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About Us

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Pocket Socks started back in 2002 as Zip It Sox. Founder Evan Papel was traveling through Europe when his passport and money were stolen. Over a liter stein of fine Munich beer, the idea of the sock with a pocket materialized.

Zip It Sox turned in to Zip It Gear and had a great run in the early 2000s until the Great Recession ended the fun.   In 2017, Papel started tinkering around with domestic manufacturing and started selling online.   Based on the excitement from customers an exhuberance from Papel, the colorful fun and fashionable line was born.   

In 2019, Pocket Socks were the #1 sock debuting on Zulily and on The Grommet.  Then, Good Morning America called and was excited to present the line on the acclaimed Steals & Deals segment further launching Pocket Socks into the mainstream.


Evan lives with his family in Southern California, and Pocket Socks is his passion project.  From time to time he laughs a bit at how long he's been doing this but he enjoys that it works both sides of his entrepreneurial brain.   Evan comes from a long line of giftware entrepreneurs.  You can take a look at the history here at Papel Giftware.   Evan loves his family, Colorado Buffaloes, boxing and philanthropic leadership roles. Feel free to connect with Evan on LinkedIn.


We make great socks. Listen, the pocket is amazing and it’s unlike anything else out there, however without a great sock, it doesn’t mean much. So we put a ton of design time and analysis into what we’re offering you. That includes yarns from sustainable and renewable materials, ethical manufacturing conditions and wear tests over miles and miles.

We have Passport Security socks, novelty socks, argyle dress socks, ankle socks, and over-the-calf boot socks.


We’re a hard working bunch. We’re a small team, but nimble, talented, enthusiastic and fun! As we build our team, we’ll be doing so with you and your experience with us in mind.



Helping the community and making the world a better place is really important to us.   Take a look at what we've done in just the past couple of years.  



We are partnering with It's All About the Kids Food Pantry to donate a meal for every pair purchased for specific sale events.  This organization is near and dear to our heart as Kids are hungry and in need of healthy meals, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic which is stranding kids who ordinarily get food from school, without access to meals.  Please visit It's All About the Kids here.



In 2019 we donated hundreds of pair of Pocket Socks to an amazing organization called Sox In A Box.  Our contribution lead to hundreds of children living in East Africa to get much needed socks.  Click to read the complete story.


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