Knee socks: simply gentlemanlike
Finest Italian knee socks made from mercerised cotton ensure a consistently gentlemanlike appearance.
- 100% mercerised cotton, also known as Fil d’Ecosse
- Ribbed structure for good grip
- Extra-wide cuff, also known as English cut, to prevent slipping
- Meticulous workmanship and maximum comfort
- Made in Italy
- Free Priority shipping worldwide
I come from a small sock manufacturer in northeast Milan, which makes me Italian. At the factory they create high-quality socks such as me with a great passion for detail. Three siblings are running the business in second generation ensuring that lots of socks turn out as good as me.
I am made from mercerised cotton. Mercerisation is a cotton processing procedure which gives me a silky, wash-resistant shine and also makes me stronger. Mercerised cotton is also more colourfast and creates very little lint. Polyamide in the form of Lycra® is found in my toe and heel areas to provide additional strengthening.
So why is mercerised cotton also known as Fil d’Ecosse? It’s very simple: the Scot John Mercer invented the mercerisation process. This is why mercerised cotton is also called Fil d’Ecosse. A Scot in French – rather difficult for me as an Italian!
My extra-wide cuff, also known as an English cut, prevents me from slipping down. Men’s legs can be slim or broad. Calves may take many different shapes, making it hard for us knee socks to stay in place without slipping or cutting in to your legs. A little tip for you: we knee socks are least likely to slip if we can encircle the calf. When choosing your sock size make sure that they are long enough, and do not simply rely on your shoe size.
My ribbed structure is elastic and nestles against your skin without being obtrusive. The ribbed structure is fine and elegant, ensuring that you look great for every occasion. Promise!
In November 1998, the future founders of BLACKSOCKS were seeking the perfect socks. My Italian manufacturer put me into the running together with the Classic calf sock. The selection process was not easy, but I performed well. My BLACKSOCKS career began with the company’s foundation, and today tens of thousands of people can be found standing on me. As in any career, I am continuing to develop, but at heart I have remained the same: an elegant knee sock for gentlemen.
I am good for you, your feet and your skin: I have been tested and I meet the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.
This standard says that I am 100% skin-friendly and allergy-tested. We often forget that socks are worn directly against the skin, in a damp and warm climate subjected to friction.
To slip or not to slip, that is the question. Co-founder of BLACKSOCKS Marcel Roth wanted to know the answer, and so pulled me on to run the Berlin Marathon. The answer was clear: no slippage! I of course experienced stresses and strains, even though that was not what I was created for. The mercerised cotton used to make me is not designed for sporting activities so I rather wrecked Marcel’s feet, but we still get along very well!