Ensocklopedia®

Confused by Quarter and Crew? Puzzled by Polyester? Let our glossary help refine your search and guide you to the best style of socks for your everyday and specialty needs. Show your feet some love and find the perfect pair using the glossary below.

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Ensock1 = A
Abrasion (or Blister) Resistance

We believe it’s possible to do the right thing and still prosper. While we have plans for growth across multiple categories, it is not at the expense of the people or the planet. Placing purpose over profit can still reap financial benefits.

We believe it’s possible to do the right thing and still prosper. While we have plans for growth across multiple categories, it is not at the expense of the people or the planet. Placing purpose over profit can still reap financial benefits.

The degree to which a fabric is able to withstand rubbing and chaffing within the shoe. Many socks and sheer hosiery products are reinforced, usually with nylon to lengthen durability.

Absorption

The attraction and retention of liquids within the pores of a fiber, yarn or fabric.

The attraction and retention of liquids within the pores of a fiber, yarn or fabric.

The attraction and retention of liquids within the pores of a fiber, yarn or fabric.

Acrylic

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polymer composed of at least 85% by weight of acrylonitrile units.

Air Permeability

The porosity or the ease with which air passes through a fabric.

The porosity or the ease with which air passes through a fabric.

The porosity or the ease with which air passes through a fabric.

Anatomical Fit

Socks knit in an asymmetrical pattern that accommodates a Left foot and a Right foot. The benefit of this left/right fit is an overall better fit as the cut, padding, and stitching have been completed in a way that complements the unique shape of each foot.

Socks knit in an asymmetrical pattern that accommodates a Left foot and a Right foot. The benefit of this left/right fit is an overall better fit as the cut, padding, and stitching have been completed in a way that complements the unique shape of each foot.

Socks knit in an asymmetrical pattern that accommodates a Left foot and a Right foot. The benefit of this left/right fit is an overall better fit as the cut, padding, and stitching have been completed in a way that complements the unique shape of each foot.

Antibacterial Finish

A treatment of a textile material to make it resistant to, or to retard growth of, bacteria.

A treatment of a textile material to make it resistant to, or to retard growth of, bacteria.

A treatment of a textile material to make it resistant to, or to retard growth of, bacteria.

Arch Compression/Arch Support

A knitting technique in which the tension of stretch fibers are increased in order to generate greater compression for enhanced fit and support in the targeted arch area.

A knitting technique in which the tension of stretch fibers are increased in order to generate greater compression for enhanced fit and support in the targeted arch area.

A knitting technique in which the tension of stretch fibers are increased in order to generate greater compression for enhanced fit and support in the targeted arch area.

Arikool

A one-way moisture transportation system that utilizes a unique and patent pending knitting technique which interlaces a hydrophobic fiber to move moisture away from the foot and a hydrophilic fiber to hold this moisture for evaporation for the purpose of keeping the foot dry and comfortable.

A one-way moisture transportation system that utilizes a unique and patent pending knitting technique which interlaces a hydrophobic fiber to move moisture away from the foot and a hydrophilic fiber to hold this moisture for evaporation for the purpose of keeping the foot dry and comfortable.

A one-way moisture transportation system that utilizes a unique and patent pending knitting technique which interlaces a hydrophobic fiber to move moisture away from the foot and a hydrophilic fiber to hold this moisture for evaporation for the purpose of keeping the foot dry and comfortable.

Athletic Socks

There’s a lot of variety in Athletic socks – multiple lengths are available (e.g. No Show, Crew, etc.), colors (typically white or white with color, but blacks and greys are also popular), and features (e.g. cushioning, arch support, moisture wicking, etc.). Choose what works for you and your activity.

There’s a lot of variety in Athletic socks – multiple lengths are available (e.g. No Show, Crew, etc.), colors (typically white or white with color, but blacks and greys are also popular), and features (e.g. cushioning, arch support, moisture wicking, etc.). Choose what works for you and your activity.

There’s a lot of variety in Athletic socks – multiple lengths are available (e.g. No Show, Crew, etc.), colors (typically white or white with color, but blacks and greys are also popular), and features (e.g. cushioning, arch support, moisture wicking, etc.). Choose what works for you and your activity.

Ensock2 = B
Bleaching

Any of several wet processes to remove the natural and artificial impurities in fabrics to obtain clear whites for finished fabric or in preparation for dyeing and finishing.

Any of several wet processes to remove the natural and artificial impurities in fabrics to obtain clear whites for finished fabric or in preparation for dyeing and finishing.

Any of several wet processes to remove the natural and artificial impurities in fabrics to obtain clear whites for finished fabric or in preparation for dyeing and finishing.

Bleeding

Loss of color by a fabric or yarn when immersed in water, a solvent, or a similar liquid medium, as a result of improper dyeing or the use of dyes of poor quality.

Loss of color by a fabric or yarn when immersed in water, a solvent, or a similar liquid medium, as a result of improper dyeing or the use of dyes of poor quality.

Loss of color by a fabric or yarn when immersed in water, a solvent, or a similar liquid medium, as a result of improper dyeing or the use of dyes of poor quality.

Blend

A yarn obtained when two or more types of staple fiber are joined in the textile operation for producing spun yarns.

A yarn obtained when two or more types of staple fiber are joined in the textile operation for producing spun yarns.

A yarn obtained when two or more types of staple fiber are joined in the textile operation for producing spun yarns.

Boarding

A heat setting operation in which hosiery products are put on metal leg forms for a specific size and shape and set under heat, steam and or pressure.

A heat setting operation in which hosiery products are put on metal leg forms for a specific size and shape and set under heat, steam and or pressure.

A heat setting operation in which hosiery products are put on metal leg forms for a specific size and shape and set under heat, steam and or pressure.

Ensock3 = C
Casual Socks

Typically a bit heavier than a Dress sock, mostly crew length but also available in shorter lengths. Great for Loafers, Moccasins, boots, and other Casual shoes

Typically a bit heavier than a Dress sock, mostly crew length but also available in shorter lengths. Great for Loafers, Moccasins, boots, and other Casual shoes

Typically a bit heavier than a Dress sock, mostly crew length but also available in shorter lengths. Great for Loafers, Moccasins, boots, and other Casual shoes

Coolmax

A branded polyester fiber made by Invista that allows for moisture wicking - moving moisture away from the skin and evaporating into the air..

A branded polyester fiber made by Invista that allows for moisture wicking - moving moisture away from the skin and evaporating into the air..

A branded polyester fiber made by Invista that allows for moisture wicking - moving moisture away from the skin and evaporating into the air..

Colorfast

Fabric with dye retention such that no significant change in shade takes place during the normal life of the sock.

Fabric with dye retention such that no significant change in shade takes place during the normal life of the sock.

Fabric with dye retention such that no significant change in shade takes place during the normal life of the sock.

Comfort Top

A term being used to describe constructions in welts (also called "tops") that are constructed to provide a more comfortable less compressive fit attribute.

A term being used to describe constructions in welts (also called "tops") that are constructed to provide a more comfortable less compressive fit attribute.

A term being used to describe constructions in welts (also called "tops") that are constructed to provide a more comfortable less compressive fit attribute.

Combing

A refined treatment process by which natural fibers are sorted and straightened.

A refined treatment process by which natural fibers are sorted and straightened.

A refined treatment process by which natural fibers are sorted and straightened.

Cotton

A soft white, natural, fibrous substance that surrounds the seeds of a tropical and subtropical plant and is used as textile fiber and thread for sewing. Cotton is breathable, comfortable, and absorbent.

A soft white, natural, fibrous substance that surrounds the seeds of a tropical and subtropical plant and is used as textile fiber and thread for sewing. Cotton is breathable, comfortable, and absorbent.

A soft white, natural, fibrous substance that surrounds the seeds of a tropical and subtropical plant and is used as textile fiber and thread for sewing. Cotton is breathable, comfortable, and absorbent.

Compression

A feeling of energizing support in certain areas of the sock created by unique fibers that offer high stretch and recovery attributes, allowing for a better fit.

A feeling of energizing support in certain areas of the sock created by unique fibers that offer high stretch and recovery attributes, allowing for a better fit.

A feeling of energizing support in certain areas of the sock created by unique fibers that offer high stretch and recovery attributes, allowing for a better fit.

Count

A numerical designation of yarn size indicating the relationship of length to weight.

A numerical designation of yarn size indicating the relationship of length to weight.

A numerical designation of yarn size indicating the relationship of length to weight.

Cotton Count

An indirect yarn numbering system generally used for spun yarns on the cotton system. It is based on a unit length of 840 yards and the count of the yarn is equal to the number of an 840 yard skein required to weigh 1 pound. Under this type of "indirect" numbering system, the higher the number, the finer the actual yarn.

An indirect yarn numbering system generally used for spun yarns on the cotton system. It is based on a unit length of 840 yards and the count of the yarn is equal to the number of an 840 yard skein required to weigh 1 pound. Under this type of "indirect" numbering system, the higher the number, the finer the actual yarn.

An indirect yarn numbering system generally used for spun yarns on the cotton system. It is based on a unit length of 840 yards and the count of the yarn is equal to the number of an 840 yard skein required to weigh 1 pound. Under this type of "indirect" numbering system, the higher the number, the finer the actual yarn.

Crew

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 6-10". This is the most popular sock silhouette and is used in Dress, Casual and Athletic socks. It provides good protection for the ankle and lower leg – typically ending under the calf muscle. It can be worn with most Casual and Athletic shoes and Men’s dress shoes and Women’s dress boots.

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 6-10". This is the most popular sock silhouette and is used in Dress, Casual and Athletic socks. It provides good protection for the ankle and lower leg – typically ending under the calf muscle. It can be worn with most Casual and Athletic shoes and Men’s dress shoes and Women’s dress boots.

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 6-10". This is the most popular sock silhouette and is used in Dress, Casual and Athletic socks. It provides good protection for the ankle and lower leg – typically ending under the calf muscle. It can be worn with most Casual and Athletic shoes and Men’s dress shoes and Women’s dress boots.

Cuffed

The folding of a sock over at the top, usually just above the ankle.

The folding of a sock over at the top, usually just above the ankle.

The folding of a sock over at the top, usually just above the ankle.

Cushioning

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface, which helps absorb impact and increase comfort.

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface, which helps absorb impact and increase comfort.

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface, which helps absorb impact and increase comfort.

Ensock4 = D
Denier

A weight per unit length measure of a textile fiber (i.e. linear density). Officially it is the number of unit weights of 0.05 grams per a 450 meter length. This is numerically equal to the weight in grams of a 9,000 meter skein reeling of a textile fiber. Denier is a "direct" numbering system in which the low number represents a finer fiber size versus a higher number referring to a thicker fiber size. In the U.S., the denier system is used for numbering filament fibers. In contrast, however, outside the U.S. the denier system has been replaced by the TEX system in some cases.

A weight per unit length measure of a textile fiber (i.e. linear density). Officially it is the number of unit weights of 0.05 grams per a 450 meter length. This is numerically equal to the weight in grams of a 9,000 meter skein reeling of a textile fiber. Denier is a "direct" numbering system in which the low number represents a finer fiber size versus a higher number referring to a thicker fiber size. In the U.S., the denier system is used for numbering filament fibers. In contrast, however, outside the U.S. the denier system has been replaced by the TEX system in some cases.

A weight per unit length measure of a textile fiber (i.e. linear density). Officially it is the number of unit weights of 0.05 grams per a 450 meter length. This is numerically equal to the weight in grams of a 9,000 meter skein reeling of a textile fiber. Denier is a "direct" numbering system in which the low number represents a finer fiber size versus a higher number referring to a thicker fiber size. In the U.S., the denier system is used for numbering filament fibers. In contrast, however, outside the U.S. the denier system has been replaced by the TEX system in some cases.

Dimensional Stability

The degree to which a fiber, yarn, or fabric retains its original shape and size after having been subjected to wear and wash experience.

The degree to which a fiber, yarn, or fabric retains its original shape and size after having been subjected to wear and wash experience.

The degree to which a fiber, yarn, or fabric retains its original shape and size after having been subjected to wear and wash experience.

Dress Socks

Typically a lighter weight, crew length sock worn with dressier shoes. Solid color, dark socks are traditional for dress socks, but fashion colors and patterns are available in dress socks as well.

Typically a lighter weight, crew length sock worn with dressier shoes. Solid color, dark socks are traditional for dress socks, but fashion colors and patterns are available in dress socks as well.

Typically a lighter weight, crew length sock worn with dressier shoes. Solid color, dark socks are traditional for dress socks, but fashion colors and patterns are available in dress socks as well.

Durability

A relative term for the resistance of a material to have a loss of physical properties or appearance as a result of wear.

A relative term for the resistance of a material to have a loss of physical properties or appearance as a result of wear.

A relative term for the resistance of a material to have a loss of physical properties or appearance as a result of wear.

Dyeing

The permanent application of color to a yarn or fabric.

The permanent application of color to a yarn or fabric.

The permanent application of color to a yarn or fabric.

Ensock5 = E
Elasticity

The ability of a strained material to recover its original size and shape immediately after removal of the stress that caused deformation.

The ability of a strained material to recover its original size and shape immediately after removal of the stress that caused deformation.

The ability of a strained material to recover its original size and shape immediately after removal of the stress that caused deformation.

Ensock6 = F
Fastness

Refers to a resistance to fading (i.e. the property of a dye to retain its color when the dyed or printed textile material is exposed to conditions such as light, perspiration, atmospheric gases, or washing that can remove or destroy the color). A dyestuff may be reasonably fast to one condition but only moderately fast to another. The degree of fastness of color is tested by standard procedures and many retailers require certain fastness standards for a particular use or condition.

Refers to a resistance to fading (i.e. the property of a dye to retain its color when the dyed or printed textile material is exposed to conditions such as light, perspiration, atmospheric gases, or washing that can remove or destroy the color). A dyestuff may be reasonably fast to one condition but only moderately fast to another. The degree of fastness of color is tested by standard procedures and many retailers require certain fastness standards for a particular use or condition.

Refers to a resistance to fading (i.e. the property of a dye to retain its color when the dyed or printed textile material is exposed to conditions such as light, perspiration, atmospheric gases, or washing that can remove or destroy the color). A dyestuff may be reasonably fast to one condition but only moderately fast to another. The degree of fastness of color is tested by standard procedures and many retailers require certain fastness standards for a particular use or condition.

Finish

A physical or chemical process applied to a textile material or a substance or combination of substances added to a textile material to alter and often times improve its properties.

A physical or chemical process applied to a textile material or a substance or combination of substances added to a textile material to alter and often times improve its properties.

A physical or chemical process applied to a textile material or a substance or combination of substances added to a textile material to alter and often times improve its properties.

Finishing

All the processes through which fabric is passed after bleaching, dyeing, or printing in preparation for the end use.

All the processes through which fabric is passed after bleaching, dyeing, or printing in preparation for the end use.

All the processes through which fabric is passed after bleaching, dyeing, or printing in preparation for the end use.

Ensock7 = G
Gauge

1) A generic term for various measurement instruments such as pressure or thickness gauges. 2) The number of needles per given distance in a knitting machine. 3) The thickness of the knitting needle in the shank and the hook. 4) The number of wales per inch in a knit fabric. 5) On spinning or twisting frames, the distance from the center of one spindle to the center of the next spindle in the same row.

1) A generic term for various measurement instruments such as pressure or thickness gauges. 2) The number of needles per given distance in a knitting machine. 3) The thickness of the knitting needle in the shank and the hook. 4) The number of wales per inch in a knit fabric. 5) On spinning or twisting frames, the distance from the center of one spindle to the center of the next spindle in the same row.

1) A generic term for various measurement instruments such as pressure or thickness gauges. 2) The number of needles per given distance in a knitting machine. 3) The thickness of the knitting needle in the shank and the hook. 4) The number of wales per inch in a knit fabric. 5) On spinning or twisting frames, the distance from the center of one spindle to the center of the next spindle in the same row.

Graduated Compression

A knitting technique utilizing special machinery which progressively changes the tension on high stretch fibers for the purpose of creating gradual decreases in leg compression from the ankle to the upper leg in order to facilitate increased blood flow up the leg, helping to increase circulation and energize the feet and legs.

A knitting technique utilizing special machinery which progressively changes the tension on high stretch fibers for the purpose of creating gradual decreases in leg compression from the ankle to the upper leg in order to facilitate increased blood flow up the leg, helping to increase circulation and energize the feet and legs.

A knitting technique utilizing special machinery which progressively changes the tension on high stretch fibers for the purpose of creating gradual decreases in leg compression from the ankle to the upper leg in order to facilitate increased blood flow up the leg, helping to increase circulation and energize the feet and legs.

Greige

The unfinished state of a fabric just off a knitting machine before a finish has been applied.

The unfinished state of a fabric just off a knitting machine before a finish has been applied.

The unfinished state of a fabric just off a knitting machine before a finish has been applied.

Ensock8 = H
Hand

The "feel" of a fabric; the qualities that can be ascertained by touching it. The tactile qualities of a fabric (i.e. softness, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch).

The "feel" of a fabric; the qualities that can be ascertained by touching it. The tactile qualities of a fabric (i.e. softness, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch).

The "feel" of a fabric; the qualities that can be ascertained by touching it. The tactile qualities of a fabric (i.e. softness, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch).

Herringbone

A fabric in which the pattern of weave resembles the skeletal structure of the herring. It is made with a broken twill weave that produces a balanced zigzag effect.

A fabric in which the pattern of weave resembles the skeletal structure of the herring. It is made with a broken twill weave that produces a balanced zigzag effect.

A fabric in which the pattern of weave resembles the skeletal structure of the herring. It is made with a broken twill weave that produces a balanced zigzag effect.

Hiking/Boot Socks

Typically a crew length sock (with lower silhouettes growing in popularity); features in hiking socks can vary to accommodate for weather and consumer preferences. Lighter weight socks tend to be preferred for warmer weather and shorter hikes. Heavier weight socks are good for cooler weather and longer trips. Look for cushioning for extra comfort and spandex for a superior fit.

Typically a crew length sock (with lower silhouettes growing in popularity); features in hiking socks can vary to accommodate for weather and consumer preferences. Lighter weight socks tend to be preferred for warmer weather and shorter hikes. Heavier weight socks are good for cooler weather and longer trips. Look for cushioning for extra comfort and spandex for a superior fit.

Typically a crew length sock (with lower silhouettes growing in popularity); features in hiking socks can vary to accommodate for weather and consumer preferences. Lighter weight socks tend to be preferred for warmer weather and shorter hikes. Heavier weight socks are good for cooler weather and longer trips. Look for cushioning for extra comfort and spandex for a superior fit.

Hydrophilic

Water loving; having a high degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Water loving; having a high degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Water loving; having a high degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Hydrophobic

Water repelling; having a low degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Water repelling; having a low degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Water repelling; having a low degree of moisture absorption or attraction.

Hyperglide™

A trademark of Interloop, Hyperglide is a branded Nylon reinforcement that helps reduce friction that can cause blisters and other discomfort.

A trademark of Interloop, Hyperglide is a branded Nylon reinforcement that helps reduce friction that can cause blisters and other discomfort.

A trademark of Interloop, Hyperglide is a branded Nylon reinforcement that helps reduce friction that can cause blisters and other discomfort.

Ensock9 = I
Inspection

The process of examining textiles for defects at any stage of the manufacturing process.

The process of examining textiles for defects at any stage of the manufacturing process.

The process of examining textiles for defects at any stage of the manufacturing process.

Intimate Blend

Combining two or more different fiber types into a uniform mixture before the single yarn is spun.

Combining two or more different fiber types into a uniform mixture before the single yarn is spun.

Combining two or more different fiber types into a uniform mixture before the single yarn is spun.

Ensock10 = J
Jersey

A circular knit or flat knit fabric made with a plain stitch.

A circular knit or flat knit fabric made with a plain stitch.

A circular knit or flat knit fabric made with a plain stitch.

Ensock11 = K
Knee High

Refers to trouser socks or socks that are constructed to fit just below the knee utilizing a welt which contains spandex to hold the product in place versus the use of the garter from many years past. The more common knee high sock is heavier than the traditional trouser sock. It is great to wear with all types of boots – from knee highs to booties – some even choose to wear them with heels.

Refers to trouser socks or socks that are constructed to fit just below the knee utilizing a welt which contains spandex to hold the product in place versus the use of the garter from many years past. The more common knee high sock is heavier than the traditional trouser sock. It is great to wear with all types of boots – from knee highs to booties – some even choose to wear them with heels.

Refers to trouser socks or socks that are constructed to fit just below the knee utilizing a welt which contains spandex to hold the product in place versus the use of the garter from many years past. The more common knee high sock is heavier than the traditional trouser sock. It is great to wear with all types of boots – from knee highs to booties – some even choose to wear them with heels.

Knit Fabric

A fabric structure made by interlooping yarns. Knit fabrics may be warp (vertical) knitting or weft (horizontal) knitting.

A fabric structure made by interlooping yarns. Knit fabrics may be warp (vertical) knitting or weft (horizontal) knitting.

A fabric structure made by interlooping yarns. Knit fabrics may be warp (vertical) knitting or weft (horizontal) knitting.

Ensock12 = L
Lightfastness

The degree of resistance of dyed textile materials to the color-destroying effects of sunlight. There are two methods of testing; 1) exposure to sunlight, and/or 2) accelerated testing in a laboratory apparatus equipped with several types of artificial light sources.

The degree of resistance of dyed textile materials to the color-destroying effects of sunlight. There are two methods of testing; 1) exposure to sunlight, and/or 2) accelerated testing in a laboratory apparatus equipped with several types of artificial light sources.

The degree of resistance of dyed textile materials to the color-destroying effects of sunlight. There are two methods of testing; 1) exposure to sunlight, and/or 2) accelerated testing in a laboratory apparatus equipped with several types of artificial light sources.

Liner

An ultra low sock silhouette or style that has a very low profile and typically cannot be seen outside of the shoe. Also known as, hidden liners, invisible socks, and loafer socks. This silhouette has become more popular in recent years with the growth happening in footwear styles that require no socks or low cut liners; such as, ballerina shoes, lace ups/oxfords, loafers and moccasins.

An ultra low sock silhouette or style that has a very low profile and typically cannot be seen outside of the shoe. Also known as, hidden liners, invisible socks, and loafer socks. This silhouette has become more popular in recent years with the growth happening in footwear styles that require no socks or low cut liners; such as, ballerina shoes, lace ups/oxfords, loafers and moccasins.

An ultra low sock silhouette or style that has a very low profile and typically cannot be seen outside of the shoe. Also known as, hidden liners, invisible socks, and loafer socks. This silhouette has become more popular in recent years with the growth happening in footwear styles that require no socks or low cut liners; such as, ballerina shoes, lace ups/oxfords, loafers and moccasins.

Long Staple

A long fiber. In reference to cotton, long staple indicates the fiber length of not less than 1 1/8 inches. In reference to Wool, the term indicates fiber lengths of 3 to 4 inches in length.

A long fiber. In reference to cotton, long staple indicates the fiber length of not less than 1 1/8 inches. In reference to Wool, the term indicates fiber lengths of 3 to 4 inches in length.

A long fiber. In reference to cotton, long staple indicates the fiber length of not less than 1 1/8 inches. In reference to Wool, the term indicates fiber lengths of 3 to 4 inches in length.

Low Cut

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

Luster

The gloss, sheen, or shine of a fiber, yarn, or fabric.

The gloss, sheen, or shine of a fiber, yarn, or fabric.

The gloss, sheen, or shine of a fiber, yarn, or fabric.

Lycra Spandex

A registered trademark of the DuPont Company (and later Invista Corp) for their spandex fiber, which is commonly used in sheer hosiery and tights, socks, and half-hose (called trouser socks) for its extensibility and modulus attributes, providing better fit and shape retention, comfort, and/or support.

A registered trademark of the DuPont Company (and later Invista Corp) for their spandex fiber, which is commonly used in sheer hosiery and tights, socks, and half-hose (called trouser socks) for its extensibility and modulus attributes, providing better fit and shape retention, comfort, and/or support.

A registered trademark of the DuPont Company (and later Invista Corp) for their spandex fiber, which is commonly used in sheer hosiery and tights, socks, and half-hose (called trouser socks) for its extensibility and modulus attributes, providing better fit and shape retention, comfort, and/or support.

Ensock13 = M
Man Made Fiber

Those fibers produced through chemical reactions controlled by man, as opposed to those fibers occurring naturally, such as cotton, wool, and silk.

Those fibers produced through chemical reactions controlled by man, as opposed to those fibers occurring naturally, such as cotton, wool, and silk.

Those fibers produced through chemical reactions controlled by man, as opposed to those fibers occurring naturally, such as cotton, wool, and silk.

Mercerization

A treatment applied to cotton yarn to improve the luster and increase the affinity of the fiber for dyes. The process causes the cotton fiber to permanently swell which increases luster, softens the fiber and increases tenacity.

A treatment applied to cotton yarn to improve the luster and increase the affinity of the fiber for dyes. The process causes the cotton fiber to permanently swell which increases luster, softens the fiber and increases tenacity.

A treatment applied to cotton yarn to improve the luster and increase the affinity of the fiber for dyes. The process causes the cotton fiber to permanently swell which increases luster, softens the fiber and increases tenacity.

Merino Wool

Merino wool is a natural, biodegradable and renewable premium sheep wool with superior benefits and a variety of uses, including soft and cozy sweaters, socks and undergarments.

Merino wool is a natural, biodegradable and renewable premium sheep wool with superior benefits and a variety of uses, including soft and cozy sweaters, socks and undergarments.

Merino wool is a natural, biodegradable and renewable premium sheep wool with superior benefits and a variety of uses, including soft and cozy sweaters, socks and undergarments.

Mesh

Open stitching designed for ventilation and breathability to manage moisture and provide comfort

Open stitching designed for ventilation and breathability to manage moisture and provide comfort

Open stitching designed for ventilation and breathability to manage moisture and provide comfort

Moisture Wicking/Management

The action of dispersing or movement of moisture or liquid through the sock – allowing for evaporation, which keeps the feet dry and comfortable.

The action of dispersing or movement of moisture or liquid through the sock – allowing for evaporation, which keeps the feet dry and comfortable.

The action of dispersing or movement of moisture or liquid through the sock – allowing for evaporation, which keeps the feet dry and comfortable.

Ensock14 = N
Natural Fiber

Fibers obtained in usable form directly from animal, vegetable, or mineral origin.

Fibers obtained in usable form directly from animal, vegetable, or mineral origin.

Fibers obtained in usable form directly from animal, vegetable, or mineral origin.

Needle

The portion of a knitting machine used for intermeshing of the loops during the knitting function.

The portion of a knitting machine used for intermeshing of the loops during the knitting function.

The portion of a knitting machine used for intermeshing of the loops during the knitting function.

No Show

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has little to no visibility above the heel of the shoe. This silhouette is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many No Show or Low Cut socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

Nylon Fiber

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polyamide having recurring amide groups.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polyamide having recurring amide groups.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is any long-chain synthetic polyamide having recurring amide groups.

Ensock15 = O
Open-End Spinning

The production of yarns directly from sliver by opening the sliver and then re-assembling it in a spinning element to form the yarn in a single continuous operation.

The production of yarns directly from sliver by opening the sliver and then re-assembling it in a spinning element to form the yarn in a single continuous operation.

The production of yarns directly from sliver by opening the sliver and then re-assembling it in a spinning element to form the yarn in a single continuous operation.

Over the Calf

A sock silhouette that rises to just below the knee and covers the entire lower leg. This sock length is sometimes associated with compression socks that provide additional performance and support. The Over the Calf sock is a versatile silhouette that can be worn with most Dress, Casual and Athletic shoes. It is an ideal silhouette for when you’re looking to have good coverage and no exposed skin.

A sock silhouette that rises to just below the knee and covers the entire lower leg. This sock length is sometimes associated with compression socks that provide additional performance and support. The Over the Calf sock is a versatile silhouette that can be worn with most Dress, Casual and Athletic shoes. It is an ideal silhouette for when you’re looking to have good coverage and no exposed skin.

A sock silhouette that rises to just below the knee and covers the entire lower leg. This sock length is sometimes associated with compression socks that provide additional performance and support. The Over the Calf sock is a versatile silhouette that can be worn with most Dress, Casual and Athletic shoes. It is an ideal silhouette for when you’re looking to have good coverage and no exposed skin.

Ensock16 = P
Pill

A small accumulation of fibers on the surface of a fabric. Pills can develop during wear, are held to the fabric by an entanglement in the surface fibers of the material, and are usually composed of the same fibers from which the fabric is made.

A small accumulation of fibers on the surface of a fabric. Pills can develop during wear, are held to the fabric by an entanglement in the surface fibers of the material, and are usually composed of the same fibers from which the fabric is made.

A small accumulation of fibers on the surface of a fabric. Pills can develop during wear, are held to the fabric by an entanglement in the surface fibers of the material, and are usually composed of the same fibers from which the fabric is made.

Plaiting

A sock knitting method in which two different yarns are combined by a process similar to braiding. In plaiting, one yarn becomes the outside of the sock and the other one the inside. Nylon of polyester reinforcement is often incorporated into socks by this process.

A sock knitting method in which two different yarns are combined by a process similar to braiding. In plaiting, one yarn becomes the outside of the sock and the other one the inside. Nylon of polyester reinforcement is often incorporated into socks by this process.

A sock knitting method in which two different yarns are combined by a process similar to braiding. In plaiting, one yarn becomes the outside of the sock and the other one the inside. Nylon of polyester reinforcement is often incorporated into socks by this process.

Ply

The number of single yarns twisted together to form a plied yarn.

The number of single yarns twisted together to form a plied yarn.

The number of single yarns twisted together to form a plied yarn.

Polyester Fiber

A man-made fiber produced exclusively utilizing chemical polymers made up of Dihydric Alcohol and Terephthalic Acid, which when combined form a strong, versatile threadline used heavily in the sock and textile apparel industry.

A man-made fiber produced exclusively utilizing chemical polymers made up of Dihydric Alcohol and Terephthalic Acid, which when combined form a strong, versatile threadline used heavily in the sock and textile apparel industry.

A man-made fiber produced exclusively utilizing chemical polymers made up of Dihydric Alcohol and Terephthalic Acid, which when combined form a strong, versatile threadline used heavily in the sock and textile apparel industry.

Polypropylene Fiber

An olefin fiber made of propylene monomer units.

An olefin fiber made of propylene monomer units.

An olefin fiber made of propylene monomer units.

Protein Fibers

Fibers made up of amino acids in various configurations. In textiles, protein fibers are naturally produced and grown from animal hair, most notably, Wool used in all forms of hosiery products. Certain specialty fibers also include Cashmere and Angora.

Fibers made up of amino acids in various configurations. In textiles, protein fibers are naturally produced and grown from animal hair, most notably, Wool used in all forms of hosiery products. Certain specialty fibers also include Cashmere and Angora.

Fibers made up of amino acids in various configurations. In textiles, protein fibers are naturally produced and grown from animal hair, most notably, Wool used in all forms of hosiery products. Certain specialty fibers also include Cashmere and Angora.

Ensock17 = Q
Quarter

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 3-6" and typically covers the entire ankle bone. This style provides more coverage and protection than the No Show or Low Cut. It is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many Quarter length socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 3-6" and typically covers the entire ankle bone. This style provides more coverage and protection than the No Show or Low Cut. It is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many Quarter length socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

A sock silhouette or style that usually has a leg length between 3-6" and typically covers the entire ankle bone. This style provides more coverage and protection than the No Show or Low Cut. It is most often worn with Athletic shoes; however, there are many Quarter length socks that are designed to be worn with a more Casual shoe.

Ensock18 = R
Rayon Fiber

A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose as well as manufactured fibers composed of regenerated cellulose in which substituents have replaced not more than 15% of the hydrogen of the hydroxyl groups. Rayon fibers are made by the viscose process which is a wet spinning process implying extrusion into continuous filaments associated with man-made fibers. Rayon would be considered a hybrid fiber with cellulosic origins, extruded similarly to a man-made fiber and later chopped and spun like other cellulose fibers as cotton.

A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose as well as manufactured fibers composed of regenerated cellulose in which substituents have replaced not more than 15% of the hydrogen of the hydroxyl groups. Rayon fibers are made by the viscose process which is a wet spinning process implying extrusion into continuous filaments associated with man-made fibers. Rayon would be considered a hybrid fiber with cellulosic origins, extruded similarly to a man-made fiber and later chopped and spun like other cellulose fibers as cotton.

A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose as well as manufactured fibers composed of regenerated cellulose in which substituents have replaced not more than 15% of the hydrogen of the hydroxyl groups. Rayon fibers are made by the viscose process which is a wet spinning process implying extrusion into continuous filaments associated with man-made fibers. Rayon would be considered a hybrid fiber with cellulosic origins, extruded similarly to a man-made fiber and later chopped and spun like other cellulose fibers as cotton.

Reciprocated

The term applied to hosiery made on machines which knit in a heel pocket utilizing a back and forth or reciprocated movement of the cylinder. A reciprocated heel pocket makes for a better fitting sock in certain silhouettes.

The term applied to hosiery made on machines which knit in a heel pocket utilizing a back and forth or reciprocated movement of the cylinder. A reciprocated heel pocket makes for a better fitting sock in certain silhouettes.

The term applied to hosiery made on machines which knit in a heel pocket utilizing a back and forth or reciprocated movement of the cylinder. A reciprocated heel pocket makes for a better fitting sock in certain silhouettes.

Reinforced

The process where high stress areas such as the toe and heel are strengthened with an additional yarn or a yarn of a heavier denier to add strength and long lasting durability.

The process where high stress areas such as the toe and heel are strengthened with an additional yarn or a yarn of a heavier denier to add strength and long lasting durability.

The process where high stress areas such as the toe and heel are strengthened with an additional yarn or a yarn of a heavier denier to add strength and long lasting durability.

Residual Shrinkage

A term describing the amount of shrinkage remaining in a fabric after finishing, expressed as a percentage of the dimensions before finishing.

A term describing the amount of shrinkage remaining in a fabric after finishing, expressed as a percentage of the dimensions before finishing.

A term describing the amount of shrinkage remaining in a fabric after finishing, expressed as a percentage of the dimensions before finishing.

Resiliency

The ability of a fabric to return to its original shape after compressing, bending, or other deformation.

The ability of a fabric to return to its original shape after compressing, bending, or other deformation.

The ability of a fabric to return to its original shape after compressing, bending, or other deformation.

Rib Knit

Knit fabric with lengthwise ribs formed by wales alternating between the top and bottom side of the fabric. As wales alternate between front and back, the pattern is numerically depicted by numbers like 2 x 2 (spoken as 2 by 2). In socks, true rib stitches are formed on double cylinder knitting machines.

Knit fabric with lengthwise ribs formed by wales alternating between the top and bottom side of the fabric. As wales alternate between front and back, the pattern is numerically depicted by numbers like 2 x 2 (spoken as 2 by 2). In socks, true rib stitches are formed on double cylinder knitting machines.

Knit fabric with lengthwise ribs formed by wales alternating between the top and bottom side of the fabric. As wales alternate between front and back, the pattern is numerically depicted by numbers like 2 x 2 (spoken as 2 by 2). In socks, true rib stitches are formed on double cylinder knitting machines.

Ring Spun Yarn

The staple yarn spinning process prepared by drafting and twisting together individual fibers with the use of rings to achieve a desired yarn size.

The staple yarn spinning process prepared by drafting and twisting together individual fibers with the use of rings to achieve a desired yarn size.

The staple yarn spinning process prepared by drafting and twisting together individual fibers with the use of rings to achieve a desired yarn size.

Rubber

A high stretch fiber synthetically created into a thread line which originate as a thick, gummy secretion from rubber plants. Rubber fibers possess high stretch and recovery characteristics needed for enhanced fit.

A high stretch fiber synthetically created into a thread line which originate as a thick, gummy secretion from rubber plants. Rubber fibers possess high stretch and recovery characteristics needed for enhanced fit.

A high stretch fiber synthetically created into a thread line which originate as a thick, gummy secretion from rubber plants. Rubber fibers possess high stretch and recovery characteristics needed for enhanced fit.

Ensock19 = S
S.Café®

An branded, eco-friendly innovative fiber utilizing spent coffee grounds as a raw material to produce the S.Café yarn. The yarn, in addition to changing the normal shape of the filament also permanently provides functions such as fast drying, UV-protection and odor control.

An branded, eco-friendly innovative fiber utilizing spent coffee grounds as a raw material to produce the S.Café yarn. The yarn, in addition to changing the normal shape of the filament also permanently provides functions such as fast drying, UV-protection and odor control.

An branded, eco-friendly innovative fiber utilizing spent coffee grounds as a raw material to produce the S.Café yarn. The yarn, in addition to changing the normal shape of the filament also permanently provides functions such as fast drying, UV-protection and odor control.

Seamless

Sheer hosiery knit in one operation on circular machines (one continuous operation) so that no seaming is required up the back.

Sheer hosiery knit in one operation on circular machines (one continuous operation) so that no seaming is required up the back.

Sheer hosiery knit in one operation on circular machines (one continuous operation) so that no seaming is required up the back.

Selvage

One of the long, finished edges of a bolt of fabric.

One of the long, finished edges of a bolt of fabric.

One of the long, finished edges of a bolt of fabric.

Shrinkage

Widthwise or lengthwise contraction of a fiber, yarn, or fabric usually after washing and re-drying on exposure to elevated temperatures.

Widthwise or lengthwise contraction of a fiber, yarn, or fabric usually after washing and re-drying on exposure to elevated temperatures.

Widthwise or lengthwise contraction of a fiber, yarn, or fabric usually after washing and re-drying on exposure to elevated temperatures.

Silk

A continuous filament fiber formed by the silkworm or by larvae of certain other insects.

A continuous filament fiber formed by the silkworm or by larvae of certain other insects.

A continuous filament fiber formed by the silkworm or by larvae of certain other insects.

Soft Spun Polyester

Refers to the Spinning or yarn production process of polyester in which modifications are made to enhance the softness of the yarn by changing the twist levels during production.

Refers to the Spinning or yarn production process of polyester in which modifications are made to enhance the softness of the yarn by changing the twist levels during production.

Refers to the Spinning or yarn production process of polyester in which modifications are made to enhance the softness of the yarn by changing the twist levels during production.

Spandex Fiber

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is a long chain synthetic polymer comprised of at least 85% segmented polyurethane. Spandex, invented by DuPont Corp under the brand name Lycra, imparts very unique attributes - extensibility and modulus. In other words, Spandex can extend great distance and recover practically to its original length with very little growth. However, the term modulus means the "power to resist deformation," meaning in the recoiling process spandex imparts a power of resistance which is very important in support hosiery and graduated compression socks/hosiery. Spandex is important in maintaining the fit of the sock – helping to keep it snug on the foot without stretching out of shape.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is a long chain synthetic polymer comprised of at least 85% segmented polyurethane. Spandex, invented by DuPont Corp under the brand name Lycra, imparts very unique attributes - extensibility and modulus. In other words, Spandex can extend great distance and recover practically to its original length with very little growth. However, the term modulus means the "power to resist deformation," meaning in the recoiling process spandex imparts a power of resistance which is very important in support hosiery and graduated compression socks/hosiery. Spandex is important in maintaining the fit of the sock – helping to keep it snug on the foot without stretching out of shape.

A manufactured fiber in which the fiber forming substance is a long chain synthetic polymer comprised of at least 85% segmented polyurethane. Spandex, invented by DuPont Corp under the brand name Lycra, imparts very unique attributes - extensibility and modulus. In other words, Spandex can extend great distance and recover practically to its original length with very little growth. However, the term modulus means the "power to resist deformation," meaning in the recoiling process spandex imparts a power of resistance which is very important in support hosiery and graduated compression socks/hosiery. Spandex is important in maintaining the fit of the sock – helping to keep it snug on the foot without stretching out of shape.

Spinning

The process or processes used in the manufacturing of staple yarns and the extrusion of filament yarns.

The process or processes used in the manufacturing of staple yarns and the extrusion of filament yarns.

The process or processes used in the manufacturing of staple yarns and the extrusion of filament yarns.

Splice

A knitting action or technique where a second yarn is introduced along with a body yarn for reasons to include design enhancements or reinforcement for durability reasons.

A knitting action or technique where a second yarn is introduced along with a body yarn for reasons to include design enhancements or reinforcement for durability reasons.

A knitting action or technique where a second yarn is introduced along with a body yarn for reasons to include design enhancements or reinforcement for durability reasons.

Spun Yarns

Short lengths of fibers of various staple lengths that are twisted or "spun" together to form spun yarns.

Short lengths of fibers of various staple lengths that are twisted or "spun" together to form spun yarns.

Short lengths of fibers of various staple lengths that are twisted or "spun" together to form spun yarns.

Staple Fibers

Natural fibers or cut-up lengths of continuous man-made fibers that are in short lengths varying from less than 1 inch up to several inches. The term staple is used in the textile industry to distinguish natural or cut length man-made fibers from continuous filament fibers.

Natural fibers or cut-up lengths of continuous man-made fibers that are in short lengths varying from less than 1 inch up to several inches. The term staple is used in the textile industry to distinguish natural or cut length man-made fibers from continuous filament fibers.

Natural fibers or cut-up lengths of continuous man-made fibers that are in short lengths varying from less than 1 inch up to several inches. The term staple is used in the textile industry to distinguish natural or cut length man-made fibers from continuous filament fibers.

Synthetic Fibers

A fiber made from chemicals that were never fibrous in form, more frequently referred to as "man-made" synthesized fiber. These fibers are normally resilient and tend to wick moisture better than natural fibers.

A fiber made from chemicals that were never fibrous in form, more frequently referred to as "man-made" synthesized fiber. These fibers are normally resilient and tend to wick moisture better than natural fibers.

A fiber made from chemicals that were never fibrous in form, more frequently referred to as "man-made" synthesized fiber. These fibers are normally resilient and tend to wick moisture better than natural fibers.

Stability Fit

A panel of tightly knit fabric created for the express purpose of offering enhanced support and stability in areas of the foot or leg.

A panel of tightly knit fabric created for the express purpose of offering enhanced support and stability in areas of the foot or leg.

A panel of tightly knit fabric created for the express purpose of offering enhanced support and stability in areas of the foot or leg.

Static

An accumulation of negative or positive electricity on the surface of fibers or fabrics because of inadequate electrical dissipation during processing.

An accumulation of negative or positive electricity on the surface of fibers or fabrics because of inadequate electrical dissipation during processing.

An accumulation of negative or positive electricity on the surface of fibers or fabrics because of inadequate electrical dissipation during processing.

Ensock21 = T
Tab

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has no leg length, but includes a patch of fabric that comes up over the achilles in the back of the ankle. This Tab offers protection and helps keep the sock in place. The Tab is growing in popularity and is most often used in the Athletic category in Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ socks.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has no leg length, but includes a patch of fabric that comes up over the achilles in the back of the ankle. This Tab offers protection and helps keep the sock in place. The Tab is growing in popularity and is most often used in the Athletic category in Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ socks.

A sock silhouette or style that usually ends under the ankle bone and has no leg length, but includes a patch of fabric that comes up over the achilles in the back of the ankle. This Tab offers protection and helps keep the sock in place. The Tab is growing in popularity and is most often used in the Athletic category in Men’s, Women’s and Kids’ socks.

Tensile Strength

The maximum tensile stress required to rupture a fiber, expressed as pounds per square inch or grams per square centimeter.

The maximum tensile stress required to rupture a fiber, expressed as pounds per square inch or grams per square centimeter.

The maximum tensile stress required to rupture a fiber, expressed as pounds per square inch or grams per square centimeter.

Terry Fabric

Fabric having uncut loops that have been formed by unique knitting machine parts. For socks, terry fabric is utilized for the purpose of creating a cushioning effect, particularly in the foot bottom.

Fabric having uncut loops that have been formed by unique knitting machine parts. For socks, terry fabric is utilized for the purpose of creating a cushioning effect, particularly in the foot bottom.

Fabric having uncut loops that have been formed by unique knitting machine parts. For socks, terry fabric is utilized for the purpose of creating a cushioning effect, particularly in the foot bottom.

Texturing

The process of imparting crimp, loops, or other modifications to continuous filament yarns. Texturizing produces yarns with increased cover, resiliency, abrasion resistance, warmth, insulation properties, and moisture absorption.

The process of imparting crimp, loops, or other modifications to continuous filament yarns. Texturizing produces yarns with increased cover, resiliency, abrasion resistance, warmth, insulation properties, and moisture absorption.

The process of imparting crimp, loops, or other modifications to continuous filament yarns. Texturizing produces yarns with increased cover, resiliency, abrasion resistance, warmth, insulation properties, and moisture absorption.

Thread Count

The number of wales and courses per inch in a knit fabric.

The number of wales and courses per inch in a knit fabric.

The number of wales and courses per inch in a knit fabric.

Toe Seam/Toe Closing

An operation in hosiery manufacturing where the toe opening is closed using manual operators or semi-automated equipment.

An operation in hosiery manufacturing where the toe opening is closed using manual operators or semi-automated equipment.

An operation in hosiery manufacturing where the toe opening is closed using manual operators or semi-automated equipment.

Comfort toe seam, smooth toe seam, rosso toe seam

An exceptionally smooth toe seam that eliminates bulkiness in order to reduce abrasion and prevent blisters and discomfort.

An exceptionally smooth toe seam that eliminates bulkiness in order to reduce abrasion and prevent blisters and discomfort.

An exceptionally smooth toe seam that eliminates bulkiness in order to reduce abrasion and prevent blisters and discomfort.

Tube Sock

A crew length sock knit without a heel pocket

A crew length sock knit without a heel pocket

A crew length sock knit without a heel pocket

Ensock20 = W
Wool

A natural material that is breathable, warm, moisture wicking, odor resistant, and resilient. Merino Wool is a good choice to reduce itchiness, since it is a finer and softer wool.

A natural material that is breathable, warm, moisture wicking, odor resistant, and resilient. Merino Wool is a good choice to reduce itchiness, since it is a finer and softer wool.

A natural material that is breathable, warm, moisture wicking, odor resistant, and resilient. Merino Wool is a good choice to reduce itchiness, since it is a finer and softer wool.

Washfastness

The resistance of a dyed fabric to lose color to home or commercial laundering.

The resistance of a dyed fabric to lose color to home or commercial laundering.

The resistance of a dyed fabric to lose color to home or commercial laundering.

Welt

Refers to the knit-in top of a sock which generally contains spandex for the purpose of providing the stay-up power on the leg or ankle.

Refers to the knit-in top of a sock which generally contains spandex for the purpose of providing the stay-up power on the leg or ankle.

Refers to the knit-in top of a sock which generally contains spandex for the purpose of providing the stay-up power on the leg or ankle.

Wickability

The property of a fiber that allows moisture to move rapidly along the fiber surface and pass quickly through the fabric.

The property of a fiber that allows moisture to move rapidly along the fiber surface and pass quickly through the fabric.

The property of a fiber that allows moisture to move rapidly along the fiber surface and pass quickly through the fabric.

Work Socks

Typically a heavier sock with cushion in a crew length or higher.

Typically a heavier sock with cushion in a crew length or higher.

Typically a heavier sock with cushion in a crew length or higher.

Worsted

A general term that applies to fabrics and yarns from combed wool.

A general term that applies to fabrics and yarns from combed wool.

A general term that applies to fabrics and yarns from combed wool.

Ensock22 = Y
Yarn

A continuous strand of textile fibers, staple or filament, in a form suitable for knitting, weaving, or other method of intertwining to form a fabric.

A continuous strand of textile fibers, staple or filament, in a form suitable for knitting, weaving, or other method of intertwining to form a fabric.

A continuous strand of textile fibers, staple or filament, in a form suitable for knitting, weaving, or other method of intertwining to form a fabric.

Ensock23 = Z
Zone Cushioning

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface - focused on certain areas of sock where the wearer experiences the highest impact.

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface - focused on certain areas of sock where the wearer experiences the highest impact.

The padding ability of a terry-surfaced sock, knitted into a ribbed or plain surface - focused on certain areas of sock where the wearer experiences the highest impact.

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