Frequently Asked Questions & Tips – Apolla Performance Wear
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Fit & Sizing

What is my size?
View our Size Chart
How does the Alpha Sock fit?

The Alpha Sock is intended to be a very snug fit. This is to eliminate the annoyance of floppy toes in traditional footwear that don’t fit your foot well. The Alpha’s snug fit helps accentuate the entire foot and is light but durable.

Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here.

How does the AMP Sock fit?
  • The AMP fits exactly like the Performance Sock fits.
    • Low profile just below ankle bone
    • More sleek and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage.
    • Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here
How does the Infinite Sock fit?

The Infinite Sock is intended to give your toes a little more freedom to spread out and ground you while dancing. It gives you the freedom of a sock but with full coverage protection and maximum support. The best sock you have ever danced in.

Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here

How does the Infinite Sock fit?
  • The Performance Sock fits just like the Infinite with a few differences:
    • Lower profile: the top of the Sock should hit below the bottom of the calf.
    • More sleek and fitted in the toes than the Infinite to accentuate the feet and create a more seamless look onstage.
    • Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here
How does the Joule fit?

The Joule is thin, light, and provides comfortable and effective arch and ankle support while leaving the ball of your foot and heel exposed. Since there are no toes on the Joule it is NOT anatomically correct and does not have a Left or Right foot.

If the turn-welt at the end of the Joule comes up too far under the ball of the foot, you are in a size too big. If the arch is not completely covered, you are in a size too small.

Make sure when you put them on the ribbed arch band is closer to your toes when you slip it on…it should not be on the ankle.

Here is a short tutorial how to put them on and how to wear them.

How does the K-Warmer fit?

This is not your 1980s legwarmer! The Kinesio Warmer is snug with consistent compression throughout that provides your legs with support you don’t even realize you are craving. They are sleek so they don’t get in the way and they stay in place, so you won’t be tugging on them all class. They are only one size and they fit most teenagers up thru adult males and will vary in length on each person. It is versatile so play with how you want to wear it.

Here is a short tutorial how to put them on and how to wear them.

What does “anatomically correct” mean?

All of our Apolla Socks® have a Right and a Left foot and must be worn on the correct foot to be effective and have optimal fit.

Infinites: On the back inside cuff of the calf you will see a knit in "R" (right) and "L" (left). To know the correct foot to wear on.

Alphas: Due to the sleek design of the Alpha Socks, the Right/Left designation is not labeled however; you can tell by simply looking at your Socks. Place your Socks on the ground, energy absorption side facing down. You will notice the silhouette of the toes of the Sock is diagonal in the outline. The highest point of the toes should be on the inside of the foot and will hold the big toe. Please match up and wear accordingly.

Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here

If I am younger than 12 OR very petite for my age OR have a very narrow foot does that change my size for the Infinite, Performance or the Alpha Sock?

Infinite and Performance Sock sizing may vary based on foot size and age. You may consider selecting one size smaller if: If you are younger than 11 years of age, are very petite, or have a very long/narrow foot but have a larger size of foot. For example: an 11 year old who wears a size 6 shoe would choose a size Small Infinite instead of a Medium (based on the size chart). A 16 year old who wears a size 6 shoe and has average leg and foot size would choose the recommended size Medium.

If I have a very wide foot, does that change my size?

If you have a very wide foot and are on the top end of the size range listed, you may choose to go up a size in the Alpha Sock. For example, if you are a size 7.5 with a wide foot, you may be more comfortable in a size Large Alpha Sock instead of the size Medium. Your sizing in the Infinite or Performance Socks should not be affected.

How do I best put on my Alphas?

This is a compression garment. It takes practice to put it on quickly. However, it will become very easy once you have worn a few times. Here are some suggestions and tips how to put on your Alpha Socks:

  • Put your Alphas on like you would put on tights.
  • All Apolla Shocks® are anatomically correct with a left and right foot.
    • Look for the highest point of the sock to know where the big toe of each foot should go.
  • Make sure knit-in energy absorption is facing the ground when you put them on.
  • Start with scrunching the opening with your thumbs down to the toes than stretch the toes in first.
  • Once you have filled the fabric out completely with your toes and ball of the foot, stretch over the arch and bring the heel strap under your heel.
  • Slip the heel strap behind your Achilles and lay the heel strap flat on your ankle and across the back of your Achilles tendon.
  • The strap should lay comfortably touching the bottom your anklebone.
  • Please see our quick video tutorial of How To Wear your Socks here
How do I best put on my Infinite and Performance Socks?

This is a compression garment. Know the first few times you put it on takes practice. However, it will become very easy once you have worn a few times.

  • Put your Infinites/Performance Socks on like you would put on tights.
  • All Apolla Socks® are anatomically correct with a left and right foot.
  • On the back inside cuff of the calf you will see a knit in "R" (right) and "L" (left). To know the correct foot to wear on.
  • Make sure knit-in energy absorption is facing the ground when you put them on.
  • Roll the sleeve of the Sock down and scrunch down to the toes with your thumbs on the inside.
  • Fill out the toes and ball of the foot.
  • Completely stretch the sock back over your heel and pull up over the calf.
  • The Y stitch in the heel should be the center of your heel diagonally.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles so fabric lays flat on your feet and calves.
Is it normal for my Alphas to fit very snug on my toes and ball of the foot?

Yes, the Alpha design is meant to be snug to hug to every curve of your feet and toes to truly show off your feet when you dance.


Traction Questions:

What does Customizable Invisible Traction mean?

View our Customize Traction page.

Can I wear my Apolla Socks® on any kind of flooring?

Apolla Socks® come in a traction and non-traction version and can be worn on most common dance surfaces (i.e. marley, wood, gymnasium, convention carpet). The traction version will work best on marley, wood, or gymnasium flooring while the non traction version is best for settings with carpet flooring, such as conventions, or if you plan to wear your Socks with shoes. PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT recommend wearing your Socks on concrete, turf, or floors that could snag your Socks. They may cause holes or defects that Apolla is not responsible for.

Please watch this short 1 minute video to learn how to customize our traction.

Can I use rosin with my Shocks?

Many of our testers have found rosin to be helpful with their Shocks and it still washes up well. We cannot guarantee the product outside of our care instructions. Use your own discretion on need and use.

Please watch this short 1 minute video to learn how to customize our traction.

Can the traction leave residue on my dance floor?
Upon initial wear, the traction requires a “breaking in” period to get the grip to your preferred level of grip. It is also during this time, a small number of our testers reported a residue from the traction on their floors. However; it is not something that happens each time and dissipates after wearing and washing. The residue is not something that harms the floor in any way, wipes clean with regular cleanings. If you have any problems, please use a solution of water and vinegar to clean with a dry rough cloth and it should clean it easily. If you know your floor has this problem, please wash your Shocks before wearing the first time and this should help reduce the residue upon initial wear. We appreciate hearing from you if you experience this so we can get your thoughts and feedback. Please email us at info@apollaperformance.com.
How do I decide between traction or non-traction?

We recommend all dancers having 1 of each version of our Shocks to always have your dance needs covered on any surface. However, if you need to choose here is our go-to guide:

  • If you have enjoyed the level of traction provided in a typical sock on your dance floor OR if you plan to only wear your shocks in your tennis shoes, tap shoes, or on carpet then the non-traction is for you.
  • If you want more traction and want control of your movement, have a very slick floor and/or will only be wearing these directly on a dance surface, then traction version is for you.
  • Our non-traction version works wonderfully on carpet in a convention setting.
  • Please watch this short 1 minute video to learn how to customize our traction.
Do you have a traction refresher?
You can get it here

General Questions

How are the Socks different from my regular socks or dance shoes?
Apolla Socks are the only footwear for dancers that provides Arch support, Ankle stability, energy Absorption (our 3 A’s) and our customizable traction. Our targeted compression for key insertion points of the feet help to lift, support, and remove inflammation. Dancers suffer TWICE the injuries from the knee down as football players…and 65% of those injuries occur from repetitive strain, overuse, and inflammation. Apolla Socks show off your feet more than any dance shoe or on the market. They as durable or more so than your dance shoes or socks. What really makes them special is our option of traction and how you can customize it. For all other dancer footwear, you are not able to change the traction based on the style of dance or the floor. However, with Apolla Socks you are able to get the Socks with NO traction (which is great in shoes and on carpet at conventions), or you can get it with our unique traction that is meant to be worn down to your level of grip then you use a traction refresher to keep the grip the life of the Shocks. For more information on our traction (and our short 1-minute video tutorial on how to refresh the grip) please click HERE.
Can I order in multiples for my studio/company/team?

Absolutely! Please contact us if you want to order for your studio, company, team etc. We will be happy to customize a package for your dancers. Please email us at info@apollaperformance.com.

What colors are available in the Socks?

The Alpha Shock is currently available in Nude-One, Nude-Two, Nude-Three, Pink and Black. The Joule is available in the same. 

The Infinite Sock is available in black, the K-Warmer is available in black and pink.

The Performance Sock (crew profile) is available in Nude-One, Nude-Two, and Black, White, and Gray! The AMP (no-show) profile is available in the same 5 colors. If you would like to see the Sock in another color, please email Apolla at info@apollaperformance so we can hear your feedback.

We are in development of more colors, widening our nude line, and growing as fast as we can as a start-up. Have a request? Please let us know! Email us at info@apollaperformance so we can continue to serve all of our community’s needs.

Why do I need the Apolla mesh bag?

The Apolla mesh bag is perfect for consistent care and laundering of your Apolla Shocks®:

  • Helps for proper care in washing and drying cycle so they don’t get lost in the laundry.
  • Protects the compression, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial properties.
  • Keeps your Apolla Socks® organized in your dance bag so they never get separated.
  • Great way to carry your Apolla Shocks® on the go if you don’t want to take your whole dance bag.
What is the Return/Exchange Policy?
Am I able to wear my Shocks over my dance tights?

Absolutely! The beauty of the Shocks is they feel like a sock but wear like a shoe so you get the best of both worlds whether that be over tights, in your shoes or worn alone!

Will my Socks shrink when I wash them?

We have found that washing your Socks with the recommended wash settings actually makes them feel and perform even better. The specialized yarns used in the construction of our Socks make it so the Sock forms to your foot more with each wash and wear.

I am not happy with my Socks fit, what can I do?
Please email us right away at info@apollaperformance.com. We truly believe there is an Apolla Sock for everyone, however, since every person's preferences are as unique as the variances of the feet…it usually is just about getting you in the right size or style to meet your unique preferences and foot.
I have feedback for Apolla, how do I contact you?
info@apollaperformance.com WE LOVE FEEDBACK!
Is there a Sock that I can wear in my shoes?

YES! Check out the Joule! It was made to provide support for those that need to dance barefoot.

Is there a Sock style that can give me support for my knees or calves?

YES! The K-Warmer provides calves, knees, thighs and shins wonderful warmth, support and comfort.

Is there a Sock that I can have arch support and ankle stability AND be barefoot while dancing?

YES! The Joule, the Performance and AMP are favorites in shoes

Can I combine discount codes with my Rewards?

No, any discount or reward that uses a code to enter in the promo box at checkout, CANNOT be combined with another code or discount.


Care Questions:

Can I wash my Socks?

YES! In fact they get more comfortable with wearing and washing. You will notice they start to form to your foot for a custom fit. However, it is important you take care of your Socks and wash them properly. See care instructions.

What are the care instructions for my Socks?
  • Wash with warm water in gentle cycle, no fabric softener. Low tumble dry, no fabric softener sheets.
    • You will get best results if you wash and dry in your Apolla mesh bag.
    • Your Apolla mesh bag is also great to store your Socks, allow them to air out.
  • You may spot treat your Socks if necessary.
There are strings on my hocks, what should I do?
With high compression garments there is a lot of yarn compressed into a small area. With wear and tear this may cause some strings to pop to the outside of the Sock, when they would typically be on the inside. PLEASE DO NOT PULL ON THE STRINGS! Simply snip them at the base of the Socks. This should not lessen the effectiveness of your Socks. Please email us at info@apollaperformance.com if you have any questions or concerns.
The bottom of my Socks are pilling, is this normal?
Apolla Socks are made with high quality performance yarns to create long lasting, durable, and effective supportive socks. However, when worn in shoes or carpet pilling may occur. This does not lessen the effectiveness of the support for the recommended 6-9 months of life of the Socks. Washing your Socks in the recommended mesh bags will help prevent/reduce pilling as well. Just as any dance shoe or footwear, the bottom of the Socks may get worn down or dirty, it is recommended to have a pair of rehearsal Socks and a pair of “stage ready” Socks if there is concern for the appearance.
How durable are the Socks?
Apolla is very proud of how durable our Socks are! They are highly engineered socks made with high quality yarns that make them highly effective but also durable! Depending on your proper care (you keep your toe nails short, you follow the recommended wash instructions) they will outlast any of your other socks and even dance shoes! This time frame will vary, but you should have effective and beautiful Socks for 6-9 months before you should replace them. PLEASE NOTE: Just as running shoes, Apolla’s compression will lessen with time, wear, and tear! We recommend replacing your Socks every 6-9 months to stay protected and supported. Even though a large majority of our testers continued to report their Socks staying impeccable well over 9 months.
When should I replace my Socks?
Remember: To keep your body feeling strong and fine…Replace your Shocks every 6-9!
Just as running shoes need to be regularly replaced to continue to properly protect and support you, Apolla’s compression will lessen with time, wear, and tear! We recommend replacing your Socks every 6-9 months to stay protected and supported. Even though a large majority of our testers continued to report their Socks staying impeccable well over 9 months.
How can I prevent holes in my Socks?
Will my Socks shrink when I wash them?

We have found that washing your Socks with the recommended wash settings actually makes them feel and perform even better. The specialized yarns used in the construction of our Socks make it so the Sock forms to your foot more with each wash and wear.

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