“Everyone loved the sock wall so much; I thought I should open a sock shop.” –owner Holly GummeltThe Sock Monster was birthed from Monster Art and Clothing’s previous owner Holly Gummelt, who now specializes on a specific kind of fashion accessory. She says, “Everyone loved the sock wall so much, I thought I should open a sock shop.” And it’s stocked with rows of socks, as far as the eye can see. A colorful pallet of funky patterns, brights and stripesthere are socks of all types. Ankle, knee-high, over-the-knee; whatever socks you fancy, chances are Sock Monster has ‘em. And so the ladies don't have all the fun, there is an entire men’s wall—this is THE place to go for funky men’s socks, especially considering it’s Seattle’s only sock shop. There’s also a great kid’s selection. And Holly has got all women's lower layering needs covered, with an awesome tights selection, leggings, leg-warmers, and even arm-warmers.
Most of Sock Monster’s socks are from small businesses with a sustainable focus that use factories with fair labor practices. These socks are made from various fibers like organic cotton, hemp, alpaca, merino wool, bamboo and recycled fibers (from industry salvage and plastic bottles). The “Sock It To Me” brand from a local Portland designer is in abundance here; and these babies stay up, which makes them a hit with the derby girls. You’ll also find (Portland-based) Flipside handmade hats, local Alchemy Goods bags and wallets.
Sock It To Me socks, designed in Portland, in every color of the rainbow, with tons of zany patterns from monkeys and fish to bikes and stripes, $9/pair (buy 2 get 3rd half off)
Rocks n Socks earth friendly foot fashion in dozens of colorful stripes and patterns; they’re knit in the USA with yarn made from recycled cotton and plastic bottles, men’s and women’s styles
Vessel Drinkware locally made, BPA free, reusable water bottles and mugs in stainless steel and double-wall porcelain. There’s a huge selection of art designs and colors, $9-$33
Wallingford Hula Hoops made local in the ‘hood for kids and adults, customizable and they come with a free half-hour hoop lesson, $20-25 kids, $35-50 adult
Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.