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Comfy, seamless socks that don’t bunch or chafe are a must for AFO and KAFO wearers.
Our brace-wearing customers really love the moisture wicking, soft and stretchy AFO and KAFO socks made by SmartKnit, but something we get asked frequently is how to choose the right size?
So here’s a very quick guide to sock-sizing success with AFO and KAFO socks!
How to measure for AFO & KAFO socks
The only way to get it right is to measure the wearer’s leg using a tape measure.
Tip: If you don’t have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string or yarn, and then hold it up against a ruler afterwards.
Start at the tip of the toe and go all the way along the top of the foot, and up the leg until you reach the top of the ankle or knee brace like this:
This will be the key measurement you need to use when selecting your AFO or KAFO sock size.
A few points to remember:
- Make sure you measure along the top of the foot – the socks are very stretchy so they’ll stretch around the heel with no problems.
- Our easy sizing guides will help you to find the correct sock based on this measurement
- The measurements in the size chart are for the unstretched length of the sock – they are very stretchy so there is some leeway.
- The socks look very small when new – TRY THEM ON before returning
AFO and KAFO socks are available in child and adult sizes so you’re almost certain to find something to fit!
Whilst the sizing guide is pretty accurate, not everyone has the same size legs so sometimes you may need a size bigger or smaller if you have particularly wide or slim legs.
But don’t worry, if you try the socks on and find they are too small, you can send them back to exchange for the correct size.
Where to buy your AFO & KAFO socks
Any questions, just give us a shout – we’re always here to help (except perhaps in the middle of the night…)
We can ship almost anywhere in the world, and we have a great returns policy so you can order with confidence today!
Finding seamless socks for a sensitive child is a tricky business, especially when you need specific colours and styles for school uniform.
We’ve listed the most Frequently Asked Questions about these clever socks to help you find your perfect pair!
Q. Do SmartKnit Kids Absolutely Seamless socks have any seams?
A. No, they are completely seamless. There is no top hem, no heel pocket, no toe seam and it’s shaped like a tube. The sock is spun a bit like how a caterpillar spins a cocoon. The manufacturing technique is called “corespun.”
Q. What colours do they come in? I need them for school uniform!
A. Black, White, Navy Blue, Charcoal Grey, Pink, Purple, White and limited edition Peach (Orange).
Q. My child usually wears Small size socks from other brands. Should I just order Small?
A. No, check the sizing guide first. Small is very tiny in this range and only really suitable for toddlers age 2-3.
Q. What size sock do I need for my child with size 12 feet?
A. That depends how long you want the socks to be. Check out our simple sizing explanation here.
Q. How long are these socks? I’m looking for knee highs.
A. These can be worn as a knee high. Check out our simple sizing explanation here to work out which size to order.
Q. What is crew length?
A. Crew length is the standard sock length which is approximately half way up your leg, reaching the calf.
Q. The fabric seems quite thick, will my child’s feet get sweaty?
A. No, the socks are made from a breathable fabric with wicking properties that helps to keep the skin dry and comfortable. It actually feels quite light to wear!
Q. How do I wash these socks?
A. You can wash them with the rest of your laundry in the washing machine at a medium temperature, we suggest 40 degrees. You can also pop them in a warm tumble dryer cycle to dry. This will help them to regain their shape after wearing.
Q. I’ve bought some in the right size but they look really small. Should I send them back?
A. Try them on first. These socks do look quite small when unstretched, but they are very stretchy so don’t exchange them until you’ve tried them!
Q. I’ve bought two pairs in the same size, but one pair looks bigger than the other. Are they faulty?
A. No, this is quite common and nothing to worry about. Because of the special dying process used when making these, some look slightly bigger or smaller than others when new. They should still stretch to achieve the same fit.
Q. Why is one pair of socks a paler colour than the other?
A. Because of the special dying process used, different batches of colour sometimes come out in slightly different hues. It’s something the manufacturer is working on improving, but should not affect the quality of the garment.
Q. I’ve bought some SmartKnit Kids socks but my child won’t try them on. What should I do?
A. Don’t panic! Have a read of our top tips and download our free incentive chart. Some kids need some time to get used to the idea of wearing these socks, especially if they’ve had bad experiences in the past, so try not to put any pressure on them and take it slow.
Q. Are these socks suitable for kids with Sensory Processing Disorders?
A. Yes, these are the best seamless socks we’ve ever found for SPD, and suit many children who struggle with sensory processing and tactile defensiveness. They usually work well for sensitive kids (although nothing is ever 100% certain!) so we recommend giving them a go.
Q. The socks made a funny cracking sound the first time I stretched them out to put on my child. Is this normal?
A. Yes, completely normal, everything is OK, that’s just the dye. They won’t make that sound anymore after a wash or two.
Q. Who is Bugsley?
A. Bugsley is the green bug on the SmartKnit Kids logo. There is a collectible Bugsley cut-out in each pack of SmartKnit socks. Collect them all!
Q. Why do the tops of the Large, X Large and XX Large socks look funny?
A. That’s the patented “halo top” which was designed by SmartKnit to keep the socks from unravelling, without the need for a hem or a seam. It also makes the fabric roll away from the skin slightly to avoid digging in.
Q. My child has bigger feet and size XX Large isn’t quite big enough. What do I do?
A. Take a look at the next range up called Smart Knit Big Kids socks. These are available in bigger and wider sizes for teens.
Q. Do you have seamless socks for adults too?
A. Yes. Have a look at the Adult range of socks here.
Q. What are they made of?
A. SmartKnit Kids socks are made from a high tech polyester and Lycra blend which helps to keep feet dry and healthy.
Q. I ordered the wrong size – how can I return them and get another size?
A. You can download our printable returns form here. Socks can be returned for an exchange, store credit or a refund as along as they haven’t been damaged, worn or washed (trying on is fine.)
Q. Why are they so expensive?
A. These socks are unique in the world, and are only manufactured by SmartKnit. We buy direct from the manufacturer, but as they are located in the USA we have to contend with things like the terrible post-Brexit exchange rate, import duty and high shipping costs to get them here. We keep our prices as low as we possibly can and try to offer the best price in the UK for SmartKnit Kids socks.
Q. We love the socks but winter is coming. Do SmartKnit make seamless tights too?
A. Not yet, but they are currently being developed and should be ready to go on sale soon! Join our mailing list to make sure you’re notified when they are available to buy.