Achile in America!

Hello, my name is ted and I’m a sockaholic.

“…Hi Ted!” The crowd returns.
Yes, it’s true. I have a fetish for socks. It began just around high school years when my friend Peter and I decided we would no longer wear white socks. Nope, those were for normal people. Bring on the challenge of the ugly, the striped, the gender-confused, and the flat-out ridiculous. For years we rummaged through thrift-stores for the rare set of interesting socks.

ted and an ugly pair or red/black socks

Peter specialized in ugly colors and I specialized in ugly patterns. I’ve got sparkly argyle, rainbow striped, socks with toes, socks with santa, mermaids, ghosts, dogs, cats, ostriches, flags, metro maps, the list goes on far too long. My lucky softball socks stretch beyond my knees and have baby blue stripes. I call them my Mia Hamm Lucky Softball Socks and you should see the other team quiver as I pull them up to their full extension. They know a world of hurt is coming their way.

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of ugly socks for men. Your lucky to find an ugly pair of argyle or maybe something with a slight striped edge to them. I have huge feet, so I’ve learned through trial and error that I can’t wear too many womens socks. Although I do have a pair of girl scout socks that barely go past my ankles.

Fortunately, my friend Jean-Pierre introduced me to the world of Achile about 7 years ago. This french company creates socks in the same mode as beanie babies. Every three months or so, they release a new gamut of designs. Not only do they satisfy my craving for quirky, they’re downright comfy to boot. Every time I go to Paris, I start with a trip to the Samaritaine or BHV to grab a few pairs. Some people return with wine and cheese. I return with socks and socks.

ted's latest achile sock purchases

Achile in America

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I found a store, Citizen Clothing, in the Castro selling Achile. They had a nice selection and the prices were reasonable, $20. If I hadn’t just returned with new stock I would have gotten a cool pair of puppy socks.

Now, if you can’t get to Paris for your socks, fly on over to San Francisco and check out Citizen Clothing. If that is a bit much, try the new Achile online store. They actually have great prices online and a super selection.


  1. Excellent. I to appreciate the French taste in socks and I too buy many pair each time I go. I have have some wonderful Archile’s with cartoon snails and even mosquitoes on them. Thanks to your post I now have some leads on where to find some good socks in the U.S. Thanks, Terry

  2. i can’t use the achile site, and it looks like the citizen site is for men–do you know how to get the achile site to accept credit card info? i used to buy achile socks at jacobson’s but they are out of business for years and my socks are wearing out–this is an emergency! i will not accept imitations!

  3. Good news: Achile has finally launched their own site with their own url.

    It’s also good to note that they are having an anniversary sale and are bundling socks with a free second pair. The second one is generic black with the guy in the chair logo. I saw a number of new styles at Citizen Clothing recently.

  4. ted,

    will you try to use their site to see whether it will work for you?

    thanks so much if you do, because it never asks me to pay for my stuff, then dumps my order!

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