For many, socks and jocks are the go-to gifts for dads for Christmas and birthdays. While not the most imaginative gift, most men can generally use a steady resupply of both thanks to the inevitable holes that appear in such garments coupled with an apparent reluctance to spend money on underwear. Well, gift givers may need to put in a bit more thought if dad invests in a couple of pairs of Socrates socks. Made from Kevlar-carbon matrix material, they’re designed never to get a hole, droop, or wear out.
Described as “the first business-casual application of Kevlar,” Socrates socks feature toes fashioned from a Kevlar carbon matrix material and a carbon threaded material on the toes and heel. That’s the most common locations for holes covered, but the Socrates socks don’t stop at Kevlar for their military-inspired longevity. The top of the socks also feature “military spec elastic,” which presumably keeps them up in even battlefield conditions, while the bulk of the sock is created from Lycra freshFX fabric with “anti-droop technology.”
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With the military influence evident in the socks, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that they're the brainchild of Cameron Carter, a 23-year-old U.S. Air Force Academy graduate who works as a contracting officer and business advisor for the U.S. Air Force in Europe. Despite the hardiness of the socks, Carter claims they are not only flexible and form fitting, but also light, soft and comfortable.
Carter took to Kickstarter to raise funds to get the Socrates socks into production and it appears indestructible socks were on many a wish list with the project already exceeding the $10,000 goal with still 18 days left to run. If all goes according to plan, Carter will be shipping the Socrates socks from November in a choice of two styles and various color options.
Team the Socrates socks up with the Kevlar underpants developed by the U.S. Army and you may never need to buy underwear again.
Carter’s Kickstarter video pitch can be viewed below.