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All About Custom Sports Socks

July 29, 2021

All About Custom Sports Socks

Picture this: your target customer is getting ready for a game of pickup basketball or baseball practice. They throw on their athletic wear and then pull on… a pair of raggedy, old, ill-fitting socks that used to be white but have long since faded to gray.

Athletic socks get worn out really fast… and more often than not, they’re still worn way past their expiration date. Why not provide your customers (or your local sports team, or fans of a favorite major league baseball team!) with high-quality, custom-made sports socks designed for both maximum performance and style?

Custom sports socks are a fan-fave product that’s fun, useful, and so wearable. Whether you create a pair of custom sports socks to boost team spirit on the little league baseball team you coach, to make your intramural basketball team feel a little more legit, or help your customers show off their shared affinity for an NFL team during Superbowl season, they’re a great way to go. And with unlimited customization possibilities, you can create a pair of custom sports socks that are truly one of a kind!

You don’t need to know how to knit or sew or even graphic design in order to create gorgeous custom sports socks. Thanks to platforms like The/Studio’s DIY product creation tool, you can partner with top factories around the world and customize every last aspect of your socks from your laptop. You can customize the colors, fabrics, sizes, style, cuff, embroidery, fabrication techniques, embellishments, patterns, and so much more. All you have to do is specify what you want, and we’ll take care of the rest – manufacturing high-quality custom sports socks and shipping them right to your doorstep.

Interested in creating custom sports socks? While the process is rather straightforward, manufacturing a product of your own can be a little intimidating, especially if you’ve never done something like this before. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about custom sports socks, including:

  • Why create custom sports socks?
  • Customization options for sports socks
  • How to create custom sports socks, step by step

By the end of this article, you’ll be armed with all the information you need to figure out whether custom sports socks are a good idea for your team or online store, all the possibilities of custom sports socks you could make, and how to actually bring your vision for custom sports socks to life.


Why create custom sports socks?

why create custom sports socks

Custom sports socks are a great product for many people of all ages. They can be created for exercise, practicing sports, participating in sports, attending sporting events, or even everyday wear. And there’s more demand for them than you might think! The global socks market size was estimated to be $44.61 billion in 2019, and has been expected to grow at 6% each year since. If you serve even the smallest sliver of that market, you could make a serious profit.

If you’re thinking of creating custom sports socks for your online store, you could create socks with fun designs, or make socks designed for a very specific purpose, such as running long distances or being worn with certain types of athletic shoes. You could also create socks embellished with a favorite major sports team’s logo. This could help you and your customers show off your fandom in style. It’s a great niche product with a wide enough audience.

Of course, you don’t have to create custom sports socks just to make money off of them. Many manufacturers institute strict minimum order quantities on custom products to offset costs, but The/Studio allows you to order as few of a custom product as you’d like. That gives you the freedom to create custom socks just for fun instead of for business.

Say you coach a little league baseball team in your local community. You could cement your status as the favorite coach by creating custom sports socks specially designed to help your team perform better and be more unified as a team. It’s a great, inexpensive way to upgrade your usual uniforms and boost team spirit! You could even sell custom socks to friends, family, and fans to earn a little extra money for the team.

Or maybe you’re a part of a local community team. You could create custom sports socks to bring the team together, preserve those memories, and maybe even raise a little money for transportation or other team expenses.

Custom sports socks may be designed for athletic activities, but they’re great for everyday wear, too. Show your audience how versatile they are, able to be worn while playing sports, watching sports, or not even thinking about sports at all.


Customization options for sports socks

Customization options for sports socks

Sports socks aren’t one size fits all. (Both literally and figuratively!) They can be custom-designed to suit different teams, sports, types of exercise, styles, footwear, outfits, sizes, and more. At The/Studio, you can customize everything from the fabrication method used to the cuff size to the sock material to the thickness to the design, along with so much more. Get familiar with all of the different specs you can customize to make your custom socks your own!


Fabrication Method

The fabrication method you select will impact how your design is woven or printed on the sock itself. The/Studio offers three types of fabrication methods: jacquard knit, dye sublimation, and 360 printing.

  • Jacquard knit involves weaving the design or pattern into the fabric of the sock itself. This causes the design to move as the sock moves. It’s the most popular and most traditional fabrication method, ideal for repeating patterns that don’t involve tons of vibrant colors.
  • Dye sublimation involves printing the design directly onto the fabric. It’s ideal for more detailed or intricate prints that involve a lot of bright, vibrant colors. It looks good even when stretched, though you may notice some white lines caused by this printing technique.
  • 360 printing is similar to dye sublimation, only the sock is stretched around a cylinder during the printing process to eliminate those pesky white lines. It’s ideal if you’re seeking a photo-realistic effect or if you’re using a pattern that repeats all the way around the sock.

All of these fabrication methods are compatible with sports socks, though jacquard knit is the most common. Learn more about these fabrication methods here.


Cuff Size

The/Studio also allows you to select the type of cuff you’d like to have. You can create no-show socks, quarter cuff socks, or knee-high socks.

  • No-show socks have no cuffs and are designed to be invisible under shoes.
  • Quarter-cuff socks have a short cuff and are ideal for wearing with athletic shoes.
  • Crew socks are our most popular style, with a taller cuff that hits mid-calf. They’re also great for athletic wear.
  • Knee-high socks have the tallest cuff, hitting at or right below the knee.

All of these cuff sizes are compatible with sports socks, though crew socks are the most common. Quarter-cuff socks are a great option too. Learn more about sock cuff sizes here.


You’ll also be able to choose what sort of material blend will be used to create your socks. You can choose from premium or standard dress, casual, or active socks. 

For sports socks that will be worn during exercise, we’d recommend choosing standard or premium active socks, which are a blend of cotton, spandex, nylon, and elastic. However, if you’re planning on simply adding a sports pattern to everyday socks, casual socks may be sufficient.


You’ll also have the chance to customize the thickness of your socks, whether you prefer regular, thick, or extra thick socks, either for regular or athletic socks.

For sports socks, we’d recommend choosing an athletic socks option. These include compression ribbing at the arch and leg, a reinforced toe and heel, and a diamond pattern on top of the foot. If you think your socks will be worn during high-impact activities, choose the thick or extra thick option.

Pack size

Choose how many pairs of socks you’d like in each pack, whether you choose 1 pair per polybag with a sizing sticker, 10 pairs per polybag, 25 pairs per polybag, or all socks in one polybag. 

If you’re planning on selling your custom sports socks individually, we’d recommend going with the one pair per polybag option.

Sock size

Choose the size range of all of your socks, whether Men’s Standard (US 10-13), Men’s Small (US 6-9), Women’s Standard (US 8-10.5), Women’s Small (US 5-7.5), Youth’s Standard (US 11-14), Youth’s Small (US 7-10), Toddler (2-4 years), or Baby (12-24 months).


Add on additional upgrades if you’d like, such as embroidery, terry cushioning on the foot of the sock, athletic compression ribbing, bottom grips in a custom color and shape, printed or knit text detail, or custom cuff shapes.

For custom sports socks, consider adding on additional compression ribbing, extra terry cushioning, or bottom grips if that’s a good fit for the socks’ intended use.


Along with all of these customizable specs, you’ll also be able to upload your very own design that you’d like printed on or woven into the fabric of your custom sports sock. This is the area that allows for the most creativity and customizability!

If you’ve already worked to create a print or source a sports logo that you’d like incorporated into your sock design, perfect! You’ll simply upload a design file, along with a few notes explaining certain details or indicating where on the sock you’d like your design to go. If not, that’s okay, too. If you choose to partner with The/Studio, our in-house team of expert designers can provide full design services for you free of charge. Just brainstorm a few ideas, sketch out your vision as best as you can, and send along detailed notes and sketches – we’ll work our hardest to bring it to life!


How to Make Custom Sports Socks

How to Make Custom Sports Socks

Now that you’re more aware of why you might want to make custom sports socks and all of the many customization possibilities they have… now it’s time to get to it! Here’s how to turn your vision for custom sports socks into a reality, whether you’re doing it for your online store or your favorite local sports team.

1. Find a manufacturer

First and foremost, find a manufacturer you can trust. The manufacturer you choose to partner with will have a major impact on the overall look and quality of your custom sports socks, so choose wisely! Look for a manufacturer with good reviews, free domestic shipping, no minimum order quantities, excellent customer service, and a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee so you can feel confident you’re getting a good product at a fair price. (The/Studio checks all of those boxes and more!)


2. Customize your sports socks

If you’ve chosen to create your socks at The/Studio, you’ll begin the product creation process here. Select how many socks you’d like to order, then start customizing the specs – from the fabrication method to the cuff size to the pack size to the sock size to the material and beyond.

3. Design your sports socks

Next up, upload the design you’d like printed on, woven into, or embroidered on your custom sports socks! Whether you’ve already worked to finalize a gorgeous design or you’d like some serious help in the design department, our team of expert in-house designers will take your sketches and notes and transform them into a beautifully designed pair of socks.


4. Approve a prototype

Our team will work to create a mockup of your custom sports socks and submit it for your approval, whether in a detailed set of photographs or as a physical prototype in the mail. If all looks good to you, we’ll move forward and produce all of the socks in your order just like it! If you see any areas for improvement, just let us know and we’ll make as many revisions as needed, free of charge.


5. Sell/distribute your sports socks

Finally, it’s time to hand out your custom sports socks or sell them to your customers! We’ll ship them for free straight to your doorstep, fully retail-ready in packs. You’re gonna love them!


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