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Tucketts for Everyone Lifestyle - PEACE, UNITY, and SUSTAINABILITY

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All of us at Tucketts believe we are more than the grip socks we create, although we do love them fiercely. We believe deeply in creating a grip sock brand that has a clear balance between people, planet, and profit. With so much violence, isolation, and confusion going on in the world today, we stand firmly behind our mission to join people together all across the planet with a lifestyle focused on sustainability, peace, and unity.

From the inception of our grip socks, we have strived to create a brand that transcends the fitness, yoga, and pilates communities, and becomes a brand that speaks TO the world and FOR the world. Our factory, offices, and the faces that fill them, live and breathe the lifestyle we support. The members of our staff are from all over the United States and world. They come from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and regions. We cherish our differences because we have all come together to create a grip sock brand that people can be proud to wear and share with those they love.

Peace

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We take peace very seriously in our Tucketts lifestyle. Every aspect of our company and every connection we make is centered around peace. We are always looking for non-profit organizations, studios, and fitness facilities we can work with to help share the message of peace with the world.

We have worked with organizations like Move This World who help support individuals in their emotional and creative needs. We are also working with Dunna to make a peaceful impact on the community where our factory is located by designing, applying, and evaluating Yoga models and the Body/dance/movement for individual and social recovery.

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Whether it’s in a fitness community, local community, or at an international level, our goal is to inspire everyone who buys a pair of Tucketts to support each other and grow together.

Unity

Growing together as a community means one thing...UNITY. We believe that unity is the only way our world can grow to be the absolute best version of itself. We know at Tucketts that each person in our company plays an equally important role in making it a success. Without each person’s individuality, diversity, and unique gifts, Tucketts would not be the growing brand we all love.

We feel just as strongly about each and every one of our customers. Every time we learn a customer story, meet a customer face-to-face, or see pictures, we see the unique gifts every person has to offer. We want to work in unity with our customers, workers, partners and suppliers to continue to bring people together, whether it’s only for an hour in a fitness class or for much longer.  

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Sustainability

Finally, making a positive impact on the environment and all humans through sustainability is an essential part of our lifestyle. We don’t just believe we should take care of our own backyards, but we believe we should have an environmentally and community-friendly impact wherever we go. After all, living a lifestyle of sustainability means having a constant understanding of how we impact the environment EVERY single day.

Finding a manufacturer who shares our values of protecting workers, helping communities, and paying attention to environmental impact was essential. Our factory works under strict ethical standards with a tight-knit web of suppliers. To us, the people who work for us are one of, if not THE, most important aspect. We believe in working with manufacturers who pair our workers fair wages and provide them with fair working conditions. Sustaining our people is just as important as sustaining our earth.

Also, our factory belongs to a local clean production agreement, signed by private entities, government organizations, and productive sectors that manage the country's sustainable development. It also has the ISO 14001 certification in environmental management and has implemented practices that aim to minimize the impact of processes and waste on the environment.  

We were also determined to have sustainable packaging for our Tucketts. Our packaging is 100% tree-free. This means we aim to use the minimum amount of paper to hold and display each pair of our socks. The packaging is also completely biodegradable, recyclable, and made from 100% sugar cane fiber. This fiber is the residue from the sugar cane refining process and it’s totally free of harmful dyes and chlorine bleach.

Above everything, we believe that it is each and every one of our responsibilities to bring the world together, not tear it apart. We welcome you to be a member of the Tucketts family and join us in living out our Tucketts for Everyone Lifestyle.

Do you have a peace, unity, or sustainability initiative? We want to know about it!

Leave a comment below to tell us how you live the Tucketts for All Lifestyle!  

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Tucketts and Feet

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Strong, aligned feet can do amazing things for your health, such as provide back pain relief, improve mobility, and so much more. Our feet are the foundation of a solid, healthy, and flexible body. Just like with so many things in life, having a sturdy foundation is essential to building a powerhouse structure that can grow beyond our wildest dreams.

When we exercise, having elements that impede our feet from gripping surfaces, moving properly, or supporting us can cause major damage to our bodies. Because of this, it is important to really understand our feet and the things that can help them.

Feet in Detail

Feet are complex structures that are meant to be strong, flexible, and resilient. If you look at an anatomical image of feet, you will see a world of connections, interactions, and perfectly placed pieces. The anatomy of feet includes an intricate combination of bones, tissue, tendons, ligaments, sweat glands, and muscles. In fact, with 26 bones in each foot, the feet make up 25% of the entire skeletal structure of the body.

These bones, along with the bones found in the ankle, are joined together by a series of 33 joints and are moved by 100 muscles. The muscles, joints, and tendons work together to perform plantar flexion and dorsiflexion, or the pointing and flexing of the foot needed for motion.

Our toes, also known as the phalanges and metatarsals, make up one end of the foot, and a solid heel, or calcaneus, is found on the other end. In between these two landmarks resides a delicate arch. This arch takes on the impact of our movements and supports us while we stand. Having proper support and flexibility in the arch is essential to preventing pain and injury throughout the entire body. Furthermore, the arches, along with our achilles tendon located at the back of the heel, aid running, jumping, and walking.

Finally, feet have over 250,000 closely concentrated sweat glands. These glands can excrete around half a pint of sweat per day to help eliminate waste, cool the feet, and protect and soften the skin. The amount of sweat produced by the feet can differ from body to body or situation to situation. However, factors such as diet, exercise, and certain medical conditions can affect sweat production.

In exercise, having access to full foot mobility helps us to maintain proper foot placement and avoid injury. Whether we’re doing group classes, weight lifting, or performing cardiovascular activities, we have to be mindful of what are feet are doing. Maintaining the proper alignment of each of the foot elements is essential to keeping the entire body aligned. If the feet are not properly cared for and supported, it could be detrimental to the rest of the body.

Tucketts Approach to Feet

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Every pair of Tucketts toeless socks are uniquely designed to optimize the natural structure of the foot. When Paola R. Shah invented Tucketts her whole idea sparked from the fact that our toes only have one natural big gap between the big toe and second toe. The rest of our toes aren’t really made to have something between them. She also noted that toes are not created equal on every foot, and people have unique needs like web toes, or toes of different lengths.

It seemed as though the best option was to create an exercise sock that could support feet, not hinder them. The toe-free design of Tucketts promotes full use of each and every muscle in the feet. Also, by removing the toes from the socks it mimics the sensation of being barefoot which aids in many intricate movements. This is a design feature that can not be found in socks that cover the toes.  

Lightweight knitting is another unique feature of Tucketts socks. Not only does it help with the barefoot sensation that customers love in yoga, barre, and pilates socks, but it also provides moisture wicking to prevent sweating from limiting stability during these same types of activities.

Furthermore, Tucketts socks do their part to support movement. The anklets have specific knitting in the arch to provide support during standing exercises. The knee high socks not only have the arch support similar to the anklets, but also have special knitting around the ankle to provide more compression.

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Learning more about our feet is the only way to make sure we’re using them to the best of their abilities. As we continue down our fitness journey together, we’ll keep taking a closer look at our feet and all they can accomplish.


What features of the Tucketts socks make your feet the happiest? Let us know in the comments or on one of our social media pages! Be sure to tag us and use one of our favorite hashtags.

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Tucketts Customer Spotlight: Grip Sock Love

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Nothing makes us happier than reading your reviews of our grip socks! Whether you use our grip socks for pilates, barre, yoga, or everyday life, your opinions mean the world to us. Most of all, we absolutely LOVE seeing Tucketts in action!

The Tucketts brand is all about inspiring customers to be happy, confident, and committed to becoming the absolute best versions of themselves. Not a day goes by that we aren’t in complete awe over the amazing things our loyal grip sock wearers accomplish, and the dedication they have to their health. We’re so moved that we want to spread the love with all of you by sharing some of the pictures and words that have lifted our hearts.

What Customers are Saying

Great Socks for Pilates!

By ilaria on June 26, 2017

Style: Allegro - Solid Grey Dot

I noticed Tucketts on a colleague of mine, they looked great and I decided to try them. They are great!
Functional, fun and elegant! I’m a real believer of the importance of the barefoot connections. As a Pilates Instructor I know that as you workout on the mat and mostly on the apparatuses the balance, the stability and the feedback that the feet give to your body is key. Tucketts are the BEST workout socks because of the freedom that they give to the toes! I love them and my clients love them too.
I highly recommend them to anybody who practices disciplines like Pilates, Yoga, Silks, Gymnastics, Gyrotonic… anything that requires bare feet.

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Instagram: @treeetreee

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Wow!

By Devin H. on June 15, 2017

Style: Anklet - Classic Black

I’ve been doing yoga for a long time, and have many different styles of yoga socks, but I just bought these and wow! I love how there is no restriction on my toes! Very comfy. I haven’t seen any other styles like these. I’ll probably order another pair in the near future!

Great for barre and working on Pilates equipment

March 8, 2018

Style: Anklet - Cosmic Essential Black

I'm a size 8 and these fit great. These have the best grips too. These are my second pair of Tuckettes and I wear them at least 3x a week in Barre and workouts on Pilates equipment. I have had these for about 3 months and they still look pretty new. Will be purchasing more.

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Instagram: @jennyg2bfit

Perfect for pilates and my barre classes

By DM on June 26, 2017

Style: Allegro - Black Swan

I do a pilates based barre class and we do a lot of work that involves grip and stability and there is no other product that balances the need for me to have my feet covered yet still providing the grip of having no sock on. I love these the quality is second to none and I get so many compliments on them... I think this is going to be my go-to gift item for the holidays for my fitness loving friends

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Instagram: @cecipulido.1

Finding inspiration in the daily routine of life can be hard, but it can also be the spark that pushes us to accomplish our life-long dreams. We want our grip socks to be a small part in giving you a solid foundation for dream chasing...and we can’t thank you enough for all of the love and support you give right back to us!

If you’d like to be highlighted on our Instagram or in our blog, let us know! We want to hear your story and be a part of making your dreams come true. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and tag us in your posts!

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The Himalaya Collection - A Dream Come True

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Here at Tucketts, each new fashion season means creating sock designs our customers will ADORE by revisiting our company values and finding ways to live out our mission in an inspiring way. This fall, we are thrilled to introduce our Himalaya Collection, a dream come true collection full of inspiration!

This fashion collection is created from a journey of a lifetime. Each design pays homage to the green mountains, rocky paths, glistening glaciers, and white peaks of the Himalayas. It tells the story of an adventure of crossing dozens of mountains, changing weathers and ecosystems, and ultimately fulfilling the life-long dream of Tucketts founder Paola R. Shah.

From Dream to Journey

Dreaming feeds the soul, and it’s important to believe that big dreams DO come true. It may take time, but they can always find a way.

Twenty years ago, while living in Colombia, I had a dream to someday travel to the Himalayas and hike its majestic mountains. The dream stayed deep in my adventurous spirit, but I was uncertain of how to make it happen. After a call from a trusted friend, some deep thought, and loving support from my husband and daughter, I took the leap and traveled to the Everest Base Camp.

After a few bumps and facing some fears, I traveled to Kathmandu. I embraced the spirituality, culture, people, and food of Nepal with an open heart. Being adventurous is a driving force for Tucketts, just like working with inspirational people, and living these truths was essential to my adventure!

Each day of the hike I found inspiration all around me, and the Tucketts grip sock Himalaya Collection was born. Read on for a closer look at the collection and my exciting journey!

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Day 1 and 2:

Phakding to Namche Bazaar

On the way to the first stop the weather conditions caused us to need to take a helicopter from Kathmandu instead of flying directly to Lukla and we landed close to Phakding. Before landing, we had our first view of the most amazing mountain range and the beauty we would soon dive into.

Day two started with the seven of us bonding during breakfast, and the beginning of our very first all day hike. The first 2.5 hours of the trek was the equivalent of gaining 100 mts of altitude. The entire trip aim was to get to 5500 mts! We crossed the first hanging bridge where there were dozens of yaks and teal waters waving at us. The first white peak loomed ahead at only 6,850 mts.

Six more hours of walking later, we finally saw a town of blue roofs under a cloudy sky. Spring flowers welcomed us, and kids and other hikers swirled around us. We had reached Namche Bazaar.

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Day 3 and 4:

Namche to Tengboche

Day three meant hiking 400 vertical mts and back, acclimatization day. The view was like witnessing a choreography of dancing clouds dressing and undressing the mountains. It also showed the real trials of the area. We saw children as young as ten carrying heavy loads on their backs in sandals, a commonality in the Khumbu area in Nepal. During my research about giving back to the area where I was exploring, as I always do in my travels, I realized how hard life is for these kids.

Day four was a very unique hike with the first heart stopping view of the tip of the Everest! Lunch that day also offered views of a hanging bridge protected by prayer flags, a bluish river with a flowing hypnotizing rhythm, and a majestic mountain hugged by haze.

The difficulty of the hike made some of us consider taking a shortcut, but we soon discovered the shortcut didn’t always mean the easiest path. Taking shortcuts in an unknown terrain can delay goals, a reality I recognized deeply from my time in business.

Finally we got to Tengboche, 3867mts, a small village covered in fog, with an important Buddhist monastery. That night ended in a beautiful snowfall and some table games.

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Day 5:

Tengboche to Pangboche

This was one the most impactful days of the trip. I was able to experience the most beautiful sunrise and view of the mountains in the solitude of the early morning. Their beauty created  the butterflies that a person experiences at the beginning of an amazing relationship. The reality of having the highest peaks in the world holding hands and forming a circle around me made me eternally grateful for that moment, the people in my life, and a business that allowed me to witness this perfection of creation. It was a view I’d dreamt of more than 20 years earlier.

The hike that day was through a snowy enchanted forest and we played like kids in the snow, enjoying every single step to Pangboche!

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Day 6 and 7:

Pangboche to Lobuche

Day six meant closer peaks and the beginning of seeing vegetation disappear. It was a day of acclimatization, as the pressure from loss of oxygen began to build. Taking a slow pace is something I greatly appreciate, there’s no need to rush to greatness. I carried sets of school supplies with me to give to children along the way, and did so in this village. I also took time to truly learn the beautifully unique practices of the culture, like how they use yak poop to keep warm. Engulfing myself in the culture of the people is something I cherish more than anything.

The next day, the hike continued through a valley of rocks, the most difficult ascent thus far. The pressure continued to build as our bodies struggled to deal with a kind of altitude we hadn’t experienced before. The struggle and fear slowly turned to motivation, a mixture of emotion, and accomplishment by the time we arrived in Lobuche.

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Day 8:

Lobuche to Gorak Shep

Gorak Shep to EBC

Despite the cold, day eight was an enjoyable hike. The lack of vegetation, contrast between the light brown of the valley, the yaks carrying colorful loads, and the whiteness of the peaks made for an extraordinary sight. Getting to Gorak Shep, 5164 mts, was already a triumph since at this point I went beyond the highest altitude I had ever reached before.

After lunch, we headed to the Everest Base Camp (EBC). The path was very narrow and we had to carefully dodge yaks. Walking on rocks and jumping from one to another was also a fun part of our journey!

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When the first glacier with yellow tent dots appeared, the joy of being so close to the EBC began to rise inside me, and it came with tears of happiness and the feeling of accomplishing an old dream.  

The joy of finally making it was so intense. It was such an exciting day for all of us. Seeing the perfection of nature, and how insignificant we are compared to it, was awe-inspiring. We can’t control nature, and it made me appreciate its beauty even more than I already did.

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Day 9:

Kalapathar – Above the Clouds

The last day of the trip was better than a dream! We left early in the morning to a deep darkness, the rhythm of falling snowflakes, and a piercing cold. Hiking in the dark and on a snow-covered path meant limited visibility and frozen water pipes. As we traveled on, perfect paw prints of snow leopards appeared in front of us. The eventual sunrise was spectacular, and the silhouettes of mountains began to appear. After climbing over a big cloud, the top of the peaks came into view, the sun appeared, and the rays blended with the mountains creating geometric shapes. It was the perfect inspiration for Tucketts designs. We had reached the top!

Going back down to where the rest of the group was waiting was super fun, I had so much energy and could keep up with Phemba, our guide. A helicopter came to get us and return us to Lukla. It was a beautiful end to our journey flying back over every step we had walked before. What took 9 days to travel by foot took forty minutes by helicopter.

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The final day was all about recovery and saying goodbye. New friends were made and many were excited to travel together again.

Tucketts and the Himalayas

I learned so much from the journey and couldn’t wait to bring it back home to Tucketts and life in general.

  • Be prepared! Mistakes and pain can be avoided with a little research.

  • Go slow to grow fast, especially at the beginning. Tiny adjustments can help you acclimate to a new environment.

  • Embrace the unknown and all its surprises, and enjoy every step with the right people. People are the most valuable component of any adventure, they can grow or pause a business.

  • Be flexible without forgetting your values.

  • Have fun! There is always time to laugh through mistakes. It’ll make the journey easier.

  • Slow down and observe the beauty of nature around you.

  • Be curious about life and everything it has to offer.

  • Trust your instincts and take every opportunity as it comes.

  • We are all leaders and it’s the journey that matters most, with all its ups and downs!

We hope you love the Himalaya Collection as much as we do and it inspires you to dream big and accomplish all you can. We’d love to hear about some of YOUR dreams! Comment on the journeys you all would love to conquer. What makes your souls soar?

Adrianne Yurgosky: From Injured & Sedentary to Pilates Studio Owner

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Adrianne Yurgosky

I am the founder and owner of Westside Pilates on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and LIC Pilates in Long Island City, Queens. I became interested in Pilates as a way to alleviate my pain, and it has completely given me my life back.

After playing field hockey competitively in college, I suffered from numerous back injuries, including scoliosis, a torn and bulging disc, arthritis and sciatica. My experience of being completely sedentary to being able to move my spine in all 4 directions of a healthy back drove my passion to pass on the system of Pilates to others, and I launched my career as a Pilates trainer.

Moreover, Pilates has provided me an opportunity to be flexible and regain value in my work life as well. I was deeply unsatisfied in my corporate job and I decided to pursue Pilates as a career instead of remaining unfulfilled, and I am so thankful that I made that choice. I wanted to have ownership over my studio environment, what instructors I worked alongside, and the kind of training my clients were receiving. This led me to open my own studios. Managing a studio is a lot of work, but I have a lot of support from my instructors—it is a true team effort.

While using the reformer during Pilates, there is something to be said about having your skin actually touch the equipment— it provides a totally different level of energy to the exercise and makes you feel even more connected. Accordingly, I think the level of connection barefoot work provides also makes people feel more stable and secure in their movements.  Lots of my clients love the aesthetic design of Tucketts, but more than that, I have found that they really hold to the foot well and feel secure. I like supporting other small businesses, so it just made sense to support and use Tucketts products in my studios.

My main advice to offer someone just getting started with Pilates is to know that Pilates is always going to get more challenging. It is important not to get frustrated when something is difficult. When you are ready to understand it, whether that be an exercise or how to activate and engage a certain part of your body, you will be able to! Also, I tell people first starting out that it is important to make sure they have a good instructor who really knows and is trained in Pilates.

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In my Pilates practice I found a way to actually eliminate my pain and regain a range of motion and athletic lifestyle I thought I would never have back. Moreover, Pilates has provided me an opportunity to be flexible and regain value in my work life as well. Pilates has allowed me to become a successful business owner, engage meaningfully with my clients to help them rid themselves of pain through Pilates the way I did, and continue learning more about my body through my practice every day. I wish you a successful Pilates journey as well.