Dyed in the Wool

March 04, 2020 126 Comments

Why Socks

As an upstart American Made brand, our purpose has always been to make high-quality, long-lasting products and to reinforce domestic manufacturing. We have been able to do that by shouldering the responsibility of making our own products.

In a few months, we’ll be introducing new GRIP6 Merino wool socks. Whenever we tell that to people we get the same question.  

“Why socks?” 

First, socks are important. Like belts, they’re one of the unsung heroes of what we wear. If you stop to think about it, we ask a lot from our socks. We require them to be durable, comfortable, breathable, stylish, and hopefully not break the bank.

Second, when our feet feel good, we feel good. We tend to give shoes too much credit. The truth is, a great pair of wool socks make your feet comfortable regardless of the shoe you wear, and make standing, running, walking, etc, rather enjoyable. Conversely, a bad pair of socks will quickly make your feet feel terrible.

BJ in his basement, melting straps in his homemade, version 1.0 cardboard melting station.
Taking delivery of the new sock knitting machines 

Perhaps the most important reason we dove in was simply because we could. That may sound odd, but America’s textile manufacturing capability has withered to the point where many products cannot be made in the USA. We’ve been able to pull sock production entirely in-house, almost immediately, without relying on a manufacturer in another country that will hamstring our ability to innovate. We’ve already made in-roads to sourcing wool within the Rocky Mountains (which is harder than you think!), and we’ve been able to domestically source all the other fibers, dyes, and packaging. For us, that’s a big deal.

Different Product - Same Recipe

We’ve been looking for opportunities to offer more to our customers. We wanted to apply the GRIP6 secret sauce to a new product line to see if our recipe of in-house manufacturing, high quality construction, and lifetime guarantee, would result in another product that people love.

We wanted to develop something we knew we could improve over time, that would significantly increase our manufacturing ability. Selfishly, we wanted to make something that we love to use ourselves. After narrowing down the options, we decided on socks. We have an exceptional engineering department and an innovative design team (and, honestly, we love wool socks) so making socks made sense.

We’ve been making great belts for five years now. We pride ourselves on their quality and how long they last. From the very beginning we have offered a lifetime guarantee. We’ve designed them to be incredibly comfortable, made from domestically sourced materials, and we manufacture them right here in Utah.

Our socks will be exactly the same: Comfortable, high quality, look great and we’ll guarantee them for life.

Our Journey Into The Sock Industry

Months before purchasing our own machines, our plan was to dip our toes into the water a bit and partner with another sock manufacturer. We wanted to offer some quality socks to our customers without the capital hit required to outfit our own sock manufacturing facility. This would have allowed us to test the market and prove to ourselves we could be successful before going full bore. To that end, we contacted several American sock manufacturers to get pricing, tour their facilities, and see what it would take to get started. We quickly learned it wasn’t a great solution. Larger companies with good operations were slow, entrenched in layers of corporate structure that made them unwilling to consider alternative solutions to supply chain problems. In addition to that, the wool colors were limited, the costs were excessive, and the justification for those costs was pretty flimsy.

The most depressing part was when we presented what we thought were great designs and styles to the manufacturers, we kept getting the answers, “we can’t make that” or “that’s going to be too expensive.” We believe that in order for American Manufacturing to progress and reinvent itself (and, by extension, all manufacturing), we need to take a hard look at innovation and be willing to break processes that are keeping us in the past. 

New sock knitting machines being assembled

This “soft launch” approach was steering us toward an alliance with an industry that seemed ripe for disruption, something we didn’t want to do. In fact, over a three year period it would cost us less to simply purchase our own sock knitting machines, software, raw materials and all other supporting machinery, than it would to purchase the socks from another company.

So that’s exactly what we did. We doubled down and went full GRIP6 on the sock project. 

Once we began diving into the sock industry, we discovered an enormous amount of information we needed to gather, process and understand. We pulled our sleeves up and got to work, learning the technical construction of socks, the various raw materials, the supply chains and processes of those materials, the costs, the knitting machines, the software, the washing and drying, the sizing, the testing, the boarding machines, the designing, etc.  

To be honest, I completely love this part of the process. For me it’s exciting to start with a clean slate and build a new foundation from nothing. We aren’t hindered by anything except our imaginations. But this is also the most challenging part. It can be slow, difficult, and filled with delays, obstacles and problems; it’s rewarding! There’s something deeply satisfying about slowly, steadily increasing in knowledge, expertise and capability. It’s knowing that you are in control of your future and the only thing between you and success is a lot of hard work. 

Our Challenge

It would be arrogant to say that our first line of socks will be the best socks ever made. We can’t fake a century of knowledge in six months. We know we’re new to this and our competitors have been making socks for a long time, but we have a solid plan. By purchasing the best machines available, receiving training from industry veterans and sourcing a high quality wool/nylon blend, we’re about 80% of the way there. We are putting our reputation on the line by offering the same Lifetime Guaran-damn-tee on our socks. That’s our way of telling our customers that we’re in this together, and while we can’t become experts overnight, we can guarantee that we’re working harder than any other company to get there. We promise to be relentlessly innovative in construction, design, and style.

Learning operation and repair of the new sock knitting machines

The Game Plan

Every lofty dream needs a good plan and here is ours: First, we have to fully understand sock construction. This is a critical step to making high quality socks that look great, feel great, and fit with the GRIP6 brand. We will be pushing ourselves to master the machines and software. Second, we’ll thoroughly test our prototypes both in the lab and in the field. Third, we’ll design some great looking patterns and styles for a limited release this summer. We’re very close to accomplishing this, and we expect a release by June (mark the calendars for a Father’s Day gift). Finally, we plan to expand our sock line over the next six months, both in style and quality, so that by Christmas, we can introduce a full line of socks. As always, we’ll test, test, test, analyze, and innovate! The sock you buy this year is going to facilitate an even greater sock next year, and so on. As part of our GRIP6 promise to you, we will not rest on laurels, and you can expect better and more innovative socks, belts, and wallets in the years to come.

Our Current Progress

Right now, we’re in the thick of learning the limitations of the knitting machines. From an engineering perspective, they’re impressive. They’re basically high-tech robots with their own custom software, similar to a CNC mill. This combination of hardware and software produces a wide range of customized sock possibilities. Socks can be both highly customized and mass produced. They are built upon decades of experience utilizing the highest quality materials and last millions of cycles.

Prototype designs abound

A few months ago we created our very first sock! While that was awesome, it was not how we planned to enter the market.  We have sourced our initial materials and dissected many socks, (think Junior High frog dissection!). Since then we have moved on to creating new designs and styles.We are giving our prototype socks away to customers who stop by our shop so they can test them and give us their feedback. We are in the middle of a series of tests where we are producing every single type of sock and every feature our machine can do. It has helped us better understand what is possible and what is useful.

The software is complex and has been challenging, but we are beginning to develop a process for sock creation, from concept to finished product. It has taken a team of talented people working closely together to make it all happen. We’re learning like crazy and making some solid prototypes. We’re dedicating thousands of hours to get these socks as close to perfect as possible. As anyone who has ever owned a great pair of socks will tell you, the difference they make is worth the extra effort it takes to make one.  

The Past and the Future

As we continue our journey learning to manufacture socks, we realize that we are standing on the shoulders of the giants that went before us. We’ve benefited from centuries of machine innovations, supply chains, and design tools. We recognize that they have smoothed the road before us. We appreciate and thank them.

The hosiery industry in the United States is a shadow of what it once was. Many of the industry veterans we have worked with and learned from feel like the industry is at the edge of extinction. The past several decades have seen a steady decline in domestic sock manufacturing companies. Only a few are left. It would be a tragedy to let all that knowledge, expertise and infrastructure go away. While there is reason for concern, we believe there is also reason for hope. Much has changed in the world of commerce in the last 30 years and GRIP6 was built on a modern platform that gives us more options to connect with customers all over the world. We are hopeful that some of the technology available today will help us succeed where others struggled. Using these tools, We hope to do some small part to not only sustain, but to grow sock manufacturing expertise in this country. 

So get excited for GRIP6 socks!!!


100 Responses

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Mike
Mike

July 26, 2020

Tried out the free pair of socks. They feel great and breathe and are what is expected from a quality sock. Couple of observations…not complaining as understand it’s still a work in progress:

1) I’m size 14 shoe. Size 14 socks need to have some extra material above the ankle since there’s more “foot territory” than on a smaller size. Maybe add 3/4" or a full inch to the sock. Pictures:

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2) The socks were a bit short in the foot, which may exacerbate the above situation. They almost fit my wife’s foot, and she’s a size 9 women’s.

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Otherwise, they seem like a winner!

(Thanks for the wallet, it arrived last week and is a fantastic unit! Also, just like a few above I don’t wear any belt except Grip6)

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July 26, 2020

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Mark
Mark

July 24, 2020

I have 6 belts one of which I gave to my dad for Father’s Day. I haven’t worn a non-Grip6 belt since and my dad absolutely loves his. I just received my two wallets and my complimentary pair of socks. Absolutely love the wallets and the socks look top notch! They are incredibly soft and very high quality. I will definitely be ordering more from you when they become available. Keep up the good work and stick to your corporate mantra of creating quality products with lifetime warranties and you’ll have a satisfied customer for life. I tell everyone I know about your products and will continue to do so. So happy still with the last belt I will ever own. Of course, I’ll have 6 to 10 options for that belt! Awesome products awesome company!

Wayne Knowles
Wayne Knowles

May 10, 2020

Hello. Just ordered my first belt! Yay for that. Socks—I haven’t worn all brands but I’m a sock hound and only Merino blends. My fav is the Darn Tough. I like several others but DT is #1 w/ me. Just MHO for my input, although too late, I’m sure. Good luck and I’m sure I’ll try’em.

Alexandra
Alexandra

May 08, 2020

Found your website and love your story and approach. I used to rely on knee socks in the fall and winter to keep my legs (and feet) warm. But all my old pairs are worn out, and it’s become ridiculously difficult to find true, warm knee, well-fitting socks that aren’t compression socks. This hole in the market needs attention, and I’m eager to see your offerings.

Michael Kennedy
Michael Kennedy

April 11, 2020

Hi friends,
Have you ever thought of making a belt with thicker/stiffer webbing for those of us that are CCW? Or, is there one of your belts that is a little more robust? I carry a Glock 23 appendix every day. What would you suggest?
Thank you so much for your time,
Mike

Michael T. Grissom
Michael T. Grissom

March 23, 2020

I own 4 of the original Grip 6 belts and 3 of the work belts, I Love the belts. They are the best I have used. I can’t wait to try those socks. How about being a remote tester? I live on the east coast, A complementary pair of socks Size 9 would be great to test out to see what my summer / winter socks may be this year. I’ll give you a write up on them????

Bob McCarthy
Bob McCarthy

March 14, 2020

To incentivise sales, include a roll of toilet paper with each order. :)

Russell Loud
Russell Loud

March 10, 2020

I have been a supporter of yours since the beginning. I cannot wait to have these socks on my feet.
Is there any chance to incorporate compression style socks in the future? Especially for those of us on our feet all day.

Dave
Dave

March 09, 2020

I own 8 belts in all three widths and have not worn a leather belt in over a year. Looking forward to your socks. Durability, comfort and fit are what I’m looking for.

S Williams
S Williams

March 09, 2020

If you want to hit a large population niche that has not been touched by sock makers, make a sock for still tied sho wearers. There’s a couple out there but they do not extend the toe area that’s padded on the top as far back as it needs to be and not thick enough. The bulk of American workers are in steel toed shoes and many of their toes are getting numb. Also tired of the plain black choices. All it takes is for someone to add padding to the top of the foot a third of the way from toe back. Good luck on creating socks as great as your belts.

Peggy H
Peggy H

March 09, 2020

Love your belts- best ones ever!
Looking forward to the socks: with 13-14 hrs days at work, mostly on my feet, I need great socks- know you’ll produce!

James B
James B

March 07, 2020

I have 6 of your prototype wallets, and am anxiously, but patiently waiting for 3 of the 2.0 versions, 1 belt, would love to demo a pair of socks or two in a size 13. I wish I could get up to your shop, but my customers like me being in Kansas City. Thank you for quality products. The prototype wallets are great. I have learned how to not shoot my cards out! :)

Mike Loomis
Mike Loomis

March 07, 2020

I won’t complain if you wrap the wallet I ordered in a pair of prototype socks when you ship it to me. ;)

Samuel Li
Samuel Li

March 07, 2020

Your goal to create the best long-lasting products is something I’ll fully get behind. Bought two belts a couple of days ago, and the quality convinced me to support you in future ventures. Best of luck!

Darryl Brooks
Darryl Brooks

March 06, 2020

Looking forward to new comfortable made in USA socks. Here in Canada our insane leader is trying to turn us into Third World country So good socks might be my best asset. Time for new belts too. I shed forty pounds so my Grips are way to long for me now. Keep up the good work.

Mary Beth
Mary Beth

March 06, 2020

Would love to see you try your hand at a good breathable compression sock. I love merino wool – soft, warm when it needs to be, cool also. Moisture wicking, stretchy but doesn’t stretch out. Like some nice hug to the calves at work and when on my feet all day at work. Not too thick. I wash everything in cold and am OK if it has to hang to dry. Saves the life of the sock. Would love to be a tester if you try a compression sock. Or wool/cotton blend if that works. Have always hated all polyester socks. My feet like more natural fibers – they just breathe better. Nothing worse than warm sweaty feet at the end of a long day.

JD
JD

March 06, 2020

Very excited about this. I just cannot seem to find the perfect sock for me. I’m hoping you guys will be able to make it. Breathable, moisture-wicking, looks good with dress pants and jeans, and stays up on your leg. Good luck!

Rob
Rob

March 06, 2020

I love how you guys explain everything and only make a few very good, well thought out products. You make us feel like we’re on the same team as you by explaining all this stuff. Just remember, these socks are gonna have to last a loooong time if you don’t wanna be stuck giving away free socks because of your lifetime guarantee. Remember toenails will make holes in the front of socks. I know mine do.

Russ
Russ

March 06, 2020

This is great news! I own six of your belts and am anxiously awaiting my wallet.

Will from Meat
Will from Meat

March 05, 2020

This could not have come at a better time. I was literally just the other day starting to put the bloodhounds onto the internet find out where to find good sock for work. And of course the people who have inspired me to buy a display case for my various buckles and belts have decided they are going to start making socks. This is incredible! I proudly and loudly support this company with a strong voice. Every cutter at my work has been gifted one of the belt and I’m going to be exicted to see where this journey goes. God Bless America! Keep up the great work you guys you have no idea how much support you have!!! 🦅 🇺🇸

Jody Deamer
Jody Deamer

March 05, 2020

Can’t wait for the socks

Robert
Robert

March 05, 2020

The best pair of socks I have ever bought, and I ended up going back to the store and buying every pack of short and long neck that they had, and then bought more online, are Gildan socks. They do two things I love: First, the entire bottom of the sock is reinforced instead of just the toe and heel. This is important for me because I have smaller feet (men’s 7.5-8) so a sock that’s designed to fit sizes 6-12 leaves the reinforced heel sticking out of my shoe and useless. Second, they have an extra band of ribbing around the arch/instep/sole so that the entire sock remains snug and in place even after a full day’s wear. Please consider similar features because I’d love to support your company more!

lawrence doyle
lawrence doyle

March 05, 2020

I am a new belt customer and I am very happy with it. I am also interested in the wallet thing. I like the belt, looking forward to the wallet, and now the “sock thing”. I want to wish you luck in your new American Made product. Larry

Blair
Blair

March 05, 2020

I love your belts, I own 3 so far, and can’t wait for these socks!

Charlie Wakamatsu
Charlie Wakamatsu

March 05, 2020

I AM ALL IN! I have 2 belts… I love them and would never wear anything else! I have the prototype Wallet (I bought 4 of them), and it is the first wallet that I have ever loved to carry… All of the others I had to carry.
For daily wear casual shoes, I love socks that go up to about an inch above my ankle bone… For me that is the sweet spot for the top of the sock. I can’t wait to buy some!

Paul Samuelson
Paul Samuelson

March 05, 2020

Look at one of your feet. Your toes are not symmetrical and your socks shouldn’t be either. I wear Nike Dri-Fit Left/Right specific socks. They fit much better in shoes, without getting bunched up at your little toes. Love the belts, looking forward to socks!

Forest
Forest

March 05, 2020

I also love my darn tough socks. Been an investment to get two weeks worth. I am excited to see what you all come up with. Stoked on the merino wool. Please make an all black sock! “Black socks, they never get dirty, the more that you wear them, the darker they get!”

Could underwear be next???

Travis Atkinson
Travis Atkinson

March 05, 2020

Please make larger sizes, I have two boys who wear size 16 and 18 shoes respectively and Darn Tough is about the only place that makes socks that actually fit their feet.

Michael
Michael

March 05, 2020

I’m in … feet and all … love wool socks from Aussie merinos I assume … I’ll be an unofficial GRIP6 Downunder Brand Ambassador soon … belts, buckles wallet (V1.0 works a treat, can’t wait for v2.0) and now socks !!! I’d better get the T next time I order a buckle … Next you’ll be doing bamboo underwear (please check out STEP ONE … a good Aussie brand to emulate and improve upon maybe) … I have this image of you and your family members extending your family garage endlessly with projects … go for it … love your work

Wesley Lofton
Wesley Lofton

March 05, 2020

Love my darn tough socks, so that puts grip6 at a slight disadvantage . But I am also a big fan of my grip6 belts…also not patiently waiting for the new colors of belts and the wallets… guess I’ll add the socks to the list as well, will gladly give them a try and I’m sure I won’t be disappointed…

J.A.
J.A.

March 05, 2020

Took a risk on trying your belts and have been extremely happy with them. Definitely will buy socks the day they drop!

Steven Pauling
Steven Pauling

March 05, 2020

Although I make most of my own wool socks on a hand-cranked antique circular sock knitting machine, I would buy some of your socks just to support you and your great efforts! I get lots of compliments on my Grip6 belts (just had one today on my bright red one!) and would be happy to promote your socks as well!

Cedric G.
Cedric G.

March 05, 2020

Love the belt, will actually buy the socks sight unseen, just to support “local” products. If you make them half as good as your belt, I’ll buy more pairs, because there’s no beating a great pair of socks.

Consider crew / hidden socks model if you can.

Charlie Casperson
Charlie Casperson

March 05, 2020

Love my grip6 belts, I’ve owned 3 of them for about 3 years now and I swear by them for everyday, work and dress wear.. there’s nothing comparable to them. Looking forward to checking out the socks. Please do us working guys a favor and take note of what Carhartt has done with their steel toe boot socks, they’ve made a durable sock with no toe seam to rub when wearing steel toes…if you guys can match and or improve on this design, I’m all in. These are the only socks I wear on a daily basis for work but I would love to buy a similar product from you guys and be a 100% loyal to the brand customer… good luck in this next adventure B.J.

Connie Schultz
Connie Schultz

March 05, 2020

I have almost purchased socks from another company, twice, but didn’t because I am waiting for yours to come out, I know I will be very happy with them. Love your belts, and excited about the wallets ♥️

Stuart
Stuart

March 05, 2020

Someone else mentioned size and I have to say, someone who has a size 12 shoe is really stuck. The 8-12 are usually too small and 13-up are too big.

Another hope, you have cool patterns without it looking wild at first glance

Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

March 05, 2020

Made in the USA! I’m sold. Can’t wait!

Ronnie
Ronnie

March 05, 2020

Wow! I have been a great fan of your belts (I’ve got 3 sets while my son has 1), now looking forward to get some socks from Grip6! Hopefully, your design range will also include socks that can be worn in the temperate climates.

Stu
Stu

March 05, 2020

FITS Socks sets a pretty high bar with –
Complete coverage, high-impact cushioning around the entire foot.
Crew height rises just below the calf.
Nylon high-abrasion zones in the heel.
Super-fine Merino wool touching your entire foot.
Merino Wool 70%
Nylon 22%
Polyester 6%
Lycra 2%
They are all I wear. I look forward to trying yours.

Carr B.
Carr B.

March 05, 2020

Love the belts (have about 8, give them as gifts, and determine what to wear based up which belt I feel like), can’t wait for the wallet to arrive, and I’m totally stocked about the socks! You’re right, socks make your feet happy, not shoes. :-)

Walter Pita
Walter Pita

March 05, 2020

Coming from someone in the construction industry, wearing work boots all day, I cannot wait to try your socks! And the best part is made in America. Count me in!!

Mike Barni
Mike Barni

March 05, 2020

YES! YES! YES! Love your story and keep on with innovation!
Colors look fantastic & I can’t wait to get something on my feet that’s both fashionable and well-made (like the belts).
Thanks for what you do – and if you need to prototype on a size 13 foot I’ll jump in with both of them!!!

Tom Giardino
Tom Giardino

March 05, 2020

Socks!!! Don’t get me started! I can’t wait for the new Grip6 socks to come out! The Grip6 belt I have is fantastic! Infinite adjustment. I get plenty of compliments on my carbon fiber buckle. I have one heck of a time finding quality socks that don’t cost an arm and a foot per pair! Looking forward to walking a mile in your socks! Wow! That’s just awful. Seriously though, wishing you great success in this latest venture.

Diane K
Diane K

March 05, 2020

AWESOME! Already have your belts for both myself and my spouse. Can’t wait to add good AMERICAN MADE SOCKS!

R
R

March 05, 2020

please consider a 100% wool offering — I currently buy 3pair fir $18… I would pay a little for American Made…. but has to be 100% wool… no nylon. maybe an upgrade “platinum” sock

Luigi
Luigi

March 05, 2020

Already an happy owner of your belts: be sure to have a customer even for the socks that I agree are relevant for the foot health more than one may expect. I am currently using Wrightsocks ad sono ad long trekking trips are concerned and I recognize in that USA Made socks a tangibile superiority over other socks manufactured abroad. Combining this experience with the great quality of your already renowned products I am sure you will be my first socks choice.

Pat Spiers
Pat Spiers

March 05, 2020

Love your Grip6 belts. We’re all in on quality socks made in the USA! You go guys!

Christopher Byerly
Christopher Byerly

March 05, 2020

I love Grip6 belts and have 27 years experience. We should talk ;)

melissa pelham
melissa pelham

March 05, 2020

I love your belts everyone in my family has one my son my brother and now my daughter and of course my self-love the sock idea cant wait to try some.

Matthew Bazley
Matthew Bazley

March 05, 2020

SIGN ME UP!!! I wear my Griip6 Belts every single day since getting them over a year ago and they’re the only belt I want to wear moving forward.

If you guys can do socks the same justice as you’ve done belts……I want to be as close to the front of that line as possible for wrapping my feet in the same confidence my waist enjoys.

You guys rock, you’ve got a customer for life!

Thomas Thompson
Thomas Thompson

March 05, 2020

Thanks for the update on the wallet, looks like it will be fantastic Thanks again BJ

J Fritz
J Fritz

March 05, 2020

Love your products and wear my belts literally every day!
I can’t wait to try out your new sock line. Will you be making knee high socks? Some of us have trouble with sock sag

Jamie
Jamie

March 05, 2020

I wear your belts almost exclusively now (7 belts and counting) and love merino socks. I can’t wait to see (and wear) what you come up with. Thanks for taking the time to give us a narrative, insight into your thinking and process is always enjoyed!

Dr. Eric Hahn
Dr. Eric Hahn

March 05, 2020

would love to be able to buy a real pair of socks in a size 16.. you impressed me with an amazing belt that fits right.. maybe now a sock.. that would be awesome.

Andrew G
Andrew G

March 05, 2020

I loved reading this! I love all my Grip6 belts and wallet and can’t wait to try the socks. I had a chance to tour the factory a few months ago and it was awesome seeing all the new machinery being built.

George J. Fajvan
George J. Fajvan

March 05, 2020

Like your belts, you had me at Made in the USA! I am a size 13 so if you can make a true to size sock for loyal customer, count me in. Innovate and we will support!

Jean Nierodzinski
Jean Nierodzinski

March 05, 2020

This is great. I can’t wait to try the socks. I love the belts.

Andrew
Andrew

March 05, 2020

I backed the belt and wallet, and love your company. With all the news about micro-plastics coming from the wash, though, I hope you’ll consider a 100% wool/natural fiber sock. I know it probably won’t last as long and therefore may not be suitable for your guarantee, but I’d be happy to replace my socks more often if I could toss the old ones in the compost and knew I wasn’t poisoning the water and food supply with plastic. Heck, if you team up with the people behind the Swift Darning Loom on Kickstarter to offer home sock repair tutorials, I think you could corner the market on 100% wool socks for self-reliant and eco minded people.

Robert Mazor
Robert Mazor

March 05, 2020

I love merino wool socks. I have been wearing them in both my boots for work and my gym shoes. I currently wear Smartwool, their expensive but they last. But…I think recently they’ve thinned out the sock. Looking forward to seeing your offering.

Gary
Gary

March 05, 2020

Ordered my first belt a week or so ago so I cannot testify on it’s quality. However on the socks will you be making some for Diabetics? The requirement is the top elastic fit must not strangle the leg.

Maximus Williams
Maximus Williams

March 05, 2020

As a huge fan of your belts and a backer for the upcoming wallet, I’m very excited about this new addition to your lineup. If you’re looking for alpha/beta testers count me in! You go, BJ!

Gregg D.
Gregg D.

March 05, 2020

I’m picky about my everyday socks, as manufacturers tend to make them either too thick, too thin, or with an annoying toe seam. So far, I have found Bombas to be my favorite socks ever, but they are ludicrously expensive for a product that is made overseas. I’ve never tried wool socks for everyday use, but I’d be more than willing to try yours…especially if you can match or beat Bombas’ price on a USA-made sock!

Rikki
Rikki

March 05, 2020

Lifetime!? Not on socks. I would be impressed with 3 year guarantee.

Lisa ALMY
Lisa ALMY

March 05, 2020

Would love to try your socks. My son loves his belt. I’m interested in socks because our family has a wide range of sizes. And a size 6-10 sock is just ridiculous. My daughter having the hardest time with a size 5 foot and working in construction. Thank you for keeping it in USA.

Paul
Paul

March 05, 2020

Socks are a must! Just my 2¢…make some over-the-calf that don’t fall down

Simon McC
Simon McC

March 05, 2020

if this leads to a good sock that i can wear in my service boots and work boots that would be great as i go through a fair quantity of them each year

Michael Duffin
Michael Duffin

March 05, 2020

I love your belts! Have you considered hemp textiles for your socks?

Claude Boileau
Claude Boileau

March 05, 2020

I wish they were ready now as I embark on the Camino de Santiago on April 21st returning on May 27th. I plan on walking 500 miles in 32 days so this would have been a great test for your socks as merino wool is what I will wear i.e. Smartwool; Darn Tuff, etc. Looking forward to your launch! Congrats!

David J Bradley
David J Bradley

March 05, 2020

So will you be forcing your kid(s) into slave labor as you did with the belts? Sometimes I feel guilty about buying 10, or so of the product knowing you were running a sweatshop.
Your stories about the early days were enjoyable and I look forward to seeing the sock line mature.
David

John
John

March 05, 2020

Okay, I’ll be the first… “SOCK IT TO ME!!”

Josh Lloyd
Josh Lloyd

March 05, 2020

Well I absolutely love your belts, they are the best belts I have ever worn, and recommend them to people all the time. I only wear cotton or wool socks so I look forward to trying these as long as they are priced right.

Bo Moss
Bo Moss

March 05, 2020

Can’t wait to see the finished product. I hope they are over-the-calf style and will actually stay in place. That feature and the guarandamntee should be a winner. By the way, in the way of information, the most durable socks that I have ever found are the silver thread military issue socks. They hold up better than anything I have tried. Maybe you can research the materials used to see what their secret is.

Alan
Alan

March 05, 2020

Good to see that manufacturing is returning to the USA! Better yet, to see QUALITY coming back! Hope consumers appreciate it, too!

Matt Schindler
Matt Schindler

March 05, 2020

How about some Alpaca socks ? There are small family owned Alpaca ranches around and the “wool” is top quality.

Heather Roberts
Heather Roberts

March 05, 2020

Looking forward to testing these out. I love merino socks, they are basically all I wear. Cushioned option for work socks please and thank you. 😁

david jones
david jones

March 05, 2020

think of non elasticated tops much better than having a red line around your leg

Wayne G
Wayne G

March 05, 2020

My sock progression has been SmartWool, Point 6, Fits, Point 6, Darn Tough, Point 6, with my current fav Farm To Feet. If you can make Marino wool quality of Point 6 and Farm To Feet, innovate on their offerings, beat their prices, invade the “outfitter” and other online markets as well as brick and mortar suppliers, and be an environmentally friendly and morally driven USA-made source, you will be fabulously successful! Good luck!

Jason Noble
Jason Noble

March 05, 2020

Are these going to be for knee high socks also. I wear them with shorts when playing to keep the bugs and weeds off my legs, and that would be awesome. I am known for my sock play. And would love to show off my GRIP6 socks during tournaments.

Catherine McLean
Catherine McLean

March 05, 2020

Love your belts! As for socks, Darn Tough of Vermont is the company to beat!

Gaff Pearce
Gaff Pearce

March 05, 2020

I love my Grip6 belts. Can’t wait for the socks. Think orange guys, I love some orange in my socks!

Henry s
Henry s

March 05, 2020

If they can stand up to my heel deformity that wears out lesser socks, I’m in. BTW, love the belts.

Roy Morford
Roy Morford

March 05, 2020

Bring on the socks! I now have 3 of your belts and love them. I have a feeling I’m going to love your socks too.

Joseph Reynolds
Joseph Reynolds

March 05, 2020

The little snapshot there looks great. Our Company colors are bright orange so I can see these being great for our company and as giveaways potentially.

Matt Pryor
Matt Pryor

March 05, 2020

I really like reading articles like this. First off it is so humbling to see an American company trying something new but keeping the great core values they started a company with the mission to uphold. To be humble enough to give thanks to those that paved the path and to acknowledge they are trying something new and are ready for the challenges ahead while knowing their first gens might not be 100% what they are looking for but will continue to innovate and adjust. Great company and great products brought by great humble people. Love that!

Mike Young
Mike Young

March 05, 2020

I like the cut of your jib! I read every word of your sock adventure story. It is a breath of fresh air over the run of the mill corporate model. Don’t get me wrong, large corporations provide scale; goods and services at competitive prices. GRIP6, on the other hand, has a solid mission to bring the very best quality at an affordable price, through innovation, style, and a lot of hard work.

As you grow, may your compass remain true!

Matthew Donahue
Matthew Donahue

March 05, 2020

As long as they’re available in a medium to dark gray and are moisture-wicking, I’m probably all in on these. You guys make good stuff.

Jason
Jason

March 05, 2020

Ok I’m stoked for this. Once I found merino socks I’ve never gone back. I’ve worn them in snow, desert, city, office, swamp… I’ve sampled different brands always looking for my favorite features and refinements. I love my Grip6 belts, love they’re American made, and sign me up I’ll buy the first production run of socks!

David Himrich
David Himrich

March 05, 2020

My son wears width 6E shoes and it’s very hard to find socks to fit him well. Extra-wide, US-made socks would get a look from us, for sure.

Chris
Chris

March 05, 2020

Cool, good luck! Don’t forget the finger socks! Looking forward to getting some belt and sock packages to the UK soon. Keep up with what you are doing!
Good luck.
Chris

Don Boyer
Don Boyer

March 05, 2020

Socks wear out at the big toe and at the heel. Not much to be done about the heel. But maybe some toe socks to wear under the sock itself. They would take the wear and tear and are cheaper to replace. Another thing, offer the socks in pairs of pairs (4 socks). When I buy socks and find a style , colour that I like I always buy two pairs. This gives me THREE pairs of socks. You might have to think about that. But it’s true. Socks usually wear out one at a time.

John VanderBilt
John VanderBilt

March 05, 2020

I’m hoping for the best for Grip6. I’m struggling to find comfortable socks that will hold up to normal wear and tear, look great and prices reasonable. I don’t think that product is on the market yet.

Thomas Thompson
Thomas Thompson

March 05, 2020

I am not really into the calf or knee socks, but love your belts would like to try your socks, have not seen any updates lately on the wallet, where are you at on those, looking forward for the new and improved wallet, I bout one of the first generation to get me by, however after a few months it stopped ejecting the cards so looking forward for the new generation………..Thanks for making American products

Peter Laurence
Peter Laurence

March 05, 2020

Own a couple of the belts. Love them. But, what happened to the wallets?

MITCH
MITCH

March 05, 2020

Looking forward to June! Anxious to see some great patterns….

Rick
Rick

March 05, 2020

I’m looking forward to your socks and I’m not a masochist@! If you come anywhere close to the quality of your belts, I’ll be a fan for life. I especially like that they are wool which will be the best all temperature material to use, not to mention long lasting. Get knitting, guys.

Ilya Klekovkin
Ilya Klekovkin

March 05, 2020

Congrats BJ! Love reading these posts from you! A long time GRIP6 belt customer and now I’m stocked about your socks! If you can make them stand on a calf without sliding down during the day you will win me for life! I hate socks that ride down throughout a day of wearing. Also, they need to have some compression in the plantar fascia- it also helps them stay firm on your feet without rolling and sliding around. I’m sure you’re guys are considering all these. Can’t wait to get my hands on a new pair from GRIP6! Good luck!

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