@zebedee, yes, for me it's a real challenge to find socks that are capable of maintaining both richness of color and texture after repeated washing (in fact, TBH, separating my laundry into various colors, fabrics etc so that things get washed on the correct cycle consumes a disordinate amount of time, but the results speak for themselves. I could just throw it all in 'whites' and 'colors' bags and send it out for laundering, but in addition to the uncomfortable racial connotations involved, I just know that separating by colors isn't enough; separation by fabrics is essential for longevity). This can indeed impact significantly on ones sense of wellbeing. The whole point of decent quality socks (or any clothes for that matter!) is to help make us feel positive about ourselves as a function of the reaction our look inspires in others. But there's a point right out there on the effort involved/approval feedback curve that goes beyond the point of diminishing returns and possibly into 'a poor investment of mental and physical effort territory'. The kind of place where even with nice socks and a good ensemble, maintaining that look is just emotionally draining, maybe? I'm sure some people could just make it look effortless though.