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May and early June may sometimes act like summer, but late spring is still a far cry from the practiced heat of July and August. We know some of you live where it is hot sun-up to sun-down and you’re scoffing right now, but even on 70-80°F afternoons the mornings around here can hover around a comparatively chilly 50°F. That’s a big jump!
If you’re going in to work, you can put together something with layers to get you from the chilly outside morning to the warm after-work afternoon. But what about days at home? If you haven’t got central air, you’re probably like me, all windows open to the cold morning, collecting a bit of chill so the house doesn’t heat up quite so much in the sun.
That’s why we didn’t feel that goofy introducing the fleece knee highs from Polar Feet. They’re perfect for paring with shorts on chilly, pre-summer mornings.
One of our Dreamers is particularly stoked, as they plan on getting a pair to wear camping. Their feet will be warm on cool woodsy mornings and in those surprisingly chilly evenings around the campfire. Plus, they fit great into boots!
What we particularly love about these fleece knee highs is the range of fit! Fleece doesn’t have as much give as knit materials, so we did some testing to figure out calf sizing. If a 19 inch cuff stretch isn’t enough, check out our versions in a wider calf, with about 23 inches of comfy, cozy stretch! What our smaller-footed folks loved was that, even on the larger calf size, the ankle wasn’t too baggy, tapering just the right amount but still offering about 12 inches of stretch at the narrowest part.
And bigger-footed folks were pleased too. Right now, the large foot size is only available in the Lumberjack style, but we tried it on our resident US men’s shoe size 11.5 EEEE (that’s 4x wide, plus he’s got a high instep!) and they fit beautifully.
If it’s already too hot where you live to even think of fleece, do future you a favour and pick up a pair to stash away until winter. Polar Feet is a tiny, wonderful company, and sometimes they have trouble keeping up with your demand for their delightful socks! When winter rolls around (even though it seems a million years away right now), your toes will thank you as they stay toasty.
And, of course, these fleece knee highs are perfect for our pals in the Southern Hemisphere, where they’ll be enjoying the start of winter any week now!
While May might not be what you think of as harvest season, we think that with all of June’s Pride celebrations right around the corner this is the perfect time to expand on one of our most popular lines of socks: Harvest Rainbows!
These colorful thigh highs flew solo for the first few years of their reign, but with the recent addition of junior and youth sizes it’s looking like we might just have dynasty on our hands (or feet, if you will)!
Well a simple dynasty is not enough for us. Nope! That’s why we’ve added two more unisex, adult-sized options: Knee Highs and Crews! You see, while we adore thigh highs and hope you do too, we also don’t think that should be a requirement of rocking awesome, muted rainbows. Besides, they’re so perfect for the Pride festivals that take place during the rather warm month of June, it just made sense to make them in more Summery lengths!
With three foot sizes and multiple lengths, these rainbow socks are getting to be just as diverse as the people that they represent!
One of the things we love to do is help folks find which socks will work best for them. That’s why we put as much information as we can into the Sizing Tips on each product page and try to give as much real-life testing as we can into the styles we carry. Sometimes you’ve got to scroll a little to see it, depending on your monitor size, but it’s there!
And if it isn’t, or you’ve had a different experience, let us know via email and we’ll make sure things are up to date! So many products we carry are wrapped up in packaging and sometimes things sneakily change in a way we don’t notice until you let us know.
So okay, the information is there, but you’re still unsure—or, you’ve got a particular fit issue or need and our Advanced Search isn’t helping? Then it’s time for our handy-dandy contact form! Select “Sizing Query” from the topic drop-down and make sure your email address is correct so we can get back to you.
Now for your question itself! Something we tell folks a lot is that “large”, “skinny”, “plus” or really most adjectives and dress sizes don’t mean much without context. Who knows what clothing sizes mean anymore (besides, they’re based on everything but the measurements we need)! If you write us saying you’ve got “tiny calves” and nothing stays up or you’ve got “curvy thighs” and stockings always roll, we can only give you the vaguest help. But we want to give you specific help! So here’s what you’ve gotta do for ultimate sock searching assistance: measure!
Even if you don’t sew, a tailors tape (or fabric measuring tape) is the best $2 tool to have. I use mine to measure weird spaces furniture needs to go as much as I do when sewing! But, if you don’t have one, don’t worry. The same ability to measure around stuff is just as easy to obtain with some yarn or string and a regular ol’ ruler.
You just wrap the yarn around what you’re measuring, then lay it out next to a ruler and BAM! Measurements.
In general, a good reference for where you need to measure for what coverage of sock is the image on the Measurements & Sizes page (shown below with common coverage highlighted for easy reference). We also like to know your shoe size, too, particularly if you have smaller or larger feet than the average sock you encounter.
But more information is always useful, so after the jump we’ve got some slightly more in-depth tips for measurements to send with your sizing question.
The word is, less people made resolutions this year than on average. It can be hard to stick with a goal you made in the rosy light of a fresh calendar, even if you know it’s for the best. Whether it is giving up a vice, exercising more or keeping healthy in general, we’ve got some socks you can both reward yourself with and use to reach your goal!
I’ve talked about our Vices category before (actually at the start of an earlier year!). These socks are a great way to indulge yourself without actually indulging in your particular vice. Maybe you need some sweet treats for your feets:
Or to take your toes out for a steak and a drink.
Of course, you can always say #@%! it and indulge your toes and your tummy at the same time. It’s all about moderation, right? Eat well and exercise. And our Sports Socks will be by your side (or, um, at your feet). From ways to warm up those muscles, or tricks to steady your toes—
To styles designed with support in mind and leggings we love to layer with shorts, we have lots more than old-school terry lined athletic socks (though we have those too!).
One thing we have noticed lately is that a lot of folks are starting their year right by treating themselves to compression socks. If you sit a lot or stand a lot (generally, if you are stuck in one position a lot), compression socks keep the blood flowin’ around your feet and ease a lot of strain. I know this holiday season when us Dreamers were wearing down the floors in the stock room to pull all your fabulous orders, we were glad to have compression socks to keep our feet from getting swollen and worn out! If you are treating yourself to compression socks, remember to put them on right!
More than anything, we hope you’re starting this year by treating yourself right and remembering that you are awesome and fabulous and (by the way) totally gorgeous. Yes, you. Let’s make this a great year, even if we don’t meet every goal we set when it started!
Knee highs are pretty straight forward. Our Measurements & Sizes page shows how they come to just below the knee, that’s pretty much the total of their definition. But you may have encountered the phrase “knee sock” when browsing our styles and wondered how it differed from plain ol’ knee highs.
There isn’t a whole lot of difference and sometimes we do use the phrase “knee sock” when we’re talking about knee highs. But, more often than not, when we call something a “knee sock” we’re talking about a sock that ends somewhere around the knee—sometimes below, sometimes above, sometimes right there in the middle of your knee cap—depending on your leg shape. The Bess Cashmere Slouch Rib Knee Socks are a perfect example of this, you can see how they end at different spots on different models’ legs:
Since we try on all the styles we sell and almost all of the models you see in our pictures are Sock Dreams employees, we get to see how socks act on different leg types. Long legs and fuller calves mean some shorter over the knee styles don’t fairly deserve the name “OTK”. But those same socks can’t properly be called knee highs either because just as many other folks had them go over their knees. So, we started using the phrase “knee sock” to highlight that ambiguity.
It was Sourpuss’ styles that made us first start using the phrase more actively, they’re shorter for over the knee styles and even though Sourpuss called them OTKs, we couldn’t after testing them, even though we love them.
The DreaM Stockings “knees” styles are another great example of a knee sock. Available in seven variations (with lots of varieties for each!), they can be worn as over the knee socks or knee highs, depending on your legs (or on your personal taste, I prefer them as knee highs, even though I’ve got short legs).
A way to find these in-betweeners is also to choose both “knee high” and “OTK” in Advanced Search then click the word “ALL” next to the header for Coverage. This shows you styles we’ve found fall both above or below the knee, depending on your leg. If you’ve got longer legs or fuller calves, you may already know the trick of wearing OTKs as knee highs, cuffing or double-cuffing to take care of any extra length.
A knee sock isn’t a style that couldn’t cut it as an OTK, nor is it just an over-achieving knee high. They straddle both coverage worlds, offering their stylish services to more leg types.
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