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Want to Stand Out From the Crowd? Design Your Own Socks

January 2, 2020

Want to Stand Out From the Crowd? Design Your Own Socks

Whether you’re looking to offer custom socks as a promotional item, an employee incentive, a uniform for your sports league, or a fun addition to your online store, you’ll find that it’s easy to design your own socks online through an on-demand custom manufacturer.

With the tools available to us today, you can design a fully-customized pair of socks from the threads up in just a few clicks — with any artwork or design you can think of — and have them shipped directly to your door. You don’t need a factory connection or a merchandising team or a designer. All you really need is an expert manufacturing partner and a healthy dose of imagination.

Finding a Great Manufacturer

Traditionally, if you wanted to make an order of custom socks you had to find and hire a factory to produce them. Sites like Alibaba gave creators access to thousands of factories worldwide — with a pretty significant caveat: all of these factories operate differently, with different standards and procedures. Many of them don’t do business in English, and many haven’t been vetted for quality, customer service, or business integrity. In the old paradigm, you had to take a gamble every time you placed an order with a new factory and hope that the result would be positive.

Today, we’ve created a more foolproof way to create custom socks and other accessories. On-demand custom manufacturing companies like The/Studio offer you the chance to create high-quality products with a network of pre-vetted factories and completely streamlined logistics. With the right manufacturer, making an order of custom socks is as easy as online shopping.

If you’re on the hunt for a good on-demand manufacturer, here are some things to look out for:

• Fully custom products, not stock. Plenty of companies can print your logo on an existing stock pair of socks. Only a few will let you create those socks completely from scratch, exactly as you want them.

• Extra included services. You should never be “nickeled and dimed” by a manufacturer. Look for those that offer free design services included in their pricing.

• Free shipping and fast turnaround. That’s the point of on-demand manufacturing, after all.

• Great service and satisfaction guaranteed. A 100% satisfaction guarantee is usually a great sign, but check out the reviews and see how other creators feel about working with that company.

How to Design Your Own Socks

Once you’ve found the right manufacturing partner, it’s really quite simple to order custom socks online. Using our DIY product creation tool as an example, here’s how you would go about creating a custom pair of socks:

Step 1: Come up with a killer design

Whether it’s your company logo, a colorful geometric design, or a full-scale artistic graphic, put together an image file of the design you’d like to be used on your custom socks and upload it directly into the platform. Don’t have a design in mind yet? No problem. A great custom manufacturer will be able to offer a 100% free design service to help transform your ideas into factory-ready files in no time.

Step 2: Customize everything

With custom on-demand manufacturing, you can literally create your dream pair of socks with just a few clicks. At The/Studio, for example, we offer the following customization options:

Customization
Details
Fabrication method
Choose between jacquard knitted, dye-sublimated, and 360 printed socks.
Sock type
We offer 4 standard styles: crew cut, no-show, knee-high, and quarter length.
Material
Choose casual, dress, or active blends of cotton, polyester, bamboo, and others.
Thickness
Our custom socks can be made with a thickness anywhere between 40-85 gauge.
Bottom upgrades
Add terry cushioning, compression ribbing, or no-slip bottom grips to your order.
Cuff upgrades
We offer custom embroidery, sewn-on labels, and custom cuffs for all sock orders.
Logistics
Order custom socks in a flexible range of women’s, men’s, or youth sizes and specify your packaging preference.

 

For more information on all of these options, take a tour through our DIY product creation tool, peruse our custom socks page, or check out our Socks 101 post. 

Step 3: Approve a sample

Once you’ve created your ideal pair of custom socks, a design team should be able to prepare a digital mockup for you to approve. This is your chance to make suggestions, change things, and collaborate! Once you land on exactly what you’ve envisioned, a good manufacturer should be able to produce a physical sample to ship to you so you can see and feel your socks in person. A fast turnaround time will make this process timely and accessible to everyone.

Step 4: Order and receive your custom socks

Some companies require a huge order, but The/Studio offers low MOQs for a reason — so you can order 5 or 5,000 pairs of custom socks without paying through the nose for smaller orders. Select standard shipping (which is 100% free within the United States!) or rush service if you need it. Very soon you’ll receive your retail-ready custom socks in the mail, and be prepared to hand them out or offer them for resale.

Beginning Your Custom Socks Adventure

Custom on-demand manufacturing makes products like these available to everyone — from the little league coach to the athleisure brand and every creator in between. With an expert manufacturing partner like The/Studio, it’s fast, easy, and affordable to design your own socks online and have them completely customized to your specifications. If you’ve felt curious about dipping your toes into the world of custom socks, now’s your chance to finally get involved. What are you waiting for?

The/Studio is an end-to-end manufacturing firm that brings custom products available to everyone with fair prices, fast turnaround times, and industry-leading quality. If you’re looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, design your own socks with our DIY product creation tool or contact us today.

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