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Meet the Sock Crew

Urania Shaklee, owner of Cute But Crazy Socks, a sock store in Bellingham, Wash., standing in front of the retail shop.

Urania Shaklee


Cute But Crazy is the creation of Sock Genius™ Urania Shaklee, a businesswoman and sock lover who lives in Bellingham, Washington with a six-and-a-half foot sock monkey, and their cats Louie and Emo.

Urania began retailing socks in 2010 at her store The Purple Doorknob in Ellicottville, NY. In 2011, she moved to Bellingham where she opened her second store ModSock, which became Cute But Crazy Socks in 2021. In 2013, she launched her own line of original sock designs defined by whimsy, color and fun known as ModSocks.

Cute But Crazy's headquarters is a storefront located at 1323 Cornwall Ave., among the many locally-owned, independent businesses that make downtown Bellingham unique. The store stocks over 1,000 different sock styles and is jam-packed with color, texture and pattern.



Hailey Wiltse, assistant manager of sock store Cute But Crazy in Bellingham, Washington.

Hailey Wiltse

Retail Manager

Hailey was born and raised right here in Bellingham, Washington, where her family has lived for four generations, all attending Bellingham High School. She has happy childhood memories of coming to the local sock store, a place she associates with her hometown, and where she now works! 

In her role at Cute But Crazy, Hailey loves connecting with different kinds of people, picking out a fun pair of socks to wear to work every morning and writing blog posts for our website. In her free time she enjoys painting, drawing, reading, writing and playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch.

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