive socks. The three brands I have bought are Merz B. Shwanen, Anonymous-ism & CHUP.

My conclusions -

Anonymousism are the best. They are practical in that they fit well & wear well.

Merz are flat out terrible. There seems to be no elastic in them at all so after a few minutes they begin to feel like loose bags on the feet. In addition to this they are kinda rough feeling & gave me a toe blister during a recent walk.

CHUP, while undeniably beautiful & well made, fit poorly in my opinion. I'm an 11 - 11.5 US. Medium width, maybe a bit on the narrow side. The three pairs of CHUP that I bought vary slightly from pair to pair but in general they are a strange combination of too long (at least an inch of play in the toe) & too tight in circumference. One pair is borderline painful across the instep. Just plain weird. If they put as much thought into the dimensions as they do into the designs they'd be unbeatable. You can probably tell I'm kinda torqued about it...
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I swear by pantherellas - the most comfortable socks I've ever worn. They last well, hold their shape and come in a wide range of patterns and colours.

https://www.pantherella.com
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Aussie made Holeproof for me. Been wearing them since early 2000's (my family over there sends them my way).
No complaints until now - they are MiC and have definately lost their robustness and longevity, which is a shame.

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some of the Anonymous-ism patterns are really nice but so far I do prefer Chup socks since they seem to resist my raptor toes better.
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I rely heavily on Father Christmas, can't ever remember buying socks myself. Somebody bought me a nice pair once upon a time, yellow and black in the pattern of Charlie Brown's sweater, they might have been Happy Socks, can't quite remember.. They were lovely!
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I am proud/ashamed to say that I constructed a large wooden chest to contain my sock collection.  

The size of this chest -- enough to stuff not one but two bodies and a severed horse's head -- prompted my husband to pose many hesitant questions about its future use during the construction phase.  

For all of that, when I am not frolicking around in delicate summer sandals and belting out Doris Day's greatest hits, I almost exclusively wear good old Kirkland brand men's hiking socks from the local Cosco.  They really hold up to the wear and tear of engineer boots.

Not pretty, true, but rather functional.
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Lived in a tropical climate for three years or so.

Stopped wearing socks.

Back in the cold now - still don't wear socks.

I lie - when I walk the dog - socks - stop the steelies rubbing.

Rest of the time - socks? nah

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Anonymous isms don't seem to last as long as Chups, but are a good alternative when a thinner sock is required.

I really like the &LifeSox Crickets (I think &LifeSox is called Chup White Label in North America?) and lately have also been wearing Rototo which I like a lot! I've also had good experiences with Nishiguchi Kutsushita, similar feel to Chup but without the crazy patterns
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I haven't had them for long enough yet to properly comment on longevity, but the few pairs of Tender Co. socks that I have in rotation are my favorites by far. This is as compared to Last & Loom (great, but slouchy after an hour or two), Nishiguchi Kutsushita (very comfortable, but only come with single-layer footbeds and heels and top out at around a US 10), and the usual Smartwool / Darn Tough / etc.
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I have a pretty robust sock drawer, with a good amount of CHUP, Anonymous ism, and Kapital. CHUP seems to last the longest for me, but Anonymousism do seem to stay up better. Kapital have the best of both worlds, and are some o the most insanely beautiful designs out there, but they are at least a third more expensive than CHUP and Anonymous ism. 

I have one pair of Merz B and agree wholeheartedly with you CSL, they aren't worth their scratch. Tellason makes some indigo-dyed socks that are made in Oregon and really like them as well. 
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