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What Is Crazy Sock Day?

Two feet wearing mismatched socks with cats and beavers for Crazy Sock Day

Did you know Crazy Sock Day is just around the corner? We carry socks for every holiday, but this is the holiday for every pair of socks!

We love this fun day because it gives everyone a chance to show the world their snazziest pair of mismatched socks while supporting people with Down syndrome around the world. Learn more about Crazy Sock Day and all the different ways to participate here. 

A woman stands in front of Cute But Crazy Socks wears mismatched socks; one has purple stripes and the other has a sunset and constellations.

When Is Crazy Sock Day?

Crazy Sock Day is March 21, the day each year when people around the world promote Down syndrome awareness by wearing wild mismatched socks to school and work! This day is chosen because it is also World Down Syndrome Day.

Usually we wear our wildest, silliest, craziest pair of socks on Crazy Sock Day, also known as Silly Sock Day. You may have also heard Crazy Sock Day called Odd Sock Day, but there is also another day in the UK called Odd Socks Day, when people wear funny socks to help end bullying. It turns out that fun socks are a great way to get attention and raise awareness for important causes

A red "no" symbol overlays a pair of feet wearing plain white socks to signify "no boring socks" because Crazy Sock Day is a day to wear your wildest pair!

What Are Crazy Socks?

Crazy socks are socks that make you feel happy and help you express yourself! They might have fun designs with animals, food or drinks, funny sayings or bold patterns and colors. These socks are the styles that go beyond just boring black and white and fill your life with color and joy. Here at Cute But Crazy Socks, we offer hundreds of different crazy socks for kids and adults. 

A child wears mismatched crazy socks on the playground, one with a unicorn and rainbow stripes and the other with mermaids.

Why Do We Have Crazy Sock Day?

We participate in Crazy Sock Day in order to celebrate our differences. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21 in a person's DNA, meaning people with this condition have three copies of chromosome 21 instead of the usual two. That’s also where we get the date for World Down Syndrome Day because 3 and 21 = March 21!

A person sits on a stool and wears multiple pairs of mismatched socks layered on both legs.

People with Down syndrome may look different from other people and may have health problems related to their condition. For many people with Down syndrome learning can be a struggle, but with the help of their teachers, families, friends and a world that supports them and celebrates what makes them unique, people with Down syndrome can do amazing things.

When we wear colorful mismatched socks, we are saying it is OK to stand out and be different! Our crazy socks can also start conversations about Down syndrome, and that is a good thing.

Who Celebrates Crazy Sock Day?

Anyone of any age around the world can celebrate this holiday! If you know someone with Down syndrome in your school, your neighborhood or at your workplace, celebrating Crazy Sock Day is a great way to let them know you care about them.

It can also be a day to donate to Down syndrome organizations including the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, National Down Syndrome Congress, National Down Syndrome Society and groups local to your area that support adults and kids with Down syndrome and other physical and intellectual disabilities.

Crazy Sock Day at school is a fun time to see all your teachers and classmates wear silly socks. Likewise, a Crazy Sock Day at work can be a great opportunity for coworkers to connect.

When we wear wild, loud and colorful socks we are expressing ourselves in a way that is accessible and fun, and invites curiosity and conversation. I might see you wearing Sasquatch socks and ask you if you are from the Pacific Northwest, like me. Or I might see a stranger wearing mismatched socks with flowers and vegetables and ask them if they like to garden. Building connections in our communities is just one of the great things about Crazy Sock Day!

What Do You Do on Crazy Sock Day?

A pair of feet wearing colorful mismatched socks with sandals, a perfect look for Crazy Sock Day.

There are many different activities you can do to celebrate this day. The first is to just mismatch your favorite socks and show them off. Here are some other Crazy Sock Day ideas for teachers, workplaces and individuals.

  • March in a crazy sock parade.
  • Have a silly square dance party in your socks with special dance moves you all learn together.
  • Show and tell about your socks, especially if they say something about you like your favorite animal or activity!
  • Reorganize your sock drawer and recycle or reuse your socks that are too worn out to wear anymore.
  • Have a Crazy Sock Day giveaway where people can win prizes — like fun socks!
  • Decorate a pair of plain socks to make them into fun socks. For more crazy sock DIY tips, see our blog post.
  • Share a photo of your socks with your friends and family. We would also love to see your socks! Tag us @cutebutcrazysocks across social media.
  • Work out or go for a walk in your wildest socks.
  • Donate socks to people in need.


Andrea Farrell

Andrea Farrell is the lead buyer and content writer for Cute But Crazy Socks. She is a sock industry expert with over a decade of experience in socks retail, customer service, product selection, product development and customer behavior. Andrea leans on her degree in journalism from Western Washington University to write helpful articles on socks and hosiery, covering all topics from current fashion trends to sock jokes.

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