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Global Socks Industry Report: Regional Analysis; Key Segmentation and Scope; Industry Opportunities and Challenges; Market Analysis; Market Dynamics: SWOT Analysis, Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, Key Indicators for Demand, Key Indicators for Price; Value Chain Analysis; Industry Events and Developments; Competitive Landscape, 2022-2027

Socks Industry Report by Regional Category Spend, Price Analysis, Key Demand, and Price Indicators, and Best Buying Practices


The global Socks market reached a value of about USD 46.5 billion in 2021. The industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 6.3% in the forecast period of 2022-2027 to reach a value of about USD 67 billion by 2027.

The global Socks industry report gives a comprehensive analysis of the industry, including key segments, trends, drivers, restraints, the competitive landscape, and other essential market aspects. The rising demand for the product by corporate workers propels the industry forward. Asia, the Middle East, and Europe are the highest category spender by region, driving the market for the Socks industry.

Industry Definition and Segmentation

A sock is a knitted or woven item of clothing covering the foot or the lower portion of the leg and is commonly worn beneath shoes. It is composed of soft material and is usually cotton, wool, or nylon. They come in various colours, sizes, and materials to meet the consumer's needs. The Socks industry report includes segments by Product (Casual Socks, Formal Socks, Athletic Socks, Specialty Socks, Others), by Material (Nylon, Cotton, Polyester, Wool, Waterproof Breathable Membrane, Others), by Demographics (Men, Women, Kids), by Distribution Channel (Hypermarkets and Supermarkets, Convenience Stores, Online, Retail Stores) and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa, and South America).

Europe, Asia, and the Middle East & Africa Regions are Driving the Growth of the Industry

Asia, the Middle East, and Europe are regions leading the industry growth due to factors like population growth, increased disposable income, and urbanisation in developing countries such as China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. Additionally, an expanding number of professional cricket competitions in India and Australia, such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash League, are expected to create new avenues for local players to spend more on luxury sports accessories such as shoes and socks.

The market is driven by the growing relevance of formal dress among white-collar workers. Due to the increasing presence of corporate offices in emerging nations, the standard socks market is likely to rise faster. Furthermore, the increased prevalence of foot illnesses and expanding consumer awareness of hygiene are propelling the socks sector ahead. Consumers' increased awareness of health and fitness and growing expenditure on health-conscious products such as fitness and gym equipment, sports shoes and accessories, and other items are anticipated to fuel the market demand. Consumer's increasing desire for quality shoes and sports equipment and the expanding number of health clubs are expected to boost the segment's growth.

Best Procurement Practices

The global Socks industry report by Procurement Resource gives an in-depth analysis of the best buying practices followed by major global Socks regions across the globe, such as engagement models, contract terms, and buyer and supplier negotiation levers, among others.

Category Management Studies

The essential ingredients must first be cleaned and spun into yarn before the sock knitting process can begin. Coloured socks are either coloured after knitting or knit using in-grain yarn that has already been dyed. The toe seams are closed once the socks have been made. The sock is tested for quality when it exits the knitting machine, and then it is sent to the seaming section, where the toe opening is shut. Socks are cleaned and dried after the knitting and seaming procedure. Washing yarns eliminates knitting oils and residue, reducing shrinkage and stabilising them. The socks are taken to the board pairing area after cleaning and drying. The final phase in this procedure is a thorough quality inspection, during which the finished product is thoroughly examined, and any errors are traced back to the production process and repaired. The socks are neatly wrapped and ready to send once they have passed the final quality inspection.

Development of Diabetic Socks, Further Boosting the Procurement of Socks

The industry is being aided by the growing efforts of leading companies that are extensively investing in developing customised diabetic socks due to the rising frequency of foot diseases among diabetes patients. The producers were encouraged to create this product by several study articles released by health care specialists on preserving healthy feet to prevent such diseases among diabetes patients. Diabetic individuals prefer to wear diabetic socks prescribed by their doctors to protect their feet due to the increased requirement for a foot ulcer and infection treatments. Other essential factors aiding the market growth are rising disposable incomes, a growing retail industry, and a growing prevalence of sports and athletic activities.

The regional markets for the industry can be divided into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Key Industry Players Mentioned in the Socks Industry Report

  • Adidas A.G.
  • Nike Inc.
  • Puma S.E.
  • Hanesbrands Inc.
  • Under Armour, Inc.

Market Landscape

Many celebrity sponsorships have aided the market's rise by well-known brands. Some players create customised merchandise for professional athletes. Mergers and acquisitions are critical for the socks industry's success. Other forms of collaboration, such as partnerships and joint ventures, also contribute to the overall growth of the socks industry. The efforts help enhance the players' footing, resulting in a faster pace of change for the socks industry. The leading players' growing efforts to offer innovative and improved goods, such as socks with antibacterial and antifungal qualities, which are exceptionally strong, heat resistant, robust and lightweight, are furthering the industry's growth.

Key Initiatives by Companies

  • Puma will release gaming socks in three different categories in December 2019.
  • Renewed socks brand Happy Socks just teamed up with design legend Johnny Ramone for a dramatic new collection in January 2020.

1    Preface
2    Report Coverage – Key Segmentation and Scope
3    Report Description

    3.1    Market Definition and Outlook
    3.2    Properties and Applications
    3.3    Market Analysis
    3.4    Key Players
4    Key Assumptions
5    Executive Summary

    5.1    Overview
    5.2    Key Drivers
    5.3    Key Developments
    5.4    Competitive Structure
    5.5    Key Industrial Trends
6    Snapshot
    6.1    Global
    6.2    Regional
7    Industry Opportunities and Challenges
8    Global Socks Market Analysis

    8.1    Key Industry Highlights
    8.2    Global Socks Historical Market (2017-2021) 
    8.3    Global Socks Market Forecast (2022-2027)
    8.4    Global Socks Market by Product 
        8.4.1    Casual Socks
            8.4.1.1    Market Share
            8.4.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.2    Formal Socks
            8.4.2.1    Market Share
            8.4.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.3    Athletic Socks
            8.4.3.1    Market Share
            8.4.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.4    Specialty Socks
            8.4.4.1    Market Share
            8.4.4.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.4.4.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.4.5    Others
    8.5    Global Socks Market by Material 
        8.5.1    Nylon
            8.5.1.1    Market Share
            8.5.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.2    Cotton
            8.5.2.1    Market Share
            8.5.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.3    Polyester
            8.5.3.1    Market Share
            8.5.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.4    Wool
            8.5.4.1    Market Share
            8.5.4.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.4.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.5    Waterproof Breathable Membrane
            8.5.5.1    Market Share
            8.5.5.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.5.5.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.5.6    Others
    8.6    Global Socks Market by Demographics 
        8.6.1    Men
            8.6.1.1    Market Share
            8.6.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.6.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.6.2    Women
            8.6.2.1    Market Share
            8.6.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.6.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.6.3    Kids
            8.6.3.1    Market Share
            8.6.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.6.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
    8.7    Global Socks Market by Distribution Channel
        8.7.1    Hypermarkets and Supermarkets
            8.7.1.1    Market Share
            8.7.1.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.7.1.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.7.2    Convenience Stores
            8.7.2.1    Market Share
            8.7.2.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.7.2.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.7.3    Online
            8.7.3.1    Market Share
            8.7.3.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.7.3.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        8.7.4    Retail Stores
            8.7.4.1    Market Share
            8.7.4.2    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
            8.7.4.3    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
    8.8    Global Socks Market by Region
        8.8.1    Market Share
            8.8.1.1    North America
            8.8.1.2    Europe
            8.8.1.3    Asia Pacific
            8.8.1.4    Latin America
            8.8.1.5    Middle East and Africa
9    Regional Analysis
    9.1    North America
        9.1.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.1.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.1.3    Breakup by Country
            9.1.3.1    United States of America 
            9.1.3.2    Canada
    9.2    Europe
        9.2.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.2.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.2.3    Breakup by Country
            9.2.3.1    United Kingdom
            9.2.3.2    Germany
            9.2.3.3    France
            9.2.3.4    Italy
            9.2.3.5    Others
    9.3    Asia Pacific
        9.3.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.3.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.3.3    Breakup by Country
            9.3.3.1    China
            9.3.3.2    Japan
            9.3.3.3    India
            9.3.3.4    ASEAN
            9.3.3.5    Australia
            9.3.3.6    Others
    9.4    Latin America
        9.4.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.4.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.4.3    Breakup by Country
            9.4.3.1    Brazil
            9.4.3.2    Argentina
            9.4.3.3    Mexico
            9.4.3.4    Others
    9.5    Middle East and Africa
        9.5.1    Historical Trend (2017-2021)
        9.5.2    Forecast Trend (2022-2027)
        9.5.3    Breakup by Country
            9.5.3.1    Saudi Arabia
            9.5.3.2    United Arab Emirates
            9.5.3.3    Nigeria
            9.5.3.4    South Africa
            9.5.3.5    Others
10    Market Dynamics
    10.1    SWOT Analysis
        10.1.1    Strengths
        10.1.2    Weaknesses
        10.1.3    Opportunities
        10.1.4    Threats
    10.2    Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
        10.2.1    Supplier’s Power
        10.2.2    Buyer’s Power
        10.2.3    Threat of New Entrants
        10.2.4    Degree of Rivalry
        10.2.5    Threat of Substitutes
    10.3    Key Indicators for Demand
    10.4    Key Indicators for Price
11    Value Chain Analysis
12    Competitive Landscape

    12.1    Market Structure
    12.2    Key Players
    12.3    Company Profiles
        12.3.1    Adidas A.G.
            12.3.1.1    Company Overview
            12.3.1.2    Product Portfolio
            12.3.1.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.3.1.4    Certifications
        12.3.2    Nike Inc.
            12.3.2.1    Company Overview
            12.3.2.2    Product Portfolio
            12.3.2.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.3.2.4    Certifications
        12.3.3    Puma S.E.
            12.3.3.1    Company Overview
            12.3.3.2    Product Portfolio
            12.3.3.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.3.3.4    Certifications
        12.3.4    Hanesbrands Inc.
            12.3.4.1    Company Overview
            12.3.4.2    Product Portfolio
            12.3.4.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.3.4.4    Certifications
        12.3.5    Under Armour, Inc.
            12.3.5.1    Company Overview
            12.3.5.2    Product Portfolio
            12.3.5.3    Demographic Reach and Achievements
            12.3.5.4    Certifications
        12.3.6    Others
13    Industry Events and Developments

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Key Questions Answered in the Report

The global Socks market size was valued at USD 46.5 billion in 2021.

In the forecast period of 2022-2027, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.3%.

The significant demand for unique socks for diabetic patients is one of the essential drivers of the Socks market growth.

Adidas A.G., Nike Inc., Puma S.E., Hanesbrands Inc., Under Armour, Inc, and Others are some of the major players in the market.

Asia, Middle East, and Europe region of the Socks industry holds a significant share in the market.

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The global Socks market attained a value of USD 46.5 billion in 2021, driven by the growing relevance of formal dress among white-collar workers. Other essential factors aiding the market growth are rising disposable incomes, a growing retail industry, and a growing shift toward sports and athletic activities. Aided by the ever-increasing efforts of leading companies that are extensively investing in developing custom diabetic socks due to the rising rate of foot diseases among diabetes patients, the market is expected to witness further growth in the forecast period of 2022-2027, growing at a CAGR of 6.3%. The market is projected to reach USD 67 billion by 2027. Some of the leading players in the industry are Adidas A.G., Nike Inc., Puma S.E., Hanesbrands Inc., Under Armour, Inc, and Others.

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