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Running with the sock brand that promises performance for life is right up Harriss & Covington’s alley.

One way to judge someone’s passion for their work is what they risk to pursue it.

After logging more than 25 years working for some of the leading makers of athletic socks, Hugh Gaither made a decision. He believed that he could create a better performance sock and, closer to the end of his career than the beginning, he set out to prove it.

Joe & John Gaither, Feetures

“It’s been great having this partnership right in our backyard, so close to home.”

– Joe & John Gaither, Feetures

He launched Feetures in 2002 and today, with his sons Joe and John actively involved, their family-owned brand claims the leading market share in the running channel.

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“From the beginning it was about premium performance, making a better product for runners and athletes,” said John Gaither who serves as the company’s vice president of product. “Our brand grew in parallel with the running craze, and the running specialty channel is where we dominate, selling in chains and specialty stores all over the world.”

An obsession with quality separates the brand in the marketplace. Feetures defends their quality claims with a guaranteed-for-life promise to their customers. “They pay a premium for our product,” John said. “They expect the socks to hold up. If they don’t, we make it right.”

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That brand promise makes the company especially picky about whom they partner with as suppliers. Overseas mills had always made their products, but there was a desire to find a domestic supplier. They met many but didn’t connect for any number of reasons.

That changed in 2017 when Harriss & Covington reached out. “The timing was good,” John said, “and we felt a connection right from the start, Harriss & Covington being a family business like ours. Secondly, we think alike in terms of the partnership model. We both take the long-term view. Not just an order here or there.”

Chemistry is one thing, capability is another, and the latter is a must when working with Feetures. There is no compromising on their standards.

“We’re selective,” John said. “What was clear very quickly was they had the technical expertise. There also has to be the willingness to adapt, and Harriss & Covington showed us they would make the necessary investment in our business.”

Feetures prides itself on innovation and pushing the envelope. Which happens to be a trait Harriss & Covington also proudly pursues. And John agrees

“Good example: We felt we could make our merino product more durable. It is a wool product, a natural fiber and not as durable as a synthetic. We leaned on Harriss & Covington to give us some direction and help us figure it out, and they came through.”

Now, in addition to Feetures’ Merino 10 product line, Harriss & Covington are also manufacturing their High Performance product, and they’re teed up to take on their golf line.

“And we’re looking for more ways to expand this relationship down the line,” John said. “It’s been great having this partnership right in our backyard, so close to home.”

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