In 1980, Tom Baker’s outfit got a major make-over for S18 as part of new producer John Nathan-Turner’s vision for the show. He was outfitted in a burgundy scheme “swashbuckling” costume, complete with a new scarf.
This costume has been confounding cosplayers for a long time, as nearly all of the pieces are not only custom made but very particular in details. But while it’s possible for a tailor to study and replicate his breeches or massive greatcoat, three particular pieces continue to fluster even the elite cosplayers – his scarf, his shoes, and his socks.
I talk about the S18 scarf in my knitting blog and will speak more about it in the future as I’m currently embroiled in a project to replicate the original yarns, but the other two pieces are perhaps even more difficult to pick up.
The shoes were custom Brogues by famed shoemaker John Lobb in a brown suede. The socks were a custom argyle knit by Corgi. Neither of them have ever been sold in a retail setting.
Luckily, neither of them are SO unique that a little digging can’t uncover a close-enough option, and today I’m here to spotlight one!
Brought to my attention on Gallifrey Base, the website golfknickers.com has a HUGE selection of argyle sock styles, in practically every color scheme imaginable. One of those styles is the same black/burgundy scheme as Baker wore with his Lobb brogues.
They are the correct scheme and likely a good color match (though the preview image makes me wonder if the burgundy is a little too light), and they are an “over-the-calf” style (though you’d have to order them to see if they’re truly knee-high, as Baker’s always hid into his breeches). For $18.95 a pair on sale they’re not nearly the most expensive piece you’ll pick up, though it’s a little pricey for off-the-rack socks, but for a possibly screen accurate piece, $19 is a bargain.
You can find the socks at this link. If someone does order the socks, it’d be great to hear what you think of them!