Anyone had good experience washing them in a washing machine?
I don't know where BB sources its argyles from, but this year's (2008) wools do indeed seem thinner than last year's. I usually pick them all up in bulk each year to get the best discount from BB I can but always separately wash a single pair to see if there were any significant changes (and in case I need to take the rest back as a result). Never had to return any, but there are year-to-year differences.I just bought six pair and have washed three so far. They seem to wash and dry in the dryer pretty well and I have not seen excessive shrinkage. They do seem a little thinner than argyles I have bought in the past from other vendors.
I would heartily agree. The merino wool argyle OTC socks are not long enough brand new to be OTC. It shrinks a bit after wash (I wash mine gentle cycle cold water and line dry) and essentially becomes an ankle length socks.I have BB wool socks in both crew and OTC and have found that for me, the OTC are not worth the small premium charged for them. That is, they are not truly over-the-calf in the first place and really don't stay up any better than the crew. The crew stay up reasonably well for me (as well as any other brands I've tried) but they certainly aren't taut on the calf.
Thumbs up for Marcoliani wool argylesI find the BB anklets to be of low quality for a few years at least. I was on a long quest for a good sock. Among the things I tried:
PRL: hit or miss--varies with the sock
BB: droopy after a wash or two, poor quality IMHO
Smartwool: pills like crazy at the heel, and everywhere else over time
Burlington: got these from Soxpopuli. Actually pretty decent merino at an ok price point, but a little thin.
Pantherella: better than the previous I listed, but still hit or miss depending on the exact sock. Merino tends to be a bit more consistent and good quality.
Marcoliani: perfection. They wash well, and seem perfect. Merino is great, and the cotton sock wicks moisture better than than any I have worn. i had given up on cotton for socks because wool seems to breathe much better, but these do well. AK and O'Connells have a great selection and even better service.
I have not tried BS yet, but I am thinking I will convert to 100% Marcoliani.
Looks like O'Connells has the best price for the selection. How do the crew socks do in staying up, or do you only purchase OTC?Marcoliani: perfection. They wash well, and seem perfect. Merino is great, and the cotton sock wicks moisture better than than any I have worn. i had given up on cotton for socks because wool seems to breathe much better, but these do well. AK and O'Connells have a great selection and even better service.