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Review: Storm Bloc Socks – specialist sports socks

Storm Bloc socks are designed for strenuous outdoor and sporting activities. Whether you’re walking, running or down the gym, these socks have been designed to be comfortable and hard-wearing. My husband has recently taken up running and he’s out walking the dog several times a day; so he put these Storm Bloc Socks to the test to see if they were as good as they say they are.

Review: Storm Bloc Socks - specialist walking socks

These Storm Bloc socks have been made with BlueGuard – an industry-beating anti-abrasion yarn that has been scientifically shown to last 46 times as long as a standard branded sports socks. Sold by the Sock Shop, they are so confident that these socks will last the distance, that they offer a lifetime guarantee on Storm Bloc socks. The socks are perfect for sports, running, walks, hikes and camping.

The cotton rich Storm Bloc with BlueGuard Sports Crew Socks are terry cushioned for comfort. They’re designed to help absorb impacts and reduce fatigue. They have ribbed, elastic legs, reinforced toe seams, extended heel areas and a built-in arch support. Breathable woven panels are positioned help regulate moisture and heat during activity.

What did my husband think? They were certainly comfortable and well cushioned. He liked the ribbing and the seams which helped stop the socks from slipping and “walking off” his feet when he walked and ran. He said it was hard to say if they did absorb much of the shock of running, but he did feel they added a little bit of bounce.

Review: Storm Bloc Socks - specialist sports socks

They certainly look the part. They are warm and comfortable for walking and running without being too hot, sweaty and synthetic. The socks do wash well and haven’t gone baggy or anything after the few wears and washes they’ve had.

They cost £13.99 for two pairs from the Sock Shop, but they do come with a lifetime guarantee.

See the full range of Storm Bloc Socks on The Sock Shop website.

Note: We were sent these Storm Bloc socks for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.

Present Ideas for Men – A Funky Sock Subscription

I’m not saying the men in my life are spoilt, but most of the time I genuinely have no idea what to buy them for Christmas and birthdays, let alone Father’s Day. Father’s Day this year has come and gone, after weeks of racking my brain I stumbled across the Henry J Socks sock subscription service. It seemed like a particularly fun gift idea for the man (men) who have everything they need in life. Plus I am sick of the sight of OHs holey socks!

There were a number of options to choose from, from one pair a month for three months, right up to three pairs a month for 12 months. I opted for three pairs a month for six months, which works out at £13.74 per month. Each month my Husband and my Dad will be sent three funky pairs of socks, you just choose your preferred sock style – hooped, plain, heel & toe or random and they get posted to them each month.

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My Dad’s first delivery arrived just in time for Father’s Day, as you can see in the picture above, each pair is individually wrapped in tissue paper and delivery is free.

present ideas for men

They each received three really funky pairs of socks – exactly to their taste. My own personal favourites are the purple and orange spotted ones.

present ideas for men

They were both delighted with their sock subscription and said the socks were very comfortable. They both really like the idea of getting three fresh pairs of socks each month – which I’m hoping means that three pairs of holey old socks will be put in the bin each month.

I think it’s a nice fun idea for a present and one which will be appreciated long after Father’s Day, or whatever occasion you’re buying for. The socks are nicely presented and will be a nice monthly treat for them both, plus I can see me “borrowing” the occasional pair of really funky socks.

For more information about the Henry J Socks Subscription Service, visit their website.

Note: We were given a six month subscription to Henry J Socks for review purposes, all images and opinions are our own.

Is it ever ok to wear sandals and socks?

This afternoon there was a knock at the door, a nice man handed me a bag of lovely summery things I’d ordered off the interweb. I scampered upstairs to try them on. I ooohed and ahhhed over a few things, then upon spying the lovely pair of gladiator sandals I’d ordered, choirs of heavenly angels did sing. It was shoe love. I’d found the one (pair) I’d been dreaming of.

Slipping them on I declared them to be perfect, that was until I took my first few steps and the agony of a new leathery shoe rubbing against my tender cankle was too much to bear. I took to Twitter to crowd source a solution. There was a resounding “dunno”, with a few people suggesting plasters. To me, the solution was obvious.

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I spend most of my days sat in my work chair at home, tapping on my keyboard. No one sees me, no one of consequence anyway, so I popped some socks on and slipped into my sandals. Let the breaking in process commence. I sat and wiggled my toes while I worked. My feet seemed excessively comfortable and warm, but not too hot. Wait! My feet were the perfect temperature. My feet might have been the happiest they’ve ever been.

I got up and moved about. The sandals didn’t rub, my feet felt amazing, they didn’t look like they should sashay down a catwalk any-time soon, but they felt AMAZING. Could sandals and socks be the future?

I have a friend, an older retired gentleman who had a lengthy career in the legal profession. He tells me gleefully that during the summer months he was known for wearing sandals and socks, even in court. He tells me that sandals and socks are both hygienic and cool (cool in the temperature sense though, we know sandals and socks are NEVER cool). He styles it out by wearing crazy, brightly coloured socks and I salute him for that. He thinks sandals and socks are the future too.

I am awfully, awfully torn by this situation. On one hand, sandals and socks feel glorious, I truly believe my feet have never been happier. Happy feet equal a happy person, and for one all too brief afternoon I was happy. Happier than I’ve been in a long time. But on the other hand, sandals and socks. Sandals AND socks. I’m not sure I’ve got the stones to leave the house in sandals and socks without irony or for fancy dress purposes.

So for now, with deep and considerable regret, I will remain a closet wearer of sandals and socks. Try it, I urge you in the privacy of your own home to experience the seductive joy of sandals and socks. If you do enjoy it, please spread the love and share the word. I truly believe that sandals and socks ARE the future.

Can I get a Hell Yeah!

Giveaway: A sock subscription, for the man who has everything, from Henry J Socks

I always give the men in my life socks as a present, admittedly often they’re a novelty joke gift, both my dad and husband are fond of novelty socks and I like buying them. It’s rare I buy them sensible, sober socks. There’s very little joy in giving someone a multi-pack of plain black, practical socks, but I like the idea of giving someone a sock subscription where they get sent funky socks each month. It’s a great idea for a Father’s Day gift or birthday present.

Henry J Socks have a fab sock subscription service, starting from one pair a month for 3 months (£5.99 per month) right up to 3 pairs a month for 12 months £11.51 per month). Choose your preferred sock style – hooped, plain, heel & toe or random and they’ll get delivered to your lucky dad/boyfriend/son/uncle. It’s a lovely gift and one I’ll be signing up for to give to my stripy sock loving dad for Father’s Day.

It’s not to late to set up a sock subscription for your dad for Father’s Day – check out the range of options on the Henry J Socks website.

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I have three fabulous sock subscriptions up for grabs this month. Three lucky winners will receive a 3 month subscription worth  £32, receiving two funky pairs of Henry J Socks each month. To enter this great competition, please complete the rafflecopter widget below…

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Terms & Conditions:

1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is no cash alternative offered.
3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above. Please ensure you leave some contact details or I will not be able to contact you if you win.
4. The three winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winners will receive a three month, two pairs of socks per month subscription to Henry J Socks (rrp £32).
5. The competition will close on 8th July 2015.
6. The winners will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
7. Address details will be passed onto an agency to post the prize out to the winners, and is therefore beyond my control. I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post although I will endeavour to liaise with the agency.
8. HodgePodgeDays decision is final in all matters relating to this competition.