Ques. Do you shoot? Answer: Yes – Excellent
Answer: No – See next question
Ques. Do you wear socks? Answer: Yes – Also excellent
Since 2005Shooting Socks has been caressing the feet of many a fine gentleman and lady shooter (and beater, farmer, gamekeeper, rider, fashion conscious dandy….the list goes on!)
As a family-run business, (also a shooting family) and having been in Country related retail for more than 30 years, we became aware that there simply wasn’t the choice available for all tastes and / or budgets – not to mention styles to suit all occasions. For all their bravado, shooting stockings and garters are inextricably linked to sport and outdoor pursuits.
Country attire thrived from the 1860s and onward
It was popularised by Queen Victoria and her passion for all things Scottish and indeed fieldsports. In fact, “knickers” that became Plus Fours et al, were primarily worn by women at the time*Later, they were introduced to the USA by Prince Edward in the 1920’s and have thrived and evolved since, but we probably have the famous golfer, Payne Stewart to thank specifically, as an avid wearer of colourful Argyle socks with his breeks, spawning the need for ever more exuberant hosiery, both here and around the world. Who remembers the inimitable Tin Tin in his?
In the field whatever the weather………
these trousers were worn with shoes or leather ankle boots, (and sometimes still are,) so they could change their woollen stockings for dry ones as soon as they got back. Nowadays, our current leather and rubber boots tend to do a better job, and our socks are designed to look truly marvellous atop a country welly or a pair of leather knee-highs.
On the subject of being properly clothed for the purpose, the Gentleman’s Gazette states “The shirt is usually a darker tattersall pattern that is loosely cut to prevent restricting movement. To ensure the breeks stay up, one should use some nice suspenders / braces.” We say, Amen to that!
Naturally, we wear our socks ourselves
Every year we design our exclusive range of limited editions, choosing each shade and yarn individually and lovingly. From the fairly spectacular, to the more subdued country hues. We pride ourselves on our feminine stockings too and have an ever increasing array of ladies’ hose to choose from. We do our own photography, and use our own Gundogs as models (this has its difficulties from time to time!)
We work closely with our British manufacturers, who combine traditional skills developed over 200 years with the latest knitting technology, to produce the finest collection of socks. Some are still hand knitted, and most are hand finished. We understand our customers’ requirements, and with over a century of combined experience, we’d like to think we do them rather well.
We are proud to have supplied productions such as Downton Abbey for their Shooting scenes, and at the other end of the scale, Aussie “Ladette to Lady” , and “The ministry of curious stuff” with Vic Reeves amongst others.
The largest selection of shooting hosiery you will find
In fact, we believe we have the largest selection of shooting hosiery and accessories available anywhere in one glorious Sock Drawer of a website. So, stockings and Suspenders – Socks and Garters, however you refer to them…, we strive to make them stylish, comfortable, often unique and always an essential part of the Country kit. There is something for everyone, whether you are subtly bestockinged or sublimely outrageous and gartered to the hilt!
Head of marketing – The Webury Group, www.ShootingSocks.co.uk