Based in the US, Hype Socks is a hosiery manufacturer and distributor specializing in the design and development of Odor-Resistant, Moisture-Managing Performance Socks for athletic programs or other organizations and special occasions.

Turn Around Time

It's simple...we're the fastest. Because we're manufacturing the product in our own US facility, we boast the best turnaround time in the world for custom socks: only 1-4 weeks for customers in the US and Canada.


In 2015, we announced the grand-opening of our very own hosiery manufacturing facility. Located in the Former Sock Capital of the World, Fort Payne, AL, we leverage an incredible 300+ years of combined experience. Our highly skilled team of designers and hosiery technicians allow us to offer the best product with unlimited customization.


We offer a low minimum of only 10 pairs per size but 30 total pairs per design/order. This allows our customers to choose a wide variety of socks; home, away, alternate, you name it!

Josh M. Wintermantel

Josh M. Wintermantel


Josh started Hype Socks in 2011 with a vision to outfit athletic teams in custom socks. While a college basketball player at Emory University, Hype Socks continued to grow as Josh leveraged his relationships in the sports industry. In 2015, Josh reinvested his earnings into a hosiery mill in Fort Payne, Alabama, the Former Sock Capital of the World. An expert in the field of email-marketing, Josh continues to lead Hype Socks today, with his focus on outbound marketing and spreading the Hype about his company!

Luke A. Griffith

Luke A. Griffith

Senior Inside Sales Manager

Being an avid sports fan and Ohio State alumni, I’m proud of my Ohio roots and motivated in the sports industry. I take a lot of satisfaction in being a people person and working with the great customers in our market. I spend my time managing our schools and team sock orders, as well as innovating cool custom designs to offer the most popular socks to match their uniforms. During my off-time, I enjoy watching my Cleveland sports teams and being a Fantasy Football Guru, with a knack for finding the great plays each week!

Howie Chaney

Plant Manager/ Programming Director

Howie leads the manufacturing team in Fort Payne,  Alabama – the Former Sock Capital of the World – in the role of Plant Manager and Programming Director. An Atlanta Falcon season ticket holder, you can also find Howie rooting for the Crimson Tide during the weekends. As the Programming Director of Hype Socks, Howie is in charge of finalizing all designs and customization that passes through our manufacturing facility. 

Riley Watkins

Riley Watkins

Director of Marketing

Riley was born and raised in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of The University of Akron where she earned two bachelor’s degrees in public relations and media. After leaving the news industry, Riley found a new passion in marketing. She is a major OSU fan and enjoys the social aspect of all sporting events. Growing up, music and creativity was more her thing. If she’s not working she’s either singing or photographing weddings.

Zach Kettler

Inside Sales Rep.

Born and raised in Worthington, OH but Athens, OH will also always be considered home. Zach graduated from Ohio University in May of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a focus in marketing. Before that, he played soccer at Thomas Worthington High School. He has been an avid sports fan his entire life, especially when it comes to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ohio State Football.

Adrian Sims

Business Development Associate

Adrian spent 20 years in Hampton, VA before moving to Columbus in 2000. He’s a lead generating guru, closing hammer, with 30 years of sales, marketing, and business experience. To be the man – You must Beat the Man! (even within yourself). He loves reggae and traveling!

Luke Pappas


Luke is an upcoming senior at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business studying finance, with minors in environmental studies, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. A die-hard Cleveland sports fan, he looks forward to the upcoming Browns season and can’t wait to see them in the Superbowl. He loves working in the sports industry and helping coaches get their teams high quality custom socks that they look forward to wearing come game time!

Jack Mason


A Columbus native and third year at The Ohio State University, naturally making him a huge Buckeye fan. Jack has a love for sports and the sports industry. He enjoys working with our customers to make sure every sports team we outfit loves their custom sock. “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good.” – Deion Sanders

Jeremy Hart


Jeremy grew up in Pittsburgh and loves the Steelers and Pirates, but he’s become a diehard Buckeye since attending OSU. He enjoys watching and playing all kinds of sports, but especially football and baseball. His other hobbies include playing video games, listening to music, and becoming an aspiring cinephile by watching classic movies.