It is currently summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and if I wanted to wear socks, I would prefer to wear ankle socks. Unfortunately, I have huge problems with ankle socks. I don’t know if other people face the same problems as I do when it comes to ankle socks.
Part of the problem is that I have big feet. Ankle socks for women (at least in Asia) are always too small for me. When I wear them, they slide off the back of my heel. In Asia, I buy men’s ankle socks, which fit me much better, except that ankle socks for men are always in boring colours, like black, grey and dark blue.
I once bought this pack of 3 pairs of women’s ankle socks because they were so cute. One pair was pink while the other two had strawberries and cherries on them. I was deluded enough to believe the packaging that said the socks would fit size 5 – 10. I felt like I had been conned. The socks were too small to stay on my feet and slid off the back of my heel. I couldn’t even walk 10 metres before I would have to stop and pull the ankle socks up.
The other problem: I was wearing these socks for the first time while travelling on a long overseas trip. It was so annoying having to stop every few minutes to pull my socks up. Luckily for me, the McDonald’s Restaurant at Auckland airport was still selling their Ronald McDonald socks. These are red-and-white striped socks, usually sold at McDonald’s restaurants in New Zealand in October to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities. They cost NZ$5 a pair, and come in 2 sizes – adult or child. They were not ankle socks, but they were cheap, and since I was at an airport, I didn’t have much choice.
It must have been funny for an onlooker to see me buying socks at a McDonald’s Restaurant and then immediately sitting down, not to eat, but to change my socks in the restaurant. I ended up giving away those ankle socks, which were all too small.
Recently at Christmas, I was given 2 pairs of ankle socks. I was so happy because they were exactly what I wanted. I wore each pair twice, and I had worn holes in the back of both pairs of socks after wearing them a grand total of twice. I don’t know if the socks were of exceptionally poor quality, or if it had something to do with someone with big feet wearing ankle socks.
Imagine my happiness and surprise when I finally found ankle socks for women to fit size 9 – 11. I don’t ask for much in life: happiness is finding women’s ankle socks in my size. They are not men’s socks. They don’t fall off my feet when I wear them. And holes don’t appear after the first wear. Ahhh…. bliss!