I do like the yarn, Lion Brand Wool-Ease, pleasant to work with. Washed with a regular load (warm wash, heated dry), and they got nice and soft and didnt seem to shrink noticeably. The whole project took me about a month, but that's because after I did one sock, I think they sat for at least three weeks before I motivated to start the second one. Next time I do socks, maybe I need to start both at once? Actual crocheting time was only about six hours total, I think.
Even if they don't work fabulously under shoes, theyre definitely warm and snuggly for wandering around the house (a nice layer with actual slippers)! The woods print is rather lovely, in an understated sort of way. And the pattern was super-simple, easy for a beginner. So what if one sock did come out slightly bigger than the other? so are his feet! :-)
(Feet pictured above are mine, not his, worn with an extra layer of regular socks under the ones I made.)