Allow us to introduce you to Sweden's sartorial answer to doom and gloom: Happy Socks. Started in Stockholm by two mates, Mikael Soderlinh and Victor Tell, Happy Socks provide socks to put a smile on your face, partly because they're so colourful but mostly because they're cheap as chips without being rubbish. Manufactured by the same company that produce socks for the Belgian and Turkish army, with hand sewn toe seams for added comfort, they should take a beating and fit like, er gloves.  For an English stockist check them out at the excellent oipolloi.com or if you fancy paying in euros, try happysocks.com.

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