FreeStyle – Do You Think I’m Soxy?


Do You Think I’m Soxy?

written by Cameron Brtnik for

    Do you remember a time, long ago, when socks weren’t sexy? When they were just something you put on your feet if only for comfort, only to be tossed with disgust into the laundry bin at the end of the day. When they were just an extra in a Tide commercial, or something you “hung with care” over the fireplace on Christmas eve. Flash forward to 2014 when a couple of brothers, Albert and Boris Vaisman, started to think about socks differently, and built a little business called Soxy. 

    The trend has caught on – just inconspicuously check out your cubicle mate’s ankles, or lower your gaze next time you’re at a hobnob at your local haunt – and you’ll be sure to see metrosexual men sporting funky socks, a new form of “podiatry peacocking.” My best friend wears fashionable men’s socks and I feel it says a lot about his personality: quirky, charming, trendy. At first I didn’t understand it: why wear something fashionable that’s basically ninety percent covered up? Then I caught the “foot affliction” and began sporting my own pairs of fashionable foot covers. In high school all we wore were plain ol’ sweat socks. But now a fancy pair of socks has become a conversation starter, a snazzy accessory you can actually give more than a modicum of thought to, much like a fashionable fedora or flashy new kicks. Of course it’s always best to wear a pair of fashionable socks with an equally styling pair of shoes – and fortunately Soxy offers both!

Are You Ready To Look Cool?

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Try These On For Size!


Mens Blue Big Stripes Bundle

    Whether you’re into striped, checkered, or funky patterns, Soxy has a line of sultry socks for everyone. The great thing is they can be worn in all sock-wearing seasons. We love the Mens Blue Big Stripes ( ) for their vibrant colors and bold statement. And really, stripes go with any outfit or occasion. Choose from other styles on their website such as Purple Camouflage and Autism for something really mind-bending.

Why Socks Are Fashionable:

  • They pair well with almost any wardrobe
  • They’re fun to mix and match with pants, shirts, and suits
  • They’re conversation starters
  • They show your uniqueness and originality

“But what can I wear with my funky new foot fashion?” The answer is: pretty much anything.

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What Color Pants With What Shoes?

    First off, you have to know what pants you’re wearing with what shoes before deciding on which socks. Here’s a few pairings we recommend for the more sartorially savvy.


What Color Pants Should I Wear With Black Shoes?

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Black On Black

    The traditional answer is: black. It’s got a classic, professional look that’s never out of style, whether or not you’re wearing a suit. If you’re in the office or out on the town, you can’t go wrong with black on black. You’ve seen Orange Is The New Black? Well, Black is The New… Orange. Check out Fashion Beans for some great advice on black shoes (

For The More Fashionable Fellows Among Us

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White Pants With Brown Shoes

    Want to make a statement? Go out and buy yourself a pair of skinny fit white pants and wear them with your swankiest pair of brown leather shoes. You will stand out like a Gucci model at state fair. Warning: you must be in decent physical condition to pull this one off.  All those who care more about ice cream than ice skating beware. For a perfect set of luxurious leathers check out Soxy’s Mens Brown & Blue Leather Wingtip Dress Shoes (

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White Pants With Black Shoes

    For something just as stylish with a more classic appeal, try pairing those tighty-whities with pair of black shoes. You’ll still stand out – but more like Picasso among plebeians. Just be careful you don’t sit on any freshly-painted benches. Try adding an extra touch with Soxy’s Mens Purple Camouflage Socks ( and emulating Elvis wish their Mens Black & Blue Suede Driving Loafers (


Black Pants With White Shoes

    Crisp, clean and summery – no I’m not talking about some new kale crazy. I’m talking about skinny black pants paired with plain old white sneakers. You’ll look hip, fresh, and cool in this aesthetic ensemble. Even cooler, complete this outstanding outfit with a crisp white t-shirt or button down. Pick up a pair of white runners with Soxy’s very own Mens White Leather Sneakers (

“But What About My Upper Half?”

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Black Shirt With White Shoes

    For something more subdued but still stylish, throw on a black blouse buttoned up to the top. This speaks “fashion conscious” without overstating it. Elegant and smart, you’re sure to draw attention from the cool crowd. Here’s a great article from our friends down at Outfit Trends on white shoes. Now study up. (


Wear Your Snazzy New Socks With:

  • Black pants + black shoes
  • White pants + brown or black shoes
  • Black pants + white shoes
  • Black shirt + white shoes
  • Naked (*remain indoors)

Still not sure what pants to pair with what shoes? Check out this chart


Pant And Shoe Color Chart

Don’t worry ladies – we didn’t forget you!

    As you can tell, this article was written for men. But that doesn’t mean you’re not a significant other looking for a snazzy pair of stockings for the love of your life. Soxy makes some great gift ideas, and they’ve made it easy for you by putting together special packages. Try these out and we’re sure your beautiful beau will smother you with delectable kisses. Mens Autism Sock Bundle (

    Whether you’re looking to update your style or add to your already quirky collection of feet cozies, designer socks are in – and Soxy just made them sexy.

Follow Soxy on IG @soxy

Cameron Brtnik is a freelance writer living in Toronto. He now owns twelve pairs of Soxys, none of them matching

SpotLight: Divine Light Wellness – Holistic Healing

SpotLight: Divine Light Wellness – Holistic Healing

Shannon Soules – Life Coach

Spiritual coaching and energy healing for personal growth and wellness

This was my first experience with meditation and Reiki. This is a true testimonial I wrote for her website. She is also the first to be featured in my new SpotLight series. If you are suffering from depression, anxiety or any mental or physical disorder, I sincerely recommend you try out her services. It really did work for me!

I’ve had two sessions with Shannon and…wow. It’s made a huge difference in my overall mood and mental state, and I’ve been much more clear-headed and focused. This year I’ve taken positive steps to get my life in order – mental health, career path, personal growth – by hiring a Life Coach and a Spiritual Coach and have been making incremental, yet great strides, in all three areas. I like the practical, straightforward advice from my life coach gives me which have produced immediate and perceptible results. To be honest, I was more skeptical of working with a “spiritual” coach, but at this point I was open to trying anything…

Shannon made the trip to Toronto for our first, in-person session. She has a nifty “mobile office” complete with massage table, sage and Tibetan bowls, so if you can’t make the trip to her in Georgetown she can come to you! She offered the whole gambit: guided meditation, Reiki and the mystical Tibetan Bowls, all of which were a first experience for me. If you’re a naturally skeptical person like me, right now you are probably saying to yourself, “Reiki? What the hell is that? Sounds like a Naruto jutsu.” But I knew that if I fully gave myself over to Shannon’s guidance and suggestions, I won’t regret it; it all works if you let your guard down and open yourself up to new experiences

One facet from our sessions I really appreciated was that Shannon took the time to transcribe everything I said and, more importantly, read them back to me; the strange thing is that it didn’t even sound like me! They were truly insightful reflections, all from deep within my own mind – if only we took time out of our “busy schedules” of watching Netflix and checking Instagram to meditate and do some self-reflection. If you have trouble focusing and meditating on your own like I do, booking a session with Shannon is the best way to begin! My ultimate goal is to eventually be able to do this on my own – but working with Shannon will inspire and get you motivated to start.

I had many insights in just two sessions – my second session was over Skype (this was “pre-zoom” era) as we couldn’t schedule a meetup that week. Yet surprisingly I was able to go into a meditative state as she guided me through our session over the screen. It was an equally gratifying session, although I still preferred our in-person session. I have since booked weekly sessions with Shannon, and I’m already looking forward to our next one. She has taught me that it’s possible to be still, even for just a moment, in this constantly engaging world and to start looking within.

Shannon also practices Poi and if you ask nicely, she may teach you! Check our her website here:

Cameron is a freelance writer, blogger, and spiritual being based in Toronto. ***For your very own “SpotLight” just send me an email at or PM me on Instagram @instacam81

CopyWrite© JE Art Gallery

CopyWrite© JE Art Gallery

by Cameron Brtnik

This biography was written for my good friend, the talented and prolific artist Jason Ebrahimi.

JE Art Gallery



    Jason Ebrahimi was born in London, England, was raised in Toronto, and spends his time flying and balancing his brush between France and Toronto (he has his own art studio where he works out of in Nancy, France). “I’ve had quite a diverse upbringing,” he laughs. “I’m constantly traveling, and when I’m not traveling I’m making new paintings.” When asked about his new family, he simply says, “Having a son in this past year has really changed my life. My family have really inspired me and my art.”

From an early age, Jason’s talents were recognized by both his parents and his teachers. He was enrolled in Claude Watson School for the Arts where only gifted students were accepted. “Claude Watson really gave me the right space and tools to explore my creative side. It was an excellent art program.” Jason further developed his passion, and more importantly his technique at Earl Haig Secondary School – a joint art school with the Claude Watson program – and developed a love of visual arts, particularly in drawing portraits.

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Unsure of what direction he wanted to go after high school, he chose a similar artistic endeavour, enrolling in the graphic design program at George Brown College. After graduating as a graphic designer, he started work in an advertising firm. Following this, he started freelancing his design talent, making everything from flyers, to business cards, to logos for his clients. “I enjoyed it…but I couldn’t get enough clients to support myself and I didn’t want to go back to an office environment working a nine-to-five.” After a few years of working on his own, he went back to one of his original passions – painting. “One day I just painted a portrait, a model from a women’s magazine, and it just sparked something inside of me. From then on I haven’t put my brush down, and in my mind I have been very successful.” Jason eventually veered into a form of visual art called Abstract Realism. “What Abstract Realism or “abstro-realism” is is an art movement that is not easily defined…because it is a combination of two contradictory terms, abstract art and realistic art. Abstract art has no reference to real objects. The abstract artist uses lines, shapes, colours, texture and pattern to create a rhythm…it just really connected with my vision.”


To view a sample of Jason’s abstro-realism work click here:

    Jason has unbelievably painted nearly 500 paintings and has fashioned 16 sculptures – another interest of his. His pieces go anywhere from $200 to $12,000, depending on the size, the materials used, and the time spent making it. “I believe in artistic integrity, but I also believe my clients should get a fair price. I usually meet clients personally to go over what they want – artistic vision, themes, and price point.” And Jason does have a long list of clients, globally. When asked how he finds his clients he simply states, “Word of mouth…and of course advertising via social media sites like Instagram (@jeartgallery).” It seems the positive feedback, and growing list of clients, is a testimony to his unique style and accommodating nature. As for his future plans he says, “My goal is to always create art. I can just sit in my studio and paint all day. When the client is happy with my work, that is the greatest feeling.”


    Jason has a set of artistic morals he lives by, and one of them is to never reproduce from an original. All paintings are completely hand-painted by Jason himself and is a unique original. What you purchase will be unlike any other art piece in the world! The paintings come with a signed “Proof of Authenticity” so you know you’re getting a real J.E. original. Don’t wait – compliment your space with a J.E painting today!


Contact Jason to order your very own art piece or to commission his work for your gallery. Don’t wait – compliment your space with a J.E. painting today!

For a sample of Jason’s abstro-realism work click here:

*Great for art aficionados, collectors, galleries, or as a special gift for a loved one!

Contact the artist: Jason Ebrahimi

***For your very own “CopyWrite” just send me an email at or pm on Instagram @instacam81