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Guides for Choosing Socks

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Different types of technical socks are specially designed with materials and features intended to tackle some of the foot problems associated with their intended use. In order to understand which type of socks you need, we first have to look at what some of these features and materials do.


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Common sock features and terms



Typically refers to loops of yarn referred to as terry, which are found on the inside of socks. Terry provides cushioning for the foot and is meant to reduce the impact of hard surfaces or rough terrain on the sole of the foot.



The term reinforcement is most commonly used to describe the integration of long-wearing yarns in areas of the mens low cut no show socks that wear down easily (such as the heel and toe areas). Reinforcement is typically built into sports socks and work socks to prevent premature wear.


Arch Support

Arch support in socks commonly refers to a section of the sock that incorporates elastic to provide a secure fit around the arch. Arch support or arch bands help with fit and minor arch pain.


Seamless Toe

Seamless toe refers to toe closure socks (the seam found right above the toes) that is completely smooth. Seamless toe closures are useful in athletic and medical socks where the possibility of chafing may be a nuisance or pose health risk.


Relaxed Fit:

A loose fitting sock that is designed to allow unrestricted circulation to the feet. This is the most important feature found in diabetic socks.



Compression refers to tight fitting socks believed to help with muscle recovery in athletes or alleviate discomfort in sufferers of varicose veins.


Cuff Length:

Cuff length refers to the height of the sock that extends above the foot. Typical sock lengths from lowest to highest are no show socks, ankle socks, quarter socks, crew socks, mid-calf socks, knee socks, and thigh socks.


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Common sock materials



Used in applications where a soft, natural feel is important. Its high moisture absorption makes cotton socks less suitable for activities where excessive moisture can lead to blisters.


Synthetic Fibers

Acrylic is commonly used as an economical synthetic substitute for wool. Acrylic has good heat retention properties, but unlike wool, it does not absorb high amounts of moisture – making it less desirable than wool in high-moisture applications.


Nylon (aka Polyamide)

A synthetic fibre commonly used for its ability to improve the stretch and fit of socks. Nylon fibres are strong, soft to the touch, and light weight.



A synthetic fibre commonly used for its high strength and hydrophobic properties. Polyester is used in socks for its ability to wick moisture away from the skin.



An extremely light weight synthetic fibre which does not absorb any water. Combined with its excellent strength properties, polypropylene is used in socks geared towards performance activities.


Spandex (aka Elastane or Lycra)

A synthetic fibre known for its exceptional stretch and shape retention. An essential part of almost all socks, Spandex is commonly used in the cuff and arch to ensure a long-lasting secure fit. 



Animal fibres such as wool, angora, cashmere, and mohair thermally regulate your feet temperature by locking away high amounts of moisture and retaining heat. Furthermore, natural chemicals found in some types of wool make it naturally odor resistant.


Now that you know about some of the features and materials used in socks, it’s much easier to choose the correct type for your intended use. The following chart outlines some of the key features to look for in socks geared towards certain activities.