Formation of the heel
Lindner socks contain only a small amount of nylon to add stretch, strength and elasticity to the body of the sock. Many manufacturers use elastane to make socks fit snuggly over feet, and to gain a greater degree of stretch so that one size of sock covers more foot sizes. Having worn and tested other socks, we find that elastane in socks tends to wear out quickly, leaving socks loose and out-of-shape. Lindner socks uses no elastane to pull the fabric in tight, we rely on the shape of the sock and the tension of the knit to do that, keeping our socks as close to the feel of a hand-knitted pair as we can. This is where our old-fashioned machines come into their own.
We believe the most important part of a sock is the heel. It anchors the sock to the shape of your foot and keeps it where it should be. The angle of the heel is critical to keeping your sock where it should be. If the heel is properly formed, then there is no need for stretchy synthetics to cling on to your foot and ankle for dear life. Many modern socks are formed with a heel angle of 120o. Lindner Socks are constructed with a heel angle of about 100o. This should keep them well-fitted to your feet. The natural fibres can stretch throughout the day like a favourite pair of jeans, but should return to a tighter shape after each wash.
A great benefit of our old-fashioned Bentley Komet and Esta sock machines is that they knit socks one after another in one continuous sausage of socks. This creates a little extra work for us as it adds the manual task of separating them to the manufacturing process, however the constant tension that is maintained on the socks inside the machine means that we don’t have to begin each sock with a tight band of elastic at the top to start off knitting.
We also have the option of leaving the elastic out altogether, creating circulation socks for people with diabetes or other conditions leading to poor circulation in their feet.
For many people, Loose-Top socks are not necessary. Our socks with elastic are not particularly tight around the ankles, so they are comfortable to wear all day without digging in. However people with diabetes, cold feet, circulation problems, wide ankles, or difficulty getting socks on and over their heels will find that Loose-Top socks make a big difference. Many people wonder if their socks will fall down, and we say that the tops may scrunch down a bit, but with a well-angled heel to hold the sock in place the sock shouldn’t slide down into the shoe.
If you think that you need socks to improve circulation, browse our range of Loose-Top Socks to see which styles and colours are available with no elastic.
All socks made in the Lindner Sock Factory are hand-finished on an overlocker to seal up the toe with strong but fine nylon thread. Our expert overlockers take a great deal of care to ensure that each seam is formed with minimal bulk, especially in the corners, and is positioned in the right place at the top of the toes. Any seams that don’t cut the mustard don’t make it to the shelves (bargain hunters can find them instore on our seconds shelf at a discount). As a pair of socks is washed and worn, the seam actually becomes flatter and more integrated into the knit of the sock.