Happy week, readers! Hope you’re all enjoying this weather (mostly sunny over here) - good excuse to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, and soak in all the greenery and scenery that Nature has to offer. Anyone else find themselves easily immersed in hikes; destined to arrive at a grand destination? Perhaps you wander the forests, or maybe you’re more of a mountain-climber. Often, it is the most difficult journeys that lead to the best views (and perspectives) in life - at least that’s the way we look at it :)
This week’s sock feature is From The Ground Up - a brand inspired by the majestic, and humbling climbs of the Pacific Northwest; socks that celebrate Washington state’s natural wonders, and supports local trail preservation as well.
We want to thank Rami, the founder + CEO of From The Ground Up, for sending over a sample for this review, along with some background on the brand. It’s always a pleasure (and a good sign) to hear from any brand's creator.
With a mission to inspire adventure, and promote protecting the environment, FTGU’s branding focuses on supporting the hiking community. By following a steward-of-the-land mindset, to donating to Washington Trails Association, (a local non-profit in their area), From The Ground Up has a mission that elevates their brand to great heights.
We loved being able to check out The Cascades sock style in person; from the anti-microbial, odor-resistant, and moisture wicking properties of the Merino Wool body, to the knit-in peaks of Mount Rainier, this sock boasts both quality and design sensibilities.
The Design: How clever are the knit-in coordinates of the mountain range on one side of the foot, and the name of the style on the other? It’s always the details that can be appreciated most. We love the solid blue ground color here, with the contrast of the grey welt, heel, toe & design - a nice ‘Earthy’ coloration, don’t you think? Topped off with a neatly placed brand logo, this sock is ready to go! The inside scoop is that that the brand will be releasing all new nature-inspired designs this year. (They’re also about to release two new designs in the next couple of weeks - how exciting!) Stay tuned!
The Quality: Of course, this hiking sock isn’t just a pretty design! To endure hardships and function well as an active-type sock, one of the main fibers that make up the style is a Merino Wool. If you want to learn more about what this sock is all about, check out their blog: Here’s a post we recommend —> https://www.ftgusocks.com/blogs/news/the-benefits-of-merino-wool
Content: 50% Merino Wool, 35% Polypro, 10% Nylon, 5% Spandex
Features: Arch support, cushioning on foot, seamless / reinforced toe and heel.
Made in the U.S.A!
The Fit: Different sizing is available online as per the following: (Men's and Women's):
Medium | Shoe Size M/6-9 | W/4-7, Suggested, Large | Shoe Size M/9-13 | W/7-11, Suggested, XL | Shoe Size M/10-13+ | W/9-11+, Suggested
Partnering for Good: We love to see sock brands out there, promoting good things, and giving back to their own communities, as well as the world. From The Ground Up and Washington Trails Association partnered up to help protect and preserve the thousands of hiking trails across Washington State - how awesome is that! By being intentional, promoting stewardship and sustainability, maintaining a committment to quality, inspiring adventure, and taking ownership of Nature - we really do appreciate (and hope you do too) what FTGU is trying to accomplish in their branding and story.
Looks like we’ve reached the peak with this pair - we can see clearly across the “blogiverse,” and hope that you have all thoroughly enjoyed joining us for this week’s sock brand feature. Thanks again to From The Ground Up, for providing us with the amazing pair of socks to try out; these will be used on the trails of Northern Virginia, for sure. That’s a wrap; until next time!
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