Over-the-calf Cotton Rib Dress Socks (3-pack)
I have been a huge fan of Land's End clothing for years and have bought these socks in the past. The quality of these socks was not even close to the previous purchase! The socks were promptly returned.
January 11, 2015
Please Bring Back The Old Product
I'll echo the many other long-time LE customers who loved the old cotton ribbed over-the-calf socks. I had at least 20 pair and to this day I dig through my sock drawer for 10 year old socks because they are still fabulous. This new version is much more elastic and not nearly as comfortable. I have to leave them loose on my feed and then stretch them up my shin, otherwise they feel like they are compressing my toes back into my feet. I wear them but only out of habit, I would not recommend them to others. I buy a lot from LE but I am not a fan of these socks.
January 9, 2015
Let’s call this – at best – a ‘mixed’ review
First the basics:
• I’m giving the socks a 1-Star rating because they’re not what I expect from Lands' End.
• These are “sort of” over-the-calf socks – read the details below to see what I mean.
• They’re all going back and, hopefully at some time in the future, the product people at Lands' End/Sears will figure out where to go to get the right kind of supplier/jobber to make the kinds of socks that apparently are preferred by at least some of its customers – versus what the buyers/product people think we want.
So now the details.
I have been buying these Lands' End over-the calf (OTC) cotton socks for decades – in fact I can’t recall when I bought my first ones, but it has been a very long time – and I know it was pre-Sears. I didn’t purchase any of the last generation of these socks (maybe two iterations of the product) because of all the negative reviews posted on the website.
More recently I had checked back and found that these were now listed as a ‘new’ product and improved. Sounded hopeful, so decided to order and try them to see if the product people had learned their lesson.
Not so much.
First impression on opening the box? Received the shipment and almost immediately wanted to return them – couldn’t believe that these were over-the-calf (OTC) socks – they were just too small.
For comparison purposes, I still have some of the older Lands' End OTC cotton socks in good shape, so I took some measurements and a picture that’s posted with this review just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. The foot of the sock is a minimum 2.5 inches shorter than the older product. The leg part is 5 inches shorter than the older version.
You can understand why I thought there was no way that these could be OTC socks.
But decided to give one pair a try just to see before going to the hassle of returning the whole batch. Washed and wore a pair twice, and here’s what happened.
The socks do not have anywhere nearly as much cotton content as the older product version. They are much more a spandex content sock and that is how they are considered by Lands' End as an OTC sock. And they do stretch out to fit to become an OTC sock – but a thin one compared to the older version with the much higher cotton content.
But they don’t stay as a true OTC sock. By the end of the day, they fall back down to being a mid-calf version of the sock – which the older product version never does. I’ll give the product jobber one credit – the spandex does help the sock stay up as far as it does, but because it has to stretch out so far to become an over the calf product, that it eventually ‘shrinks’ back down to the mid-calf.
So if you like a thinner, higher spandex content sock that is ‘sort of’ an over-the-calf sock, then maybe these will work for you.
But it’s certainly not what I wanted and need – so back they go, and until Lands' End product managers figure this out, I guess I’ll be checking out Nordstrom’s men’s socks, as last time I looked, they had the sort of product I wanted.
December 31, 2014
The socks fit great and I would definitely recommend them!
December 15, 2014
Better but with a compressive nature
Land's end socks have gotten better than they were. The fabric is a little thicker and is a bit better made than it has been. But they have a bit of a nasty compressive nature. As they are worn, they begin to squeeze, slowly at first but like a boa constrictor, with growing pressure. And they shrink, badly. The over the calf socks are now mid-calf and are headed for anklets.
July 18, 2014