AFTER EVEREST: Reconnecting with Phil Henderson - FITS®

February 10, 2023

What does one do after a world-historic accomplishment? Well, for our friend Phil Henderson, he’s back to chopping wood and tending to his goats. 

The accomplishment? Leading the first all-black team to summit Mt. Everest. 

Numerous factors led to Phil’s decision not to participate in the ascent. But it was his organization, fund-raising, and leadership on every step of the way that brought everyone to the mountain. And each time he received a radio transmission stating another teammate had reached the summit–the feeling was overwhelming.

“It’s unexplainable really.” He continues, “It’s the connection with each other and other people that makes it unexplainable. This trip has affected so many people. In so many ways.” Tears of joy being a common response from their supporters back home. 

After the descent, they celebrated at base camp with loud music, dancing in the snow, and a little bit of Nepali rum. A Himalayan party is one that’s not soon forgotten. 

Now, as they’re all back stateside, “Life goes on.” Phil recounts mowing the lawn on his first Saturday home–falling back in the rhythm of caring for his two dogs, three cats, and six goats. Chopping wood for his wife and daughter. And, of course, continuing his work for Full Circle Everest. 

Since their goal was reached in Nepal, he’s toured around the country to consult with different brands, companies, schools, and clubs about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Sharing from his own industry experience, and using the story of Full Circle Everest to demonstrate what a diverse team is capable of bringing to a culture. What a diverse team has always been capable of bringing to a culture.

Anyone who’s had a conversation with Phill would quickly agree that his career in the field, and his heart for tough-but-positive conversations, make him the best guy for the job. No questions asked.

We’re certainly grateful for his long-time friendship, and we couldn’t be more stoked for his future. 

Here’s to many more summits. 


Sock Sizing
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The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

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