Our mothers (and their mothers) knew
this sock by heart, with its vertical heel
flap, turned heel, picked up gussets and
grafted toe. For many of us, it’s the
first sock we learned and our point of
departure into the ever widening world
of socks. While we love some of the new
approaches, we return again and again
to this straightforward, comfy basic.
Once you understand its simple structure,
improvise to your heart’s content.
If you need to size socks for a surprise, here’s a rule of thumb (‘rule of toe?’) based on averages of North American shoe sizing systems:
Women’s size 5 = 9”. For each full size, add ¼” (e.g. size 7 = 9½”).
For men, take man’s size + 1½; the resulting number is the equivalent women’s size; using the rule above, translate this to inches (e.g. Men’s size 9½ + 1½ = women’s size 11 = 10½”).
Socks are forgiving—just get close!