Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SOLMATE SOCKS - What Is A Recycled Sock and Do I Want One?

    Well, actually, you don't want one sock - you want two.  But, as we all know, socks seem to have a mind of their own.  They get lost in the dryer or the sock drawer and we end up matching them with a different sock or not wearing them at all.  Then RUNKA came upon Solmate Socks and found that no two of their socks are alike!  You can lose, misplace or mismatch as many Solmate Socks as you want and still have a pair!  They look and feel great and are all made out of recycled cotton!  As you could imagine RUNKA fell in love with them.

                                             The genius behind this particular brand of madness is Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady of Vermont and here is her story.  We really like her line "mismatched with care".

Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady is the founder and owner of Solmate Socks. The company is named after her mom, Sunny, who taught Marianne how to knit when she was nine years old. Marianne continued a life long enthusiasm for knitting, but it wasn't until she started knitting socks that her real passion was born.


 Over the years Marianne knit over one hundred pairs of socks for family and friends. She then decided to turn her hobby into a business and in the year 2000 Solmate Socks was born. Her colorful and complex patterns are knit in the USA at a family owned knitting mill, hand finished and then "mismatched with care."

The company is run in a small town in central Vermont, where the Socklady is surrounded and inspired by the woods, brook, gardens and hills of the countryside. 


 Social & Environmental Responsibility

Solmate Socks is proud to be an official Vermont Business Environmental Partner ( We are, and always have been since the company started in the year 2000, committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business.

In line with Vermont Business Environmental Partnership standards:

    Solmate Socks continuously seeks out improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water, and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing recycled products; and, reducing our use of toxic products. We are committed to pollution prevention, continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements. 
         Everybody at Runka loves their Solmate Socks - yup, we wear 'em - and we think the company is great, too.  Go to and then let us know what you think.

    1 comment:

    1. I've bought a couple pairs of Solmate Socks from Runka. I like that the socks are made in the USA using recycled cotton. And their very cool to wear!!