The critical measurement when buying socks is to get the right foot length and details of sock lengths appear below. They are followed by details of available sock leg lengths
The easiest way to find your foot size is to stand on a ruler, and measure the longest part of your foot in centimetres.. Please note there are no international standards for shoe sizes, conversions below are as accurate as possible.
Extra Wide Socks
Sock sizes are usually quoted in terms of foot length. However extra large feet are likely to be wider or more bulky as well as longer. As socks are a knitted fabric, when they are stretched width-ways the sock necessarily becomes shorter. This makes it difficult for someone with extra large feet to find the most comfortable sock for them.
We knit socks with extra width in the following sizes. If you have larger feet and are unsure which sock will be best for you, feel free to send us an email including details of the width and length of your foot, the circumference around the heel, and around the lower leg. We will then suggest the likely best size sock for you.
AFO (Ankle Foot Orthotic) Socks
AFO socks are knitted for those who wear callipers, braces or similar orthotic devices. The dimensions given below for these socks are only approximate. To ensure a firm fit without wrinkles a person qualified to fit orthotics should fit the socks.
The length of a sock is measured on the leg, from the floor to the top of the sock. Measuring the length of a sock as it sits on-the-shelf will not produce an accurate result. The “relaxed” shelf leg length varies according to the amount of lycra in the sock, the thickness of the sock and the time it has sat on the shelf.
Most socks – with a “C” as the third character in the full Style code – have leg lengths around 18 to 22cm (Ladies’) or around 22 to 26cm (men’s) depending on their contents.
Our men’s half-hose socks have a leg length of 45cm which means that they come to just below the knee, they are Styles 11H and 31H. The ladies Style 86H is 40cm long.
The cotton walk sock has considerable stretch and while it can look short on the shelf its leg length when worn is 45cm.
Mid-calf socks are about 35cm long- Style 22H.
Ankle sports socks (Style 36A and 57A) have a 3cm leg. And the cushion-sole sports socks (Styles 33A, 33B, 47A and 47B) have a 10 to 12 cm leg.