Sock sizing

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  1. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    Dear Forumites:

    Sometimes socks are still sold by size, but I can never remember mine. My US shoe size is 8.5. Meanwhile, I found some size 11 socks on ebay, but will they approximately fit? Who knows?

    Is there a chart online somewhere?
     


  2. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Socks that are sized numerically should match shoe sizes.  These are made by only a handful of companies anymore.  Socks that are sized S, M, L, XL, etc. generally cover a range of about two or three shoe sizes.  The letter size to shoe size range varies from maker to maker.  I wear a 12 shoe, and find that XL dress socks from most English, French and Italian makers fit shoe sizes 11 to 13.
     


  3. Alexander Kabbaz

    Alexander Kabbaz Senior member

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    Mack11211 - you want a 9.5 or 10 max.
     


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    Hmmmm.

    Can Mr. Dryer the Tailor significantly (and potentially usefully) shrink mercerized cotton socks?
     


  5. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    What are the companies that still do numerical sizing?

    Anyone know?

    The obliteration of sizing has made its way to hats, I've found.

    Still, I am heartened to see that Dobbs & Stetson and others carry on.

    Re: chart. I've seen one somewhere, and I always thought that the sizing for the sock did not match the sizing for the shoe. Let me see if I can find an example of that in my wardrobe. I have a few drawers of never worn socks from days of old.
     


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    Maus & Hoffman carries a quality over-the-calf cotton lisle ribbed sock in exact sizes (add 1.5 to the shoe size). Made in Italy. About $23.00. They have a website or you can call for the catalog. The rest of the merchandise is extremely expensive and seems to be designed for the very elderly by the anti-Flusser (matching white shoes and belt-yes, a bit of an exaggeration).
     


  7. Alexander Kabbaz

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    By the "very elderly" I assume you do not mean those of us who are merely "older and wiser"? Otherwise I shall have to take offense and dub you "a wet behind the knees whippersnapper". [​IMG]
     


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    As I'm in my late 50's (but feel younger), my comment has more to do with "old man in Florida" style of dress (e,g. matching terry-cloth cabana set) than chronological age. Don't want to insult either of us (especially not me) [​IMG] Best Regards
     


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    Truzzi out of Milan still does, I think.  In New York, sized socks are hard to come by.  Sulka was the last great source.  I like the socks at Paul Stuart and Barneys, but they are pretty much all S, M, L, etc.  So are Flusser's.  Sigh.
     


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    Think that Alex was supposed to be lining up some Zimmerli socks in individualized sizes to supplement his line of underwear. Alex?
     


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    Originally Posted by Alexander Kabbaz,Jan. 28 2005,08:05
    By the "very elderly" I assume you do not mean those of us who are merely "older and wiser"? Otherwise I shall have to take offense and dub you "a wet behind the knees whippersnapper". [​IMG]
    As I'm in my late 50's (but feel younger), my comment has more to do with "old man in Florida" style of dress (e,g. matching terry-cloth cabana set) than chronological age. Don't want to insult either of us (especially not me) [​IMG] Best Regards
    All those M&H clothes match their white Cadillac's with tan canvas tops. Oy, Irving I think I see a parking space...(mean while it's a tree, because they all wear trifocals) [​IMG] Crying in Boca Raton, Jon.
     


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