Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Seoul, city of SOCKS!

Can't decide what to buy your friends and fam for Christmas? I suggest socks! And Seoul has plenty of 'em. One can't help but notice the prevalence of sock vendors around the city; in the subways, along the sidewalks, and one after another in any shopping area. They range from the practical to the downright wacky. They're long, short, plain, colorful, and some even get political. Korean heartthrobs grace the cotton of some varities, along with old standbys Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty. Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and "Coach" socks go for just two or three dollars a pair on the streets of Itaewon. In fact, they're as afforable as their less illustrious counterparts. So, this holiday season, stuff the stockings with . . . stockings!

I'm particularly keen on the variety of tights in Korea. In a rainbow of colors, they come with feet, without feet, and even with half a foot . . . but no heel. A fashionista's options are endless!

Wintertime offerings get warmer 'n fuzzier, but socks are plentiful in Seoul year-round.

The won-yen exchange rate has brought many a Japanese tourist to Korea in recent weeks just for shopping. Something tells me they aren't buying "Dokdo Love" socks, though. I wonder if there are "Takeshima Love" socks in Japan???


Vic in Long Beach, CA said...

Inquiring minds want to know, do socks travel in herds, or packs, or what? Gee, that sale must have been near the soul of Seoul! (sorry sorry! ;-) ) And I do know that Seoul is not pronounced the same way as the English speakers say it! Thank you so much for the photos!

Abby Rhodes said...

Hey, Vic!

Thanks, as always, for your comments. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!


Anonymous said...

What an insight you have! A Seoulite of more than 30 years, I have never seen anyone nicknaming it a city of SOCKS.
Anyways, it's more fortunate Seoul is dubbed a city of SOCKS, not SUCKS, isn't it?