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Athletic socks are important to your health

Running race season is coming up. Make sure you have the best athletic socks on you.

People who train regularly know how important it is to invest in proper sports apparel. It makes your life and trainings easier and your body will be thankful, plus chances are sport dedicated clothes are likely to boost your results as well.

Sport socks massively affect the comfort of your feet whilst running

Being more enthusiastic rather than a professional runner, I was using any t-shirt or leggings I had in my closet. When I started to run six months ago I didn't put a thought into searching for proper sports socks. Buying good running shoes seemed to me to already be a big commitment. However, after two months of running and with my first encounter of the autumn cold weather, I decided to buy some proper sport clothes. Although I still put more attention into colours rather than functionality. Two things however, pushed me into thinking more about the latter: signing up for the Manchester 10k run and joining Stand4 Socks team. It turned out socks can be technologically advanced and it massively affects the comfort of your feet whilst running.

MEN'S YELLOW ANKLE SUPPORT SPORT SAFE LAND SOCK

WOMEN'S PINK ANKLE SUPPORT SPORT SAFE LAND SOCK

Stand4 Socks offers sport socks for any active occasion

The unique ripped base of the Stand4 Socks sports socks gives a massage effect helping with circulation and overall comfort. They also have a thicker reinforced support throughout to avoid rubs and Y-Tech fit for close ankle fit. The high quality seamless toe closure is a blessing for active feet. Those socks truly makes your feet happy :-) Stand4 prepared multiple sports socks models with different features to choose from and all socks are also linked with the UN Global Goals Stand4 supports. So we take care of our feet and at the same time have good impact in the World.

Make sure you check the whole sports socks range!

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1) Everybody Needs Socks

You might have thought of rewarding your hard-working staff with gifts. Always a good idea, but what would you hand out to them? Maybe vouchers? Well, lots of vouchers and gift cards are never spent. It is a great deal for retailers, but your employees may put the vouchers in a cupboard and forget about them until they expire. Socks do not have an expiration date - you can always use them. Furthermore, socks are way more personal than boring gifts like vouchers, pens, or USB sticks. Usually its family who give socks as gifts but this could work to your advantage. Handing out socks could will make your company feel like a big family, where people feel comfortable and consequently work harder.

2) Brand Recognition

Your staff will also be surprised to be given socks. If they are surprised, they aren't bored and stay motivated. Also imagine if someone sees one of your staff members wearing socks with your company logo. Only an employee who really identifies with his company would wear his employer´s logo on his socks. This will strengthen your brand and attract new customers and future applicants.

3) High Quality

So now that you know why socks are a great gift, why should you choose Stand4 Socks and not the cheapest option available? Well, on poor quality socks your company logo may be worn out quickly and no longer recognisable. With Stand4 Socks you don't have to worry about quality. Our socks are more durable than a standard sock thanks to reinforced heels and toes. No more holes.

4) Supporting Great Causes

We are a certified social enterprise. Every pair of our socks is linked to a United Nations Global Goal. One pair could plant 10 trees or vaccinate 3 kids against measles. Furthermore, our socks are ethically manufactured. Supporting great causes connects you and your staff on an emotional level, they are more motivated if they share the same values. Just as customers are more likely to buy your products if you actively help improving society and environment. A survey carried out by the PR consultancy Wriglesworth Research found out that a stunning 89% believes companies should support charities and their local communities.

5) Publicity

There is a real chance of good publicity for your company if you choose to cooperate with Stand4 Socks. Companies donate to charity all the time, so you may not get much attention for it. However, cooperating with an innovative social enterprise is something new and interesting. Imagine if you hand out 100 pairs of socks to your staff and supply 100 homeless people with socks at the same time. You would cause a real impact that is worth reporting.

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Everybody hates smelly socks - as well as smelly feet of course

Is there any way to prevent them? Maybe just stop sweating? Unfortunately, that isn't really possible and besides that, sweat itself doesn't actually have odour. What causes the smell is bacteria on the skin breaking down sweat when it leaves the pores. Therefore, to reduce the amount of bacteria as well as smell, you can always just wear antibacterial socks!

Antibacterial socks made of bamboo

Some companies offer socks treated with silver nanoparticles (particles that are up to 0.0001 mm sized pieces of silver). Sounds fancy, but they do come with problems. Not only can the nanoparticles wash off and harm the environment but bacteria is also adapting to these particles.

With bamboo you don't have to worry about that. Being the fastest growing plant in the world, bamboo yields the same volume as cotton from only 10% of the land area. Unlike cotton, bamboo is 100% biodegradable and only requires natural amounts of rain water to grow fast. Bamboo also grows natural and doesn't need fertilizers and pesticides - much better for our planet!

PAISLEY PINK GENDER EQUALITY BAMBOO SOCK

SPIRAL BLUE & PINK WATER BAMBOO SOCK

STRIPE EDUCATION BAMBOO
SOCK

Bamboo Socks suitable for allergy sufferers

But, fighting bad smell isn't the only reason why you should consider antibacterial socks. There are surprisingly a lot of health risks linked with bacteria on your feet. If you have diabetes for example, it is absolutely essential to take good care of your feet and bamboo could be the answer. Due to their soft fabric, bamboo socks are less likely to irritate your skin. Bamboo socks are also are non-allergenic. Reducing the amount of bacteria also reduces the risk of fungal infections like athlete's foot.

Tinea pedis, widely known as athlete's foot, is a common skin infection which causes itching, burning and peeling of the foot's skin. Could bamboo socks help preventing it? Of course.

Athlete´s foot feels most comfortable in damp conditions. Bamboo fiber absorbs moisture away from the skin and keeps your feet drier.

Bamboo socks have multiple benefits

So, if you want to fight unpleasant smells, reduce the risk of infections and cause less harm to the environment, bamboo socks are definitely the right choice for you. Plus, they are extremely comfortable and last longer than standard socks and with each pair sold you are contributing to a great cause. What's not to like?

 

Find even more information about bamboo socks and their benefits by clicking here.

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"Hundreds of thousands of people will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas."

 

December 2016, BBC News

On Dec 1st we read an article on BBC News about homelessness in England. Stand4 is new to that issue. We created a littleHomeless collection that is specifically dedicated to helping out those who live on the street. But numbers are just terrifying and heartbreaking and the same time.

The latest reports say that there is more than quarter of million people in England. Chief executive of Shelter charity organisation Campbell Robb says that: "Hundreds of thousands of people will face the trauma of waking up homeless this Christmas".

The analysis shows homelessness is at its highest rates in central London, with as many as one in around 25 without a home. It means 4% of London population lives on the street. Nobody deserves sleeping on the street. As Des Wilson, one the charity's founders, says: "one person without a home is one too many."

British government planned to invest over £500m during the course of this parliament to tackle homelessness. It's a big number but let's not forget the outcome of this investment will not come any soon. And we know politics does not act in the quickest way. Therefore we strongly believe in making even the smallest effort to help these people not tomorrow but TODAY. Looking into how Stand4 could tangibly support this issue we learnt that one of the most requested items was socks! Which we knew a little about.

GREY TWISTED COTTON HOMELESS SOCK

RED THICK TWISTED COTTON HOMELESS SOCK

Consequently Stand4 brought to life special Homelesscollection. It is a BUY ONE = GIVE ONE act of help. With every pair of thick twisted cotton socks sold, we directly give a homeless person a pair of thick, black, antibacteria socks. Simple. You can be a part of that movement. Buy one pair of grey or red socks and we, together, will make a much needed gift to a person without a home and place to sleep.

 

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The water consumption of the average person is constantly increasing. Currently, in the UK  each person uses approximately 150 litres of water a day. That’s 54,750 litres a year!

Did you know running a tap for just one minute uses 6 litres of water? That’s 1 litre every 10 seconds.

A great way to save water is to reduce the amount of meat you eat. Swap out the beef in your curry and add potato instead? Growing a pounds worth of potato will consume 60 pound of water. A pound of beef will need more than 20,000 pounds of water! No joke! You can save more water by not eating a pound of meat, rather than not showering for 6 whole months.

Unthinkable amounts of water is used to grow crops each year, understandably, but now the farming of livestock consumes the majority of the world’s crops. That's a mind boggling amount of water used!

Did you know farming a million pigs or more requires the same amount of water as a city?

So many people don’t have any access to safe and clean water and we waste so much without even knowing it. To help, you can, reduce the amount of meat you eat, turn the tap off when you brush your teeth, don’t flush the toilet when it’s not needed - your snotty tissue can go in the bin, don’t flush it! Being mindful of your consumption can actually save a lot more than you think. 

As part of mission, we want to provide safe and clean water to those who can’t access any. Our water socks will give the necessary safe and clean water for a whole year! 

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Christmas shopping can be rough, trying to find the quirkiest and jazzy presents can be exhausting. To save you time and energy, here is the ultimate guide for buying socks for anyone and everyone.

Let’s start with secret Santa, you've got the guy in the office that cycles to work and eats kale and quinoa. It's cool, we got you. Our specially designed sport ankle socks are the way forward. Providing the necessary support, blister protection and sweat collection, these jazzy yet fully function socks are sure to wow!

 

Now, for your sister. She's allergic to everything so bath bombs and perfume are out the window. How about our natural cotton socks? Creating luxury bliss and a place of refuge for her toes. Using natural cotton fibre means they're super soft and cozy but doesn't irritate the skin. She can wear Stand4 socks every day and not feel a thing.

 

Mum is a keen recycler and knows that every little helps when it comes to helping the environment. Our bamboo socks would be ideal! Our packaging is fully recyclable and if you opt for a gift box, they can be upcycled into handy storage. Not to mention their naturally antibacterial AND biodegradable.

 

What about Dad? Everyone knows dads only get new socks when it’s Christmas time so it’s vital that you replace those rotten, hole ridden cloths he calls socks and give him a fresh new pair. All of our socks are made with reinforced heel and toe sections to make sure they'll last much longer than a couple of months.

Just remember, you may be gifting the best pair of socks ever but you're also helping out brilliant causes. Check out the causes you'll be helping here - causes 

 

 

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Bring on the Secret Santa and make them

LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD!

We wonder if discussions about Trump and politics were finally taken over by something more trivial? For example like Christmas around the corner? Chances are people in their workplaces across the country are now talking about Secret Santa gifts. It's such a joyful tradition and we love the surprise that comes along unpacking the gifts and them guessing who sent it!

But here in Stand4 Socks we are not about just buying things and reckless consumerism. If you need to buy something why not buy something that makes a change in the world while also helping some other people? Doing it that way, you double your efforts and make Secret Santa gift to not one but multiple amount of people..... Multiplying goodness is our philosophy and we will keep advocating that idea!

We decided to help you do more good plus we reckon Santa Claus and socks have been in love for ages now!!! Right? Let's keep it that way but in a modern style. Socks are a staple of many Christmas gifts, lets face it everyone needs them! But why just give 'another' pair of socks? We do ethically made bamboo, cotton and homeless socks which also have an impact on the UN Global Goals or Homeless in the UK,

We created a unique special discount code to be used just because we love to see more people happy wearing Stand4 socks and more people we could help each day.

Use discount code "SecretSanta16" to get FREE SHIPPING on our whole range of socks for next 2 WEEKS and enjoy the happiness around you.

Our homeless and sport / active collection perfectly fall into £10 budget usually chosen for Secret Santa. Now with free shipping and new packaging our pair of socks will be delivered as a nice ready-to-be-given gift.

Let's make this Xmas time super special and joyful!

 

 

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Who knew wearing your favourite pattern on a pair of bright red socks could make you the best person you can be?

First of all, wearing those socks shows off your boldness and screams to the world just how individual you are. You can strut your stuff into that job interview, serious meeting, or even your wedding being dressed impress. You may be in a black suit looking all serious but that hint of fun in your socks just makes everyone around you not only notice you, but remember you. 

The courage it takes to step out in those bright multi-coloured unconventional socks is greater than you can imagine. Even Harvard business school researched the sock trend and found that by wearing snazzy socks, you feel more confident and therefore are perceived as a well-rounded individual who is a definite success.

Really, the socks are not the be all and end all, and you still have to work your butt off for everything you want to achieve. And the socks are not lucky either so you can’t rely on that factor, but if confidence makes you a more defined and driven person then wear those sailor socks to your job interview, your confidence will shine through.

Bright is the new black, and live whilst you can. Going against the grain is a great way to be who you need to be. Your socks may only be socks to them, but to you? They’re your identity.  

 

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You should have at least one lonely sock hanging out in the drawer, especially as 676 million socks are lost in the UK every year. Why not reuse the poor chap and turn him into a funky new gadget? 

You could, stretch the orphaned sock over a dry mop and have a new jazzy mop head which keeps your floors sparkling clean, collecting even the smallest of crumbs.

Or, you could, make scented laundry balls. Instead of wasting your money on anti-run cloths or dryer sheets, use an old sock. The best part about it? It’s free! Socks are super absorbent, so by rolling your lone sock in a ball and chucking it in the washing machine, it’s sure to absorb any running colours that may occur. Or even add some scented oils and add it to the tumble dryer, making your laundry smell delicious and soaking up any extra water that may be lingering. Or even reuse these balls again, making them into the most bespoke moth balls in the world. Between 4-6 balls should do the job.

Eager runner? Trim your sock down the just the elastic band top and slide it up your arm for a one of a kind phone holder. With it only being a short distance from your head, there’s certainly enough movement for you to plug in your headphones. You could even trim a further down the sock to you can hook over the excess material into the elastic and create a makeshift pocket for keys or tissues. If the running doesn’t work out so well, you can always use this new invention as a tight bandage for a sprain.

Sore joints from all that searching for the other socks? Use your lonely socks as heated pain relief. Fill it with dry rice, any kind, add some essential oils and microwave for approx. 2 mins for a relaxing temperature. This is sure to calm any swelling or joint pain you’re experiencing. 

With having multiple unmatched socks, you could make some very cool plant pot covers. If your desk is beige, and your computer is black, and everything surrounding you is clinical and so office, why not get some small indoor plants and slide the pots into your bright, colourful and unused socks. Creating colour to brighten your day.

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So fathers day in the UK is just around the corner (Sunday 19th June, for those who ‘forgot’). What do we get that guy in our lives who typically has everything? Socks? Surely not! They are dull boring right? Well think again…

I design all the socks for Stand4 to be bright and bold, far from your typical black socks — this is becuase they are meant to stand out from the crowd and be noticed. Yes they are ethically made, yes they are high quality with a seamless toe closure..reinforced heel and toe, but we don't buy our superhero Dads gifts based on just functionality do we?

Every pair of socks has an impact

Each pair has an impact in a developing country through a ‘buy one, give one’ model. However, we realise that ‘giving’ socks is not the greatest need in some of these countries, so we give impacts like education, vaccines or healthcare. So that gift for your Dad, could also be a gift for someone else. All you need to decide is which type of dad do you have?

Do you have a green dad? or does he love a bit of gardening maybe?

Our eco socksupports global sustainability by planting 10 trees …(from each pair of socks yes). Maybe best suited for the eco conscious Dad, the design reflects its cause with shades of greens and brown.

4Education Dad

Our exciting paisley pattern sock supports childrens education in countries impacted by war, by providing 12 days education from each pair. Aligned with United Nations Global Goal 4 of achiving global quality eduaction.

4Health Dad

The baby blue sock may remind him of his school days, apparently stripe socks were all the range then. This sock supports the reduction of child mortality by vaccinating 3 kids againt measles in countries like Bangledesh and India. Reflected by a ‘bear’ cause logo on the ankle, like all our socks to show what cause they are supporting and Stand4.

4Equality Dad

Arguably our most popular sock, the design reflects the importance of equal rights for both men and women through the blue and pink. Supporting the global work of WomenKind Worldwide, this sock not only has an impact but really expresses what your dad does Stand4! (again pun intended).

4Land Safe Dad (we have two!)

These are considered two of our brightest socks & wackiest designs! Our optical illusion and spirl twist socks are supporting the eradication of poverty as well as looking great. By making land impacted by war safe for farming by removing unexploded cluster bombs, mines or other devices. Supporting MAG (Mines Advisory Group) in countris like Laos from the lasting impacts still left from the Vietnam war.

4Dad Dad !

Maternal health, because lets face it without good quality births our dads couldnt have become dads. In developing countires the quality of healthcare isnt always the same standard as our parents recived. Each pair of our pink maternal health socks provides one antenatal check up for an expecting mum.

Finally, we hope this guide may have helped slightly in what you may buy your dad this fathers day. If you still cant decide you can get the whole collection here.

So replace your Dads dark dull socks with some colourful Stand4s while also having an impact. All of this conversation starters come gift wrapped as standard!

Thanks for reading, use the discount code ‘FATHERSDAY’ at checkout for 15% off all orders!

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