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.
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.
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-show" too, because they are still pretty much hidden. This pair perfectly with sneakers and athletic shoes.
Mini-crew socks/Ankle socks
Standing just a couple inches above the ankle bone, this style is popular among men with trendy sneakers and women who like a cute look with flats, heels or sandals. These are also great with women's booties because they're about the same height.
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.
Trouser socks/Tall socks/Mid-calf socks
Trouser 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.
Over the knee socks
A popular look in the cooler months, over the knee socks, can be boldly worn by sock lovers who want to show off their legs or who simply prefer scrunching their sock fabric around their knees for some fun flair.
You may find that some of these terms are used interchangeably by different brands, but we hope this breakdown helps!