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Socks.

Seriously folks. Man has sent rockets to the Moon, split the atom, provided socialized healthcare. Acheieved miracles in every field of human endeavour. EXCEPT we still can't invent a sock that doesn't have a razor-sharp seam made out of some sort of adamantium steel wool that runs right across the most delicate part of my toes, where the cuticles are. Socks hurt. I can't imagine why that might be part of the design brief, which means that now, 6000 years after we invented civilization, we still fail at making socks.

If I ever need to do any serious walking I need to bind each individual toe first with micropore tape before I subject them to the inevitable cruelties of their cotton-and-polyamide foot-coverings. Socks really ought to be spelled with a ‘U’ in place of the ‘O’.

Cogitating upon this, as I often do, it often occurs to me that I only ever buy one brand of socks, and have done so for the past nineteen years, so perhaps the problem is just with my socks. Then, inevitably, I realize that this is complete bollocks. I do in fact often buy different brands of socks, but I always end up throwing them out because other brands are worse.

Human 21st-century sock technology is utterly woeful, and as a species, we should be ashamed.

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Date: Sat, Feb. 4th, 2012 05:12 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] highlyeccentric
Oh man. I was plagued by Sock Problems all the way through primary school. Socks, seriously.

Does it help to wear your socks inside-out?

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Date: Sat, Feb. 4th, 2012 06:28 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] digitalraven
I had a pair many years ago that were engineered with that seam on the outside. Could never find them again.

Most of the time, I find the socks most comfortable when the seam rests just under my toenails, thus limiting where it can go from there. But perhaps because of my penchant for steel-toed footwear, I've never had the problem you describe.

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Date: Sat, Feb. 4th, 2012 09:26 (UTC)
From: [personal profile] brucec
They're ridiculously expensive (£12 per pair!), but Smartwool socks are great for walking. The seams are on the outside and are very thin.

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Date: Sat, Feb. 4th, 2012 10:41 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Have you tried wool socks for walking? That's pretty much all I ever wear, does the job fine. I have plenty of cotton and artificial fibre mixed ones for daily use, can't say I have had that problem.

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Date: Sat, Feb. 4th, 2012 12:57 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nickys
I suppose tights are out of the question? The seam tends to run along the end of the toe in most of them, rather than on the top.

Solution

Date: Sun, Feb. 5th, 2012 15:47 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The reason socks suck is because most people only care about price, so they buy crappy cheap socks, so manufactures only make crappy socks.

However, there is a significant market segment for whom price is not the only factor. Apparently, if you're diabetic, getting a cut on your foot is a life-threatening situation. As such, you would like to minimize things such as steel wool seams running across your toes.

So, the answer is that you search for "diabetic socks," and are surprised to find that they aren't nearly as expensive at you feared they might be.

- Jeremiah

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