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Thought you’d seen it all when it came to equestrian boot socks? If so, think again because one Canadian company is dreaming and scheming its way to a boot sock revolution.
If your tired of old fashioned bland nylon boot socks and are looking to spruce up your look with some out of the box socks, then we’ve got a brand for you.
But of course as valuable as style is, substance is important too – so I put these socks to the ultimate barn test, and here’s the results:
Stretch was no issue, these socks know how to stretch. I have a fairly large calf and had no issues getting them on (over and under thick breeches – I tried both). As a bonus, they also know how to un-stretch … in that they go back to their previous size pretty well after washing. First time on they can be a bit awkward for fit as they are a long nylon style tube sock, but give them 5 minutes and they comfortably stretch to shape with minimal bunching.
The top – doesn’t roll (bonus!). I’ve had nylon boot socks and the tops always roll on me (not sure if it’s a big calf thing, but it always happens). These did not roll at all, not when I put them on, not when I was walking around, not when I was riding – they stayed up and in place the whole time.
According to the D&S website, the socks are about 18 inches from the toe to the cuff (un-stretched), and can stretch to fit a 16.5 inch calf easily (and comfortably). My calf is at least 16 inches so I can vouch that the second part is most certainly correct.
Let get to the nitty gritty – Dreamers & Schemers socks are made of a nylon/knit hybrid material. They’ve got good stretch, but are much softer than comparable boot socks that are generally (largely) made entirely of nylon.
They also wash up pretty well. According to the D&S site they can be washed in warm-cool water and can go in the dryer. When I washed them I threw them in cold water on a casual setting and let them air dry – so I can’t attest to how they hold up in the dryer.
Word of caution – watch your zippers! These socks, like their nylon counterparts can get runs in them if they get caught in zippers. During testing my tall boot zipper got slightly caught to the sock at the heel and pulled out some threads. Though where they differentiate themselves from nylon socks is once I clipped the threads and washed them, the run isn’t all that noticeable.
Absorbability (aka – where does all the sweat go?)
This is a question I always ask of my socks, because let’s face it, riding boots (especially tall ones) do not breathe too well and sweaty feet are just not pleasant. Well I tested these in November, it was unseasonably warm and they held up pretty good. Being a thinner sock and due to the type of material, they aren’t going to be a 100% absorbent, and I didn’t suspect so. I also didn’t wash before wear, which can impact how absorbable some fabrics are, so I may have to revisit this item during the next wear (now that they have been washed).
If one were to stick D&S boot socks on a scale of absorbability, with winter wool socks at one end (most absorption) and nylon socks (least absorption) at the other, these bad boys would be somewhere in the middle. Tested at a temperature of about 15˚C they held up fairly well, but by the end of my ride my feet were a bit damp. Though as a bonus, once back into more breathable boots they did dry out a fair bit and sweaty feet quickly became a thing of the past again.
So many. D&S is definitely not lacking in variety when it comes to their socks. There website boast 7+ pages of unique sock patterns to choose from so it’s not hard to find (many) socks to love.
The socks reviewed here are the party on the bottom (black band tops) Eden’s Pony Ninja boot socks. The party on the bottom line is designed to minimize sock slippage and is a thinner and finer knit variation of the D&S standard line of boot socks.
Prices vary depending on the specific sock, but generally a single pair is about $15 – 15.50 USD. Depending on the brand, standard nylon boot socks can run from $10 – 20, so arguably the D&S price point is about midrange. Being a small business and unique option they will be slightly more expensive than some brands you find at your local tack store, but a few extra dollars gets you one of a kind socks with serious style and solid performance.
You can also learn more by checking out their website.
- Wash well
- Range of options
- They stay up! (and fit well)
- can run if caught in zippers (but so do must boot socks)
- too many options (can cause serious shopping dilemmas when you want to buy all the things ...)