Design-a-Sock Contest FAQ 2016


Design-a-Sock is one of our favorite times of year. We get to see amazing submissions come pouring in from all our highly creative and unique fans! We also get to interact with you all in a more personal way: sharing art and ideas. We can’t always answer all of your questions when you’re asking them, so we created this DASC FAQ page. If you don’t see your question answered here, please leave a comment and we’ll add it!

Who is eligible to enter?

Any person, any where in the world can enter! If you are under 13, a parent or legal guardian must submit your entry. This contest is international and open to all ages!

Where do I enter my design?

You can both download your entry form and submit your finished design here:, or mail or hand deliver entries to: 9592 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR 97222

When are entries due?

We are accepting entries 9/6/16 – 9/30/16

How many can I submit?

5 designs per person.

How many colors are allowed per design?

We prefer 6 colors per design. All judges will use this preference during the contest because our socks cannot be created with more than 6 colors. If a sock with more than 6 colors makes it through the voting process to win, we’ll need to adjust the design for production.

What are the prizes?

1st Place: Cash prize of $2,000, and 15 pairs of awesome Sock It to Me socks from our current line, and your design will be manufactured on real socks.

2nd Place: Cash prize of $500 and 10 pairs of socks.

3rd Place: Cash prize of $250 and 5 pairs of socks.

When will the winners be chosen?

Winners will be announced 10/17/16.

How does the voting work?

Sock It to Me judges, including our celebrity judges and our in-house team of experts, will select the top 30 designs from all eligible entries. We will post these chosen 30 on our site ( and our Facebook page for our fans to vote from 10/7/16 – 10/14/16 on the top 10 designs. Sock It to Me judges will select the final 3 winners from the top 10. Winners will be announced on our site and Facebook page.

All judging will be based on the following criteria/preferences:

  1. Simplicity of design
  2. Use of a maximum of six colors
  3. Use of colors that are flat and solids, NO shading, blending or half tones
  4. Use of pattern
  5. Use of imagery, themes, patterns, or designs that are different from our current line
  6. Originality

What if my design isn’t chosen as a winner, but you want to produce it?

Any socks produced, winning or otherwise, are created with the artist’s permission and are paid for. If we like a design that doesn’t win, we’ll contact you to see if you are interested before we move forward with payment and production.

If I submit an entry, do you own the rights to the design?

No. Contest entries will not be sent back to you, but we don’t own the rights to submitted contest entry designs: you do. Once winners are chosen (or we decide we want to produce another entry), we contact each artist to give them a contract and payment before moving forward.

Where will the winning designs be produced?

They will be produced at the same manufacturer we use to create all our socks. They are located in South Korea, where our founder is from and first discovered fun, vibrant knee socks. We have visited the factory multiple times to ensure fair practices, and we have a close relationship with them. You can read (and see) more about one of the trips here:

Why do you hold this contest?

For fun! We have an amazing full-time professional apparel design team who come up with creative and unique sock designs ALL THE TIME (seriously, they are great). This contest is an opportunity for our fans to participate in the process and an opportunity for us to make our brand more representative of our fans. Our founder, Carrie, created this contest in the fashion of the restaurant coloring contests we all did when we were kids waiting for our food to arrive.

If my design wins, will I get a pair of my socks?

Yes. Once they are produced, we will send you a pair of your designed sock. Also, we will give you a gift certificate for the prize socks, which you can use to get whatever socks you want! It takes a while for socks to get produced, so if you want to spend your gift certificate on your socks, you’ll need to wait a while.

Do you have suggestions for designs?

Something that we don’t already have (take a look at our current line to see what is already available). Also avoid complex details or gradients as these are difficult to translate onto a sock. You can design any style you want (crew, knee high, etc.), though that might get changed during production.

What are the official rules for this contest?

Good question! You can find them all here:


  1. You can submit up to 5 designs, but the jury will choose designs based on merit. It’s entirely possible that one artist could end up with 2 designs in the voting period, but it has not happened with any frequency in previous years.

  2. My daughter is a huge fan !!! She has so many of you’re socks she was looking up you’re web site and she noticed you’re warehouse is in Milwaukee can we ever go for a tour?😃😃😃😃

  3. The contest is now closed and we are currently picking out our favorite entries but you are more than welcome to come back next year and enter the contest! You can also vote for your favorite finalists on Monday, October 8th!

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