Spreading Happiness through Socks

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The Story of John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks, or what he calls his “crazy socks.” Our is a business built on love. We're on a mission to spread happiness the socks.

John and Mark of John's Crazy Socks

We have built on business on four pillars:

  • Socks: We offer over 1,200 socks and growing so you can find the perfect socks for you or to give as a gift. Our customers love our socks. 
  • Fast and Personal Shipping: We ship same day so most customers get their orders within two days and we make it personal. Every package contains a thank you note from John and candy. Free shipping in the US at $40.
  • Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and we've created a series of Awareness and Charity socks and donate money form each pair of socks to causes like Down syndrome and Autism awareness, the Special Olympics and breast cancer research.  
  • Proving What's Possible: We're a business started by a man with Down syndrome. We hire people with disabilities. We do all we can for our customers. We believe that doing the right thing is the best business.  

John Cronin

This venture starts with John, a young man with Down Syndrome. No slave to fashion, John has long cherished socks that speak to his mood and his personality. He became a connoisseur of sorts, seeking out any store that might let him add to his collection. 

So we start with John’s love of socks. We add into that the fact that John is studying retailing and customer service at the local tech high school. As part of his personality, John pays attention to others and there’s nothing that makes him happier than coming through for someone else.  At the same time, John’s Dad, Mark X. Cronin, leads a new organization called Paumonok Innovations Inc., which develops online informational sites and niche online stores. Mark has a long and varied career that has him focused on the intersection of customer service, innovation and technology.

Mark and John spend a lot of time together and engage in an ongoing dialogue. Throw in their interests and experience, add their enthusiasm and sense of adventure and out comes John’s Crazy Socks.

What is John’s Crazy Socks About?

Mark has led large organizations and start-ups. “To succeed, you need to know what matters, what is your purpose and what are the values that guide you.” For John’s Crazy Socks, the focus is easy to see: socks, sock and more socks, but not just any socks. We seek those socks that will make a difference, that will make you smile or laugh, that will tug at your heart, that will add some zest to your life. We are all about socks that will matter to you, that you will love and cherish. 

So that’s our focus, but what will guide us as we pursue socks you love? That is simple: we treat people the way we want to be treated. That means pay attention, treat people with respect and dignity, be transparent and honest.  We want to be of service to others. The better we treat you, the better we serve you, the more successful our business will be. This guides us in everything we do from how we pick our socks to the design of our website to the packages we send you. It guides our return policy, our shipping options and our privacy guidelines.

It is never enough to simply conduct your business. It is incumbent on us to give back. To make this commitment a reality, we decided to give 5 percent of our profits to the Special Olympics. John is a long-time Special Olympics athlete who has benefited greatly from the program. You can read more here about why the Special Olympics.


You will be the judge if we fulfill our mission: spreading happiness through socks.