The length of socks: everything you need to know

Over the knee, over the calf (executive), mid-calf (crew), quarter (anklets), and invisible (no show) - these are just some types of socks you'd find in the market. You have probably worn all of these, but you didn't know it. 

These socks vary based on length. Some of them keep our feet warm, while others improve our athletic performance or serve as a highlight to our outfit. Whatever the occasion is, there are socks available with a specific name and use. 

What are the different lengths of socks? What's the best pair for you? How would you know if the socks you wear complement your needs?

What's the right kind of socks for you?
different kinds of socks

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The answer to the question above is learning the various kinds of socks. If you've been wearing the same one on boots, sneakers or sandals (we're not judging😉 ), there's a better way to do it!

In this conversation, it's impossible to talk about the myriad types of socks without mentioning their length. It's safe to say that learning the length you need, is finding the right kind of socks for you!

So, here are the different kinds of socks - with their length - that you should consider, from the tallest to the shortest:

No Show Socks
No Show Socks
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No Show Socks, as the name implies, are invisible socks. We wear them not for the attention, but for the comfort they provide. They perfectly match low-top shoes including flats, slip-ons and sneakers. You can also pull them off with short boots. These socks are ideal for daily use most especially in summertime or during warmer months, because they give our legs and ankles room to breathe. 

Ankle Socks
Ankle Socks
You shouldn't confuse no show socks with ankle socks for they aren't the same (although they are both short - that's their only similarity). These socks, as you could guess from the name, stand a few inches above your ankle. This is why they are visible and noticeable

We commonly see this style with casual outfits as ankle socks are best paired with shorter boots, sneakers and high heels. They also fit utilitarian activities such as hiking, running or playing sports. The subtle Black & While Smiling Socks 10-Pack is a great example of this. 

Crew Socks
Crew Socks

It's usual to see guys wearing crew socks - but they're for everyone. These socks lie past your ankles until they hit your mid calf (sometimes, they could go all the way above your calf). They are definitely longer than the ankle socks, but they don't go above your knees. This cut suits casual looks, though it's possible to wear them as athletic or dress socks. It would depend on the color. 

Over The Calf Socks
Over The Calf Socks
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Also known as executive or knee-high socks, Over The Calf Socks are dubbed as the practical and functional kind because they can keep you looking professional and stylish all at the same time. Measuring 18 inches in length, this kind of socks is the usual go-to for men who prefer a clean and modest cut to complete their outfit. They are for people who are not comfortable showing the skin of their legs. Hence, they are appropriate in formal settings like events, meetings, presentations and weddings. 

Knee High Socks
Knee High Socks
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Knee High Socks are almost a type of stockings that have an elastic top that touches the knee. They are utilized for all sorts of shoes: heels, flats, boots, ankle booties, heeled boots - the selection is endless. It boils down to how courageous you can get when it comes to experimenting on your OOTD. These socks are the best during winter for they fit well with winter or rain boots, giving off warmth and comfort. 

A drawer must-have: crew socks

Have you seen Philippine athlete EJ Obiena's trending socks in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? He's a crowd favorite for wearing Spongebob crew socks during the Men's Pole Vault finals. Indeed, crew socks are popular and a staple in most guys' undergarment drawer.

These socks go past your ankles up to right around the mid-to-upper calf, and don't go up to your knees. The joyful colors of Smiling Socks' Wine and Tasty 7-Pack are ideal to wear with high shoes, and will protect you from heel to above the ankle. 

Crew socks are not only for athletes, they are for everyone and you can pick them for everyday wear. This is a pair that effortlessly goes with your smartest looks - dressing up or down - just like owning white shoes that you can wear for any occasion. 

Now you know the importance of the length of socks

When you step into a department store, it's easy to get lost at the variety of socks and lengths that you can find. Every length has its specific purpose and use. With Smiling Socks' selection, you can choose what works best for you.

Looking for what type of socks to wear means knowing about sock length. Whether you're going out skiing or you're dressing up to impress your special someone, having a solid knowledge on different sock lengths can impact your comfort, style, and protection of your feet.

Order now: you can start with staple crew socks like the Emoji Trendy Socks to light up your day in a cheerful, happy way!


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