Ah, the annual summer holiday. The anticipation of foreign climes, warm seas, and awkward interactions stumbling over your schoolboy French can almost be too much to bear. Grab your ancient suitcase, stare at your wardrobe and ask yourself: Is there such a thing as too much linen? Is that Hawaiian shirt too jazzy?
Whether your summer holiday is jetting off to the French Riviera on a friend’s yacht or driving down to Costa del Cornwall for a week of shanties and ale, the socks you take will define both your style and comfort throughout the trip.
To help make sure that your socks aren’t an afterthought (unlike the mini shave gels and SPF 50 you’ll be panic buying in Terminal 5’s Boots), here’s our travel sock packing list.
Trusty travel socks
Even in business class, long-haul flights can take their toll. As you sit back, relax and hope in earnest that the baby who boarded will not be sitting next to you, it’s important to take a moment to set yourself up to arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy the first of many beachside cocktails.
Plane essentials? Noise-cancelling headphones, the latest season of Peaky Blinders on your iPad, plenty of water, and a pair of our Travel Socks. Also known as flight socks, these knee-high pairs are made in Italy using ultra-soft luxury Egyptian Cotton and are designed to ease foot fatigue while still looking smart. Thanks to their compression tops, they promote blood flow and reduce swelling – all while providing comfort. Slip them on before a flight or that long cross-channel road trip and relax.
Invisible socks are essential
Warmer climes often call for clothing that shows a little more skin. Saunter along the waterfront in your trusty boat shoes. Saunter down quaint lanes in your espadrilles. Show off at Soho House in your favourite loafers. All the while avoiding the inevitable agony when your skin meets the leather with our Invisible Socks. Non-slip, organic cotton styles that are low-cut, these no-show socks sit discreetly in shoes while maintaining a barefoot look. Blisters, just like sunburn, should not be part of your summer wardrobe.
Colourful trainer socks for your shorts
Linen shirts, Panama hats, aviator sunglasses, Birkenstock sandals… a summer holiday wardrobe is all about keeping cool and looking good – without fuss or faff. We’ve created a sock with all the qualities of our flagship Simply Sartorial that are slightly shorter, sitting perfectly at the ankle and peeking over the top of your shoes. Simply Trainer socks offer the finishing touch to your beachside vibe and will prove themselves as a summer holiday essential in no time.
The best part of Simply Trainer socks? They pair exceptionally well with shorts. With a range of shades available, from traditional Ebony Black to bright Mango, you can rest assured that you’ll find a colour that complements your favourite shorts and shoes without compromising on style. Easy to slip off for that spontaneous dip in the sea or to wear out for dinner after a day by the pool, these are quite simply, the socks for the summer.
For beachside jogs or city break walks
We’ve all been there. Standing over an empty suitcase with your gym kit in hand, promising ourselves that yes, we will go for that run while we’re away. We think you should be able to define ‘active’ on your trip, no judgments. Our Simply Actives are designed for both performance and style. These socks come in Ankle, Crew, and Quarter lengths for ultimate flexibility, in a range of bright, holiday-friendly colours. Ergonomically designed with a breathable mesh to keep your feet cool in the heat, as well as integrated cushioning and embedded arch support making them well-placed to wear traipsing around a museum or art gallery on the inevitable ‘culture day’ of the trip. Or on that morning jog on the beach. You choose.
Upgrade your summer boxers
Okay, we admit these aren’t socks but our stylish, super soft Simply Boxers are most definitely packing essentials. Ultra-breathable and carefully crafted from eco-yarn Lyocell, these smooth, sustainable and oh-so-comfy pairs are the only undies you’ll need on your summer holidays.
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