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Autumn Sock Giveaway

We’re celebrating the change in seasons with another great Doris & Dude sock giveaway!

Feeling inspired by the beautiful natural world we find around us every day we’ve picked out our favourite autumn animal socks for this competition from our brand new Autumn/Winter 2020 collection, with something in every size range, including kids!

All you have to do is fill in the form using the button above, then sit back with your fingers crossed! When we close the competition on the 8th November one lucky winner will be drawn to choose one free pair of socks from these awesome autumn favourites:

Good luck!

Terms and conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • The prize is one pair of Doris & Dude socks from the choices listed above. No cash alternative is available. Doris & Dude reserve the right to substitute the prize for an alternative design according to stock availability.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 8th November 2020 and a winner will be drawn at random from all entries received and notified by email shortly after.
  • Entry is via the online form only. Automated entries are not accepted.
  • If the winner does not respond within 7 days of notification the competition will be redrawn and the prize awarded to a new winner.
  • Doris & Dude reserve the right to amend or withdraw this competition at their discretion and without notice.
  • UK residents only.
  • Promoter: Doris & Dude Ltd, 16 Porth Bean Road, Newquay TR7 3JE
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Meet… Elastane

And so we have arrived at the final instalment of our materials mini-series with a blog about Elastane. This is the smallest element of our super-soft sock recipe at a midgey 3% but don’t let that fool you – it’s a mighty little ingredient with a vital part to play!

Missed our earlier blogs in this series? Catch up here:

You’re probably aware of Elastane, and if you’re not it’s likely because you know it under one of its aliases – Lycra or (for our American friends) Spandex. They’re all the same thing.

(Fascinating fact: The name Spandex was chosen because of its being an anagram of “expands”.)

Elastane is a man-made fibre, invented in 1937, but not hitting the mass markets really until the 1960s. We’re not scientists so let’s keep this brief – it’s made through a series of chemical reactions, then spun into lightweight  fibres which can be used with a whole host of other materials, in our case bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester.

Its appeal comes from its super stretchability – it has such incredible elasticity it can be stretched to 7 times its original length and still ping back unharmed (anyone else picturing Mrs Incredible?). These stretchy properties make it ideal for any body-hugging garments – knickers, sportswear and you guessed it – socks. And because unlike other materials it can keep its shape after stretching again and again it keeps your Doris & Dude socks fitting like a glove (we should see about changing that saying)! 🤣

Have you seen our Easy Fit range? It contains less elastane at just 2%, making socks with a looser fit and gentler grip, ideal for larger calves, oedema or diabetes patients or swollen feet.

Read more about Easy Fit on our blog.

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Meet… Recycled Polyester

Recycled bottles with backlight

In number 3 of our mini series exploring the Doris & Dude sock formula, we look at recycled polyester, which makes up 17% of our fabric blend, after bamboo and organic cotton at 40% each.

Want to check out our previous materials blogs? Here they are: Bamboo and Organic Cotton.

Now we’ve all heard of polyester. It is one of the most common textiles used in clothing manufacture, accounting for around 65% of all fibres used in the textile industry. Have a quick look at a label in whatever you’re wearing now. My beloved favourite hoodie says 70% cotton, 30% polyester. Polyester has a multitude of industrial uses too. It’s a manmade fabric, with some impressive properties. It’s durable and long-lasting, lightweight and quick-drying, blends well with other fabrics and is resistant to stretch or shrinkage. It’s made from petrochemical products. Yep, that’s crude oil, the fossil fuel. Its production uses vast amounts of water and energy. It’s raw materials and by-products are toxic to air, land and sea. Feeling uncomfortable yet? So were we.

We wanted the benefits but not the massive carbon footprint, so we found our balance using recycled polyester. Recycled poly is made from PET. That’s plastic bottles when it’s at home. Recycled bottles are chipped, melted down, and spun into fibres which retain all the properties of virgin polyester. (Fascinating fact – 5 plastic bottles are enough to make one t-shirt). The production of recycled polyester uses up to 59% less energy, and produces up to 75% less CO2 emissions than its counterpart.

Recycling these existing PET products reduces our dependence on petroleum products – polyester accounts for around 60% of global PET production, a lot more than plastic bottles – and reduces our impact on the planet by reclaiming waste that could have ended up in landfill or the world’s oceans. And that’s why we use it in our funky, super soft socks.

And remember you can do your bit too. It’ not just your plastic bottles that belong in the recycling, it’s your old textiles too. Don’t break the circle by chucking your recycled polyester straight in the bin when it gets a hole in it. Check out our blog on textile recycling to see why it’s important and what you can do.

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Meet… Organic Cotton

Our second blog in this mini series devoted to explaining our material choices is organic cotton, making up 40% of the Doris & Dude sock formula (the same amount as bamboo. Check out our Meet Bamboo blog if you haven’t read it yet).

Cotton is without doubt one of the most popular and useful textiles on the plant – people have been using it for over 4,000 years. It’s light and breathable, and easy to work with, so no wonder we all love it so much.

However, standard cotton production is not kind to the planet. Conventional cotton production involves a LOT of irrigation. Farmers often need to extract ground water to raise their crops – at the expense of local communities already living with scarcity. Then there’s the fertilisers and insecticides, which are harmful to the environment and the people that work with them. Did you know 16% of all insecticides sold worldwide are for use in cotton production? Eye opener👀 .

So we choose to use organic cotton in our super soft sock formula, which is produced very differently.

Organic cotton is produced in areas where it can rely predominantly on rain water to quench its thirst. Water shortages across the globe are likely to become increasingly common in the future, and choosing organic over standard cotton is a step towards making a difference. Did you know an organic cotton t-shirt will save nearly 120 days of drinking water compared to its conventional equivalent?

Organic cotton production also avoids the use of genetically modified plants, reducing the power held by big GMO corporations over farmers, and without any toxic chemicals it is kinder to the local ecosystems and people working in the industry. The soil stays healthier, as well as the waterways and local food sources. Organic farmers grow food crops alongside their cotton that will benefit their own communities, and on a global scale, the natural methods they employ emit up to 46% less greenhouse gases than standard production.

So, if you can choose organic cotton, like we have, please do!

Next up in this series – Recycled polyester.

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Win A Pair Of Puffins!

As we’ve been celebrating National Marine Week recently we thought it was only right to do a new sock giveaway on the marine theme!

The puffin with its brightly coloured bill and endearing waddling gait and is a much treasured British seabird and a top favourite with Doris & Dude customers! So we’ve chosen our puffin design socks for this month’s giveaway. All you need to do is click the button above and fill in your details and you’re in the draw.

Our socks are made to a magic formula with bamboo and organic cotton, making them super soft and comfy, kind to your feet and kind to the planet. We think you’re going to love them!

Fingers crossed!

Terms and conditions

No purchase necessary.

The prize is one pair of Doris & Dude puffin socks in your choice of green or blue, UK size 3-7 or 7-11. No cash alternative is available. Doris & Dude reserve the right to substitute the prize for an alternative design according to stock availability.

Competition closes at midnight on 29th August 2020 and a winner will be drawn at random from all entries received and notified by email shortly after.

Entry is via the online form only. Automated entries are not accepted.

If the winner does not respond within 7 days of notification the competition will be redrawn and the prize awarded to a new winner.

Doris & Dude reserve the right to amend or cancel this competition at their discretion and without notice.

Promoter: Doris & Dude Ltd, 16 Porth Bean Road, Newquay TR7 3JE

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Meet Bamboo

Welcome to the first in a little series of blogs to enlighten you on the mysteries of our super soft sock formula of bamboo, organic cotton, recycled polyester and elastane.

First up: Bamboo at 40%

Bamboo is our superstar magic ingredient that gives Doris & Dude socks their unbeatable softness and comfort.

Now if you’re anything like us before we began our sock making adventure, you hear bamboo, you think panda food.

Well, definitely that is correct, but bamboo is a surprisingly versatile plant that can be turned into all manner of fantastic products with a pinch of creativity and a generous helping of science. In fact, a search of our home kitchen reveals some very useful bamboo products, from a soap dish to baby bowls. It can replace products made from plastic, metal, oil and others. But fabrics?? Turning green, crunchy, woody panda food into smooth, cushiony softness? Here goes…

Ina nutshell – squash it, soak it, spin it. Natural enzymes can turn crushed bamboo into fibres. And fibres can be spun to make threads, and there you have it. Ta-dah! Now, despite the recent weeks of home schooling, we are not science teachers, so that’s as far as we’ll go down that road, but hopefully you can see the process now!

Bamboo Fibre

So, why bamboo?

Well, if you’ve got a pair of our socks you know it makes super soft fabric that feels fab next to the skin, plus it’s nice and stretchy, and has natural wicking properties (bye bye sweaty feet) – a winning combination for socks you see.

You probably already know it’s the fastest growing plant in the world (a whopping 15cm per DAY!), but perhaps you didn’t know it can be grown in almost any climate. You can grow a lot of bamboo in a relatively small space, and it’s much more productive than other plants, plus it doesn’t need pesticides or chemical fertilizers, amongst its many benefits, so now you start to see why it puts less pressure on our planet.

Just time for one last fascinating fact: Bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide than a tree, and produces 35% more oxygen!

Beautiful bamboo – it truly is amazing stuff and we love it.

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Treat Your Feet with Beeutiful Foot Balm

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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Daddy Cool

Heads up – Sunday 21st June is Fathers’ Day so get ahead of the game now with a cool gift for a cool dad, from that’s right, a cool sock company 😉

Socks are a classic gift for Dads, and there’s good reason for that (new socks are USEFUL). But this year switch it up with some bright colours and funky designs that are sure to raise a smile on Fathers’ Day. And with a winning formula of sustainable bamboo and organic cotton you can rest easy knowing your choice is doing its own little bit to help keep the planet cool too.

Here are a few thoughts to get you going…

A Superfood for a Superdad!

Blue Avocado UK size 11-14 (also available size 7-11)

Lookin’ good in geometrics

Green Triangle UK size 7-11

Sheep are a Doris & Dude best seller

Green Sheep UK size 7-11

Stripes are always a crowd pleaser!

Blue Stripe UK size 7-11

Man’s Best Friend

Grey Dog UK size 7-11

Browse and filter through our new look webshop to discover more nature inspired, funky design, super soft and totally lush socks to find the perfect pair for your dad this Fathers’ Day.

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Spring Bees Competition

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

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

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:

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.

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

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