The history of socks is quite interesting. Some of the world’s best socks are still manufactured in the small towns where socks originated.
As Socktologists, we couldn’t just manufacture our custom socks anywhere. We wanted our socks to be produced quickly but we didn’t want to sacrifice quality. The cotton had to be perfect and the factory had to be ready to meet our needs which included some high expectations. We were looking for expertise. What we found was better than we imagined, a factory in a town that has a long history of sock manufacturing and direct access to the quality supplies we would need to produce the best socks in the business.
Where it all began…
The town of Castel Goffredo, just 30 minutes from the city of Milano in Italy, has been in the textile industry since medieval times. Cotton weaving began there in the 1700s! Can you say first to market? The first textile factory of modern times was built in 1925 which was followed by an onset of growth and economic development. Now known as “the city of socks in Italy”, Castel Goffredo has become home to the leaders in quality sock production. With more than three generations of specialized manufacturing under their belts, the town remains the mecca for all types of men’s and women’s socks.
The Original Socktologists
So, what makes Castel Goffredo home to the experts? Well, they keep it local! Every part of the sock-making process happens in this amazing little town! They do a lot more than manufacture socks, they have also perfected the process of dyeing yarn. The yarn used for our socks is one of the most distinguishing factors about our product. A difference you’ll notice as soon as you see them. Most companies will print directly onto socks using a process called sublimation. Our socks are actually woven from dyed mercerized cotton yarn sourced right next door to our factory!
The yarn factory matches our requested colours exactly using Pantone colour matching technologies so you get the most vibrant socks you’ve ever seen with sharp images and exact colours that never fall flat. Even when stretched around the ankle, the design or pattern on the sock will always show well. Sublimation simply can’t offer the same result. We like to support the area that helps us produce socks to be proud of so we also use the local box/packaging company and the local printer for our labels. Because of Castel Goffredo and the amazing companies, we work with we can guarantee the best quality and fastest turnaround times or your money back!
When you want the best, you go to the best so in 2019 we began manufacturing Sockrates Custom Socks in a factory that could offer us the speed and quality we wanted to extend to our customers.
Our business was growing but we weren’t willing to cut corners. Set to produce more than 300,000 pairs of socks a year we needed a factory that could meet our demand but maintain the integrity of our product while keeping costs down (like we said, high expectations). Italy was able to provide us with designated machines, keep our costs low and share a wealth of quality and expertise. Our combined specialties have merged into a valuable partnership that culminates into the beautifully packaged and crafted custom socks you receive directly to your door.
Castel Goffredo, More Than Just Socks
While Castel Goffredo is mostly an industrial area, it is rich with culture and other specialties that include wine, Prosciutto meats, and a special dish called Amarene Zucca Tortellini, a brilliant dish made from sour cherries and pumpkins.
The town itself is situated below Iodigiana city. Completely surrounded by two walls, the history of times gone by has been preserved for all to marvel at. The first wall was built by the Romans and the second in the middle ages to protect the city.
There are many cities in the area that still stand from the middle ages that are special but the most notable are Montova and Verona. That’s right, the birthplaces of Romeo and Juliet are just a short drive away! Juliet’s house and her famous balcony are located in Verona. Millions of people come from all over the world to visit this well-known landmark in the “city of love”.
All of these antique cities have amazing histories that are fun to explore. If you ever find yourself in Italy, we highly recommend visiting the area.
Additional Facts & Terms
Sublimation – A method of printing that transfers a design into materials or fabrics using ink and heat.
Pantone – The Pantone Colour System is a guide that is basically the language of colours that everyone can communicate in with each other. By indexing different shades of colours with numbers and names the pantone system allows manufacturers and designers to make sure colours are replicated exactly the same way every time. Consistency is key.
Socktologist – an expert in socks. That’s us!
Socks – the best things to give for swag, trade shows, giveaways, customer appreciation, and special events 🙂