The reason ‘why’ is not really relevant to the question, but I’ll explain anyways
I also don’t see the point of not using THT since your IC is DIP.
I wasn’t 100% clear on the reason the OP chose this route but kinda
Why don’t you want to use a THT socket
Guys, seriously? Mass production, that’s why. Why solder 60+ pins per PCB if you can let your pcb manufactorer put them on for you. I still have enough other non SMD things like screw terminals and headers which I have to solder myself. To use SMD sockets for the 5 IC’s merely saves me some labour. If you already use SMT assembly for resistors and such, you might as well do the sockets as well right?
Now I hear you all thinking, “why not use SMD IC’s instead”? Well because my pcb supplier does either not have what I want or is too expensive. The component crisis is for real. 5 bucks for a soic mcp23017? No thanks.
I don’t expect to remove an IC after inserting it, and this allows me to purchase ICs myself. Unless if a chips proves to be defective.
…which actually takes less board space
For a change I decided to make my design more spacious. There is more than enough space to accomodate a few extra mm for the sockets
I suppose OP could bend the legs of a conventional DIP socket
Why on earth would anybody ever do this . That is propably more labour than soldering THT sockets directly.
This is the current state of the design. It is still full THT atm.
I also wanted to use SMD relais, but… sold out
That thing with the 4 pads in the bottom is an aliexpress buck converter. And that big thing next to it is an arduino nano (were really cheap… once). So in all likeliness the arduino may become a DIP IC instead of an SMD chip. Safes me from more solder labour. The prices between dip and smd don’t differ that much anymore