How Do I Find My Sock Size? Guide to Sock Size to Shoe Size

Do you know how to find the correct sock size?

Surprisingly, not many people know their exact sock size.

Are you guilty of grabbing “one size fits all socks” and hoping they would fit?

Although I sometimes measure my height and weight, I don't really have any tools at home to accurately measure my foot size.

Perhaps many people think the size of their feet is the size of their shoes.

However, according to a survey by experts, the size actually measured is smaller than you think. 

Would you like to know the size of your foot correctly and find comfortable socks?

How Does My Sock Size Compare to My Shoe Size?

Do the socks you are wearing fit your feet?

Have you ever had the feeling that certain size of socks should fit, but they don’t?

If you select socks only based only on the length of your foot, the toes and heels may not be aligned properly.

This can result in an uncomfortable and cramped feeling in your feet which may cause blisters or other damage to your feet. 

Does Your Sock Fit Your Foot?

Sock Terminology

  1. Rubber Band: The rubber band of the sock is what holds the sock up. Debatably, it is one of the most important components of the sock. Without it, your socks will not stay up. 
  2. Body: The body of the sock runs from the top of the rubber band to the top of the heel.
  3. Leg Part: The leg part of the sock funs from the bottom of the rubber band to the top of the heel.
  4. Foot Part: The foot part extends from the end of the heel to the front stitch.
  5. Top Stitch: The top stitch is the part where the toes are sewn together.
  6. Gore Line: The gore line is the line at which the heels and toes are formed.

Is Your Sock Loose Around Your Toes?

Is your sock loose around the toe area?

This can be a result of washing them too often or buying a size of socks that is too large.

Socks that have a loose toe section will bunch up easily when it is worn into a shoe.

Not to mention, they can be extremely slippery to walk in if you take off your shoes.

When purchasing socks, pay attention to the fit of the toe area and don’t make the mistake of selecting socks based solely on the length of your foot.

Is Your Sock Loose at the Opening?

The rubber elastic at the mouth of the sock is weak against chlorine.

Using chlorine bleach can easily cause the rubber to stretch easily and therefore break.

Also, avoid constant use of bleach as it can damage and thin out the fibres.

If they get very dirty, you can use oxygen-based bleach instead.

Do You Know Your Sock Size?


Here’s a quick chart of average sock sizes:


General Size

8 to 11cm


11 to 14cm


14 to 17cm


17 to 20cm

Elementary-school children

20 to 22cm

Middle-school aged children

22 to 24cm


23 to 25cm


24 to 26cm


25 to 27cm


26 to 28cm

Large size L

27 to 29cm

Large size XL

28 to 30cm

Large size XXL


Shoe Type


Sport socks should be worn with sneakers as they provide adequate support for physical activity and sweat absorption.

Sport socks is an umbrella term for socks used for athletic activities, like jogging, basketball, or hiking.

They are usually made of strong natural fibres, or a blend of fibres such as cotton or wool.

A pair of good sport socks will have strong moisture-wicking properties to keep your feet dry while you hike or train.


Loafer socks are thin socks that you wear inside your loafers.

There’s not much length in these socks.
They sit right above the heel collar, so they don’t stick out of your loafers.

Loafer socks generally stay hidden from sight when your loafers are on.


Boot socks are made from various different types of knitted materials. They are typically worn with boots to provide additional warmth in the winter.

Depending on the style you are going for, they can peek out of your shoes or stay neatly tucked in.

Dress Shoes

Dress socks are socks that are usually worn with dress shoes.

They come in a variety of colours, styles and heights.

There are many different ways to make dress socks. They can be produced in a factory in large batches or custom-made and tailored specially for the wearer. 

When choosing a pair of socks to wear in a professional or formal setting, a good general rule of thumb to follow is to match the socks with your dress shoes.

Dress socks should be thin, in order to sit well inside the tight space of your dress shoes. 

How to Determine Your Sock Size

How to Measure From Home

It is best to go to a shoe store to have your feet measured.

However, you can also do the following at home:

  1. Place your feet on a piece of paper and trace around it with a pen.
  2. Measure the length of your leg. 
  3. From the longest toe (either thumb or index depending on your feet type), measure the length to the heel.
  4. Measure the circumference of the instep.
  5. Measure the centre of your foot’s arch with a measuring tape.


Now that you know the tips to measuring your feet correctly, you will be confident to find the next pair of socks that will fit your feet comfortably. 



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