I rarely wear socks, especially in the summer here in Mississippi, because the heat and humidity sucks and I've liked running around barefoot ever since I can remember (and that's a long time).
However, recently-since I started trying my hand at knitting my own socks, I like them better than store bought for one simple reason-that annoying seam where they sew the toe to the instep, it aggravates my toes like nothing I know. Other than that, I have nothing else against store bought, except most of them are cotton, and therefore not much good when the cold winter gets here, or they're acrylic-which is soft and nice-feeling, but doesn't breathe at all. And I can't afford to go to anyplace that might sell wool socks-not that there is probably any place like that here in Natchez anyway, and I won't travel very far with gas prices the way they are just to get a pair of socks I like.
Then I tried a pair I made from sock yarn a few years ago, and they were so comfortable that I decided that if I was going to wear socks I might as well make them myself. Now, I haven't made very many pairs-mostly because I have to order my sock yarn and because I don't always have any extra money at the end of our bills, but since I don't wear them often I figured one or two pairs would do me until I could make more.
And another thing-crocheted socks are interesting, if one knows how to crochet (and I do). It's a different way to have handmade socks for the non-knitter. You just need a small hook-such as a F or G-maybe even an E if you want to keep your stitches small, and it does take more yarn to make them because crochet naturally takes up more yarn than knitting. I find I like the peasant heel on these because it's much easier to crochet a chain at the heel, leave the hole, then crochet in the heel afterwards-which would also make it easier to fix said heel.
Anyway, if you don't think there are many patterns for crocheted socks, take a look at the ingenuity of some crocheters who were generous enough to share their patterns at no cost:
Crochet Pattern Central-socks