They were sturdy and warm, out of Drops Big Fabel, a worsted weight utterly washable and machine dryable sock yarn. This is a rare thing. This photo is from 2009. The socks were knit sometime in 2008, but I can't find any original pictures of them. I didn't list everything on Ravelry way back when, certainly not socks. These socks have been much loved.
Last winter, the heels started showing a lot of wear. Not bad after 6 years. Not bad at all. I kept wearing them and debated repair, but just never got around to it. I hated to lose them though.
Last November, I was at the fabric store picking up some thread or needles and was standing in line near the till, when I realized I was by the slipper soles. I had heard tell of Fabricland having them, but had never seen them there before. I seized a pair and before I could think, found myself at home, with a pair of slipper soles.
My feet were cold. Most of my matching socks were dirty and here was a sole without a top and I needed slippers. So, I fixed that.
They are warm, and cozy and I did not have to give up or toss out a pair of socks that I dearly loved. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Make something out of nothing? Sort of. I did buy the soles. I won't have to again, though. I have these as a pattern now.
My feet are warm and that is something more valuable than gold in winter in Canada.