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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.
One of the questions we get asked the most here at Sensory Smart Store is “How do I make clothes more comfortable for my child?!”
School uniform, specific outfits, costumes and uniforms for clubs, classes and groups can cause real problems for sensitive and sensory kids who just want to fit in and wear the same as everybody else.
Seams, labels, uncomfortable folds and bumps in fabric can all be a nightmare for anyone struggling with a sensory processing disorder.
As a parent you want to help make your child’s clothes at least tolerable, but how?
Well, one of our favourite go-to products for a quick fix is Undercover Tape.
Each pack contains either 15 plaster-sized sticky back strips or three 14cm x 8cm uncut pages that you can cut to the size and shape you need.
How does it work?
Undercover Tape does just what it’s name suggests – it’s a self adhesive product literally covers up the problematic part of the garment and creates a soft and comfy barrier so skin doesn’t get chafed, itched or rubbed.
Here are some great examples of how to use this clever product:
Scratchy label that you can’t cut out? No problem! Stick a piece of undercover tape over the top and cover it up!
Itchy seams under the armpits? Pop some undercover tape over the nasty bits and breathe a sigh of relief!
You can use this clever and soft sticky tape to cover up any part of any garment that rubs or causes discomfort.
It’ll even survive up to 5 washes so you won’t have to replace it each time the garment is worn!
Who is it for?
The short answer is EVERYONE! We’ve all experienced clothing with nasty labels or seams that rub or chafe.
We recommend Undercover Tape in particular for kids who struggle with sensitivity to clothing especially seams, labels, lumps and bumps. It’s a real life-saver product that will save tears and tantrums in kids of all ages.
It’s available in plain white or with a variety of fun patterns that kids will love.
But don’t just take our word for it…
You can find Undercover Tape at the Sensory Smart Store – sighs of relief all round!
If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you will have seen recently that we put up a poll asking for your opinions on seams and labels. We wanted to know which was the biggest bugbear?
Well the answer we got was very much BOTH!
Having said that, seams did have a slight edge because as one of our Facebook followers pointed out, they’re both bad but seams are worse because you can cut labels out.
A really good point – who else is preparing for the new school year by cutting out labels from school uniform? Yep, us too!
But the problem is you can’t always remove them properly, and one slip of the scissors can mean a hole in your daughter’s new school skirt the day before the new term starts…nightmare!
And sometimes just cutting isn’t enough. You have to try to unpick a section of the seam to get it all out and that’s when it gets really messy.
If you’re struggling with making school uniforms comfy for sensitive little ones, then we may be able to help.
After searching high and low, we found something really clever that help with seams AND labels!
It’s called Undercover Tape and we’ll be honest, we don’t know how we lived without it!
This magical tape can be used to cover up scratchy labels, itchy seams and comes in plain white or in super fun patterns to suit the
fussiest most discerning kids.
Best of all, it doesn’t come off in the wash!
Brilliant for tights, shirts, school uniforms and casual clothing that doesn’t feel “quite right” this clever tape has a soft surface and covers up the bits that kids (and big kids) don’t like!
Available as a pack of 15 label-sized strips or as 3 large pieces that you can cut to size for a particular garment, this will be your back-to-school best friend!
Also suitable for adults 😉