(Last Updated On: December 1, 2022)


National Sock Day on December 4th recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they find each other, wash after wash, dry after to dry, it’s time to celebrate!


The founders of the celebration turned the tables on other sock holidays. Such individualism generated was out of control. Days like National No Sock Day on May 8th and National Lost Sock Day (for shame!) on May 9th were rebels.

To promote lasting sock matches, the observance dedicated the day to all pairs, even the tiny baby socks who manage to stay paired. We don’t know if it’s animal magnetism (static cling) or chemistry (something in the detergent), but these sock pairs deserve recognition!

The day honors all matches made in laundromantic-matrimony. We will turn no color, style, or size away. So, Argyle to tube socks, knee highs, and fuzzy slipper socks – if they keep finding their mate over and over, this National Day wiggles its toes in their honor!


Do your socks match? If they do, celebrate them! You can also go shopping for a new pair of shiny new matching socks. They can be baby socks or grown-up socks. It doesn’t matter. Make them fun, colorful socks. Stripes or polka dots, Argyle or geometric shapes. Either way, we want to see your beautifully matched mates. Share your rare pairs of socks by using #NationalSockDay on social media.


Pair of Thieves founded National Sock Day on December 4th to warm our toes with the commemoration of two toe-tapping historical events that happened on this day. 

In 1954, the final curtain fell on the first revival of the Broadway musical On Your Toes. The Rogers and Hammerstein production first made its debut in 1936. It was unique in that it incorporated ballet with a traditional musical genre. The popular musical was revived in 1984. 

The second historical event occurred in 1991. On the stage of the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the Judds took the stage for their final concert. For years, the mother-daughter duo had kept country music lovers two-stepping. Following the concert, daughter Wynonna continued a solo career. From time to time, as Wynonna’s career resumed successfully, mother Naomi would join her on stage. However, the Murphy Center concert is still considered the Judd’s final show.

In October of 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the celebration to be observed annually.

Socks FAQ

Q. What are sock parts called?
A. The names of sock parts will not knock your socks off, but the different parts of the sock include:

  • Cuff – the top part of the sock
  • Rib – the tube structure that is between the cuff and the ankle
  • Angle – the bottom of the rib
  • Heel – shaped to snuggly form to the heel
  • Foot – the fabric between the ankle and the toe
  • Toe – the tip of the sock encasing the toes

Q. What’s a sock hop?
A. A sock hop was a kind of dance event usually hosted in school gymnasiums or cafeterias. Dances were often required to remove their shoes to protect the floor and dance in their socks. Other phrases that include the word “sock” include:

  • Pull your socks up – to improve your work, behavior, performance, attitude
  • Sock it to them or me – to use your full force, effort, or have a powerful impact on someone
  • Put a sock in it – to stop being noisy, talking, arguing
  • Knock (your, his, her, their) socks off – impress someone with a performance, gift, idea, skill

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