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Discover a Better Fit: How to Find the Right Sock Size

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Have you ever bought a pair of socks that were too tight, too loose, or just uncomfortable? If so, you might be wearing the wrong sock size.

Sock sizing can be confusing, as different brands use different systems and measurements. However, finding the right sock size is important for your comfort, durability, and performance.

In this blog post, we will show you how to find the right sock size for your feet and introduce you to a brand that offers high-quality and eco-friendly socks for every occasion.

How to Measure Your Foot Length

The first step to finding the right sock size is to measure your foot length. This is the distance from your heel to the tip of your longest toe.

You can do this by standing on a ruler or a tape measure and reading the number where your toe ends.

You can use inches or centimetres, depending on what system you prefer. Alternatively, you can get your feet measured at a shoe store or in the shoe department of a department store.

(sidebar: how do you measure up?)

statistical distribution of right foot length by gender (in millimetres)

We found this interesting chart that plots the distribution of right foot lengths (in mm) by gender.

How to Choose Sock Size by Foot Length

Once you have your foot length, you can use it to choose the right sock size. Sock sizes are usually listed by inches, centimetres, or as small, medium, and large.

Check the tags on socks if you’re shopping in person or look at the drop-down sizing menu if you’re shopping online to see how that particular brand lists size.

For example, if you have a foot length of 9.5 inches or 24 cm, you can choose a sock size that corresponds to that measurement. Some brands may also list sock sizes as shoe sizes, in which case you can just choose a pair that matches your shoe size.

How to Choose Sock Size by Shoe Size

If you don’t want to measure your foot length, or if you already know your shoe size, you can also use that to choose your sock size. Shoe sizes are more standardised than sock sizes, so they can be a good reference point. However, keep in mind that shoe sizes may vary slightly by brand and style, so they are not always accurate.

To choose sock size by shoe size, simply look at the shoe size range that corresponds to the sock size. For example, if your UK shoe size is 7, you can choose a medium sock size that fits shoe sizes 5 - 7.5. 

Why You Should Try hipSwan Socks

Now that you know how to find the right sock size for your feet, you might be wondering where to buy high-quality socks that fit well and feel great. Well, look no further than hipSwan, an eco-friendly sock brand based in Brighton, England.

hipSwan socks are designed for conscious consumers who care about sustainability and performance. They are made with organic combed cotton or merino wool, which are natural fibres that are soft and breathable. They also feature cushioned and seamless toes for extra comfort, silicone heel grippers for anti-slip protection, and a high-gauge needle count for enhanced softness and longevity.

hipSwan socks come in four styles: chill, dash, flow, and roam. Each style has its own unique features and benefits for different activities and preferences. Whether you need no-show socks for casual wear, trainer socks for running or cycling, gripper socks for yoga or Pilates, or socks for hiking or lounging, hipSwan has got you covered.

hipSwan socks are available in three sizes: small (UK 2-4 ½), medium (UK 5-7 ½), and large (UK 8-11). Their inherent elasticity allows them to fit a wide range of feet and are not gender specific. You can use our handy sizing chart to find the best fit for your feet.

And, as if that’s not enough, hipSwan also supports the planting of one tree for every order through their partnership with TreeSisters, a UK-registered social change and reforestation charity that funds a diverse portfolio of tropical reforestation projects that are ethical, community-led, expand natural forest cover and aim to avoid further deforestation. So when you buy hipSwan socks, you’re not only getting comfortable socks for yourself but also helping the environment and local communities.

So what are you waiting for? Try hipSwan socks today and discover a better fit for your feet and the planet!

(Although this blog post has been about choosing the correct sock size, you needn't worry in case you choose incorrectly with hipSwan - you can return any unworn/unused pairs for a full refund within 60 days of purchase). 


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