Toe socks provide a compartment for every single toe. By following the anatomical shape of the foot, they allow a high level of mobility.
So-called Tabi socks exist in Japan since about the 16th century. They separate the big toe from the other toes and are still worn in traditional wooden sandals, called Geta. Japanese carpenters wear them with their working clothes as traditionally they wear black Tabi shoes. By now they are also very popular in martial arts.
In Europe they are called split toe socks, and many people wear them in flip-flops.
Even though toe socks are widely used in Japan they weren’t actually invented there: first evidence of toe socks is to be found in Spain in the 1950s.
In 1981 Takahiro Idobata founded the first Japanese company that produced exclusively toe socks. That's how they were established as normal garments in japanese wardrobes. Today in Japan 8% of the sold socks are toe socks – that is a great number compared to Germany, where they are still less than 1%.
All of our socks are prefabricated by knitting machines that were designed by Knitido, and completed manually. It takes a lot of patience, handcraft and experience, but that is the only way we can ensure our high quality standard.
Common socks are usually tube shaped, as they are made in a circular knitting machine.They are knitted from cuff to toe, and after the machine drops them out they are seamed in the toe area (that can actually be quite uncomfortable to wear).
We at Knitido start by knitting the single toe compartments and knit our way up to the cuff. Therefore our socks don't have neither seams nor overcast seams. After they are knitted with our machines, loose threads are usually still looking out of the socks. We manually thread all into the inside of the socks to guarantee a comfortable and precise finish.
Common socks mostly press your toe all against each other. The result: your toes can barely move, and stop feeling anything.
Toe socks, on the other hand, provide enough room for your toes and improve your tactile sense. Your toes start moving again, and this helps a better circulation. The result: much warmer and healthier feet.
Toes are usually not as mobile as fingers – therefore, your fingers will still move within mittens, while toes in common socks mostly don’t.
This is why toe socks do a much better job at improving your thermal balance compared to other socks.
Yes, they do.
In common socks, moisture can easily accumulats between your toes. The sweat cannot evaporate but stays put on your skin.
In toe socks the moisture is absorbed by the fabric between the toes, and your feet stay clean and dry.
Yes, because they regulate temperature and moisture.By absorbing moisture between your toes, toe socks do a great job at eliminating any chance of germs in that area – and this is what ultimately leads to foot odours (not sweat per se).
By wearing toe socks you’ll have dryer and sanitary feet.
When wearing toe socks on a regular basis, toes tend to get back into their natural, slightly open posture – that’s a good thing, for many reasons.
It is only natural, then, that you may feel the need to wear more comfortable shoes. That’s a sign that your previous shoes were not good for your feet. If your shoes still feel good – good job: they were the right choice from the beginning.
Silk truly is a marvellous fabric. In summer it keeps your feet cool and in winter it warms them. That is why with Silkroad we have a whole collection of silk toe socks.
You prefer sport clothes? In that case our collection Track & Trail is just right for you: the fabric is ultra thin and consists of Coolmax®, a cooling and very breathable polyester fibre.Sie mögen es lieber sportlich?
No, we don't sell toe tights. It not only is a technical challenge to produce them according to our quality standards – they also seem a little too impractical.
No, unfortunately this is impossible with toe socks.
The sock and its toe compartments need to be elastic and shape-retaining, as every human feet and toes differ in size and width.
That's why we add a thin elastane yarn to the cotton yarn. This makes the socks get back into the right shape. To guarantee this shape retention and durability we also need to use a certain amount of nylon.
But: we agree with you that socks for day to day use should be made mainly of cotton, wool or other natural fibre. We only use synthetic fibre when special features are needed, for example in sport socks.
Yes, with aid of some of our products you can counter feet deformations up to different degrees:
- by widening the space between your toes. Knitido® toe socks do this anyway because of the fabric between your toes. The anatomical toe spacer CorrectToes® supports this process even further.
- by compressing the metatarsal area. The joint affected by the bunion is gently guided outwards, back into its natural posture.
- by using so-called Taping Socks to pull the big toe back into its natural posture – just without the troublesome taping process. There are taping socks with different intensity.
- by moving your toes more, which strengthens the musculature of your feet.
All of the above can help relieve the pain. We cannot, however, promise any healing as this is a very complex medical condition with too many causes and factors to be considered.
In general, however, we recommend to treat your feet well: see a podiatrist, look for a running training and get to know your feet better. You will be surprised much better your life quality will get.
If you choose the right size for you, toe socks are very durable.
We only choose high-quality materials and have more than 30 years of experience in the making of toe socks.
However, individual elements and the amount of correct foot care (or the lack thereof) can influence their durability. Hard footwear, callosity on your heels and long toenails, for example, can lead to friction or holes. Please always notice our care instructions.
When taking your toe socks off please pull them off your heel first and then twitch at every single toe. This way you don´t turn the toe compartments inside out and they will be nice and clean after the laundry.
Toe socks are washable in a washing machine, please read the care instructions first. To dry the socks just hang them up on a washing line.
To treat delicate fabrics like silk or wool with special care we recommend to use a little wash bag.