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Green Is The New Black

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Black Friday – 27th November 2020 – is now the busiest shopping day of the year, but we believe Green is the new Black and Green Friday is here!

We are joining the Green Friday movement, in asking shoppers to think before they spend. Instead of automatically heading to giant corporations for your Christmas gift shopping, take a look around you and find the little gems, the small businesses, trying to make a positive change with eco-friendly and sustainable goods. They need your support more than ever this year.

To do our bit, at Doris & Dude this year we’ll be donating one pair of our lush bamboo and organic cotton socks to the Newquay Drop In and Share Centre for every two pairs purchased in a single transaction over the Green Friday period (13th November – 4th December). DISC Newquay is a local charity that offers food, clothing and other support to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and we look forward to being able to help them serve our community.

You can also rest easy knowing that your Doris & Dude gifts are kind to the planet as well as your feet. Made with bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester, our socks (as well as being super lush and comfy) are a sustainable choice that won’t cost the Earth. With a huge range of fun designs for all the family you are sure to find a pair of socks to make you smile!

Check out our materials blogs to find out why the ingredients of our super soft sock formula are so important to us:

So make 2020 the year you ditch the frantic deal hunting and instead choose great quality products at a fair price, and look forward to a Christmas where your mindful and meaningful gifts do more.

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Treat Your Feet with Beeutiful Foot Balm

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Well summer is now upon us, and with the much anticipated rise in temperatures and long sunny days gracing us, dare we say it, some of you may be casting off your beloved D&Ds occasionally to let your feet get the fresh air 😲

I’ll admit it, even here at D&D HQ there have been some barefoot moments lately, and if you’re anything like us the sight of your feet may have brought on a gasp of horror. Dry, cracked heels, dehydrated skin, and let’s not even start on the nails. A winter of neglect has taken its toll.

Luckily for all of us our friends at Beeutiful Skincare have the perfect remedy in their fabulous Foot Balm. This refreshing minty balm for tired, overworked feet has antiseptic as well as rejuvenating properties to put a spring back in your step. A blend of olive, calendula, peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oils are locked together in a beeswax and cocoa butter base to give your feet maximum hydration and ensure they are left feeling refreshed and soothed. *Breathes sigh of bliss and relief.

Beeutiful products are 100% natural, and the beeswax contained in their Foot Balm comes direct from their very own hives, with no nasty hidden chemicals added. Now you can see why we love them so much!

So grab yourselves a little tub of beautifully natural Beeutiful Foot Balm, and get those feet ready for summer!

And if you want to learn more about Beeutiful Skincare you can read our previous blog about them right here.

Love bees? Here are the socks for you:

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Spring Bees Competition

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If you’ve been following us, or our friends Beeutiful Skincare, on social media you already know that we are now running a competition to win a prize package of fantastic funky socks and fabulous natural skincare worth £60!

This super duper prize package consists of:

Lots of lovely bee socks!

  • 2 x calf length purple bees (size 3-7 and 12-3)
  • 2 x calf length blue bees (size 3-7 and 7-11)
  • Knee length purple bees (size 3-7)

And a selection of Beeutiful best-sellers:

  • Foot Balm 50m
  • B-Rose Facial Balm 30m
  • B-balm 15ml
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How do I win this awesome prize we hear you cry? Easy. Just head on over to our facebook pages and comment on the competition posts with one word you would use to describe Doris & Dude! Bee sure to visit Beeutiful’s facebook page and like their post as well to be in with a chance of winning.

We will close the competition at midnight on Tuesday 30th June, and randomly select a winner from all entries, who will be notified on facebook.

Don’t forget to like and follow our page, so you don’t miss out on the winner announcement!

Good luck!

Terms and conditions

Doris & Dude are the promoter of this competition. It is not endorsed by Facebook.

Doris & Dude reserve the right to withdraw or amend this competition at their discretion and without notice. Products in the prize package may be substituted according to stock availability.

No cash alternative is available.

One entry per person.

The winner will be drawn at random from all entrants liking and commenting on either the Doris & Dude facebook post or the Beeutiful facebook post.

The winner will be notified on facebook. If no response if received from them within three days the competition will be redrawn and the prize awarded to a new winner.

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New Product! Introducing…Easy Fit

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Following hot on the heels of 2019’s fabulous new product Toast super thick socks, Doris & Dude are delighted to present another brand new product to the range for 2020. Allow us to introduce… Easy Fit!

Easy Fit socks are gently elasticated and designed to have a looser fit and more gentle grip at the top than our standard socks (they have less elastane – just 2% rather than our usual 3%), meaning your socks stay up but with less pressure and no restriction of blood flow to the foot or around the calf. They also feature a conical, rather than tubular shape. This makes them perfect for those with larger calves or with conditions such as diabetes, oedema and other medical issues causing swollen legs, ankles or feet and poor circulation, who may find that standard socks leave them with indentations and discomfort.

Check out this comparison between standard D&Ds and our new Easy Fit – note the extra width and difference in the cuff:

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New Product! Introducing…Easy Fit 22

Like all Doris & Dude products, Easy Fit socks are super soft – made with sustainable bamboo, the fastest growing plant on Earth, they have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties for extra hygiene, and organic cotton, so they are kind to the planet as well as your feet! Easy Fit socks come in a range of bright funky designs just like our standard socks, and in UK sizes 3-7 and 7-11.

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New Product! Introducing…Easy Fit 23

We hope you love them, and we welcome your feedback.

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A Thank You

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Many of you may be feeling like your lives at the moment are unrecognisable from the simple day-to-day that we all existed in a month ago. Us too.

Mini-dudes off school, empty supermarket shelves, and friends and loved ones in isolation. People are scared, people are working hard, and people are doing their best.

It got us to wondering what we could do. Now let’s not kid ourselves, socks are not essential items in these times, we know that. But a little gift that says thank you, that shows that you have been appreciated, can truly lift the spirits. Especially one that comes in bright colours and environmentally friendly materials.

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So, to say thank you in our own little way, for every pair of socks that is bought through our website from now until the end of April, we will give a pair to a someone who has worked their socks off at our local hospital – the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske.

Now, which pair will you choose?

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It’s Going to Bee a Beeutiful Spring!

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This Spring we at Doris & Dude would like to introduce you to a friend of ours – Beeutiful. We have teamed up with Beeutiful to bring you a fantastic competition with a prize bundle worth £60!

Beeutiful share our values on caring for our environment, getting outdoors to enjoy it, and also the joys and challenges of being a small business. We look forward to getting to know them over the next three months and showing you some of the lovely affordable skincare products they have to offer.

Read more of Carly’s story here

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Carly began beekeeping as a hobby, and from that a little idea buzzed into her head, which slowly and steadily grew into Beeutiful – a company dedicated to creating natural beeswax and honey products, which has now won numerous industry awards, including a prestigious Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Award in 2017.

Beeutiful products are suitable for sensitive skin, being free from chemicals – in fact their philosophy goes “if you can’t eat it why put it on your skin”, which we love!  So if you want lip balms, moisturisers, baby products or many more lovely things that are vegetarian, kind to nature and sustainable then head over to the Beeutiful webshop and treat yourself!

Inspired by Carly’s dedication to her bees and the crucial role these tiny creatures play in sustaining life on our beautiful planet, Doris & Dude will be donating 50p per pair of bee design socks until the end of May to the British Bee Keeping Association’s new schools learning Apiary. This fantastic project aims to teach different groups (but particularly school children) about the importance of bees, issues around food security and the fragility of our environment.

We hope you agree it’s a worthy cause, so grab yourself a pair of funky Doris & Dude bamboo bee socks now before they bee-come sold out (we will try harder on our bee puns next time we promise!).

Competition coming soon… Watch this space!

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Old Sock, New Tricks

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January, with its resolutions and pledges, heralds a time of clearing out for many of us.

If you were lucky enough to receive some fantastic Doris & Dude socks, made with bamboo, organic cotton, and recycled polyester, the sock drawer is an excellent place to start your clear out. Make a nice big pile of anything that has gone thin, holey or is just plain boring (unlike your fabulous new D&D pairs) and let’s begin…

Firstly, the bin is not an option. In the UK we dump approximately 350,000 tonnes of textiles into landfill every year and it’s just not necessary.

You can do better than that.

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Any textile, no matter how worn out or ugly, can be recycled. Just put it through the washing machine first – textiles for recycling should be given clean and dry. Then pop it in your nearest textile recycling bank or in your kerbside collection (depending on where you live), where it will end up as padding for things like car seats, sound proofing, industrial blankets and many other such useful items.

Use this handy link to find your nearest bank: Find Textile Recycling Near Me

Some of you may be feeling a bit more creative. The options for sock creativity you can find online will blow your mind. There is literally no end. Just type in “sock crafts” or “things to do with old socks” and your journey begins. From the surprisingly useful, to the super cute, to just plain weird, there is a sock upcycle idea for you out there.  Here are a few of our faves:

  • Sticky bottle sock. Put your olive oil bottle in a sock – stops those icky sticky patches in your cupboard.
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  • Drywipe board eraser. No need for nasty plastic or polystyrene here. Either fill your old sock with something (more old socks?) or just slip it over your hand and wipe.
  • Keep tiny things safe. Perhaps you have children? Perhaps they have a MILLION tiny pieces of who knows what for their games/toys/extremely essential things that MUST NOT BE LOST. Chuck it in a sock – no more missing pieces from the games cupboard.
  • Sock platypus. Just because you can. Find out how HERE.
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  • Make bean bags – these are a great tool for boosting kids’ hand-eye coordination and relatively low likelihood of serious damage to your property.
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  • Weaving – this is not for the faint hearted but my goodness it looks AWESOME. Pick up a loom (Hobbycraft has them for around the £15 mark) cut up your old socks into strips and off you go! Here’s a handy video tutorial we found to help you out:

Now, go forth, and clear out that sock drawer!

And don’t forget to share your old socks’ new tricks on social media!

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A Toast to winter!

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Doris & Dude are proud to present the newest member of their family – Toast socks!

Made to the usual D&D formula of bamboo and organic cotton but in super thickness, these fabulous new socks take winter comfort to a whole different level! In three fun designs and available in UK sizes 3-7, these beauties are a perfect gift for the Doris in your life this Christmas.

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Toast socks

Full of natural goodness and kind to the environment, Toast socks (like all Doris & Dude socks) have natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to keep toes warm and hygienic with the wicking powers of good old bamboo.

Now, we’ve tested these socks, and they really do have to be squidged to be believed – whether you’re out enjoying a wild winter walk or keeping cosy at home, these fantastically thick socks will keep your feet super toasty and toe-crunchingly comfy, and are equally at home in your trusty old walking boots as they are in front of the fire.

Ultra-lush and super-comfy, these thick bamboo socks truly live up to their name and your feet will be warm as Toast!

Available to buy now for £9 per pair in three designs: