I don’t understand it. I have one single sock of each kind and color that I wear. They do not wear out in pairs. They do not disappear from the dryer in pairs. One sock at a time expires, or goes AWOL, leaving me with multiple single socks and mild frustration.
I wear wool socks, either Smartwool or Vermont Country Store knee-high dress socks. I have worn these kinds since, oh, VCS dates back to high school, and Smartwool since ThorLo stopped being easily available. They are different weights, so I have dress shoes that fit the VCS socks and everything else works with both. Plus I have really heavy-duty thick monsters for mid-winter, because there is little in this life as miserable as an Alma with wet, cold feet.
Socks wear out. Happens to all of us. But over the past year, they have worn out unevenly, leaving me with one short brown sock, one short black sock, one long brown, one long black, one black dress sock, and one brown dress sock. And the shades are different enough that I can’t wear brown and black together.
I think it’s a conspiracy. The moths in my closet that are eating the threads holding my buttons on have a wager on with my socks to see who can drive me up a tree first. Thus far the button-moths are ahead. But the socks are gaining.
[I have had buttons fall off shirts, blouses, a waistcoat, trousers, a skirt, and two off of a dress in the past ten days. It’s supposed to be leaves that get shed in autumn, not buttons!]
Edited to add: Welcome, Instapundit readers! Thank you for stopping by. And it is now up to nine fallen buttons as of this AM. In 10 days. I think someone sprayed my closet with defoliant!