Earlier in my blog, I wrote a short piece about the hosiery retailer We Love Colors. They have a section for men that includes tights, gloves, socks, and shoe laces (tights are listed first). You can buy full nylon tights (regular or plus sizes) or performance tights for men, with or without feet. This review is about their men’s performance footed tights.
The website title is “Men’s Performance Tights“, and the description says “Our high performance dance tights for men are built to last performance after performance, without running or snagging. These thick and comfy performance spandex tights for men are available in all of our 55 distinct colors. With no fly opening. 77% nylon 23% Lycra.” These are available in four styles: footed or footless, and solid or splash colors.
Image from We Love Colors (click on it for larger view)
Prior to the 1990’s, you’d be hard pressed to find any commercial hosiery makers offering tights that fit your average proportioned male of 6’/183cm. The next viable alternative would be the dance wear makers. Of course, most everyone knows the names Capezio and Danskin. But the tights they offered were made in a very limited range of colors and styles. You basically had “full fashioned” with a back seam, or standard. Colors were white, gray, tan, and black. And they all came in 100% nylon. Durable, but not all that stretchy, and not comfortable to wear under your trousers.
In the 1980’s there were two prominent dance wear brands that were available in USA stores that offered tights for men made of a Lycra blend, that being Baltogs and M.Stevens Design (Marilyn Stevens).