Dryers, pets, determined children who hate things on their feet...someday, somehow you're going to lose one of two in a pair of socks. You'll never see it again and you'll think you have lost your mind and your family members will find you muttering to yourself as you go about your daily business about something known as a sock-monster that has nothing better to do than steal your socks! So you throw the now single sock into a drawer forget about it and vow to buy more on your next trip to a place that sells socks.
It's a pain in the ass, no need to sugar-coat the facts here. There are a few ways you can deal with the problem before the load goes from washer to dryer: you can pin the socks together, you can throw them in a mesh garment bag for laundering, or you can throw caution to the wind and just go for it. (If the agitator on your washer ever starts seem weird...there's either a sock or a pair panties responsible, usually.)
Orrrrrr you can click here and find out how JS250 and others deal with having only sock.
For me? Personally, I don't mind mismatched socks and I like to have fun with them. I'll wear a Christmas sock with a Halloween sock or a blue sock with a green sock. Just depends on how I feel on that day.
And a bonus question - what do your favorite pair of socks look like? What's your sock style? Bright and colorful? White gym socks?