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Lockdown SockCycling: Part 1

Well here we are in UK Lockdown 2. Perhaps you’re wondering what to do with yourself, perhaps you’re wondering where you can find enough hours in the day. So why not ditch the boring zoom meetings and homeschool headaches for a day, and lighten up with one of these easy sock craft projects instead with our new mini series of Lockdown SockCycling! Besides, your sock drawer will get a good clear out ready to accommodate the lush new D&Ds you got for Christmas – it’s a win-win.

First up it’s You, The Kids and The Pets.

For you

Soothe away the stresses of the day or muscle aches with a homemade heat pack. Half fill your sock with rice, tie a knot in the end, and job’s a good’un. Pop in the microwave for 30 seconds and r e l a x …

If you’re feeling more ambitious you could nicely sew it shut and sprinkle with your favourite aromatherapy oil.

For The Pets

Fun and games for your furry friends! For dogs, tie a few socks tightly together to make a tug-of-war toy. For cats slide in a toilet roll tube and fill with some stuffing (no, not the paxo type) and a pinch of catnip. Make sure to supervise your fur babies with your creations.

For the kids

Get creative with the kids with a classic sock puppet! Give them funny faces with buttons, googly eyes, pipecleaners, pom poms or whatever else you can find. Why not make a box theatre and film your sock people in crazy conversation? Points awarded for the number of sock puns you can shoehorn in.

Next time we’ll have some fun uses for old socks for the crafters and DIYers among you! Don’t forget to send us your photos!

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Socks To Make You Smile This Christmas

Christmas 2020 is going to be different, no doubt about that. But here at D&D, just like our bold and colourful socks we like to look on the bright side of life (go on, sing it out, you know you want to!).

This year there are bubbles and video calls to think of, travel deadlines and social distancing, but giving thoughtful gifts and making people smile are something that doesn’t have to change!

At Doris & Dude this year we’ve brought you dozens of new designs in our Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections, a new size range for the youngsters in UK 9-12 and the brand new Easy Fit range, alongside our existing mens, womens, kids (UK 12-3) and Toast ranges. All our new products are made to the same high standards of comfort and sustainability as ever, using our super soft sock formula with bamboo, organic cotton and recycled polyester, so you know your gifts won’t cost the Earth.

We’ve gathered up a few of our favourites to get you thinking. Order before 18th December for delivery in time for Christmas.

Christmas Socks

Get festive with these fun designs!

Socks For Him

Dad, Husband, Grandad – choose socks to make him smile

Socks For Her

The Lady in your life will love these bright styles

Kids Socks

UK 9-12 for the little ones, and 12-3 for the older ones

Easy Fit

Ideal for those with larger calves or health conditions causing swelling such as oedema or diabetes, and no boring colours or dull designs to be seen!

Toast

Super thick and extra lush, these winter warmers are a treat for your feet

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Christmas Sock Giveaway!

  • * COMPETITION NOW CLOSED *

Christmas is coming, and how could we not offer you the chance to win a set of fantastic his and hers Christmas sprout socks!

With a huge range of bright and bold socks in funky designs for all the family, of course Christmas socks from Doris & Dude are always super popular! From Santa to snowmen, penguins to puddings, we’ve got a pair of socks to make you smile.

And don’t forget, until 4th December you can Do More as part of our Green Friday deal, because when you buy 2 pairs, we’ll give a pair to DISC Newquay, our local charity supporting those in need.

All you have to do is fill in the form using the button above.  When we close the competition on 10th December one lucky winner will be drawn to win 2 pairs of matching Christmas sprout socks, one in UK size 3-7 and another in UK size 7-11.

Merry Christmas!


Terms and conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • The prize is two pairs of Doris & Dude socks as described above. No cash alternative is available. Doris & Dude reserve the right to substitute the prize for an alternative style according to stock availability.
  • Competition closes at midnight on 10th December 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 entries only.
  • Promoter: Doris & Dude Ltd, 16 Porth Bean Road, Newquay TR7 3JE
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Green Is The New Black

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.

Shop Christmas Socks:

Shop The Autumn/Winter 2020 Collection:

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Autumn Sock Giveaway

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!

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.