We are proud to be one of the select retailers carrying premium socks from ROTOTO. These socks are made in Japan’s largest sock producing region, Nara Prefecture. The area has been known for its quality textile since around the 17th century. Industrial sock production was first introduced to the area in 1910, when a man from Koryocho brought a sock weaving machine home on his return from the U.S. after completing studies there. As textile weaving declined and people’s life style changed with time, sock production was gradually developed in the area as a new industry. With such a background, the local people in the region still call sock knitting as ‘sock weaving.’
With such a rich history in manufacturing ROTOTO places high value on collaborating with the craftsmen who preserve this tradition and history. They often start new stock development with selecting the right yarns for a design from a huge number of options, and then develop a new material that is made of a blend of selected yarns with help of these craftsmen. After that, they choose a knitting machine to use according to the type of material and the usage of the product. Options include rare machines for specialty use, old-style non-computerized knitters and latest hi-tech machines. To make an ideal pair of socks, exchanging opinions with skilled craftsmen is as important as using the right machine depending on a product.
These socks come in great colors, textures and each pair is made with Japanese craftsmanship, utilizing unique and unexpected materials. We’ve been wearing ROTOTO socks for years and their comfort and durability are unrivaled. We’ve tested them on long hikes through the Cascade mountains and enjoyed relaxing in house socks while vacationing on the Pacific coast; the choice of materials and quality of construction means they are tough and comfortable enough for all-day wear.
Treat yourself to a pair and they also make the perfect gift.