Reference -

We know sock terminology and info can be a little confusing, but our reference section will set you right! We’re professors in sock-ology and are ready to expound on the 101 sock basics our glossary shares with posts on things like:
  • Fiber Facts: What makes angora so dreamy? Or Coolmax so, well, cool? We've got your fiber facts!
  • Size Comparison: Sizing seems so arbitrary, and honestly? It is. But we compare sizes to find which will stretch to suit you.
  • What Is A . . ?: Socks share some specific terms that can be confusing if you're not familiar with them. We're here to explain the ins and outs of all this sock slang.
We’ll also share other sock-related reference, tips, tricks and vocabulary, because knowing what you’re looking for is the first step in finding it! And we live for helping folks find their perfect socks.

  1. Keeping Socks Up

    Keeping Socks Up
    Long socks can be a wonder, but the joy at trying on your first thigh highs can quickly be dashed when you take them for a spin…and find that they don’t want to stay at that perfect place on your thighs.
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  2. Patterns & Textures: Vertical Stripes

    Patterns & Textures: Vertical Stripes
    Vertical stripes are strange. They can be thick and bold or pinstripe thin, or they can be just suggested by vertical bands of pattern. What they definitely are though, is striking. And sometimes difficult to find because of how they’re knit.
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  3. Patterns & Textures: Ribbed

    Patterns & Textures: Ribbed
    For socks that stay up a bit better, or have a thicker feel, we turn to ribbed socks. Ribbing is made by alternating knit stitches with purl stitches, in different proportions depending on what effect is desired.
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  4. Patterns & Textures: Floral

    Patterns & Textures: Floral
    Floral pattern and flower socks are a way to bring some spring to your step no matter what season it really is. All those pretty petals freshen up any look, which must be why floral socks are so popular!
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  5. Stylish Tubes

    Stylish Tubes
    The term "tube sock" may bring to mind a sport sock, but in actuality tube socks are simply socks without a formed heel—a literal tube of fabric, that will fit a much wider range of feet than a sock with a designated heel.
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  6. Extraordinary Comparison

    Extraordinary Comparison
    There are many items that will fit as a thigh high on one leg, just over the knee on another, and a knee high on someone else.
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  7. Patterns & Texture: Lace

    Patterns & Texture: Lace
    Let’s get lacy! Lace isn’t a knit fabric, but one made from knotting, twisting or cutting and removing threads. It’s neat stuff with a rich history, when it comes to lace socks, though, things are a little more straightforward. There are lace trimmed socks, lace topped socks and socks that luxuriate in their laciness
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  8. Patterns & Textures: Chevron

    Patterns & Textures: Chevron
    Slim zig-zagging stripes, chevron patterns can range from delicate to bold and can be a subtle way to spice up a simple sock. A chevron pattern can mimic the interlaced beauty of cabled socks in a simpler way, or add a little visual zing with its zigs and zags.
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  9. Patterns & Textures: Crochet Look

    Patterns & Textures: Crochet Look
    We want to say know all those pretty, lacy sock styles aren’t really “crochet.” Socks are knit! Improperly named or not, crochet look styles are a lovely, lacy, lightweight option that look great layered or on their own.
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  10. Socks Through Time: History of Top-Stripes

    Socks Through Time: History of Top-Stripes
    If you've been paying attention to fashion trends for 2018, you may have noticed that top-striped styles are currently a must-have. Being the nerds and amateur historians that we are, we decided to look into the history of this look, and the results were both surprising, and reassuring. But what is surprising about the history of top-stripes? Well, in...
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