Chart Glossary

Sock Thickness

Lightweight socks that offer no additional cushioning and are designed primarily to act as a modest barrier between your foot and the shoe. These socks have less bulk, are highly breathable, and are quick drying so they work best in warm conditions.  Thin socks are often a good choice if your shoe fits very close to your foot and additional volume will compromise shoe fit.

Medium-thick socks offer additional cushioning through out the entire sock or heel and forefoot.  The benefits of added cushioning are greater comfort and impact protection, a more secure shoe fit, and less opportunity for friction between your foot and the shoe.  Most medium-thick socks adapt well to most temperature conditions.

Thick socks offer additional supplemental cushioning, usually across the bottom of the foot for maximum impact protection.  These socks work best for people who have thin fat pads under their feet or need additional bulk to improve shoe fit.  Thick socks because of their added volume work well in cooler temperatures as added insulation.

Mapped cushioning is a hybrid cushioning method that incorporates the best of what traditional thin and medium cushioning offer.  Rather than cushioning the entire foot, the needed cushioning is strategically placed in only the high impact and high friction areas of the sock.  Mapped cushioning allows for impact protection, but reduces the weight of the sock, enhances the fit, and allows for maximum breath ability.

Sock Height

The lowest sock height available that offers little or no sock appearance above the heel collar of the shoe.

A tab sock has an additional portion of fabric that protects the upper heel and Achilles area of the foot.  Usually found on no-show and low-cut socks.

Low-cut socks offer a modest rise above the shoes heel collar and usually stops at the middle of the anklebone.

Quarter socks rise from the shoe to usually cover the anklebone entirely.  Great option if you are experiencing heel blistering resulting from shoe friction.

Crew sock heights can vary but usually rise 6-8” above the shoe line.  Best choice for cooler temperatures or if you need added lower leg protection due to rocks and brush, for example trail running.

Knee High:  
Knee high socks rise to just below the knee and cover the entire lower leg.  These socks are usually associated with compression socks that provided additional performance and support.