A year and a half ago, charmed by the originality of the idea, I ordered 10 pairs of numbered socks from 10Socks. They’re a company in Denmark that only sells numbered socks. Here’s how they looked when they arrived:
Over the past 18 months I have not, as some people suggested, loyally worn matching numbers. In fact (though it’s not like I checked every day), I’ve never had the serendipity to wear the same number on both feet. I’m pretty happy with how they’ve held up. As far as I know, only one has a hole and they’ve remained very dark. They are, however, a bit pilled:
Sadly, though, one #8 has been lost to the Sock Gods (who saved my sole…sorry). I suppose that’s not a bad rate of loss, one sock per 455 days or .8 of a sock lost per year. I suppose I should order 10 grey pairs, and track their progress to generate a more complete data set.