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Our Favorite Socks for Fall

 

The temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing - You know what that means! Bye bye sandals, hello cozy socks! We’re excited to introduce a brand new lineup of socks for Fall 2014. You’ll find fun patterns and new colors and, of course, each style is Made in America with the Wigwam quality you know and love.

 

Take a look at a few of our favorite Fall socks:

 Fall 2014 Sock Favorites

 

1. PINE LODGE

Talk about cozy! Our Pine Lodge style was designed for longwearing softness

You may also like the Super Boot.

2. CIRQUE

Adding to your collection of patterned socks? This bright geometric style offers the ultimate in patterned, wool-free comfort! With technology to keep your feet dry and odor-free all day long, you’ll want to buy them in all three colors.

You may also like the Cutie Bootie.

3. CAMO PRO CREW

Live for hiking in the fall? The Camo Pro provides the sport quality you expect from Wigwam with a cool camouflage style. Our patented moisture-management technology will keep your feet dry, no matter where the day takes you.

You may also like the Merino Camo.

4. TAOS

Function meets fashion! Nothing says autumn like this multi-colored print. Cozy up with these soft Merino Wool socks on a chilly day or pair with your favorite sheepskin boots.

You may also like the Sweet Tooth (wool free).

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Race Colorado’s Rolling Hills!

 

There are only two events left in this year’s Endurance Race Series! All summer, we’ve been cheering on trail runners as they tackle the variety of terrain Colorado has to offer. We’ve traveled from Beaver Creek to Keystone to Denver, and next weekend, we’re headed to the Snow Mountain Ranch.

Colorado’s Hidden Gem

Snow Mountain

Located 14 miles north of Winter Park, the YMCA Rockies/ Snow Mountain Ranch offers a hidden oasis for outdoor lovers. The resort itself offers just about any activity you and your family would like from mountain biking to archery, from zip lines to horseback riding. Next weekend, it will also host an eager group of trail runners.

A Challenging Course

The runners participating in the Snow Mountain Ranch Race on Sunday, September 28th, have the option to run a Half Marathon or a 10k. As opposed to the relatively flat course we saw in Denver, this course hosts a challenging trail filled with rolling hills, single-tracks and meadows. The Endurance Race Series ranks Snow Mountain as a 6 on their difficulty scale from 1-10. Made up of 60% dirt road and 40% single track, runners will reach an elevation gain of 200ft throughout the race, starting from an elevation point of 8630ft. We can’t wait to see the runners who are up for the challenge!

A Perfect Family Getaway

The Endurance Race Series prides itself on being fun for the whole family and kids will love participating in the Kids Half Mile Dash! It kicks off at 10:30AM and is sure to be a blast for the onlookers! If you decide to bring the family, make sure to take advantage of the event hotel rates available. The YMCA of the Rockies is offering a 3rd night free when you book 2 nights. (Book online at www.snowmountainranch.org or call 888.613.9622). There are also cabins and campgrounds for an affordable price.

As always, the Wigwam team will be there, demonstrating our latest trail styles to keep the runners comfortable on the versatile Colorado terrain. Stop by for a sock fitting any time. We hope to see you there!

 

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia

 

This spring and summer, we’ve traveled to San Diego and Seattle for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series, and in just a few short weeks, we'll be on our way to the City of Brotherly Love for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia!

Why Run Rock ‘n’ Roll?Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon

If you’re not familiar with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, you should know it’s a blast for both beginning and experienced runners! In Philadelphia, participants can choose to run a 5k or a Half Marathon and walkers are welcome on both courses. So what makes it Rock ‘n’ Roll? Runners get to enjoy a different band at every mile marker, plus the race weekend culminates in a live music festival at the Finish Line. You won’t want to miss it!  

Race Week is September 19-20. Spend Friday the 19th perusing the Health & Fitness Expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and remember to find Wigwam there! Then watch the 5k crowd sprint by on Saturday and cheer on the half-marathoners on Sunday. It’s fun for the whole family!

The Course

Both races run along the river, offering beautiful views on a nice September day. The 5k course starts at Eakins Oval, Fairmount Park. Runners will make a loop along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, turning back shortly after the Philadelphia Zoo. The Half Marathon Course begins at Benjamin Franklin Parkway, West of 22nd Street. Runners will take to the city streets first, before turning up Kelly Drive along the river and then coming back down along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Rock ‘n’ Roll describes both the 5k and Half Marathon Courses as flat, fun and festive so runners and walkers of all abilities will enjoy this event.

Click here to find a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon race near you.

Come Prepared

Wigwam is a proud supporter of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. We love being there to cheer on the participants and, of course, to outfit the runners with Ultimax-powered running socks! This year, we’re partnering with Rittenhouse Sports Specialties and offering a Buy 2 Get 1 Free promotion!  Be sure to stop by our Expo booth on September 19-20!

You can follow more updates on Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle using #RnRPHILLY on Twitter.

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Later this month, our friend and ultra runner, Mimi Andersen (Marvellous Mimi), will embark on the race of a lifetime. From September 24th - October 25th, Mimi and fellow ultra runner Samantha Gash will run the 2,350km South African Freedom Trail. That’s the equivalent of running 64 marathons over 32 days! Earlier this summer she described her intense training schedule for us in a guest post, but we were excited for an update as the event approaches.

The Beginnings of the Freedom Runners Project

You might say the Freedom Runners Project started when Mimi (52) initially fell in love with South African soil. Or you might say it began when Samantha (29) first reached out to Mimi, bridging a relationship between two of the most powerful female ultra runners. Still, it was several years before Mimi and Samantha put their passions together and decided to tackle the 2,350km Freedom Trail as their next major feat. The final step was finding the right cause.

Marvelous Mimi And Samantha Gash


A Worthy Cause

Did you know that one in ten girls in South Africa are forced to drop out of school due to normal menstruation? Affordable sanitary products are simply not available, causing these girls to miss 4-5 days of school each month when they get their periods. They get further and further behind in their schoolwork and the majority eventually drop out completely. When Mimi and Samantha learned these shocking truths about daily life for many girls, they knew they had found a cause worthy of The Freedom Trail.

Training Update from Mimi

With awareness of such an important cause on the line, Mimi and Samantha are training tirelessly. The trail route is made up of dirt roads and tracks; crosses six mountain ranges, various wilderness areas and multiple national parks. Needless to say, Mimi’s summer has been filled with a variety of races and unique training methods. She shared a few examples with us:

“In July I ran 135 miles in Cyprus so I was on my feet for over 41 hours ([I was the] only person to finish the race and I set a new course record)… I have also been going to an Altitude Chamber once a week and running for 1.5 hours at an altitude of 3,500m. [It’s] very hard work as you can imagine but has been extremely beneficial.” When asked if she feels ready for the challenge, Mimi replied, “The real training will start while we are actually doing the run. Our bodies over the first two weeks will get used to running long distances each day and it will feel quite ‘normal’ to get up and run another 40-50 miles.”

We’ll take her word for it!

Track the Freedom Runners

Want to follow Mimi and Samantha on their journey? We’ll be sharing periodic updates on social media, but you can also track their progress online. Click here to see the live map that will showcase their location throughout the month-long journey.

South Africa Freedom Trail

Donate to the Cause

If you’re inspired by the Freedom Runners Project, there’s still plenty of time to show your support. Visit the Freedom Runners webpage to donate! For more information on the cause, the Freedom Trail route, or on Mimi Andersen and Samantha Gash, visit http://www.freedomrunners.org/.

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Labor Day was founded in 1894 to celebrate the labor movement in America and boost worker morale. That was a mere 11 years before Wigwam’s founding in 1905! Every Labor Day since, we’ve saluted the American worker, the backbone of this country and our company.
 
Made in the USA At Work Durasole Pro

As you know, we’re proud to make all Wigwam socks in the USA. More than that, we support domestic wool producers by sourcing wool almost exclusively from American yarn spinners who buy from American wool growers. So every Labor Day, we celebrate the amazing team behind Wigwam socks, from start to finish, and say THANK YOU!
 
The Socks that Work (Almost) as Hard as You Do

Those of you in the industrial field need a sock that will provide consistent comfort and support. One of our favorite Wigwam styles, the At Work DuraSole Pro, offers everything the American worker needs to forge ahead this fall. With a cushioned sole and leg, and a lightweight instep, the DuraSole Pro is designed for all-day comfort. Our patented moisture management system will keep your feet dry, while a special Odor Guard antibacterial keeps feet fresh.
 
A Customer’s Perspective

One customer recently shared this review on DuraSole, “Best value in work socks... I've had a pair of these for nearly 4 years now and they still feel great.” Add that to the Wigwam 2-year product guarantee, and these socks are an easy choice. Shop all our Work styles here.

 

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