Tired of one-size-fits-all socks that are too big? Here’s where to buy socks for small feet that actually fit.
When it comes to clothing, many things are one-size-fits-all. This works okay for some accessories, like hats and scarves. But socks? Come on…
Why should a man with a size 8 foot wear the same socks as a man with size 12 feet?
It doesn’t add up.
Plus, even if it did make sense, it’s very hard to find socks made for men who wear shoes smaller than size 8. I wear a size 7 U.S., and most socks are just too big.
Sure, you can wash them and hope they shrink down to size, and this works okay sometimes, but it’s not ideal.
So if you’ve ever been frustrated with socks that bunch up around your heels and toes, this post is for you.
Most Socks Are Too Big
When socks are too big for your feet, it causes all sorts of problems. Some are just annoying, while others are downright dangerous.
🧦 When over-the-calf dress socks are too big, they go up past your knee and feel like stockings (at least I’m assuming that’s what stocking feel like…).
🧦 When boot socks are too big, they don’t hug your calf and slip down your leg throughout the day – a terrible feeling, especially in winter.
🧦 When no show socks are too big, they simply fall off your heel as you walk around.
🧦 And when running socks are too big, they bunch up in the toe box of your shoe and can cause all sorts of foot problems.
Bottom line: socks that are too big are a total pain in the…foot.
What to Look For
I set out to find the best socks for small feet. I looked high and low, searching the vast corners of the internets for any company claiming to make smaller sized socks.
Why did I do this? Why did I spend hours obsessing over socks? Because, dammit, we svelte gents deserve socks that fit properly, and we shouldn’t settle for anything less.
Here were my requirements:
- Sold in multiple sizes*
- Multiple colors (not just black)
- High-quality fabrics
- Reputable brands
*The first criteria means I didn’t consider any sock makers that only offered one-size-fits-all socks, which rules out the vast majority of men’s fashion brands.
Sure, some one-size socks might run small, but I wanted to find socks that are actually made for men with smaller feet.
Many companies claim to make socks for small feet. But more often than not, these are empty promises. Worse still, when I found a company that actually did make smaller sized socks, the pickings were slim (i.e., they’d only have one sock length in two colors).
But, fear not! There are plenty of great options for smaller sizes socks. Here’s a full list of brands to check out, along with some info about what type of socks they offer:
Socks for Small Feet
Note: the Size column is based on men’s U.S. shoe size. It lists the smallest size each brand currently offers.
|Brand||Smallest Size||Styles||Quick Take|
|Bombas||6-9||No show, casual, dress, compression, athletic||Some of the comfiest socks you can buy; mostly known for casual socks|
|Smartwool||3-5.5||No show, casual, OTC, outdoor, athletic, winter||My personal favorite wool socks; great for boots and outdoor activities|
|Darn Tough||5.5-7.5||No show, casual, athletic, outdoor, winter, tactical||Similar to Smartwool but more heavy duty workwear options|
|Nordstrom||5.5-7.5||Dress, OTC||Nordstrom's house brand; excellent cotton and wool dress socks|
|Swiftwick||3-5.5||Casual, running, hiking, golf, cycling, winter||Lesser known brand with *tons* of options for active people and athletes|
|Stance||3-5.5||No show, casual, running, hiking, golf||Cool, premium brand; excellent no show, running and crew socks|
|Falke||5.5-7.5||No show, casual, dress, OTC, luxury||German luxury brand; my personal favorite no show socks|
|Feetures||6-8.5||No show, casual, running||High quality socks with anatomical design (left/right) and lifetime guarantee|
|Thorlos||5.5-8.5||Casual, running, outdoor, tactical, compression||Made in USA since 1953; great for workwear, outdoor, tactical, cold weather|
Let’s also take a look at some of my personal favorites (I’ve road-tested and worn all of these for a long time).
My Personal Favorites
I know the above table has a lot of options, so I wanted to run through a few of my favorite pairs of socks.
For reference, I wear a size 7 shoe (men’s U.S.), and I usually buy Small or Medium size socks.
Small No Show Socks
My favorite pair is the Falke Invisible Step. They’re super thin, they stay on my feet and last forever.
A great affordable alternative is Invisasox. These are surprisingly good for the price.
Small Running Socks
My current favorites are the Stance Run Tab sock. With a reinforced heel and plenty of arch support, these are my go-to socks for running and lifting weights.
Small Casual Crew Socks
My favorite everyday crew length socks are the Smartwool Ultra Light Hiking Socks. Don’t be fooled by the name: these are excellent everyday socks, even if you never go outside!
They’re also great for travel since the wool material is naturally moisture-wicking and odor-resistant.
Small Boot/Winter Socks
My go-to boot socks for fall and winter are the Darn Tough Boot Cushion Sock. These bad boys are built like tanks, and they keep my feet warm in any pair boots.
Small Dress Socks
My top recommendation for smaller sized dress socks is from Nordstrom. These are premium enough for almost anyone, and they’re relatively affordable for dress socks.
If you want more options, check out our round-up of the best over-the-calf dress socks.
Plenty of Options
So there you have it. Men with small feet don’t have to settle for one-size-doesn’t-fit socks anymore.
We can find affordable, high quality socks that actually fit. It just takes a little searching. But in my opinion, it’s totally worth the effort.