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Nigel Knox socks

| Sunday, March 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Nigel Knox socks

The claim: These luxury socks are sophisticated-casual and designed with a British sensibility. They're dapper, smart and playful, and the perfect accessory to complement a cheeky man's wardrobe. These socks are made with only the finest materials, like Pima cotton, Merino wool and cashmere, in Italy. The toes are closed by an exacting, labor-intensive process known as “hand-linking,” which eliminates the need for machine-sewn seams that would be bulky and potentially uncomfortable. Nigel Knox Nifty Socks are then hand-washed and ironed before final packaging. Styles include stripes, solids, and argyle, among a few other designs.

Cost: $32.50

Where: www.NigelKnox.com

I feel like I am tiptoeing through tulips every time I wear these socks and glance down at the stripes of pastel pink, blue, yellow and lavender peeking out below the cuff of my dress pants. These socks are perfect for that spring-can't-here-soon-enough feeling. After the first wear, I was concerned about the quality of this super-soft footwear, because it seemed a little too fragile. But they came out of the wash seeming a little more durable, and I look forward to wearing them often. The socks are perfect for any man confident enough to show a little color around his ankles.

— Andrew Conte

It would be nice if these luxury socks were ones that actually stayed up the first time you wore them.

Yes, they're fun in a way, because they're multicolored. My pair had pink as the primary color, with lots of stripes. One co-worker who saw them asked if I was going to clown school.

That's fine, there's nothing wrong with wearing a “Where's Waldo?” pair of socks once in a while. But they're not luxurious at all. They're thin and stretched way too easily. I had to pull them up several times during the day.

The marketing information tries to impress you by saying that these socks have been hand-washed and ironed before final packaging. Who the heck irons socks anyway?

Just give me a comfortable and somewhat-sturdy pair of socks. These, unfortunately, are not.

— Bill Vidonic

Let me start by saying Nigel Knox definitely makes some dapper socks. The whimsically striped — or “stryped,” as the company calls them — Barnaby are every bit over the top as they are comfortable. I tried a navy/brights pair of the seven-color striped pattern.

Nigel Knox lists the color combination as navy, lilac, sky, pewter, petrol, pink and granite. I could have done without the pink, and I have no idea what color petrol is.

The Italian-made socks are mostly Pima cotton, which I think must account for their comfort, with a little Polymid and Elastane — which clearly allow for the snug fit.

Aside from the over-the-top design, a price tag of $32.50 a pair also will mean these socks aren't for everyone. But, if you shell out that much for socks, you'll be much less likely to lose one in the laundry.

— Jason Cato

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