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Womble

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Underwear for smallholders!
« on: May 06, 2019, 11:36:19 am »
So when we moved here and I started wearing wellies rather a lot, I threw out all of my pairs of socks that kept slipping down and annoying me. I replaced them with a whole fleet of sports socks from TKMaxx, which I found stayed up perfectly.


Fast forward five years or so and they've all decided to wear out simultaneously. However, I haven't yet been able to find suitable replacements.

Can anybody recommend a good source of comfortable, stay-up-in-wellies socks please?


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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2019, 01:06:12 pm »
The trick is to tuck your trouser legs into your socks (which need to have enough length of cuff to then stay up.). They’ll stay put all day, in and out of wellies as many times as you like.  You look a divot when you go shopping in your shoes (or worse, Crocs) and forget you’ve tucked your trousers in, but it’s a small price to pay, in my book.  :D

So anything reasonably stretchy and with a leg at least as long as the foot.  I personally like Bridgedale / Cool Max type socks (and they wear very well), or any cotton rich sock with a decent leg length. 

I wear thick socks over the top when the weather demands it. 
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2019, 01:42:19 pm »
B&M (if you have one anywhere near you).. cheap store around the cheshire area does a similar underpant to the Womble link cheap and comfy in packs of 4 (don't quote me but think about £5/6 a pack) and also do cheap packs of workwear socks about £4 for 4?. I've swapped all my stuff for those. They also do coffee about £1 a jar cheaper than the competition.
I don't see either socks or pants on their website for a link but at those prices almost worth a detour if passing.

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2019, 04:37:14 pm »
Primark Wilson socks. My favourite thick socks for wellies
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Justin

  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Devon
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2019, 06:46:58 am »
Bought some of these a while back to replace a bunch of expensive bridgedales that wore out. Been wearing them every day for months and they're warm, comfy and, as mentioned above you tuck your trousers into them, stay up all day in wellies.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B074RM659R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

PK

  • Joined Mar 2015
  • West Suffolk
    • Notes from a Suffolk Smallholding
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2019, 10:56:15 am »
Lidl regularly have packs of three thick ‘work socks’ for £4.99.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2019, 11:24:00 am »
For the outer sock (I use a thin inner with an outer thicker when needed), those Kirkland Signature merino from the US look great, and good value.

More expensive, but if you want a fabulous, hardwearing and long-lasting, wool sock made in Britain from British wool, these are the Stanbury Walker from John Arbon socks. I have several pairs and they are tremendous.
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2019, 10:50:09 pm »
I checked the price on the stuff i buy. 5 pairs work-socks £3.99 and 3 pairs Hipster pants £6.99


PipKelpy

  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cattle and sheep!
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2019, 10:59:12 pm »
i have to admit that i fly through socks, mainly due to the fact that the holes come on the heels and no matter which way i try it, there's nothing worse than feeling a seam on the heel. For this reason, i don't buy expensive, just bulk buy off ebay/amazon thick socks, wear wear, wash wash etc and the minute the holes come, bin.
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pgkevet

  • Joined Jul 2011
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2019, 06:47:26 am »
The workwear socks last pretty well.. very well if you consider that they come in size 6-11 and I'm cramming my size 14's in there (yes they do work comfortablyl). By having them all one colour it's a case of throw a sock, not a pair

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Underwear for smallholders!
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 12:52:40 am »
HJ indestructible socks last a long time
 from HJ.co.uk

They are not cheap
 Their website is worth a look
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