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Meet the Design-a-Sock Contest 2019 Winners!

This was one of our most successful Design-a-Sock Contests ever. You sent us nearly 10,000 unique designs from every corner of the globe. With the help of our celebrity judges, we narrowed it down to 30 finalists, and from there it went to a public vote.

Thousands of votes were cast, and we ended up with three winners. Here they are, the Design-a-Sock Contest 2019 winning designs and the talented people who made them!

First Place


Punkzilla coming to a sock (and city) near you

Design: Punkzilla
Artist Name: Franco Barco
Location: Panama City, Panama

I am a plastic artist living in Panamá with my dog Luigio. I like to illustrate everything I see in a gothic way.

I never won a design contest so this is kind of surprising for me. I have been following your instagram account a few years ago because of the crazy designs.

First place Design-a-Sock Contest winner Franco Barco and his pup


Second Place


Moonwalk in the Morning, by Kassidy Richard

Design: Moonwalk in the Morning
Artist Name: Kassidy Richard
Location: Roanoke, Louisiana

Hi, my name is Kassidy Richard, and I am a freshman at Saint Louis Catholic High School in Louisiana. I live in Roanoke, almost thirty minutes away from my school, on a farm where I stay with my parents, twin sister, and numerous animals. When I am not studying for school, I have numerous hobbies including reading, spending time outside with my dog, running track, drawing, and helping my dad out on the farm.

Kassidy Richard, designer of Moonwalk in the MorningI’ve competed in a few local art contests and always do very well in my age group, which is why I was very excited to compete in such a large competition. What inspired me to even enter the contest was when my mom suggested it to me because she received an email from Sock It to Me promoting the contest. She thought it was a great idea because I am always drawing; I’ve been drawing ever since I can remember. Anytime inspiration strikes, I’m always jotting down a quick sketch of my new idea.

I originally made three designs that I worked on for over twenty hours. I worked for half the night one Saturday on the design that won second place. It’s is a combination of fun things that reminded me of myself. It started off with me sketching out the complicated astronaut suit, which was just something I had been wanting to try for a while. The sneakers were added later because I wanted to add something that stood out and so why not add my favorite shoes that I wear every day? The space and planets spilling out of the coffee mug came from my idea of creating a strange illusion that you don’t see every day. I had so much fun with the creative process of all my designs, despite a few points of pure frustration.

Third Place


Love Yourself, by Lyndzi Ramos

Design: Love Yourself
Artist Name: Lyndzi Ramos
Location: Peoria, Arizona

My name is Lyndzi Ramos. I’m 17 and a senior at Peoria High School in Peoria, AZ. At school I’m involved in the Arts programs, both visual and theater. I’m a straight “A” honors student and the varsity goalie for my school’s soccer team.

Lyndzi Ramos, designer of Love YourselfI’ve loved to draw ever since I was three years old. I’ve won a number of contests over the years. I’m a three-time winner of the Peoria Unified School District anti-bullying art contest and the winner of the 2018 Valley Metro Design a Transit Wrap Art Contest, which resulted in having a bus and light rail wrapped with my design for a year.

Art is my passion and I always like to challenge myself with new opportunities to share my work. Being a bigger girl, I’m a strong advocate for positive body image and spreading kindness. I wanted to create a sock that is pretty but also spreads a positive message.

Where Does Inspiration Come From? We Asked Design-a-Sock Entrants!

One of the coolest things about Design-a-Sock Contest is the incredible variety of designs we get. They come from all over the world (84 countries and counting so far this year)! They come from people with vastly different life experiences and perspectives. And, of course, everyone has their own idea about what should go on the perfect sock.

We like to think about Design-a-Sock Contest as more than just a contest: it’s a global conversation about design. And this year, with less than a week to go to enter, we’re going to do something we’ve never done before. We’re going to show you some of the designs we’ve already received to give you a better idea of what people are saying.

We got in touch with five different people who sent us designs this year. Here are their designs, and here’s what they told us!

Carlee Shirts

What do you want the world to know about your sock design? 

Turtley Awesome by Carlee Shirts

The idea came from my pet tortoise, Alfie. He has a heart print on one of his shell plates and was a gift from my hubby for our 17th Wedding Anniversary, so we just had to name him after the tortoise in the love story Esio Trot by Roald Dahl.

Where does your inspiration come from? Who or what inspires you?

My kids, hubby, fellow roller derby girls with the Idaho Rebel Rollers, nature, the unique talents and creations of other artists.

What do you enjoy most about being creative? 

Seeing my ideas come to life.

What would your message be to someone who enjoys being creative but is nervous about sharing their art with the world? 

You have amazing gifts to share with the world! Take the leap! You have no idea how many people you can influence, affect, inspire, and make feel a part of something by sharing who you are.

Sarah Hussein

What do you want the world to know about your sock design?

While designing the socks I kept thinking about how to spread joy and happiness to people who might be interested in wearing it. I wanted to send a confident message to people who feel different and prefer to make special choices.

Who or what inspires you? Where does your inspiration come from?

Dogs and Bones by Sarah Hussein

My inspiration comes from many sources such as nature, animals, plants, and modern art. I am a painter who keep an eye out for very specific details. I am training my eyes to be better though through processes like meditation, reading art books, and taking my camera and my sketchbook with me everywhere.

What do you enjoy most about being creative?

The most interesting thing about the creative process is that I’m making a reflection of my own self through painting, designing, photography. I feel good when I express myself through these artistic media. I love challenging myself on every single piece I’m working on. I love telling myself that every piece must be my masterpiece. Art refreshes my soul.

Under the Sea by Sarah Hussein

How can you inspire creativity in other people?

I try to inspire people through my work by making the audience feel my soul through my art. I would like them to feel something different, something that hugs their hearts softly, something they may know or not but definitely would touch them.

What would your message be to someone who enjoys being creative but is nervous about sharing their art with the world? What do you think would help make people feel more included?

Absolutely all creative people have the same issue. All designers feel shy. Even the famous and great artists get nervous. They can’t help thinking of others’ judgements. So my advice is to share your art with the world because without sharing you will never get anywhere. Just do it, share your art, share your soul.

Carla Puebla

What do you want the world to know about your sock design?

When it comes to sock designs, most people think about famous paintings or food or animal patterns, but science and biology can be fascinating too. White blood cells (Leucocytes) are quite interesting since there are many different types and they have multiple functions. I thought about adding some red blood cells (Erythrocytes), but it’d draw attention from the lesser-known leucocytes. But mainly, what I want to show is that people who take an interest in these specific subjects are not alone. Science and our own cells can be beautiful too, in their own unique way. 

Where does your inspiration come from? Who or what inspires you?

I’m currently studying Medicine, and I was inspired by a Histology class I attended. It opened a whole new world of creative possibilities, since you can use different stains to highlight different aspects of a cell. For example, if you were to stain the cells with Hematoxylin and Eosin, leucocytes would be pink without much contrast. Which is very different than what you would get if you used the Romanowsky stain. The actual design is based on a May Grumwald Giemsa stain from a peripheral blood smear.

Mi-Toe-Sis by Carla Puebla

What do you enjoy most about being creative?

I’d say that the best part about being creative is the freedom that it implies. In the case of sock designs, instead of looking for something similar to what I would like, I myself am actually doing it. In that way, I don’t really have to wait until someone does it. 

How can you inspire creativity in other people?

I think looking at peoples’ ideas can be inspiring. I would have never thought about designing a pattern with cells if I hadn’t seen the cell slides paintings. So, it’s just a matter of recognizing potential among the normal objects that we see daily.

What would your message be to someone who enjoys being creative but is nervous about sharing their art with the world?

 I’d say to not be afraid to show it to others. Sure, some people might say that they don’t particularly enjoy your art, but it is not a tailored-made creation for someone. People have different styles and that’s where the beauty of art resides: in diversity. There will always be someone that supports you. At least there is a mathematical certainty about this. But even if at first it doesn’t succeed, sharing your art enables you to improve based on constructive criticism. 

What do you think would help make people feel more included?

I think that people would feel more included if we accepted that there are different points of view and perspectives on art, and there is not a “correct” way to do it. If we were shown different styles, it would encourage those with unusual techniques or ideas to share their creations and continue the cycle.

Michelle Dooley

What do you want the world to know about your sock design?

As to specific socks:

I thought a menacing plant would look interesting on a sock. What was the name of that movie about the plant that ate people? The Little Sock of Horrors – no, that wasn’t it – well, it is now!

Feeling so tired today. I have to work my way through this thick pile of research about comets for a column I’m writing. Also want to think about some sock ideas. So much to do. Need a little pep in my step. Time to hit the coffee ‘cause I’m practically – Comet toes!

Reachable Stars by Michelle Dooley

My tights have had a few “ladders” over the years. I thought a ladder would look interesting on a sock, but where would the ladder go? I played with a lot of possibilities, then suddenly though of an old song about chasing the “Impossible Dream.” It’s good to aim high, but why shouldn’t some goals be accessible – let’s celebrate “Reachable Stars.”

Who or what inspires you? Where does your inspiration come from?

Over the years, I’ve had a few different careers: doing shopping mall market research (“Excuse me, ma’am, could I ask you a few questions about the deodorant you are wearing today?”); writing technical reports about photocopiers and facsimile units (What can I find to say that’s interesting about different toner colours and print capacities?); developing product ideas for The Franklin Mint (purveyors of fine collector plates, Jackie Kennedy dolls, and other dustables); and, most recently, teaching World Cultures as an adjunct at a local university (an increasingly challenging job).

How did I get here?

Little Sock of Horrors by Michelle Dooley

Growing up, I went to eight schools in four countries (my father was an international business executive). At each new school, I watched the other kids, then tried to be like them, to meld into the new group, and “belong.” It took many years to realize that wasn’t necessary.

Eventually, I figured out that each person has an individual tale to tell. Each story is unique. That’s what makes it interesting. Tell your own story!

What do you enjoy most about being creative?

What is my superpower? I wear thick glasses. It gives me a different perspective on the world: when I mis-read a word or an object, and realize my mistake, it can turn into a new idea. I also can’t draw very well and I’m not that good with technology. I struggled with that for a long time before suddenly being inspired to cut simple designs out of coloured paper. My biggest challenge has been to find a way to get what’s in my head, out where people can see it.

Comet Toes by Michelle Dooley

What would your message be to someone who enjoys being creative but is nervous about sharing their art with the world?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Look for the funny side of your particular predicament: you will feel better and so will everyone else around you – and they’ll probably then share a similar experience they’ve had, which will bring you together.

Not every idea is a good one. That’s why it’s good to have a lot of them. Where do ideas come from? Everywhere! Talk to people. Read stuff. Look at stuff. Learn stuff. Remember stuff. Always be curious about everything. The more ideas you have in your head, the more likely your mind is to make interesting connections.

Haley Tebo

What do you want the world to know about your sock design?

It sort of depends on which design specifically, but in general they were made with love and passion by a young graphic designer!

Where does your inspiration come from? 

Sweet Treats by Haley Tebo

After researching the Sock it to Me catalog and competitive market, I created some unique designs inspired by the Sock it to Me aesthetic. Your bold and creative designs inspired me to be experimental and unafraid in my own designs, from a fish riding a bike to wildly silly geometric turtles.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by people and works that make me feel something. Awe, motivation, and inspiration, yes, but also things that are relatable to the human experience. I aspire to be an excellent storyteller and visual problem solver, so Rebecca Sugar is one of the people that I look up to. Her show Steven Universe has inspired me because of its success in world-building and evoking emotion through art, music, and cinematography. The Steven Universe movie just premiered and I think that many viewers can find something to relate to that makes the viewing experience special and personal. It’s something that I would be ecstatically proud to be part of someday. Given that many “Cool Girls” that are part of the Sock it to Me community also advocate for LGBTQ+ issues and body positivity, I think that we can all appreciate the strides that Rebecca has made to address these in her work.

Carp-e Diem by Haley Tebo

What do you enjoy most about being creative?

I enjoy the processes of critical thinking and creative storytelling in graphic design. I am so grateful to have found my passion in this creative field that allows for a wide variety of collaborators, media, and opportunities.

How can you inspire creativity in other people?

Creativity can be found in more than just art. It can take the form of resourcefulness, thoughtfulness, and unique experiences. Wherever it’s found or however you express it, there really is no way to fail at being creative.

Bark Print by Haley Tebo

What would your message be to someone who enjoys being creative but is nervous about sharing their art with the world?

I encourage individuals to explore their own path to confidence and creativity. For example, my sister does studio art, is her own boss, and creates as inspiration comes. I, however, was timidly creative until I found graphic design because it allows me to handle decision making with guidelines and research to support my creative process. Find your own passion and comfort zones and you will find a community you enjoy sharing with!

Today’s the day! National Self-Confidence Day is here!

How are you today? Are you feeling confident? Don’t worry: there’s no rule that says you have to be confident on National Self-Confidence Day.

If you are confident, great! If you’re not confident, that’s OK! For lots of us, it’s not easy. It takes time. The opinions we hold about ourselves are so deeply ingrained that they’re difficult to change. But you should know that the point of today is not to pretend to be confident. The point of today is to plant the seeds of real confidence.

Let’s begin by making a personal inventory of all the reasons you should be confident. Maybe you just aced an exam. Maybe you just started working out at the gym. Maybe you’re a world champion boomerang thrower. Maybe you have a close-knit group of friends. Maybe you’re a world champion knitter. Maybe you know how to make a sandwich nobody else knows how to make. Or maybe you’re nice to people. All of these things are worth celebrating–if they’re you.

Look for simple confidence-boosting tips and tricks you can do. These will help nurture the seed. We wrote down some ideas in our recent blog, Five Easy Tips for Self-Confidence, but the important part is figuring out which strategies work for YOU.

And for everyone who woke up feeling confident today, that’s awesome! It’s a great feeling, no? Don’t you want to help others experience it? It can be as simple as passing along a confidence-inspiring message to a friend or loved one. Let them know you believe in them. A simple comment takes barely any effort, and it can have a huge impact on them.

You may also consider taking it a step further and talking about confidence with someone on a deeper level. If you know someone who struggles with confidence, one comment probably won’t be enough to change their perspective, but you can make a difference by sitting down and having a conversation. Letting them know what a big difference confidence can make in their life, and how it’s possible to make the change, could be their impetus to start seeking confidence-inspiring strategies of their own.

The most important thing to remember about National Self-Confidence Day is that the point is not to feel confident today and forget all about it tomorrow. The point is to inspire long-term, lasting change for as many people as possible. And we want you to know that you’re awesome, and we appreciate your help.

National Self-Confidence Day is March 26th. Get Excited!

Update: check out the official website for National Self-Confidence day!

Do you remember how you spent National Self-Confidence Day last year? That’s a trick question. We just invented National Self-Confidence Day this year. It’s happening on March 26th. It’s going to be awesome. Everyone’s invited. You’re definitely invited.


You probably have lots of questions. Well, we make expressive socks and underwear to fill you with colorful confidence. Over the years, we’ve been lucky to witness firsthand the kind of transformative power self-confidence can have on people. Feeling comfortable in your own skin, believing in yourself, is something to celebrate! That’s why we started this long-overdue holiday.

How do you get involved with National Self-Confidence Day?

First, be confident in yourself. This holiday is all about spreading confidence to everyone, but let’s start with you. Everyone has at least one thing that should inspire self-confidence. What are you good at? What do you like to do for fun? What makes you proud? These are great places to start. Maybe you’re an amazing mom. Maybe you hiked to the top of a really steep hill last weekend. Maybe you’re so smart you swept an entire category in Jeopardy! The list goes on and on. Whatever your reason, it’s reason enough to look in the mirror and say, “I believe in you.”

Confidence is contagious. Let’s spread it to as many people as possible. There are so many ways to do that. Call or text a friend and let them know you believe in them. You never know when someone needs to hear something just like that and how big of an effect it can have on their confidence.

We have lots of fun and inspiring activities planned throughout the day.

We want you to send us #selfieconfidence photos! Take a picture of yourself and tell us a bit about what self-confidence means to you. Be sure to post it online with the hashtag #selfieconfidence because we’ll be sharing our favorites all day long on our website.

Show us your #selfieconfidence!

The Sock It to Me team will also be on the ground in our hometown of Portland, Oregon, spreading confidence one personal interaction at a time. We’ll be sharing stuff throughout the day, with stories and ideas about what self-confidence means to people on an individual level.

Self-confidence is so important in so many ways. It lurks in the background for every decision we ever make. But here’s the thing: it’s not that some people are born with the gift of self-confidence while others are cursed to doubt themselves at every turn. It’s a skill. Even if you’re not a natural at it, you can get better. And we’re here to help however we can. March 26th, the first-ever National Self-Confidence Day, is one more step on that journey.