Korea is full of cute things. Every folder, backpack, and notebook has smiling animals on it. Restaurant-goers are greeted with a grinning pig or cow beckoning to come in and enjoy some barbecue. Hoodies may have animal ears and I’ve seen several people, of all ages, wearing winter hats shaped like wolf-heads with paw-shaped gloves attached.
One cute thing in Korea is the character sock. What is a character sock, you ask? Well, they are socks. And they have characters on them. You can find them in department stores, gift stores and stationery stores. Positively everywhere.
They often come in a sort of one size fits all…possibly because they are small and thin but made of something stretchier than your average sock.
Unlike some socks in the US with cute (girly) pictures in the pattern, these socks tend to have a single, large image on the top of the foot. And boys can wear them too. The character socks I might be caught wearing include M&Ms, bears, an exercising cow, and mice. Socks range from animals to cartoon characters and K-Pop stars. Some have sayings or jokes on them. Some are vulgar, poking fun at bodily functions or saying things like “작은 고추 맵다.”-(little peppers are spicy. don’t understand? take a stab at it.)
If you find the right store, you can get a pair of socks for around $1 and a higher quality pair for around $1.50. Not bad, huh?
Korean word of the post: 캐릭터 양말 (kae-rik-teo yang-mal) character socks