Clarification of Answer by
27 Oct 2002 16:27 PST
Thanks much for giving me the opportunity to clarify. Though I was
away for awhile today, I did find myself musing on your question and
wondering the same thing myself, so I'm glad to look further for you.
Just to reiterate first, actually I did mention a fourth method, which
is the use of a garter belt. Although related to the shirt garters,
this does not actually attach to your shirt; the belt is a separate
garment. Of course, corsets and girdles as well can and often do also
have garter straps on them, and such garments are also separate
pieces, available for both genders. But I did think with these I had
covered all the methods.
However, on your request I did some further searching to see what
would turn up. First I came up with something called "sock ties,"
which are designed to be used by hockey and soccer players and such,
and sounded promising. But they turned out to be just another
variation of the standard garter, using a combination of elastic and
velcro for a better fit. Here are a couple of links for those in case
you're interested: http://www.biziworks.com.au/biziworks/BiziGen?ownerID=HOCK787&docID=1209
Then on reading the previous desciption, it did occur to me that it
might be possible to fashion a band of velcro to which the sock would
adhere when pulled over it, in contrast to being compressed underneath
a band, but I wasn't able to find anything like that commercially
available. I did find mention, however, of a "silicone band," that
sounds somewhat similar in concept:
http://www.sockdoctor.com/FittingQuestions_F2.html#2A However, these
seem to be built into the "stay-up" types of stockings, rather than
available for purchase separately, though one could certainly
improvise and it does seem to be another methods.
And then, on looking further, I also found that some athletes (esp.
hockey players) use shorts with velcro on them to hold up their
socks/stockings. See examples of these here:
http://www.hockeynut.ca/cgi-bin/uni?cat=9&subcat=39&item=80 or here:
http://www.fogdog.com/product/index.jsp?productId=503331 . Related to
these might be the old trick we used to use in winter of pulling our
socks on over our longjohns. Doing it that way ensured they'd stay up
And then here is a suggestion for using rubber strips for holding up
However, the site's author(s) don't clearly explain exactly how this
should be done, so I would say this probably doesn't exactly count as
Therefore, in conclusion, after a quite extensive search, I feel
fairly confident in saying that at present, there appear to be six
main methods of holding up socks, that is:
1) Strapping the sock to a belt, corset, or girdle.
2) Strapping the sock to one's shirt.
3) Strapping the sock around the calf or upper leg.
4) Securing the sock to a band of velcro, silicone or rubber placed
around the leg.
5) Gluing or otherwise (e.g. duct tape) adhering the sock to the skin.
6) Securing the sock by means of velcro or friction adhesion (e.g.
socks over long underwear) to a pair of shorts or other item of
I could not locate any other methods. Additional search terms I used
"hold up socks"
socks "silicone band"
keeping socks up
I hope this has been of help to you. Please do let me know if you
need any further clarification.
Regards and thanks,