I never thought I'd be the one to say it, but I'll admit that toe socks are surprisingly comfortable. I honestly never thought I'd care for them, particularly the way they wrap around each of your toes. Well, that and I'm a guy. And I'm pretty sure there's a direct quote in the dude handbook that says "Thou Shalt Not Like Toe Socks."

My lady friends love toe socks, and have since they first hit the market. I can't count how many times I'd see my girlfriends, female roommates, sister, neighbors, cousins, presidential candidates, etc... walking around in those goofy things. I must have had some seriously sinister looks on my face, because every time I'd see someone wearing them, they'd launch into a tirade: "They're really very comfortable," or "You should try them, then you'd understand."

No thanks. Or so I thought.

For some random reason - perhaps not that random - one of my gal friends bought me a pair of them for my birthday. She laughed, I almost vomited. So they sat in my drawer, mocking me from behind my normal guy socks, peering out from behind my standard white athletic socks. Eventually, my curiosity got the best of me, and on a dark, dreary night I did the unfathomable...

I Tried On My Toe Socks!

And guess what? I actually enjoyed them. Well, I should say I enjoyed them after the initial shock. Kind of like trying a food that you're sure you'll hate, then realizing it actually tastes good. I think I even made the "I'm a kid and I'm eating vegetables" face.

While I admit that it did take a little getting used to, particularly the fact that every toe is separated from the others - which is a weird feeling for me, perhaps the ladies out there don't mind; it didn't take long before I actually felt comfortable int them. I liken it to wearing shoes that don't allow you to wiggle your toes: At first its really annoying, and you can't stop thinking about it, but once your mind wonders to other things, it's out of sight, out of mind.

Honestly, I only put them on because the house was freezing and I wasn't that excited about cranking up the thermostat. But now that I've actually tried them on - and liked them - I'll wear them around the house as a normal part of my lounge-wear.

I'll admit that I've never actually tried wearing them in shoes. Something tells me that they wouldn't feel right. It seems as though they'd make for a tighter fit, being how there's more sock material bunched up around your toes, but I've heard from many credible (female) sources that I'm wrong, and that "I should try it."

Maybe I will. Someday. But for now I'm okay just lounging around in them. Perhaps my curiousity will again get the best of me and I'll try it out, like the next evolution of my personal comfortable toe sock revolution.