Very embarassing. I sent the socks back and was told that they are SUPPOSED to look that way. I hadn't noticed the mark before and thought it was new, but it was a feature, not a defect. So Vermont Country Store is actually sending me an extra pair of socks. Very sweet.
I actually went to the real Vermont Country Store in Weston, VT. I’ve been getting their catalog for years, so I wanted to try out the actual store, and I was in Weston for an audition, so I went.
I bought a couple of pairs of Darn Tough socks. They were pricey, but they promised to last a lifetime because they were made in the USA. I actually already had a pair of Darn Tough socks, which were doing pretty well, so I felt good about this purchase.
I get so mad at all the cheap Chinese junk I buy that breaks right away and often does not even work at all right out of the box. The idea of buying made in USA goods really inspired me.
So the third time I wore this pair of socks, it was with a pair of Mary Janes and the strap caused the surface pattern to disintegrate. This was only the third time I wore this pair of socks — and naturally I had already thrown out the packaging. I called the Vermont Country Store — and since I bought the socks from the physical store and not from the catalog — they referred me over to the physical store and wouldn’t deal with me in catalog customer returns. I left a voice mail. I didn’t even get to speak to a human being.
It’s not even the $34 or so that I paid for the socks. It’s the annoyance that this is yet another worthless piece of junk that I have to waste time on. The time is almost not worth it.
But I am so sick and tired of buying junk and being cheated. I feel particularly betrayed that these creeps played on my patriotism to buy even worse junk than I would have bought made in China. I trusted these folks and they betrayed me. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, you know.
I should get little voodoo dolls and start sticking pins in them. That’s what I should do.
Here's a picture showing where the straps from my shoes wore off the surface pattern of the socks. It's those stripey, grey blotches.