About Us

about-us-052020.jpgOur purpose is to design, produce and distribute a fun & functional sock line unlike any other in the world.   Our overarching goal is to see at least one pair of Pocket Socks in every sock drawer.


✓ Be creative. 

✓ Hold a steadfast commitment to delivering a high quality product. 

✓ Have fun. 

✓ Give back to those in need.


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 exuberance 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.


FOUNDEREvan Papel in 2002's launch of Zip It Sox

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 Pocket Socks works both sides of his entrepreneurial brain.  Evan loves his family, the Colorado Buffaloes, boxing and philanthropic leadership roles. Feel free to connect with Evan on LinkedIn.



First and foremost, we make great socks.  We put a ton of design time and analysis into what we’re offering you including yarns from sustainable and renewable materials, ethical manufacturing conditions and wear tests over miles and miles.   Then, we take it to the next level and bring your Pocket Socks to a cutting and sewing station where we essentially turn socks into garments by hand sewing zippered pockets one by one.  



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 partnered 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. Together with the support of our customers, we accomplished an amazing feat; we donated over 12,000 meals to hungry kids in San Diego.   





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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