Is it a sock or a Shock?! Let us clear up any confusion… dancers call them SHOCKS because they are the benefit of a SHoe and the comfort of a sOCK…with the added option of grip, they easily replace their footwear making them so much MORE than a sock. BUT to everyone else they are the best compression sock in the world. So while we started for dancers, you may see Shocks and socks...just know they are the same thing and not a typo. 😉

All of your Apolla Shocks® can absolutely be washed…yes, even those with traction!  In fact, the fit gets more comfortable with wear and washing. If your Shocks seem to be stretched out a bit? Just wash them to help them bounce back! We hope you notice over time they start to form to your foot for a perfect, custom fit. It is important to take care of your Shocks and wash them properly in order to protect the compression, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial properties, but also to maximize the lifespan of your Shocks.  It is okay to use rosin with your Shocks, but we recommend E6000 Spray Adhesive. Like dance shoes it is recommended you keep the toenails short to avoid puncturing the Shock. For the traction pairs, you do not need to wash your Shocks daily. TREAT YOUR SHOCKS MORE LIKE A SHOE. This may prolong the traction of your Shocks. Please use the following guidelines to care for your Shocks:

  1. Wash with warm water in gentle cycle
  2. Low tumble dry
  3. Do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets
  4. You will get best results if you wash and dry your Shocks in the Apolla mesh bag (sold separately
    • Washing your Shocks in a mesh bag will also help prevent pilling. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The Nude & White Shocks WILL get any light color footwear would on a floor. And yes, the Shocks, like any knit product, will pill and pick up lint. They may FEEL like super-powered footwear...but they still fabric vulnerable to stains. We recommend having a practice and performance pair if this is a concern for you. 

    Please go to our FAQs if you have further questions or concerns on care & durability.