Hockey players wear thigh-high socks that are open at the ankle. Hockey socks
are typically worn over shin pads and provide a protective layer for legs. These socks are kept up by a girdle or Velcro tabs on undershorts. This buying guide explains how to select socks of the right size and style for practice and games.
Hockey Sock Length
Most socks for hockey are thigh-high and do not have feet. These socks are often worn with a girdle or undergarments that have Velcro tabs for attaching socks. The size of socks for hockey also determines the length. Socks for mites measure 16 to 18 inches, while youth hockey socks
measure 22 to 24 inches. Intermediate size socks for hockey measure 26 to 28 inches, and adult socks measure 30 to 32 inches. There may be an order minimum per size for custom socks, but existing designs are available at any quantity of any size.
Hockey Sock Materials
The popular Pro Weight Knitted socks are made out of a 50/50 blend of polyester and cotton yarn. The materials from which custom hockey socks
are made may determine sock color, embroidery or dye sublimated printing options. Socks worn while playing hockey should be breathable while still providing players with full leg protection. A polyester-cotton blend is sufficiently thick to protect players’ legs from common hazards in the rink.
Hockey Sock Thickness
Socks work with shin guards to protect legs from skate blades and other injuries in the rink. The thickness of socks is consistent across sizes. The sock material is the main factor in determining thickness. You can minimize fuzzing and pilling by machine washing socks inside out and laying flat to dry.
Layering Socks for Hockey
Socks designed for hockey are intended to be layered over shin pads. Players may also want to wear skate socks. Playing hockey without socks that cover feet may cause sweat to accumulate in skate boots and lead to blisters, hot spots and odor. Some players prefer thinner or thicker skate socks.
Hockey Sock and Skate Fit
Wearing socks affects the fit of skates. The ankle to thigh-high socks for hockey end at the ankle. Once you know decide on skate socks, you can properly size skates. Wear the socks you intend to wear while playing if you have your skates thermoformed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy hockey socks?
Choose from ankle to thigh-high socks for hockey in NHL team colors with style variations for every team in the league. You can also custom design athletic socks. Most socks for hockey are made of a 50/50 blend of polyester and cotton and feature bold sock and stripe colors.
What are the best socks for hockey?
Socks for hockey typically display team colors as part of a uniform. During play, socks are pulled up over shin pads. Velcro tabs or a garter belt may be worn to hold up socks during play. Socks made of a 50/50 polyester cotton blend are breathable and protective gear.
How do I order socks for a team?
You can place an order for a team by selecting an existing or custom sock design. Socks for hockey fit from ankle to thigh and come in mites, youth, intermediate and adult sizes. Custom socks have a minimum order quantity per size, but there is no minimum for existing designs.
How can I customize socks for hockey?
Custom sock options vary based on your choice of pattern. One or more color customization options may be available for the stripes on socks that are designed for hockey. Some sock patterns can be customized with logos or text. You can also choose from embroidered or printed custom athletic socks.
How do you put on socks for hockey?
Put on hockey pants and shin guards before putting on socks. Socks designed for hockey should be worn over shin pads and connect to a garter belt or to undershorts with Velcro. You can also apply athletic tape below your knees or at your ankles to keep socks in place. Hockey socks
are an essential part of team uniforms. Shop a full selection of socks in NHL team colors
with multiple style variations for each color combination or customize athletic socks to wear during practice and competitive play.