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Zkano

Organic Cotton Socks

Socks that Sustain

What can we say about these simple, organic cotton socks? A lot.

These socks tell a story about their creator, Gina Locklear, who grew up among sock makers. Gina is following in the footsteps of her parents, who built a sock manufacturing company in Fort Payne, Alabama. Throughout most of the 20th century, the majority of socks made in the United States were produced in Fort Payne. Today, competition from overseas
manufacturers threatens the remaining hosiery businesses in Gina's hometown. But she's bringing some life back into the local industry with a fresh approach to sock-making that incorporates Gina's passion for ecologically sensible living and green business.

Gina founded Zkano in October of 2008. She does the designing and her parents' company, called Emi-G Knitting, makes the socks (available in vivid, colored designs and basic athletic, crew and boot styles) Each pair is made from certified organic ring-spun cotton, grown without pesticides or chemicals, and finished without metal dyes. The name Zkano is derived from a Native American word that describes "a state of being good." That sentiment perfectly captures Gina's goal of creating products that are good for the environment and good for the people who wear them. Her socks cost a little more than socks manufactured overseas -- because they're worth it.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Gina
    Gina

    My name is Gina and I'm the force behind Zkano organic cotton socks. I'm honored that Daily Grommet chose to tell my story. I am proud to be able to offer a product that speaks to the core values of so many of you. You want quality, eco-friendly products that are made in the USA, responsibly, and sustainably. That's what I want, too and a great place to start is with the basics. These socks are simple, but they are good! I'm here to answer any questions that you have.

  • claudia
    claudia
    2/17/10 12:35 PM

    Looks like a great product! Are the sizes based on hosiery sizes or shoe sizes (men's/women's)?

  • joanne
    joanne – Grommet Team
    2/17/10 12:42 PM

    @Claudia. We're listing hosiery sizes. Here are the conversions to shoe sizes that might be helpful:

    Ladies Shoe Size 5-10 fits sock size 9-11

    Men’s Shoe Size 9 & UP fits sock size 10-13

    Children ages 10 and up, shoe size 4 and up often wear sock size 9-11

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    2/17/10 1:02 PM

    Great! You could do a month's worth of socks and I'd be delighted! It is so hard to find winter socks that are interesting looking and wear well or trouser socks.... long enough, durable and interesting.

    Thanks!

  • Gina
    Gina – Special Guest
    2/17/10 3:47 PM

    Hi There!

    I would like to thank everyone for stopping by The Daily Grommet today to learn about Zkano. I love this little company more than words can describe, and it's an honor to have the opportunity of sharing something that is so near to my heart. Thank you again guys!

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    2/17/10 5:27 PM

    What a heartwarming story behind these socks-- they sound great too!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    2/17/10 11:40 PM

    OK, I started Daily Grommet, so this is going to sound really sappy. But...learning the Zkano story, and about Gina, reminded me very strongly why we are working so hard to create "Citizen Commerce". It's so important to share the stories behind products like Zkano. IF you saw simple cotton socks hanging in a store, all by their lonesome, how could you know all the love and passion that goes into them? Thanks for sharing your story Gina. Please keep the ideas coming, everyone!

  • American Made Heroes
    American Made Heroes
    3/18/11 7:07 PM

    @Jules: Gina just forwarded me your review of her product and the telling of the story of the sock makers of Fort Payne, Alabama. I heard the sincerity in your voice as you spoke from the heart about helping the good people of Fort Payne to keep sock manufacturing here in America. I applaud you and all the others at the Daily Grommet for assisting the many domestic manufacturers fighting to keep manufacturing here in the USA.

    I have recognized Gina and her family as American Made Heroes for all their efforts which comes with applause and a "pat-on-the-back" from some folks they have never met but who understand how hard and important their efforts are for their employees and communities. I have included your review in her "Hero" profile as she speaks highly of the people at the Daily Grommet. -- http://www.americanmadeheroes.com/zkano.html

    Jules, what you did here for Gina and the sock makers of Fort Payne, Alabama is very honorable. I applaud you too. --- Mike ;-)

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    3/19/11 1:47 PM

    @American Made Heroes: Mike you made my day! Even better you made Gina's day by recognizing Zkano as an American Made Hero. As you know, we are rooting for Fort Payne, Emi-G and Gina. I regularly order Zkano socks right here...they are the only ones my picky son will even wear. We all feel great about the bigger picture we are supporting--thanks so much for what you do to help tell these stories.

  • American Made Heroes
    American Made Heroes
    3/21/11 11:09 AM

    @Jules Pieri: Hhhmmm ... well my making your day has made my day! :-) ... Please keep up encouraging those with their "American Made" products. We need many oars in the water to get this ship of ours back on course and moving forward again. Thanks Jules!

  • Not A Fool
    Not A Fool
    7/17/10 2:38 PM

    Somewhere between the dollar per pair of Dickies work socks and this larcenous overcharge of 9.00 a pair would be what they call a sensible price for an American made good. I expect to pay more for American products and labor. But 9 times as much? Get real.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/17/10 2:47 PM

    @Not A Fool - thanks for your perspective.

  • ladyjane117
    ladyjane117
    7/25/10 12:03 AM

    In 1993 I stood in a underwear maufacturers in Kenosha WI. When we told manufacturing in the Kenosha plant ceases today!!! She can make it cheaper if people buy more...so buy more.. it's worth my nine bucks to keep america working!!! YOU GO GIRL

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/25/10 10:15 AM

    @ladyjane117 - I bet that's a day you're not going to forget. Jules, one of Daily Grommet founders, often emphasizes that every purchase is an act of citizenship. It amplifies something, good or bad, in the world. When you make a purchase of Gina's socks, you are amplifying good on many fronts. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Danielle
    Danielle
    9/16/10 4:31 PM

    3 pairs of socks for $20. My first priority is environmental. I just bought 3 pairs of cotton socks from Walgreen's at $10 (anklets) BUT they are not organic, made in China. Our economy is nearly flattened, the planet is warming. I try to live on $900 a month in CA (not a cheap place to live) but I would pay $20 for 3 pairs of organic cotton socks. Try pricing just a small 5 oz skein of non organic cotton yarn and it is about $6. It would take would take at least 3 skeins to make 6 socks...if you have the time and the skill to do so. Considering Zkano is a startup, and I hope is paying their employees on the production line more than the going labor rate in China, I would rather pay $20/3 pairs of organic socks than eat lots of piglets, lambs, calves, chickens stuffed into stacks of wire tiny cages in flourescent lit warehouses devoid of grass and sunlight...factory produced meat is real cheap!!! if that's how you do your math.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/16/10 6:08 PM

    @Danielle - well said! Thanks for stopping by.

  • roseanne
    roseanne
    12/9/10 1:05 PM

    I've noticed in many white socks that have been purchased that Latex is listed as one of the ingredients. Since my husband has been very itchy around the elastic part of the sock, I am concerned that it might be the latex. Does your socks contain this ingredient. I myself have purchased these socks and love them but am concerned about allergies for others in my family. Thank you for your time and consideration in a speedy response.

  • Gina
    Gina – Special Guest
    12/10/10 1:21 AM

    @roseanne reed: Our socks do not contain any Latex. Our socks are comprised of spandex, nylon and certified organic cotton. However, many have written in to us describing their skin allergies with various ingredients, such as elastic and nylon, which are both in our socks. So, it's hard to say if our socks will work for your husband. His allergy could be the Latex, but it could also be one of these ingredients as well.. My advice would be to let him try your zkano socks -if possible- for a day to see if they work for him as well.

    Thank you so much for the inquiry, and we love that you love your socks!!

  • Roseanne Reed
    Roseanne Reed
    12/13/10 1:12 PM

    @Gina Locklear:

    I absolutely love your socks; there is no restriction around my ankles, their softness feels like marshmallows around my feet (unique way of describing), washing only makes them better and I plan on ordering my husbands size to see if he is allergic to the latex; of course I could have him try and squeeze his feet into my smaller size but I do feel these most likely will be a better choice. Process of elimination regarding latex, elastic etc. Thank you kindly for your speedy response and for your fabulous product. I am so very happy with my socks. Socks are not "Just Socks" but a very important healthy part of our feet. Roseanne

  • Roseanne
    Roseanne
    12/13/10 1:37 PM

    When I say that these socks are my most absolutely favorite and am being honest. There is absolutely no restriction, does not leave pressure indent lines on my ankles and the upper portion. They breath, are soft and comfortable yet warm enough for winter wear. I love that fact that I have found a product made in the good ole U.S.A. I have washed mine over and over and they do not get little fuzz balls, do not harden and shrink after they are laundered. What more can I say; all those other white socks in my draw don't hold a candle to Zkano and I'd gladly pay the price for quality, comfort and a nice looking durable pair of socks. I also live on a fixed income and find these socks are longer lasting on a daily basis then most that we find for a cheap bulk sale. It pays to wear Zkano in my opinion. I am so very happy I found the Daily Grommet and all their wonderful wears. Most sincerely, Roseanne

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/14/10 11:54 AM

    @Roseanne: Well said Roseanne! Your testimonial is very powerful. We are delighted that these socks exceed your expectations, thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/11 12:33 PM

    This is the second time we are featuring Zkano socks and have carried over the conversation here. If you would like a larger view of the fun new sock styles, click on the image below:

  • Kris
    Kris
    8/22/11 5:16 PM

    Hi -- I just tried to order 6 pair ($30 total) and the $6.90 shipping charge came up. What's the secret for getting frre shipping with orders over $25? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/11 5:40 PM

    @Kristin: thanks for letting us know. We think we have it fixed. Please refresh your page and try again.

  • Emily
    Emily
    8/22/11 6:52 PM

    I'm curious why the short socks cost more than the tall ones? I've been wanting to try these since you first featured them, and I am in need of socks this time so the outlook is good! I am so sick of my sock lifespan being maybe a few wearings before holes in the bottom start wearing through. I am eager to see how these will hold up. If they last longer than what I've had up to now then I'll be thrilled. I will gladly pay more to find out. Where we choose to spend our dollars is the biggest voice we each have. I feel good supporting Gina's vision and her entrepreneurial spirit with my purchase. She is a true American, as is Jules: keep informing us about sustainable and American Made products - I love it! And Check out www.americansworking.com for more Grommet ideas on USA made goods. Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/11 11:37 PM

    @Emily: I bet there's a great answer to that question! Gina will have to fill us in.

  • Gina
    Gina – Special Guest
    8/23/11 9:19 AM

    @Emily: Great question! Our shorter sock (the Ridge) is more of a specialty/athletic sock than our Aspire, which is perfect for casual wear. Because of this, there are more technical features that make the Ridge a bit more expensive. For example, the y-gore constructed heel pocket is one reason this sock so great because unlike many "no-show" socks, the Ridge actually stays on your foot! I hope that you will try them and love them. Thank you for reaching out, and I appreciate your kind words!! ~Gina

  • Kris
    Kris
    8/22/11 9:04 PM

    Success! Thanks.

  • Britt
    Britt
    8/22/11 9:41 PM

    I am thrilled to see Zkano back on Daily Grommet! I've been wearing the socks for a couple of years now, and they are tried and true favorites.

    I run in the "Ridge" style, and I've been amazed and how they take the shape of my foot. The socks have maintained my shape, even though I give them a beating on the trail. Plus, they are super soft!

    Thanks for featuring a quality, Made in the USA success that's organic to boot.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/22/11 11:37 PM

    @Britt: Thanks for sharing how these socks have stood the test of time!

  • Eddie
    Eddie
    8/23/11 9:59 AM

    I was very skeptical about why I should care that my socks were organic. I received several pair as a gift and can tell you that they are the most comfortable running socks I've ever had and extremely durable. Well worth it.

  • Jill
    Jill
    8/23/11 11:23 AM

    Can I get the fashion socks in a large? One size does not fit all for big footed girls

  • Gina
    Gina – Special Guest
    8/23/11 2:24 PM

    @Jill: Thanks for reaching out to us Jill. Currently, these fashion socks are only available for women's shoe size 5.5-9.5. However, we will have more styles + colors in size Large available in the next month or so. Please do check back with us then. Thank you again!

    ~Gina

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    8/30/11 5:05 PM

    When Zkano socks were first featured on Daily Grommet, I ordered a 3-pack of the Ridge style. I thought it was a shame that they did not also come in black, and I bought a 3-pack of a similar style sock in black from a big box store - not made in the USA and not eco-friendly. The Zkano socks cost about 3 times as much. Now, 8 months later, those cheap socks are long gone after getting holes in the heel and toes while the Zkano socks are still going strong. This accidental experiment was enough to prove to myself that it is worth paying more for the Zkano socks. I just ordered two more packs of the Ridge, in black this time!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/31/11 12:25 AM

    @Rachel: It's great to hear about your experience with these socks. We're glad that they passed your accidental experiment with flying colors.

  • Eileen
    Eileen
    2/14/12 4:59 PM

    I've bought multiple pairs of your socks for all four of my daughters, and for me as well and we are all in love with Zkano socks! The Shelby and Annabelle styles are our favorites, and we've all found them to be amazingly comfortable, warm and very durable. The fact that they are USA made is icing on the cake! Thank you for taking the risk and doing it right. I hope to be a customer for a long time!

  • Gina Locklear
    Gina Locklear
    3/17/12 1:03 PM

    @Eileen: Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful feedback. We're happy to know how much you and your family are enjoying your zkanos, and we appreciate your support!!

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