Have you ever given much thought to the socks you wear? Not based on color and what goes well with your outfit, but do you give any attention to how you put your socks on or how you pair socks after doing laundry? If you haven’t, I’m here to turn your world upside down today. Brace yourself: there are left-footed socks and right-footed socks, and it matters which socks are paired together after doing laundry and which sock goes on each foot in the morning.
Why you need to pair your socks
Most people are born with two feet. A left foot and a right foot. Some might joke that they have two left feet, but if they did, they would be the exception.
The reason you need to pair your socks (left foot and right foot together) is because the tips of your toes are uneven. Your big toe is longer than your pinky toe. Because of this, your foot is angled, thus creating the left foot and right foot. Because of this reason, shoes come in left and right pairs. You should treat your socks the same way you treat your shoes. Now, if you’re like most of my family and friends, you’re already laughing, but here’s my proof:
Here’s a quick test to prove my point. Take off your left sock off now and put it on your right foot. How does it feel? I bet it doesn’t feel right. That’s because your socks stretch to your foot. It doesn’t take long to break a new pair of socks in. Some say that their socks reset after each wash; however, I disagree and can instantly tell when I have a formed sock on the wrong foot.
How to pair socks
Once the laundry is done and you are ready to pair your socks, all you need to do is the following:
- Grab all your socks
- Separate by color/style
- Grab a pile and look at the big toe area. If it looks like a left-footed sock, put it in a pile on the left. If it looks like a right-footed sock, put it in a pile on the right.
- You should now have an equal number in both the left and right pile. If so, you can start folding the socks together. If you don’t have equal numbers in each pile, you made an error and need to reexamine your sock piles.
Critics reluctantly agree
Growing up, I would take all my socks, unpair them and then repair them with the proper left and right side. When my parents noticed what I was doing, they thought I was crazy. After I showed them why I was pairing my socks, they tried their best to pair them when they did laundry.
Why I do the laundry
When I got married, I told my wife about my issue with socks. She gave me the same “you’re crazy” reaction that I received years earlier from my parents. Even though my wife reluctantly saw my point of view, she was not willing to pair socks. So, with that being said, that is why I started doing the laundry for our entire family.
Doing our family laundry is a small price to pay to ensure proper sock wear. Okay, maybe this is a stretch, and I have taken it too far, but at my age, I am not going to change.
I think the biggest pushback regarding this entire issue is not that fact that it is absolutely crazy. I think that most people see it as a waste of time. It is just another extra step in the laundry process that most people don’t like doing in the first place.
What’s the most unique laundry preference at your house? Share your experiences below.