Cycling socks: Are long better than short?

Stuart Clapp discusses the long and short of the cycling sock and which is on trend. And is one length faster than the other?

There’s been a lot of talk about the length of cycling hosiery at the moment, and for the fashion conscious, it’s become a real bone of contention. So just what is the correct length for a pair of cycling socks?

“To generalise, let’s say men’s sock lengths are short (6cm), medium (9cm) and long (13cm). Over the last 18-24 months Wiggle has seen a rise in length from brands such as Sako7Socks and Ten Speed Hero, each brand using a DeFeet Aireator 15cm cuff. It’s all about flashing that design. Smaller cuffs have less room for expression; it gives them a bigger canvas,” says Richard Land, cycling soft goods buying manager at Wiggle.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.