These socks seem to be popping up in every tack store I come across, and for good reason, they are amazing. I consider myself a little bit sock obsessed, but rarely do I find fun patterns with great material. Having bought several brands of tall socks and conforming them to boot socks I tend to have two major issues: Breathability and Density.
I have very slim calves, so I have very slim tall boots to accommodate them. I love my boots and stress everytime I wear a sock slightly thicker, worrying that they will stretch the snug fit of my boots over several wears. I also find most fun patterned socks are not forgiving in breathability. Nothing is worse than damp feet with socks clinging to your toes.
Dreamers and Schemers socks had me immediately excited. I purchased the Pony Pony Macaroni socks, because, who wouldn’t? Two amazing things in one sock, hell yes. The difference with Dreamers and Schemers compared to other comical or illustrated socks is that these are designed to be an equestrian boot sock, as opposed to a generic tall sock. The company describes themselves as artisans who pride themselves in the production of their socks to be personal with quality assurance. The socks are made in small batches, meaning that there can be unique quirks to each pair. They also have an option for custom boot socks, free shipping in North America and they have a Free Sock Club meaning that from your transactions off the website, you can collect points to redeem for future purchases.
These socks looked exactly like the photo, the colours are vibrant and the fabric is comfortable. The heel and the calf part of the sock are two different materials. The sole and heel are a thicker, super soft material, while the calf is made of nylon. The sock is also topped with a knit black cuff to stay colourfast ensuring longevity.
“The extra stretchy fabric on the top of the foot and the rest of the leg provides adjustable height and width to accommodate more shapes and sizes than our original sock.” (Dreamers and Schemers)
The Fit and Feel
My feet are size 7.5, and these socks fit so perfectly; room to wiggle my toes but no excess material bunching at my heels. I wore these socks with my slim fitting tall boots. The thin material hugging my calf was perfect as I did not have to worry about the integrity of my boots suffering in their fit from thick socks. I rode in these socks initially in an arena in 25+ Celsius and did not find my feet to be clammy or overheated. At times I have experienced a chafing from other socks as their material is thin and constrictive against my heel or they cling; pulling them off with struggle and straining the material. The socks by D&S pulled smoothly off, and the fabric appeared unscathed.
“A lightly padded toe that wraps around the bottom of your foot to the back of your ankle, adds cushioning and protection in high friction zones.” (Dreamers and Schemers)
As September rolled around the cooler temperature settle in, making the arena a bit chilly in the morning. I then wore my Pony Pony Macaroni socks again and was pleasantly surprised that my feet were warm, not overheated or cold like my fingers. This tells me that these socks are dynamic, being appropriate for all weather, indoor and outdoor.
At this point in time, I only own the Pony Pony Macaroni. The prices of these socks seem to average around $20, a bit higher than some other brands but definitely a product I consider worth the price. There are many fun designs that peek my interest, such as the Horse Show Life, Buck Off, Can’t Stop the Fox and Smrt Horse.
I highly recommend reading the ‘About Me’ of Dreamers and Schemers, it is short and sweet but it made me love their website even more. They describe themselves as fun, unpretentious and free-spirited; much like their socks. I appreciate companies that can be authentic and still maintain professionalism. I really wish the best for this company and I am looking forward to their future products.
Always get back on,
*The opinions shared in this blog are of my own, and not a reflection of the company or its current and future products