The Beginning of Sock Making - American Made | FITS®

November 19, 2018

FITS socks are made with some of the best wool in the world, thanks to our sheep farming friends in the Midwest, and on the other side of the world in New Zealand and Australia. But the most important thing about our product is that we proudly manufacture all of our comfy, best-fitting socks right here in the USA.

Now, you might think that manufacturing a sock is pretty simple, but don’t let the size of our products trick you into thinking this. There are actually quite a few stops along the way as the product travels from the sheep in the field to your feet.

man sorting greasy wool

In short, the process looks like this: The sheep are sheared on the farm and the farmer ships off all the “greasy wool” to a processing facility. Quick side note on greasy is the raw or natural state of the sheep’s wool, with anything from oils and dirt, to grass and other unmentionables stuck in the wool. Once the greasy wool is received by a processing facility, it is cleaned through a rigorous process of washing and combing. It’s then packaged into clean bales, “bobbins,” or “wool top.”

Next the wool is sent to a dye house to receive color or sent directly to a yarn spinning facility.  Once at the yarn spinning facility, the spinner takes the "wool top" and produces yarn based on FITS® Sock Technology requested specifications.  Finally the wool yarn is complete and sent to the sock manufacturer who uses it along with other materials to craft socks like our wool socks for women and wool socks for men

wool running through a washer

We’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best and most experienced wool handlers on the planet, and recently we had the chance to visit with our greasy wool processor, Chargeurs, in Jamestown, S.C. Chargeurs has been around since 1955 and is experienced in wool processing. In their 400,000 square foot facility, they specialize in producing worsted wool (wool top).

wool running through comb

According to their website, worsted wool “has longer fibers that make a more light-weight and smoother fabric more suitable for knitted garments like socks and sweaters, as well as woven products like high fashion dresses and suits.” Chargeurs cleans and preps wool for FITS, and for hundreds of other manufacturers and brands around the world.

Quality socks and happy customers are our most important priorities, and it’s always a good reminder when visiting with our wool partners that we’re doing everything we can to ensure we have the best product on the planet.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes information about our manufacturing process, as we’ll be spotlighting our other facilities and partners throughout the end of the year and into 2019.


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

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. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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