"The wheels of creativity begin to churn, as an idea began to take shape" - MERGE4
Hey, readers! It's Tuesday, and I hope you had a spectacular weekend & holiday. Maybe you hit the beach, like we did over here at The Sock Review. A trip to the sand and surf wouldn't be complete without some cool socks to go with. This week's featured socks are from a skate/surf lifestyle-inspired brand called MERGE4, based out of California. The brand collaborates with artists and musicians to produce exceptionally-neat graphics on their crew socks, available in men's and women's sizing. The two particular styles that we received to review, tastefully highlight an admiration for the American ska punk band, Sublime - I'm sure you've heard a few of their songs ;) - cue radio, "What I Got." Coincidentally enough, the process used to create the imagery on the socks is called 'sublimation' - thought I'd just throw that out there.
Aside from the vivid colors and imagery, these socks feature a padded sole (yes, we usually flip all of our sock samples inside out to see what they're made of), arch support, ribbed leg, and Y-heel stitch on the heel, that helps for proper fit. One interesting feature that stood out was the "hidden message" or "Fortune Cookie Quotes" right inside the the welt/cuff, which you get a sneak peek of when you put on the sock. The Sock Review always appreciates products that promote a sense of curiosity.
Okay, so we took these out on the beach to give off the good vibes. Let's talk about the design a little more; again, such attention to detail, as you'll notice on the toe area, the formation of two arrows coming together (a tie-back to the brand logo elements), but I thought that was interesting, as I've seen straight lines done before, but not a particular shape. What's neat is that the printed design on the body of the sock is select, so while the graphics on the front are printed, you'll find a knit-in logo on the sole of the sock. The Sock Review absolutely loves the mixing of technologies; I wonder how far it could go?
So, we talked about the hidden message, pictured here on the left, and now we'll talk about the good things that MERGE4 does for its community and its impact on the planet. MERGE4 is a certified B corporation, which is really a cool thing; it essentially means they respect and adhere to a responsibility to their community and the environment through a set of standards. You can check out some of the things this particular company does to strive for those standards, here on their "Corporate Responsibility" page. You can also learn more about B Corps, here.
As social media and video presence is simply 'the norm,' for brands - it's always interesting to see sock products/brands with their own YouTube channel. I believe the videos help to connect more the digital and "human" part of a product. With so much shopping done online, isn't it good to know a little about the who/what/wear of the products you purchase? Definitely check out their 'videos' page on their site - you can find that here (or search MERGE4 on YouTube.) It's always nice to see the people and inspiration behind the action. All in all, love the energy of the sock designs and appreciation for art and music culture, built right into the socks.
Hope you all enjoyed this Tuesday feature, we'll be back with more next week! Check out the links below where you can find out more about MERGE4 products and lifestyle.
Sizing Available: Large – Men’s 9-12 / Medium – Men’s 6-8.5 / Women’s 5.5 – 9.5
Social Media Links: Find MERGE4 on Instagram: @merge4socks, Facebook: @merge4 & their YouTube channel
Disclaimer: The Sock Review was provided with free product in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the developing company, and/or its affiliates, in any way.