I was really surprised to find that I am most head over heels (pardon the pun) for the shorties. I normally wear crew or higher. For the last decade, this has been the case. While exercising it was the only time I wore ankle socks and then they WERE cotton, just because I only have to wear them for such a short time I can tolerate it, and bulk packs of cotton were cheap! So, I was amazed that I fell in love with the shorter version of the Ausangate selection.
Alpacor is different than most materials and even after MANY washes, I can attest that these socks still have most of their original soft, luxurious cushiness! It's AMAZING! My husband tried a pair of the full-length socks and also gave them a super favorable review! He is HARD on socks, all gear really, and they have held up for him and are in his TOP THREE favorite pairs of socks! For a couple that spends 1/2 their time in work boots and 1/2 their time barefoot, having good socks is essential! The only part about the full-length pair I tried was that I have super muscular, giant hiker calves, so the elastic was too tight to be comfortable for me, and I ended up just rolling them down once. Otherwise, absolutely no complaints here!
Here is a shameless selfie of my feet. They are cozy. I love the panel just below the Ausangate logo, as it allows your feet to breathe! I also really like that they have a unique logo; it makes them easy to match in the laundry and hard to mix up with anyone else's socks in the house (especially visiting the in-laws or parents, where socks disappear, never to be heard from again!)
And, another angle of what some of the socks look and fit like. They really snug up to your feet, so they don't have that "extra" slack that cotton can burden you with. After MANY (like over a dozen) washes, the socks have held together perfectly and still feel pretty soft and cushy like when they were new. One of the best feelings in the world is the first time you put on new socks. The second best may be when you find out those socks still feel great after a long hike, while lying in a hammock, and after owning them for several months!
I'd love to see a kids line -- with toddler socks. We find it hard to discover great kids socks (since cotton usually don't fit in with our lifestyle here!) Ausangate would rock EVEN MORE with a kiddo sock collection! Ironically, I found out recently that they are working on a kids line! To celebrate summer, I also found a great summer discount--15% off all SHORTY socks use SUMMER2013 to save now!! The ones that are my very favorite! It's just too good to be true. It's as if the folks at Ausangate (who are super awesome to work with) are READING my MIND!! I'm okay with that. It makes stellar things happen! And...$5.00 flat rate shipping! Seriously...I just can't stop oozing good things about this company!
Great for the price and you can expect a TON of longevity from these socks, make your next purchase count at Ausangate Socks, LLC!! You can give some love to Ausangate and find out more on Facebook by clicking right here! Like 'em, try 'em, you'll LOVE THEM...just like me!
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