9 Best Promotional Socks for All Businesses (& Examples)

Posted on September 2, 2021 // All, Branded Merchandise

In this post, we’re going to take you through several different types of promotional socks for every business need. 

It’s no news that promotional products are a great way to show your appreciation to your employees and customers. 

Plus, they can also be thoughtful giveaways gifts for trade shows, your social media audience, and your most loyal customers. 

The reason we’re particularly focusing on custom socks is that they’re a fantastic promotional item that can be easily personalized with a custom logo. 

Here are some of the promo socks types we’re going to discuss:

  • Athletic crew socks
  • No-show socks
  • Ankle socks
  • Knee-high socks

Plus, plenty more. 

Choose any of the types you want to know more about from the navigation below or read through the whole post to find out everything you need to know. 

Here we go. 

Table of Contents

Promotional Socks #1: Dress Socks

Promotional Socks #2: Athletic Crew Socks

Promotional Socks #3: No-show Socks

Promotional Socks #4: Ankle Socks

Promotional Socks #5: Baby Socks

Promotional Socks #6: Non-slip Socks

Promotional Socks #7: Knee-high Socks

Promotional Socks #8: Tube Socks

Promotional Socks #9: Performance Socks

Promotional Socks #1: Dress Socks

The first type of promotional socks we’re going to talk about is dress socks

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Dress socks are different from athletic socks and other thick and bulky socks because they’re thinner. 

More specifically, dress socks are thin socks that are designed to fit into dress shoes which are usually quite tight. 

The point of dress socks is to fit snuggly on your feet to enhance your comfort when wearing such dress shoes. 

Even though they’re unisex, like all types of socks covered in this post, dress socks are most commonly worn by men. 

Additionally, dress socks are usually long to avoid showing any skin in case the wearer’s trousers rise up when they’re seated.

Even though dress socks are usually worn as office or suit socks, they can also be found in more funky colors and checkered patterns for more casual looks. 

  • Size: One size fits all
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Let’s get into the second one. 

Promotional Socks #2: Athletic Crew Socks

On the other side of the spectrum, there’s athletic socks

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Athletic crew socks are thick and bulky and, as their name suggests, are great for exercising and outdoor activities. 

What’s typical about custom crew socks is that they generally go all the way up the middle of the calf and, more often than not, they come with a full cushion at the front that facilitates activities such as hiking. 

Plus, their upper part contains a type of elastic fabric which is essential in terms of stability while wearing them. 

Overall, because of the way athletic socks are made, they’re generally very stretchy and allow movement during athletic activities, making them the most appropriate type of sock for jogging and any form of exercising. 

  • Size: One size fits all
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Moving on to the next type. 

Promotional Socks #3: No-show Socks

The third type we have for you is the no-show socks, which are also called invisible socks. 

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This particular type of socks does exactly what its name describes; it remains invisible and hidden under the wearer’s shoes. 

These are particularly useful and practical when wearing sneakers, business, or even other types of less casual shoes that look better when worn without socks. 

Wearing shoes without socks comes with lots of risks, including developing athlete’s foot and similar fungal infections.

That’s why, even if a particular pair of shoes looks better without socks, you should try to wear a pair that’ll absorb the sweat. 

No-show socks can serve exactly this purpose. 

Author’s Note: The fact that a pair of socks is not going to show above your shoes doesn’t mean that they need to be boring. Instead, you can make the most fun logo socks without having to worry about how the sock design and sock style is going to look. 

  • Size: One size fits most
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Keep reading to discover the next type we have for you. 

Promotional Socks #4: Ankle Socks

Yet another type of custom logo socks you can personalize for your business, is ankle socks

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These rise up as far as your ankle bone and they’re mostly worn with sneakers and during summer and spring when the weather is warmer. 

The reason for this is quite obvious; they stop right at the wearer’s ankle bone which means that less heat gets trapped on their lower leg. 

Last but not least, these custom ankle socks are best sellers when it comes to summer swag, so remember to add a pair of these into your holiday promotional gift sets. 

Author’s Tip: Athletic ankle socks can generally be visible when worn with low-top shoes so try to make them as cool and pretty as possible. 

  • Size: Standard and petite
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Promotional Socks #5: Baby Socks

Our fifth type of socks is the super cute baby socks.

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As you may have started thinking already, baby socks make a great gift for employees who’ve just had a baby. 

Plus, in terms of customization, they come with all the different options other types offer as well, which means that you can totally make them fit your company’s branding. 

Overall, we particularly recommend them for the cutest giveaways as well as for fundraising events organized by non-profit organizations and charities; they naturally catch attention and can be very effective in terms of raising funds for a cause. 

Author’s Tip: When one of your employees has a baby, make sure to put together a few pairs of cute baby socks and promotional stuffed animals to show how much you care about your employees’ personal life and this new chapter in their life. 

  • Size: One size – for ages 1 to 4 years old
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Let’s get into the sixth type.

Promotional Socks #6: Non-slip Socks

After discussing baby socks, we’re looking into non-slip socks which can be found in different sizes to fit virtually anyone, from babies to adults. 

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Non-slip socks are usually made of a thick cotton blend with a loose weave and feature rubber grips on the bottom to prevent your feet from slipping while walking in the house. 

Moreover, non-slip socks for adults are usually one-size-fits-all, which makes them super comfortable for wearing at home. 

What’s great about them is that they’re fully customizable which means that you can customize the design and color palette to suit your branding, but you can also customize the rubber grips on the bottom to highlight your logo or motto. 

Author’s Note: We can work with you to customize the rubber grips of your socks, but, in case you’re partnering with another vendor, make sure to check with them whether that’s possible. 

  • Size: One size fits all
  • Print type and position: Knit-in stripes with custom rubber grips on the bottom
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Let’s get to the next one. 

Promotional Socks #7: Knee-high Socks

Knee-high socks have been traditionally worn by athletes in various sports, such as soccer and rugby, because they help protect the legs from scratches and hits. 

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However, knee-high socks have been trending in recent decades and people have started wearing them even when they’re not doing sports. 

They look quite cool with sneakers for a more sporty look as well as with flat shoes and boots for a more sophisticated look. 

Plus, because their surface area is bigger than the surface of others in this list, they give you more options in terms of personalization and getting creative with Pantone colors and different patterns. 

  • Size: One size fits all
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard or embroidery that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Find out which one is our next list item. 

Promotional Socks #8: Tube Socks

You may not have heard of this term before, but tube socks are one of the comfiest types of socks out there. 

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They’re called like this because they’re made in a single tube which means that they basically don’t have a clearly defined heel or ankle section. 

The long, single tube hugs the foot and leg in a firm way, thus making it ideal for those who are looking for stability when it comes to the kind of socks they wear. 

Dye sublimated tube socks are usually full-color socks that feature lots of designs and patterns. 

  • Size: One size fits most
  • Print type and position: Dye-sublimated print that can be added anywhere on the front or back of the sock
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

Below is the ninth type of promo socks we’ve got for you. 

Promotional Socks #9: Performance Socks

Our ninth promotional socks are called performance socks

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They’re ideal for sports and outdoor activities because they have extra spandex in the arch, thus providing the person who’s wearing the socks with a more snug fit. 

Moreover, they come with a piece of terry cloth or little cushion on the inside which makes them as comfortable and sweat absorbent as they can get. 

Last but not least, as you can see in the image above, performance socks come in different styles, including ankle, midi, and calf. 

  • Size: Standard and petite
  • Print type and position: Knit-in jacquard that can be added anywhere on the body of the sock.  However, we suggest that you avoid adding detailed designs on the cuff
  • Minimum quantity: 250 pieces

We’ve got a handy hint for you before we wrap things up.  

Bonus Tip: Put Those Custom Socks in A Gift Set

No matter which one of the different types of socks we’ve shown you that’ll end up getting customized for your business, remember that you can always put them together with other swag items. 

Whether you’re sharing your swag gifts with your customers and employees, selling them in your swag store, or distributing them at a trade show giveaway, you can always take your gift-giving to the next level at great pricing. 

More specifically, socks can go with all swag staples such as: custom t-shirts; drinkware like tumblers, water bottles, and custom coffee mugs; slippers; totes; hand sanitizers; and stickers. 

Bottom line, there’s no limit when it comes to creating thoughtful swag gift boxes

That’s why you can even combine a pair of cool custom promotional socks with tech merchandise like a tablet stand with a stylus pen or even a high-quality power bank. 

Now Over to You

You’ve made it through the end of our list of the best and most common types of promotional socks. 

Keep in mind that the type you’ll be choosing to customize depends on the occasion as well as the people you’ll be sharing it with.

You know now that there are several types that are great for many different occasions. 

All you need to do now is to partner up with a creative swag vendor and create memorable swag experiences. 

We’re here to help you with any merchandise need you may have – don’t hesitate to contact us by leaving a message below.

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