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Keysocks: The First and Only No Show Knee High Sock
Destiny in the making....
“When something in life is meant to happen, all the pieces just come together,” said Shelby McKee, owner and founder of Keysocks. “It has been just amazing!”
Every once in a while, a product comes along that is pure genius. That is Keysocks. The “Simply Open” concept for socks are a product that allow a woman to have her heels and the socks as well.
Keysocks launched August 24, 2012 after McKee spent the last 3 years perfecting her idea.
“It was kind of top secret for all these years,” she said. “No one has ever seen this product before!”
Where Keysocks all began...
The idea for Keysocks began in October 2009 when Shelby McKee was on her way to a Cincinnati Bengals football game. She had this pair of shoes she wanted to wear, but it wasn’t the type you would wear with socks. Yet, she was determined to be able to wear her shoes, and her socks too. After all, it was already starting to get a little chilly and she wanted to be warm and comfortable at the same time.
“I will never ever forget this day,” McKee said. “I pulled out this tube sock and decided I was just going to wear it.”
That was when she decided she was going to make the sock work for her. “I literally just cut holes out of the socks,” McKee said. “It’s just crazy.”
When looking for the perfect socks to cut, she selected a pair from her husband’s drawer. Her socks just weren’t gonna work and her husband’s socks from Nordstrom were the perfect solution. Lucky for them, her husband, Danny McKee, wasn’t home at the time to witness her slashing through his socks, cutting it to the perfect fit until you could no longer see the socks with the shoes.
“He didn’t like it,” she laughed, remembering the moment. “My husband is the most particular person about his socks!”
At the game, the name for these socks came forward. “It’s the key to sock freedom; the key to sock comfort. Every key has a hole.” McKee put the key into Keysocks and her brother in law, Beau Parry, came up with the catch phrase “Simply Open.”
After investigating the idea for 3 months and not finding anything like this created before, McKee was in the lawyer’s office and her dream was starting to become reality. Even though the idea came in 2009, this product is still fairly new, just recently being launched the end of August..
The Keysocks Family
- Shelby and Danny McKee - Founders of Keysocks and owner Global Shipping Co.
- McKee children - Son Tanner and daughter Barrett
- Jim and Kay Busemeyer - Mom and Dad and investors
- Christy - Editor - and - Beau Parry - Digital Strategist
- Parry Daughters - Elle, Brynne, and Taylor
- Stefanie Neal - Sister
- Neal Sons - Logan and Ryan
- Lindsey Dugan - Creative Director
- Mike Crotty - Manufactoring Liaison
- Donna Browning - Keysocks' first customer and founder of Sweaty Bands
A Family Affair
Keysocks, based out of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a family run business. McKee partnered up with her retired father, Jim Busemeyer, to make this idea become a reality.
“Thank god for him,” she said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been able to do all this.” Busemeyer is not only a partner, but an investor as well, and has brought his experience of sales to the table. However, just because he was family, didn’t make this an easy sale. McKee said it took her one solid year to get him on board with the idea.
She had been working on the product and trying to perfect the materials and the design. After taking the sock to a seamstress to get a working model of the product, they took it to a local store to see if they could have the logo put on. There were a couple of ladies who saw the socks and after seeing their reaction, the deal was sealed.
“By their reaction to the sock, I knew he was finally in,” she said.
The day the product launched, her father ended up in the hospital and needed a pacemaker put in. Her only thought was “I can’t lose him now!” While every family goes through rough spots, launching the Keysock business has added an extra bond that can’t be broken with this family.
“It’s got my family together,” she said. “It’s the heart of the family. It truly has been amazing!”
Every person in the family has a part of the business. Not only are McKee’s parents, Jim and Kay Busemeyer, involved, but so are her sisters Christy Parry (editor) and Stephanie Neal as well. Beau Parry, her brother in-law, was also a big part of the creative aspect of Keysocks as the digital strategist. Her children, Tanner and Barrett, are also excited as they saw their mom transform from a stay at home mom to an inventor.
“They are excited because their mom invented something,” McKee said. “My daughter looked at me and said, ‘I am so proud of you mom because you invented the first no-show sock!’”
While McKee stressed how big of a part her family has played in Keysocks, she couldn’t express enough gratitude toward the others who contributed to getting this product launched. Lindsey Dugan, Creative Director, also played a major role in launching Keysocks.
“She has helped put this whole thing together,” she said. Dugan has been working alongside McKee for the last 2 and a half years. While she is not family by blood, she is now a member of the Keysocks family.
What are Keysocks?
Keysocks, simply put, are the First and Only no-show knee high sock. Keysocks are for woman and girls to be able to wear their high heels and socks with any pants of their choice. This is the ultimate solution for those woman who want to keep their feet warm, but not show they are wearing socks.
“Finally, comfort for woman after all these years!” McKee said. “Style and comfort.”
Keysocks have many benefits:
- Prevents Blisters
- Keeps shoes from falling off
- Helps with the between sizes
- Stays on your feet
- Uses CoolMax Moisturizer to keep feet from sweating
For the Love of Shoes
“Life is great when you love what you do!”
- Shelby McKee, Keysocks founder
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The Solution is Here!
Currently Keysocks are available for both woman and girls. The woman’s product includes 2 colors: Black and Nude. They are also adding an additional 2 colors to choose from in the near future, one of which will be brown. These are true no show socks and according to Mckee, it took one full year just to perfect the opening. The girls socks can also be worn by woman, but these are also for your little girls and the teenagers as well. The difference is the girl’s sock is not a true no show sock.
“The girls sock is so cute cause they add color,” McKee stated. “It’s not just for no-show. It’s for fun too!”
Currently the girl’s Keysock also offers two colors: pink and then a green and navy striped version. Since Keysocks are evolving all the time, there will also be 2 new colors for girls key socks in the works for the near future.
“The colors, the sizes, the shapes… the opportunities are endless!” McKee said. “If I had it my way, I would have a sock for every occasion!”
Keysocks are the perfect product for any woman or girl who truly loves shoes and socks. These socks are able to give you the look you want and still have the comfort of being able to wear your socks. And the best part is, these are comfortable and easy to take care of. They are a “must have” item for any wardrobe.
“Until you slip it on, you just don’t know how amazing it is,” McKee said.
Putting on the key socks is easy. You slip your foot through and pull them all the way up. Your heel should catch in the pocket at the end. From there, slip your toes into the socks and adjust for the perfect fit. The key is to maneuver the sock to fit your foot and shoe making it a true no show. These socks can be used with all sorts of shoes. The best thing about these socks is they don’t move from their place once they are set.
Keysocks are also the perfect choice for Uggs and other boots you may have in your closet. While it may seem weird to suggest using a no-show for something where you don’t need a no-show, they not only stay up and don’t move from their position, but the CoolMax Moisturizer also keeps your feet from sweating.
Keysocks are also easy to care for. You can put them in your wash with the rest of your laundry. However, it is advised to keep these socks out of the dryer to make them last. But McKee has admitted she has occasionally had a few pairs slip past here and into the dryer and they have been fine.
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The start of a fashion trend
Since this product launched two short months ago, there have already been more than 6,000 Keysocks sold. Before launching, most of the promotions were done through social media and sending out free samples to family and friends.
“My whole intention is to make everybody comfortable and if they aren’t comfortable, it goes against everything I believe in,” McKee said.
Donna Browning was the very first Keysocks customer and a good friend as well, McKee said. Browning is the creator of Sweaty Bands and had a similar story about launching her product five years earlier. As an aerobics instructor, Browning patented a sweatband that wouldn’t slip, and began selling them out of her bag. As Keysocks launched, she was the first person to make the official purchase.
“So now we are taking care of sweaty heads and sweaty feet,” McKee said about having both products together.
The future of Keysocks
McKee is excited to get her product out there for all the world to see. The ideas and the expansion of the business are continuing just a few short months after the launch and she is enjoying every aspect of it.
“Life is great when you love what you do,” she said.
When the idea for Keysocks first came to Mckee, she wasn’t sure what kind of ride she was going to be taken on. So far, it has been an amazing ride with everything falling into the right places. Not only is she able to share a product that will give people comfort, but she has been able to meet lots of people and have fun on the way.
“When something is truly meant to be, that is how this Keysocks experience has been,” she said. “I’ve learned more life lessons in this (whole experience). It’s a soul thing. It’s more than just a sock!”
Show off your Keysocks
Fun With Socks
The Practical One
The Fashion Diva
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My thoughts on Keysocks....
A couple of weeks ago I was wasting time on Pinterest. Nothing was catching my attention until I saw a picture of these socks. Immediately I clicked on the link and I was brought to the Keysocks website. It only took a few moments for me to realize this product was pure genius. I was excited and I knew that with Christmas around the corner, these would easily be going on my list.
Normally I don't contact companies to praise their products. I just don't because I find that most often, the praise goes unrecognized. If a company is good, I assume they get so much positive feedback my feedback gets lost. Same thing applies if I have something negative to say. But something that day compelled me to send a note to let Keysocks know how awesome I thought their product was. Within a few hours of sending out my message, I had a response.
Now I have done a few reviews in the past, but making contact with the founder was a great opportunity for me. Little did I know when I found this on Pinterest, this product was brand new. Since it only launched a few months earlier, I got the opportunity to talk about a product most might not have seen before. I also got an opportunity to get into the more personal side of the product.
I was already impressed with the product before I even slipped it on. When I called the founder, I was even more impressed. We clicked right away. Her joy for life was contagious. Her excitement for her product was indescribable. She was down to earth and so easy to talk to, I felt like I had an interview with someone I have known my whole life. This to me made the product even better. When you hear a story of family, which is the backbone of Keysocks, it makes your realize this is a company anybody and everybody should support and stand by. This isn't some giant corporation that doesn't care about the people. They do and you could tell.
However, the product still stands on it's own and I stand by it to say this is a must have for any wardrobe. As a stay at home mom, I don't get much of an opportunity to wear my fun shoes. And when I do get the opportunity, I usually shy away from them because they are uncomfortable and make my feet sweat. I also found some shoes difficult to get on without socks. More specifically, I am talking about these red shoes I had to have. I have had them for about 3 years and have only worn them one other time. Keysocks fixed that for me. Just the other day, I slipped them on with ease. I actually wore them out of the house and wore them for more than 5 minutes. I was excited.
However, the shoes aren't just for heels. They also work great in flats as well. In fact, any shoe that usually gets worn with barefeet because socks just don't look right, will be the perfect fit. When shopping for shoes, I have often times stayed away from the flats. I love the way they look, but I know I won't wear them. Without socks, they will end up hurting my feet and ultimately just end up staying in my closet. With these socks, I can't wait to see the shoes I can now wear that I wouldn't have been able to wear before.
These socks aren't just for me. My daughters, who are 10 and 7, love them as well. After getting them in the mail, they came up with the perfect outfits so they could show them off at school. These socks aren't just for no show - they are for fun too. But they do realize how practical they are as well. My daughter has a pair of shoes that irritate her heels. She was so excited yesterday because with these socks, the shoes didn't bother her feet.
Most importantly, these socks are a quality product. When I first slipped them on, my feet felt like they were in heaven. Yes, they were THAT comfortable! Now I will admit, at first I didn't actually think they would be. After all, most socks with holes aren't comfortable. That is not the case with these.
The slip on feature of these socks are also very reliable. Once the sock is on, it will stay in place. And for the shoes that you don't want the socks to show with, it is easy to adjust and move them to were you want them to be.
These socks also make my shoes better. For the shoes that are difficult to put on, my foot slipped right in. For the shoe that got a little stretched out (from wearing socks that I shouldn't have worn with them), these socks kept me from getting blisters from forming on my heels. And an added bonus, my feet didn't sweat in the shoes because I was wearing socks. What does this mean? No more stinky (ok - maybe it won't completely solve the stinky shoe problem but it will cut it down!) shoes to deal with!
Overall, these are a must have product for any woman and child to have in their wardrobe. It is also the perfect gift for someone you know that likes socks. I know these socks will be used over and over again and are worth the investment.
Keysocks: A Top Notch Product
Overall, I give Keysocks a 5-Star Rating.
In a nutshell....
- They are comfortable.
- They are a quality product. You can tell by the feel of the material and the strong stitching. These will give you your money's worth.
- They give you the opportunity to wear shoes without looking like you are wearing socks.
- Perfect for any woman who dresses up for work.
- They keep my feet warm.
- My kids love them because they are fun!
- The customer service at this company is over the top. They really want to make sure you have a top-notch product and that you are happy.
- If there is an article of clothing that could give you a confidence boost, these socks do that. I felt amazing wearing them.
- They are sure to be the talk of the town. Since they are still new, a lot of people haven't heard of them yet. So you can be the trendsetter. Every time I have worn these socks, people have asked me about them.
- The red shoes. What can I say, any product that makes those red shoes comfortable is a winner in my book!
The perfect accessory to top off any outfit
Get your Keysocks today!
Keysocks are currently available in Woman's Black and Nude. These are true no show socks. They are priced at $9.95 a pair or you can bundle to receive a discount. More woman's options are coming soon.
Keysocks are also available for girls. They come in both pink and a striped navy and green sock. These are not true no shows and can be worn by both woman and girls. They are priced at $7.95 a pair and also can be bought in discount for additional savings. There are also more colors coming soon.
Keysocks are a MUST for any woman and girl's wardrobe.They are available in some local Cincinnati Retail stores, but are easily ordered online. To order your pair today, click here to be redirected to their Shop Gallery.
Check it Out
On November 2, 2012, Real Simple, an online magazine, will be featuring Keysocks for 3 days. Don't miss the opportunity to check out their article.
About the Author
Stacy Harris, also known as Barbergirl28, is a wife of 12 years and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful girls and one handsome little boy. After high school, she joined the Army to become a photojournalist. To this day, she continues to have a passion for writing and photography. After leaving the military, she obtained a license in Cosmetology and also studied Massage Therapy. Her passions include writing, photography, cooking, crafts, health, and fitness. Currently, she is working on a book and freelancing at Hubpages.
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