Knowing that the basic purpose of socks is to keep you feeling warm and comfortable, you may quickly brush off the idea of choosing your socks wisely. Mostly, you buy socks online or from stores as a companion to your shoes but hold on, your choice of socks is more important than you realise. It’ll define the fate of your feet’s health for the entire season.
You may or may not have noticed but different socks have different purposes, seasons, lengths, and looks. Hence, it is important to choose them mindfully as if you don’t, you may end up with smelly feet, enlarged cracks, and calluses. Clearly, nobody wishes to be a people repellent or in pain while walking all the time. So, let’s learn a bit more about types of socks and what would be the right time to wear them.
Based On Occasion
These are chosen based on the occasion and the activity you’re heading for.
Made with lightweight fabric. Worn with formals like suits and tuxedos.
Comfortable, everyday socks, worn with casuals.
Athletic socks made breathable with spandex fiber for stretch. Worn while doing active tasks.
Comfortable and durable. Worn at work for long hours.
Has small dots at the heel area, anti-skid. Gives balance and stability during yoga sessions.
Made of thick wool fibers for thermal insulation in winters.
Low cut running socks
Short socks with ribbed edges. Suitable for running.
Based On Length
These socks are defined by their length
Socks covering just the toes and the mid arch of the foot.
Invisible, nude coloured socks to be worn under loafers or heels.
Also called booties, these socks end after covering the ankle area.
Socks that end between the ankle and the knee.
Crew length socks
Mid-calf length socks with ribbing on the edge.
They end between the knee and the mid-calf.
They end just below the knee. Mostly worn by sportsmen and women.
These socks end right above the knee.
They end between the knee and mid-thigh.
Socks that either end at the mid-thigh or go higher.
Based On Function
It helps you decide which socks to wear with your slippers, sandals, or shoes once you know its function.
Over-the-calf length. A higher percentage of spandex for extra muscle support around the arch of the foot.
Designed to protect diabetic patients from cuts and bruises. Made of soft but thick cotton.
Made to be seen and protect the calf area with thick material.
Similar to yoga socks but lengthier. To be worn indoors to prevent skidding.
Support socks for leg pain.
Shorts socks which are not visible after wearing loafers.
Leg warmer socks
Woolen socks without the covering for feet. Designed to add extra layering from ankles to knees in winters.
Worn inside the regular socks to protect the skin moisture.
It comes with a rubber sole to prevent slipping.
Made of waterproof material like rubber to prevent the feet during the rainy season.
Sports socks with an additional tab at back to prevent the shoes from rubbing on the skin.
Lightweight, thigh-high socks to be worn under pants and skirts.
Decorative socks worn over socks to protect the footwear.
Based On Fabric
Fabric plays an important role in making you feel comfortable with the socks you’re wearing.
Novelty print socks
Printed socks with funky designs on them.
Novelty fabric socks
Socks with fancy fabrics on them like lace, faux fur, and so on.
Silicon foot protector socks
Made of soft silicon. Worn to protect a crack.
Hand made Socks
Hand knitted socks, mostly with classic or experimental patterns..
Based On Looks
These socks are separated by their shape.
They have separate space for the main toe and the other four.
Have a separation for each toe like hand gloves.
Half toe socks
Socks that have a separate space for toe but it is open from the edge of the toe.
They have no covering for the toes. Worn during activities that don’t require shoes like dancing and yoga.
Similar to toe-less socks but without the heel area. Just one tube of socks fabric.
Cute ankle length socks with a cuff on the top.