How to Prevent Your Socks from Ripping
If you frequently find your socks ripping or developing holes, there are actually a couple ways you can circumvent this issue. Socks tear or toes poke through for a variety of reasons. We’d like to offer some suggestions about how to prevent your socks from ripping.
Take Care of Your Feet and Toenails
Keeping your toenails trimmed goes a long way toward preventing holes from forming at the toe end of your socks. Heels in socks also thin out and tear. Exfoliating and moisturizing your feet to prevent hardened, cracked heels will help prevent your socks from ripping. Rough skin snags on sock fabric and pulls the threads and fibers that make up the fabric weave. Treat yourself to a pedicure and keep your feet looking fresh from that point forward.
Don’t Use Dress or Athletic Socks as Slippers
Socks are meant to add a layer between your feet and your shoes. “Slipper socks,” with skid-preventing rubberized buttons or chevron patterns on the bottom work as slippers, but regular dress or athletic socks do not. Walking around in just your socks strains the fabric; it can also cause static electricity shocks from friction with rugs and carpet, and dangerous slip-and-falls on tile or wood floors. If you habitually take your shoes off when you get home from work, take off your socks too and change into slippers made for walking around the house.
Determine If Your Shoes Are Causing Tears
Some types of shoes create more friction, or have more seams or other touchpoints on the inside rubbing against your socks. Notice whether your socks tear or rip more often when you wear one pair of shoes rather than another. Check the style and fit of your shoes, and also how worn your shoe’s inner lining has become. Holes on the insides of your shoes will rub against your socks and wear on the fabric.
Check How Your Sock’s Fit and Fabric
Wearing your socks too tight can also cause tears and rips. Try going up a size, or loosening the toes a bit before you drive your foot into your shoes or cleats. Quality sock fabrics made for sports should last longer if you take good care of the socks and of your feet. For example, custom football socks made of acrylic or other synthetic fabric with good wicking ability may tolerate stretching better while still retaining their shape. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, and if recommended, use fabric softener. This can keep the threads of your socks from becoming brittle and more prone to tears and holes.
We at MK Socks hope these suggestions help you prolong the life of your dress and athletic socks. Treat yourself to some new socks for sports now that you know how to keep them from ripping!