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AFO and KAFO Socks – How to get the right size sock

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:

AFO KAFO sock measurement guide

 

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

You can find our range of child and adult AFO and KAFO socks here at the Sensory Smart Store.

We’ve also got seamless Big Toe socks and clever AFO Liners if you fancy getting your toes out on holiday!

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!

 

SmartKnit Kids socks – How the sizing works

Choosing socks is easy isn’t it? You just look for your shoe size and done, right?

Well actually no, not always…

SmartKnit Kids Absolutely Seamless Socks are really special and they don’t conform to the normal sock sizings that we’re used to, and with good reason – they’re BETTER!

These clever socks come in 5 sizes ranging from Small to XX Large. The picture below shows you what they look like unstretched. Unstretched is the key word here, because they are VERY stretchy!

I’ve included a standard 30cm ruler in the picture to give you the scale.

Smart Knit Kids socks of all sizes

Unlike regular socks, SmartKnit Kids socks are shaped like a tube – there’s no heel pocket (that’s what we call the stiching you usually find around the heel of socks that give them their normal “sock shape.”)

There are two reasons for this – firstly it cuts down on the number of seams, and secondly it means that one size of sock will fit lots of different sized feet!

Yes, that’s right one size of sock will fit lots of different sizes of feet!

How does it work?

Well because the socks are super-stretchy, and there’s no heel pocket, it makes them very versatile.

Essentially, the bigger the sock, the longer it will be on your leg. And the smaller the size of sock, the shorter it becomes.

For example, Helen in our office has ladies size 6.5 feet.

She can wear XX Large as a crew length sock, X Large as an ankle sock or Large as a short trainer sock.

Because there’s no heel pocket and the socks are so very stretchy, the smaller sizes still fit her, they just aren’t as long on her leg.

Clever, huh?

At the other end of the scale, 6 year old Ellie has size 10 feet.

She can wear Large as a crew sock, she can go down one size to Medium as an ankle sock for summer, or she can jump two sizes up to XX Large as a knee high length sock for school.

To demonstrate, here is a Purple Large and a Navy X Large on two of our dummy “stunt feet” which are approximately a size 3-4.

Smart KNit Kids socks - Large and X Large

 

(And don’t worry, that’s NOT a seam down the side of the purple sock, that’s just where it was folded, for some reason it shows up quite a lot on camera!)

So depending on what size shoe your child or teenager is, they may be able to comfortably wear 3 or 4 different sizes of SmartKnit socks!

Just choose the size depending on how long you want the sock to be.

Here is the size chart for these clever socks, which will hopefully make a bit more sense now!

 

Smart Knit Kids socks size chart UK

This chart will tell you which size to pick for a normal CREW LENGTH  (mid calf) fit.

For Ankle length, go DOWN ONE SIZE.

For Knee High length, go UP TWO SIZES.

This guide is approximate, because we know that some kids have very slim or wider feet and legs than others, but it’s pretty accurate most of the time.

If in doubt, order two different sizes of socks to see which one achieves the desired fit, and simply return the ones that aren’t quite right.

Prefer to watch a video? Check out the Smart Knit Kids presenters explaining how the sizing works on YouTube.

And if in doubt, just ask. The Sensory Smart team know everything there is to know about these magical socks!

We are going to be doing a Facebook Live video about these amazing seamless socks very soon, so make sure to Like our Facebook page to be notified when it’s happening!

Seams or labels – which is worse?

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 😉

Find Undercover Tape along with a whole host of seamless and sensory solutions for your kid’s wardrobe at the Sensory Smart Store!

Why wont my child wear socks?

We’ve all been there – the battle to get kids dressed and ready for school in the morning!

With September and the new school term fast approaching, the tension can start to mount for both kids and parents.

Socks and tights in particular seem to cause problems for a lot of children, and as a parent you may find yourself at your wits end in the morning trying to find an elusive lump or bump that your child swears is in their sock, making their life a misery.

Tears and tantrums ensue and you may start to wonder if anyone will notice if they go to school barefoot this morning?

We all know that kids can be a little bit fussy with their clothing (we like to say ‘discerning’) but there may be more to your child’s trauma around wearing socks and tights.

They may be struggling with sensory processing disorder.

Sensory processing disorder affects an estimated 1 in 6 children and is often found alongside autism spectrum disorders too.

The great news is that our founder Mel has already done the research for you and found the most amazing socks to help kids struggling with seams, lumps and bumps in their socks!

Our number one favourites are without a doubt SmartKnitKIDS seamless sensitivity socks. Available in a choice of colours, including the all important school colours, these socks are a life saver for many sensitive children and their parents!

If your little ones really can’t cope with socks, then these are the ones to try.

You can find the full range in our online store, and we ship nearly everywhere in the world!

We’ve also made you a free incentive chart if your child has really had enough of socks, to help them overcome their fear of trying them on and keeping them on.

Get ready to say goodbye to sock nightmares, and have a happy back to school September!

Seamless Socks for Kids

 

 

How to pick the right size socks – A Guide to SmartKnit Kids Seamless Socks

Something we get asked a lot about our Absolutely Seamless Socks is how to pick the correct size.

It might sound obvious – but these seamless socks are a little bit special…

These clever socks made by SmartKnit don’t have a defined heel or “heel pocket” that you normally see on a pair of socks. Instead, they’re shaped like a tube.

Why, you might ask? Well that’s one less seam for starters!

It also allows the socks to be worn at different lenths by different sized children, making them super-versatile and long lasting!

Here are the lovely kid presenters Blake & Eva to explain how it works:

Here is the size chart you’ll need for UK and European sizings – the one shown in the video is US sizes.

Remember that sizes are approximate, and can vary a little depending on your child’s leg size, but as a general rule this is a pretty good guide!

Ankle Crew (Mid Calf) Knee-High
Toddler to UK Infant Shoe 3/Euro 20  Small  Medium
UK Child Shoe 3 to 7/Euro 19-24  Small  Medium  Large
UK Child Shoe 7 to 11/Euro 24-30  Medium  Large  XLarge
UK Shoe 12 to 3/Euro 31-36  Large  XLarge  XXLarge
UK Shoe 4 to 7/Euro 37-40  XLarge  XLarge  XXLarge
UK Shoe 8 Plus/Euro 41+  XXLarge  XXLarge

You can find the whole range of SmartKnitKIDS Absolutely Seamless Socks for kids in our online shop here.

Here’s to comfy tootsies!