Design your own socks
Although they are a small item of clothing, the humble sock can make a big impact. Your personalised socks are perfect for making a stylish statement in a subtle, yet memorable way. Custom socks printed and made for you are a must-have for any footwear fiend. Forget novelty, make your own socks, and create a unique finish to any outfit. They make perfect presents for men, women, and children. Update your look with hardly any effort and create your own custom made socks online with Contrado.
Custom Printed Socks Handmade by Contrado
Socks can say a lot about your personality. Make sure yours represent you by designing them yourself. Create your own bespoke socks and style them with your favourite outfits. Every pair is printed in the Contrado studio by expert print technicians. You can use illustrations, artwork, graphic designs, text, or even photos and make your feet a talking point.
Please bear this in mind When creating your custom printed socks, bear in mind that there may be a visible print line down the back and sole. This is due to our printing techniques, and its visibility is dependant on your design. This line is demonstrated in the last photo in the gallery.
Style it with
Socks are not just a way to keep your feet warm. They are a great way to show off your personal style. Match yours with all your favourite outfits and show them off. Rock your custom socks with a pair of vampy heels, and a dress to add a quirky finish to an otherwise sexy look. We also love wearing a pair of jeans, rolled up at the ankles to show off a flash of the design. However you want to wear them, just have fun with them. It's what fashion is all about.
Wash at 30°c, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
The Contrado promise
A talented team of makers, customer service staff, marketeers, designers, and developers, love to make things for you in the Contrado production facility. It means everything Contrado produces is in-house with experience that dates back to 2003 overseeing and making custom products promising:
- 100% Handmade
All your products are handmade in-house
- Speedy Turnaround
Orders are made and dispatched usually within 1-2 days
- Made to Order
Every order is made to order with no mass production
- High Quality
We use high quality materials to create bespoke products
- Personal Service
In-house customer service offers personal and attentive service
Turn your design talent into business
Whether you are looking to expand your product range or start your brand from scratch, we can help you sell your designs. We support creative brands and independent designers with the extensive experience of bespoke manufacturing on-demand. We can help you make your idea into a high quality physical product and sell your product how you want to.
Sell With Us
Frequently asked questions:
Are these personalised socks easy to care for?
These are no run of the mill novelty item. Your custom socks are super high quality, and come with a 2 year guarantee on the print and material. Even though they are carefully, and expertly made, they are surprisingly easy to care for. They will handle repeat washes, and will retain their colour, as long as they are washed at 30 degrees Celsius.
What do the custom socks originally look like?
Your socks start off with a white base colour, with black tips on the toes and heels. This white allows wonderful colour reproduction and fine detail quality. Your designs are printed deep into the fabric, creating a permanent print. Like many flexible garments, when the socks are stretched, the design will lighten ever so slightly, however your images will still look striking and stylish.
What sizes do they come in?
Your socks are made to fit most feet sizes. After all, style shouldn't have a size limit. We make your bespoke socks in three sizes; small (3 - 6), medium (6.5 - 9), and large (9.5 - 12). Due to our printing process, these socks come up slightly bigger than their stated size. However, they shrink to their intended size after a couple of washes. For more sizing details, please see our size chart.
Browse custom socks designed by independent artists, available in our curated marketplace.
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What's the best resolution to print in?
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change colour using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
How will my image scale?
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?
We advise providing images in the RGB colour space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve best colour results. What does this mean? In your editing software choose RGB as the working space, and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
What is gsm?
Grams per square meter (gsm) is the unit of measurement used to measure the weight of a paper or fabric. This measurement uses the weight of one square metre (1000 x 1000mm) as an indication of the weight and thickness of a fabric. We classify fabrics of 10-100gsm as light (fabrics for summer, fine silk), fabrics of 101-249gsm as medium (most fabrics for clothing) and fabrics of more than 250gsm as thick (upholstery and other specialised fabrics).
What is the bleed area?
When creating your product, it is important to make sure that your image is a little wider than the size needed. In printing, the bleed area allows you to obtain a borderless print. We would advise filling the blead areas, maked with a red checkered area, to ensure you don't end up with white edges. You should make sure that you do not put important details within the bleed area as these will quite likely be lost.
What is crocking and why might it occur?
Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colours are used. It can be minimised by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.
Why do my colours appear lighter on organic fabrics?
Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibres, reducing the colour strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super strong colours we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.
Can you perfectly join two separately printed panels?
We always try to provide the utmost precision in printing and manufacturing. However, due to unavoidable stretching or movement of the fabric at the time of sewing, we can not guarantee a perfect alignment of the pattern on the seams of the garment. Generally we are accurate to 2-3mm, which is sufficient for most reasons but can pose minor problems with patterns or geometric designs.
Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?
For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Is it possible to print your own label?
Most of our clothing is made with a label space. You can print your label and add information about your brand. If you want to sew your own labels, we offer customizable labels of different sizes.
Can I print on both sides of the fabric?
We do not offer printing on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent. As the customer, you can consider the effect of printing on both sides one of our fabrics and contact us, and we will get back to you if it's feasible.
Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them like you do with the normal fabric labels?
At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.
How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.
Why are there slight colour differences between my orders?
We work at improving our colour profiles all the time. Though rare it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight colour differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such colour variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric; natural fabrics tend to have more muted colours than their poly alternatives. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
Please note: As everything we provide is handmade to order, you may find a slight variance in the sizes.
Delivery time & Costs
We handmake your item on site, which takes on average 1-2 days. Please check individual production times which are displayed next to the item price on the product page, as this varies from product to product. In rare cases when we need to re-print an item, this may take an additional 1-2 days.
After your item has been manufactured, we ship your order and send you a dispatch confirmation via email through. Please add on the production time to the delivery time to calculate when your order will be with you. The delivery time will be visible in the basket and check-out page.
You can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products with your very own designs.
You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
Make use of our Manufacturing and Worldwide Shipping Experience
At Contrado, every product is handmade on site to ensure the highest quality. We provide a dedicated production service as well as a range of fast delivery options. For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.