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White athletic socks are all the rage for certain men who have been wearing these garments since their Little League days. However, other guys like a more spicy way to spiff their outfits. So, for the discerning lot who think the piece covering each foot should be something special, consider the following five options from which to purchase such items.

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(credit: Kobby Dagan/shutterstock)


Paul Smith Los Angeles
8221 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 951-4800
www.paulsmith.com

Forget flying across the pond to London to get in on the best of this ace designer’s amazing sock collection. You’ll find the best of the best in the men’s section of this nifty outpost named after the man who comes up with his always fascinating choices. Stripes are a mainstay in this novel collection, as are bright colors and mixed patterns like polka dots and diamond shapes showing on a single pair. Also expect socks that are adorned with glitter and socks that are made of mohair because Paul Smith is one eclectic sock merchant who likes to be all things to all people wearing his sought-after creations.

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(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Arthur George
26321 Ferry Court, Suite A
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
(888) 457-6257
www.agsocks.com

If you watch “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on the regular, you know that Rob Kardashian dabbles in the fashion world of men’s socks. Well, this is his domain with the name behind the brand honoring his middle name (Arthur) and his dad’s middle name (George). This line goes everywhere in the sock world for the male population, from knee highs to crews with panache (one pair, called Drips, looks as if white paint has spilled over the top of the socks) to personal saying socks, like one choice that reads “Love” on one foot and “Hurts” on the other. There’s no denying the pop culture aspect of owning a pair of Arthur George Socks. Right on, baby!

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(credit: Keila N./yelp)


Los Angeles Sock Market
1000 Universal Hollywood Drive, Suite 140
Los Angeles, CA
(818) 509-1340
www.sockmarket.com

Budget shoppers: go straight to the sale bin to find some really awesome socks. Or, visit what is called the world’s greatest sock place where you’ll discover every color, type and texture of sock suitable for all males (and all females, too) who want to be noticed when their shoes come off. Popular and in-demand at Los Angeles Sock Market: socks with Marvel Superheros emblazoned above, below and at the ankles.

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Happy Socks
1420 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(424) 744-8256
www.happysocks.com

Although Happy Socks are sold at many Los Angeles shops like Kitson La and Fred Segal and even at Nordstrom at The Grove, this brand’s namesake boutique is the one to seek out for the best selection. Situated on Venice’s main drag, this retailer is aptly named, for the foot warmers uncovered here are bright, goofy and as eclectic as all get out. Choose a pair with polka dots or opt for a set of argyles. Want to really go full throttle? Then buy the so-called Electric Sock, a winner in any weird sock competition.

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Unionmade
225 26th St
Santa Monica, CA 90049
(310) 656-3373
www.unionmadegoods.com

This is the place to knock your socks off by buying as many pairs as your budget can handle. Not only will you find top-of-the-line merino wool options worn when work calls, but you’ll also locate more frivolous fashion numbers like ones with patterns that are made to look like a patchwork quilt and ones that are at once tribal as well as Hawaiian. And that’s just the tip of this sock-filled emporium!

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Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist and always travels with her pillow. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.