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In your time delving into the depths of sock obsession, you may have noticed that fun socks come in lots of different lengths, and the terminology can get a little confusing. It seems that no two brands use the same vocabulary to talk about their sock heights.

Well fear not! Use this definitive guide to help you understand all the varying lengths.

  • Peds/footies/no-shows/invisible socks: Wear these shortest of socks when, for whatever reason, you don’t want your socks to be seen. No-show socks are popular for wearing in hot weather, for working out and for moments when you’d rather your cool sneakers, flats or even heels be the star of the show.

  • Micro-crew socks/shorties/trainer socks: Made for the runner in you ... or not. The fabric on shorty socks may just barely peek out of the top of your shoes, and your precious feet will be protected from friction. Some people refer to this length as “no-shows,” too, because they are still pretty much hidden. These pair perfectly with sneakers and athletic shoes.

  • Crew socks: This is the most common length, but crew socks are far from average! This height falls in the middle of the calf and pairs well with any shoe. They’re very comfortable for day-to-day wear.

  • Dress socks/Boot socks/mid-calf socks: These socks tend to be a bit higher than your average crew sock, but they don’t completely cover the calf. They’re common in the office and for slightly more formal occasions. Both men and women wear mid-calf socks, which usually feature a thinner fabric.

  • Knee highs/over the calf socks: Knee high socks are popular among women looking for a real statement accessory. Whether these funky socks are peeking out above tall boots or proudly worn with a pair of shorts or skirt, they are sure to be noticed. Both men and women commonly wear knee high sports-style socks.

You may find that some of these terms are used interchangeably by different brands, but we hope this breakdown helps! This is a good guide but please note that socks fit differently for people of different heights and builds!


Our socks are unisex and made of 80% Cotton, 18% Polyamide, 2% Elastane to give you a perfect fit. Use this handy guide below to better understand the different sock sizes currently available on our site.

Fun fact: Have you ever wondered what the 9-11 or 10-13 means on women's and men's socks? These numbers represent how many inches long your foot is, rather than your shoe size!


35 - 39

40 - 44


2.5 - 6

6.5 - 9.5


3.5 - 7

8 - 10.5

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