I love socks but, I hate socks that have a seam that goes over the top of the toes. I also hate socks that squeeze my foot. If my toes can't wiggle, I'm unhappy. If I can't point and flex my foot, I'm unhappy.
I love hand-knit socks, but have only one pair (made by Spinster Beth) for myself. They had a blow-out in May. :-( So sad, but they were well-loved for 2 1/2 years.
I have made three pairs of socks... one, two for Hubba and one for a nephew. I have attempted a pair for myself, but they have been frogged... three times.
I have been in a use what we have mode for several years and finally the sock drawer has a fair amount of space in it. This is a feat (feet!) in itself... my sock drawer is typically so full that closing it is a challenge. but when you are (theoretically) capable of making something, it certainly helps with the I don't need to buy these now decision. ;-)
Of course most of the socks left in the drawer are the ones I really hate... because somehow they came home with me and I hate them. I hate them so much that I never wear them. I never wear them, so they're all in pretty good shape.
I need to work out deal with someone who loves to knit socks but would rather gift them than wear them... or figure out how to finish a pair for myself. ;-)