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Anatomy and Fit Comparison of 3 Top-Down Sock Heels

Comparing socks with short row, flap and gusset, and (flapless) gusset heel shaping.

Knit socks can feel so cozy when they fit properly and part of a good fit is related to the heel shaping. Depending on the shape of your foot, it's quite likely that some heels fit better than others.

Three of the most popular heel shapes for socks knit from the top down are the (flapless) gusset heel, the flap and gusset heel and the short row heel.

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