shoe vs socks size

Shoe Size vs Sock Size

It’s a question that has plagued humanity for centuries – why do our shoe size and sock size never seem to match up?

Is it a conspiracy by the sock industry to sell us more socks? Or is there a more scientific explanation? Read on to find out!

White shoe and White socks
White shoe and White socks

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Shoe Size vs Sock Size

There’s an age-old debate among sock lovers: does shoe size dictate sock size, or is it the other way around?

While there’s no definitive answer, we can offer some guidance on how to find the perfect sock size for your feet.

If you’re a woman with larger feet, you may have trouble finding socks that fit well.

In general, women’s socks are sized based on shoe size, so if you wear a size 9 shoe, you’ll likely need a sock that’s labeled as a “9-11.”

However, some brands may use different sizing conventions, so it's always best to check the product description before making your purchase.

Men’s socks are typically sized based on shoe size as well, but there is more variation in sizes than there is for women.

For example, a man who wears a size 10 shoe may be able to wear a sock that’s labeled as either a “10-13” or an “11-14.” Again, it’s important to read the product description carefully to make sure you’re getting the right size.

If you’re still not sure what size sock to get, don’t worry – there’s an easy way to measure your foot and find

Black Socks and White Shoes
Black Socks and White Shoes

Why Know Your Sock Size?

Your sock size is just as important as your shoe size. In fact, it’s even more important because you can’t wear shoes without socks!

Knowing your sock size ensures that your socks will always fit snugly and comfortably inside your shoes. Plus, it can save you a lot of time and hassle when shopping for new socks.

There are a few different ways to measure your sock size. The most common way is to simply measure the circumference of your foot with a tape measure.

Another way is to trace your foot onto a piece of paper and then measure the outline with a ruler. Once you have your measurement, consult a sock size chart to find your sock size.

If you’re unsure of your sock size, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and go for a larger size.

Socks can always be rolled or folded down if they’re too big, but if they’re too small they will be uncomfortable and might cause blisters.

So next time you’re out shopping for new socks, make sure you know your sock size!

Black shoes and black socks
Black shoes and black socks

How to Find Your Sock Size

When it comes to finding the right sock size, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, sock size is not the same as shoe size.

Second, different brands may have slightly different sizing. And third, your foot shape can affect what size sock you need.

Here are a few tips for finding your sock size:

  • 1. Know your shoe size. This is the starting point for finding your sock size. Sock sizes generally run from about size 4-13 for men and 6-15 for women.
  • 2. Check the brand’s size chart. Once you know your shoe size, you can check the brand’s size chart to find the corresponding sock size.
  • 3. Consider your foot shape. If you have a wide or narrow foot, you may need to adjust your sock size up or down accordingly.
  • 4. Try on the socks. The best way to know if a sock fits is to try it on! Put on the socks and walk around in them for a bit to see how they feel.
  • 5. Adjust as needed. If the socks are too tight or too loose, try a different size until you find the perfect fit.
Women shoe and sock size
Woman foot size

Shoe Size vs Sock Size: Women

When it comes to shopping for shoes and socks, women often face the dilemma of whether to buy their shoes in size 8 or size 9.

The answer, it turns out, depends on the type of shoe you’re buying and your foot’s width.

For example, if you’re buying a running shoe, you’ll likely want to go with the larger size 8.

But if you’re buying a dress shoe, you might be better off with the smaller size 9. The same goes for socks:

If you have wide feet, you’ll probably want to buy larger socks; if you have narrow feet, you’ll probably want to buy smaller socks.

In general, it’s best to err on the side of buying slightly larger shoes and socks, as they can always be tightened or padded to fit snugly.

Men's Shoe and Socks
Men’s Shoe and Socks

Shoe Size vs Sock Size: Men

There is no standard sock size. Sock sizes vary depending on the brand and style of sock. However, shoe size is based on a standard measurement.

So, what’s the difference between shoe size and sock size? Shoe size is the measurement of your foot from heel to toe.

Sock size is the measurement of your foot from heel to toe, plus the thickness of the sock.

For example, if you wear a size 10 shoe, you would wear a size 10 sock.

But, if you wear a thick sock, you may need to go up a size. For example, if you wear a size 10 shoe with a thick sock, you would wear a size 11 sock.

When it comes to socks, there is no one-size-fits-all. You’ll need to try on socks to see what size works best for you.

Cute kid wearing socks
Cute kid

Shoe Size vs Sock Size: Kids

Sock Sizes and Shoe Types

  • Sneakers
  • Loafers
  • Boots
  • Dress Shoes

What Sock Size Am I?



Sock Size Conversion

Chart & Shoe Size Chart

Sock Size U.S. Kids’ Shoe U.S. Women’s Shoe U.S. Men’s Shoe
9–11 4.5Y+ 5–10 3.5–8
10–13   10–15 8–13
14+   14+ 12.5+



Unisex Sizing

To create a more friendly shopping experience for gender nonconforming and nonbinary people, we offer a collection of socks in unisex sizing that helps you avo

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