Sock shrinkflation

It maybe just me getting older but has anyone noticed that socks are harder to get over the heel/ankle?

I wore large socks for years. Size 9.5 - 43 shoes. Most sizing charts say I’m buying the correct size. This is a problem with not only cycling socks but other socks. Cold water wash gentle cycle with bibs. Even the wife can’t believe how tight my large socks are.

I’m now trying XL socks. The aero SILCA seem to fit pretty good.


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I’ve noticed this with swiftwick socks and my normal everyday socks too.

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