8 Different Types Of Socks – Guidelines On How To Wear Them

Written by Pratima Ati

Although it might seem that picking the right pair of socks is easy, it is not really. You should know that there are many different types of socks, and all of them have their own significance. The texture might differ, the fabric could vary, and the length too. And since people have different requirements that need to be catered to, it is essential to have a thorough understanding of these different types of socks that are available so that an informed purchase can be made. But don’t worry because this is exactly what we are going to help you with. Scroll down and understand these types better.

8 Different Types Of Socks With Names

First, let’s look at the different types and how/when to use them. 

  1. Ankle Length Socks
  2. Quarter Length Socks
  3. Crew Length Socks
  4. Mid-Calf Length Socks
  5. Calf Length Socks
  6. Knee Length Socks
  7. Thigh High Socks
  8. Slip On Paddings

1. Ankle Length Socks

Ankle length socks

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If you were wondering what to wear with your low cut shoes like loafers, casual shoes or just something to protect your feet, these are perfect. As the name goes, the ankle length socks cover your feet just till the ankles and are perfect for all your casual occasions. Also, these look sophisticated and tasteful.

  • Perfect With – Informal and low cut shoes for sports, running, gym, etc.
  • Meant For – Both men and women.

2. Quarter Length Socks

Quarter length socks

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Quarter length socks go a little above your ankles and cover till your shins. They give you good coverage and protect the back of your feet from blisters and shoe bites. Men use these for professional purposes. Women generally use these to protect their feet.

  • Perfect With – Informal shoes – mostly for men for both formal and informal purposes. Women can wear them with their running shoes.
  • Meant For – Men and women, depending on their need.

3. Crew Length Socks

Crew length socks

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Crew length socks are used in winters and for outdoor physical activities like hiking, running, etc. These are about six to eight inches long, so depending on the length of your legs, they can go up to your calf muscles. They give excellent protection and coverage.

  • Perfect With – Informal or running shoes – for physical activities and informal purposes. At home during winters.
  • Meant For – Men and women, depending on their need.

4. Mid-Calf Length Socks

Mid-calf length socks run up to your calf muscles, but do not ride over them completely like your calf length ones . These usually come in woolen material to keep your legs warm during winters, particularly for people who are involved in physical activities. These also come in sheer and net fabric for women.

  • Perfect With – Running or informal shoes. Perfect for physical activities and informal purposes. At home during winters.
  • Meant For – Men and women.

5. Calf Length Socks

Calf length socks cover up to your calf muscles and a little below your knee. Usually, sports people and athletes wear these because of the protection they give.

  • Perfect With – Running or sports shoes. Perfect for physical activities and high intensity outdoor workouts.
  • Meant For – Mostly for men.

6. Knee Length Socks

Knee-length socks

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Knee length socks are used by women, usually under their boots, during winters. They act as a cushion and add an extra layer to keep the feet warm. These are used extensively in the aviation and hospitality industries as a part of the uniforms.

  • Perfect With – Running shoes or boots. Great for physical activities and under boots in winters. You can also wear them at home during harsh winters.
  • Meant For – Men and women.

7. Thigh High Socks

Thigh-high socks

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These go above your knees. A very good idea for women to pair them with skirts. If you want to add a little funk to your outfit, you could also try the printed socks. The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about thigh high socks is Scottish men and women wearing them with their knee length skirts.

  • Perfect With – Running or sports shoes and boots.
  • Meant For – Both men and women.

8. Slip-On Paddings

Slip-on paddings

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Slip-ons are thin and form a protective layer that is perfect for low cut loafers, ballerinas or shoes. Since not wearing socks is not an option (yes, your feet will stink), slip-on paddings are your go-to. They also protect you from shoe bites. These are a blessing in disguise – always keep a few pairs handy.

  • Perfect With – Low cut loafers, shoes, and ballerina shoes.
  • Meant For – Both men and women.

Different types of socks help cater to our varying requirements according to our activities, looks, weather, dresses, etc. For example, while mid-calf length socks are best for physical activities, slip-on padding socks are ideal for low-cut loafers, shoes, and ballerinas. So, get yourself the right pair of socks that meets your needs. And while you do so, make sure that the sock fabric is suitable for your skin and allows it to breathe. Finally, go for the options that are soft and keep your feet comfortable.

Frequently Asked Questions

What color socks to wear with a blue suit?

The general rule of thumb is to match your socks with your pants so that it follows a pattern without breaking the silhouette. However, if you want to opt for something funky, then, by all means, try neon colors, captioned socks, or anything that seems fun.

What color socks to wear with a gray suit?

As we just discussed, matching your socks with your pants is the norm. If you want to follow this, the answer is to go with gray socks, but you could also do with dark colors like black or navy blue. Or, completely shift gears and follow the bright and colorful socks trends. For a slightly informal look, you could totally go all out and have fun.

What types of socks to wear with loafers?

Since loafers are low cut, they go with slip-on paddings. Anything else can look off and awkward.

What types of socks to wear with boots?

For winter boots, you could go for anything from ankle length to knee length socks, depending on the length of the boots. For ankle length boots, go with ankle length, crew cut or quarter length socks. For the longer boots, you can go with socks that give you more coverage.

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