Are your kids always refusing to wear socks with their shoes? Are you tired of having a morning battle every time you try to put your child’s socks on?
It’s important for children to always wear socks with their shoes, since socks are meant to prevent the formation of blisters and the build up of bacteria inside the shoes. Socks will also protect your children’s feet from getting foot infections.
The benefit of wearing socks is clear, they play a key role in keeping your kids’ feet healthy. However, if the socks are not comfortable or the correct size, your child will refuse to wear them.
I always explain to parents that getting the correct sock size has the same importance as getting the correct shoe size.
If the socks are fitted too short, they will end up constricting your kids’ toe movement and make your kids’ toes overlap and rub against each other (this can lead to blisters). On the other hand, if the socks are fitted too long, they will end up bunching up below your kids’ feet and your child will feel uncomfortable and refuse to wear them.
There are some children that feel every bump and lump as soon as they put their socks on. If this is the case with your child, you need to find a pair of seamless socks and you will notice they make a tremendous difference in how the socks feel on your kids’ feet.
I will show you exactly how to provide your child with the correct sock size, but the fabric content also plays a key role in terms of comfort.
There are a couple of misconceptions when it comes to children’s socks. For example, parents are always asking me whether they need to provide their children with socks that come with grippers or not. I will answer this question shortly and provide you with a selection of the best children’s socks, but first I want to show you the best sock fabrics and how you can figure out your child’s correct sock size.
The Best Children’s Socks – Grippers or No Grippers?
If your little ones are walking barefoot around the house (as recommended for healthy foot development), they are going to need a pair of socks to protect their feet from the cold.
Have you noticed how some socks come with grippers on the bottom? If you don’t know what I mean by “gripper socks”, take a look at the picture below which shows a pair of kids’ socks with grippers on it:
Children should only wear socks with grippers when they are not wearing shoes. The main reason for this is that the grippers will stick to the sole of the shoe, preventing your child’s feet and toes to move freely. Babies and toddlers like to move their toes as a way of exercising their feet, that’s the reason why it’s so important to not constrict this toe movement. If your child’s toes are cramped inside the shoes, this can also lead to the formation of blisters.
If your children are not wearing shoes, like when they are walking inside the house, you can definitely provide them with socks that come with grippers. This shoes will give your children more stability and prevent them from falling down.
Gripper socks are ideal for babies or toddlers who are learning how to walk. The grippers will help make your children feel more stable when walking.
I also always recommend parents to look for socks that are seamless, since they are great for children who struggle with “bumps” and “lumps”.
There are certain socks that claim to be seamless but they are actually not 100% seamless. I wrote an article where I describe the best seamless socks for children. If you have a child with sensitive feet that can’t stand how socks feel and keeps taking them off every time you put them on, you should take a look at an article that describes the best seamless socks for children. Click on the link below:
What Fabrics Should Socks be Made of? – Let’s Find Out!
When looking for your kids’ socks, it’s critical that you always take into account the type of fabric used. The fabric will have an impact on both the comfort and durability of the sock.
The most common and popular fabric is cotton. However, this does’t mean that cotton is the best fabric for your kids’ socks. While cotton allows the foot to breathe and it tends to absorb moisture, it doesn’t dispel it. This means that your child might walk around for longer periods of time with socks that are damp.
The 3 most recommended sock fabrics are:
✅ Merino Wool
These fabrics dispel moisture and allow your child’s feet to stay dry during the day. Seamless socks are highly recommended for foot comfort especially for children who have sensitive feet, another name for this type of sock is hand linked seams.
I will make things easier for you and provide you with a selection of the best kids’ socks that are seamless, comfortable, provide good cushioning and dry reasonably fast.
How to Get the Correct Sock Size for Your Child? – Get It Right!
In order to provide your chid with the correct sock size you must know your child’s shoe size. Finding the correct sock size is actually more complicated than it sounds.
You should always ignore the label the reads “sock size” or “age guidelines”. In order to provide your child’s with the correct sock size, you must always look under the label “shoe size” in the socks’ tags. This is the most effective way to find your child’s correct sock size. Take a look at the two pictures below for clarification:
If the socks that your child is currently wearing are too large, the excess should be folded up over the toes (not under the toes) since this will allow the socks to adjust to the proper fit as the foot moves inside the shoe. However, there is no reason for your child’s socks to be too large now that you know how to get the correct sock size for for your child.
Socks separate your kids’ feet from the shoe and help avoid irritation and infections, but they also help parents realize if their children’s feet are sweating too much. Without socks parents wouldn’t know whether their children’s feet are sweating excessively.
Switch your kids’ socks twice a day if your child’s feet tend to sweat a lot.
What are the Best Socks for Kids with Sweaty and Smelly Feet?
With your child in school all day and leading an active life, you want socks that wick away moisture instead of retaining it. A moisture–wicking fabric has two jobs: one is quickly wicking (moving) sweat to the fabric’s outer surface and the other is drying quickly.
Sweaty feet is an issue that spans all age groups. The best way to deal with sweaty – and in some cases—stinky feet is by wearing the correct type of socks. Even if your kids’ feet are not prone to sweating excessively, moisture on the skin can create a myriad problems, such as blisters, the growth of odor-causing bacteria, and fungus, such as Athlete’s Foot.
Synthetic socks are the worst in that they don’t dispel moisture nor allow the foot to properly breathe. A little synthetic fiber its okay, but I advise against synthetic materials if your kids’ feet sweat too much. Cotton is a wonderful fiber, however it does not dispel moisture as well as other fibers.
Now that you know how to figure out your child’s sock size and what fabrics your kids’ socks should me made of, you are ready to take a look at the best kids’ socks.
The Best Kids’ Socks ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Please keep in mind that I only write reviews of shoes and socks that I have fitted before, so I can personally assess how well-made they are and how well they fit.
I have put together a selection of children’s socks that are seamless, durable, and breathable. This socks will keep your kids’ feet healthy and prevent blisters, the buildup of bacteria inside the shoes, and it will also prevent your child from getting a foot infection.
Below you can find a selection of the best kids’ socks that are seamless, durable, and breathable. Please refresh your browser if you are not able to see the recommendations.
Here you can find a selection of the best babies’ socks. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
Here you can find a selection of the best socks for toddlers and older kids. Please refresh your browser if you can’t see the recommendations.
On a separate note, I am always emphasizing one thing to parents: It doesn’t matter how narrow or wide your kids’ feet are, there is always at least one particular shoe style out there that will fit the shape of your children’s feet perfectly, and I will help you find it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe or sock style for your child.
Is there a particular sock brand or sock style that has worked well for your child’s feet? Please share your findings below so other parents can benefit from your experiences.