Socks seem to come and go as they please, abandoning monogamy – and feet – by stowing away stealthily under couches and beds or seeming to evaporate altogether.
Tired of starting each day with one sock on and one sock who knows where, Clayton’s Kevin Bunn thinks he’s found a better way. Too many days, he said, got off on the wrong foot simply because he couldn’t find a matching pair of socks.
“Every morning, I could never find two socks that would match,” Bunn said. “Whenever I did laundry, I didn’t match the socks; I just put them in the drawer. I was getting frustrated in the morning, and I was running late, and it would put me in a bad mood. Eventually, I figured out what it was – the socks.”
Bunn said the plague of mismatched socks was bad enough when it was just him, but now he and his wife have two young children.
“My 3-year-old daughter, she doesn’t have two pairs of socks that are the same,” Bunn said. “Matching up her socks just about drove me crazy.”
For the past five years Bunn has been working on his invention, and this month, at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, he’s bringing it to market. There he will unveil the “Sockdock,” an elastic string and plastic caddy meant for holding on to socks, with a hanger shaped like a foot. At the show he’s hoping to catch the eye of retailers like Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.
“Basically it eliminates the need for a sock drawer,” Bunn said. “You keep it by your hamper and clip in the pairs of socks and throw it in the wash. We say ‘from dirty feet to clean and neat.’ ”
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