This Young Man With Down Syndrome Started His Own Sock Business

John Lee Cronin loves socks. But not just any socks—he has a deep love for what he calls his "crazy socks.”

The 21-year-old was born with Down syndrome, but he hasn't let that limit his life or passions. Instead, it is just part of what makes him who he is. That and, of course, his love for fun and whimsical socks.

It is that love for colorful ways to keep his feet warm that lead to "John's Crazy Socks,” an online store John founded with his dad, Mark.

"We are all about socks: creative, fun, corny, edgy, sometimes loud, sometimes sublime, and always, personal socks," the store's website reads. "What's right for me may not be right for you and vice versa, but if we can find socks that stand out, that vibrate with life, you might love them too."

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The socks are indeed pretty crazy—and so awesome. There's pretty much anything you can think of, from banned books, cognac and cigars, pinatas and even Albert Einstein.

"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," the website says.

The company donates five percent of profits to the Special Olympics, of which John has been a long-time athlete.

“Our whole venture demonstrates the ability of people with Down syndrome to contribute, and we wanted to offer socks to raise awareness of what people with Down syndrome can do," Mark said.

To buy your own pair of crazy socks, just visit the online store. Prices range from $3.50 to $25 per pair and include socks for children, women and men.

In two months of business, Crazy Socks has sold 1,000 pairs of socks. And how's this for an extra-sweet touch? Each order of socks includes a hand-written thank you note from John.