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Seams vs. Seamless

True SmartKnit pros know about the amazing differences between our seamless socks and other socks that claim to be seamless. As diabetic, arthritic, and seam-sensitive children and adults know, they are definitely not all alike.

There is more than one way to knit a sock! Truly. But, most don't claim to be seamless. Of the ones that do, some of them are just that—a claim. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty of what all these different “seamless” socks are all about.



Though handlinked and smooth seams are better than a traditional sock seam, these are not seamless—despite the claims to the contrary. As neither are truly seamless, they can still cause some discomfort and irritation, especially in diabetic, arthritic and seam-sensitive adults and children. Sometimes it is recommended to turn these socks inside out so that the seam is worn on the outside. This may work for some, but many of them find that the "ridge" from the seam is still irritating – regardless of how small or which side of the sock it is on.


To make a sock that is truly seamless you have to start at the toe. Then there is nothing to sew or fuse together. No seams! SmartKnit and SmartKnitKIDS seamless socks are made using a patented knitting process that starts at the toe and spins upwards from there. It's just like a caterpillar knitting a cocoon. This completely eliminates irritating seams and makes them ideal for diabetic, arthritic, and sensitive feet. No seam means no irritation.


Truly SEAMLESS socks—they do exist! The difference between the seam types is clear when side by side.

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