How to wear baseball socks? January 10 2020, 0 Comments

Baseball stirrups have been a feature of uniforms for decades. Although they are no longer as popular, many players still choose to wear them. However, people who want to achieve that classic look may have trouble figuring out how to wear them properly at first. When worn incorrectly, they can be uncomfortable and even fall down during play.

Baseball Stirrups and How They Work

Stirrups were a staple of uniforms until the mid-1990s. They function as a decorative add-on to the player’s baseball socks. They first came into use because of a belief that the dyes in them could be harmful if allowed to directly contact the skin. Since the dyes of the day were not colorfast, there was a worry that an injury that got dye on it could lead to blood poisoning. Another reason for their use is that the white under sock could be cleaned more easily and swapped out regularly.

The stirrup body is essentially the same as any sports sock. However, instead of a foot at the bottom, there is just a loop that goes underneath the player’s heel.

Initially, stirrups were worn so that the loop under the foot was completely hidden inside the shoe. However, over time the trend came to be that the stirrups were worn higher and the loop made longer. This created the distinctive look that most people associate with stirrups in baseball uniforms.

Today, many professional players opt to wear long trousers instead of stirrups. Some players continue to use the classic sock. Although the official rules make no mention of this, it is understood that MLB players can choose between the two looks.

Beyond decoration, stirrups also add some extra protection for the player’s legs. Like all sports socks, they provide some padding and they protect against impacts and abrasions. Of course, the main reason players wear them is to show their team colors.

How To Wear Stirrups Properly

Putting on stirrups is fairly simple, but it is possible to make some mistakes and cause them to not stay easily in place. Follow these steps:

  • Wear your baseball pants with the legs rolled up to the knee. For most people, it is easier to start like this than to try and put the pants on afterward. However, different players have different techniques that work for them.
  • Put on white, knee-high baseball socks first. Try to pull them up as high and tight as possible. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve, they should extend over the hem of your pants.
  • Make sure there are no sagging spots on your stirrups. They should be able to stay in place, but it is important to get them as tight as possible. If they start sagging even after being pulled tight, you likely need to replace them.

Wear your stirrups over loose, knicker pants for a look that replicates the early days of baseball. Alternatively, use tighter baseball pants for a look similar to the 1970s players. In the 1980s, players wore their baseball stirrups under calf-length pants. Whatever style you prefer, you can get a classic look by using stirrups.

Getting Custom Printed Socks and Stirrups

One of the great aspects of wearing stirrups with your baseball uniform is that you can show off whatever colors, text and logos you like. At Socks Rock, we have several amazing styles to choose from. Better yet, you can customize them to your heart’s content. We have a variety of colors and we can embroider or knit any text or logo you may like.

When you place your order, simply let our designers know what you want. We’ll get back to you with a mockup design before we start your production run.

If you like the look of stirrups but don’t want the hassle, consider our baseball socks. We have dozens of styles including ones that mimic the look of stirrups pulled up high like the 1980s and early-1990s players.

You can customize your socks in whatever way you like. We also have some premade styles inspired by legendary looks such as Northwestern Baseball, a few classic Red Sox looks and a classic Cardinals style. We also carry sanitaries, the white socks worn underneath stirrups.

Find Your Ideal Socks and Stirrups at Socks Rock

Whatever your sock, stirrup or hat needs, Socks Rock has something for you. We supply teams and players across many sports with the styles and protection their feet and heads need. We genuinely believe that socks rock and every team deserve to play with a cool look that is unique to them.

Check out our full listing of baseball socks and stirrups to find the right ones for you. When you are ready, complete an order form and let our designers know what you want. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help you with all your sock needs.