The Smartwool Experiment

Charting the wear and tear on four pairs of Smartwool socks.

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November Shoe/Sock Data

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November Sock/Shoe Data

The above image links to a Many Eyes data visualization of what sock I wore on what day throughout the month of November (2008).

Each circle is a shoe, the size of the circle corresponds to the number of times I wore that shoe.  The pie slices represent socks (and they are colored accordingly).  The larger the pie slice, the more times I wore that shoe with that sock (e.g. I wore green socks with Fluevogs more than I wore them with Keens).  Click on the chart or right here to play with the data yourself.

Some of my observations:

  • I wore my four pairs of Smartwools 17 times in one month.
  • I wear my Keens (11) almost twice as much as a wear my Fluevogs (6).
  • I wear the brown and blue socks the most (5 ea.) and the green socks the least (3).
  • I am more likely to wear green socks with red Fluevogs and therefore question my fashion sense.
  • For the first couple weeks I was wearing in the pattern: blue, green, brown, black.
  • Of the two socks I wear the most so far, one is Machine Wash/Dry (blue) and one is Hand Wash/Dry (brown). What is more harmful to a sock: machine washing or machine drying? Does anyone know?

Please play around and share your own!  And here is the wash/dry chart for reference:

Here is the sock wash chart, for reference.

Here is the sock wash/dry chart.


Written by Beck Tench

December 3, 2008 at 9:30 am