I enjoy creating my own sock designs and do so quite often. I recently learned how to knit what some people call proper gusseted socks. I’m told they fit a lot better than short-row heeled socks.
Here’s the thing about that: If you have small feet and/or small heels, the short-row heels fit much, much better than gusset heeled socks. Gusset heeled socks were the standard for eons and went the way of the dodo for awhile because of the invention of hand-crank sock knitting machines and automatic sock knitting machines. Gusset heeled socks have come hugely back in vogue because there are many people who want socks that fit the whole foot, including and especially the heel.
After all, no one wants a pair of socks that are so tight over their heel that you can see through the knit fabric!
I have a customer who really likes toe socks, otherwise known by the brand name, Injinji. I’ve been knitting them for him in every color he can think of. They do take a while to dye up the yarn and knit them, but it’s very peaceful work.
His first order was for 1 pair of orange crew length toe socks and 1 pair ankle length toe socks.
His second order was for the same, but in a bright turquoise blue.
Now, I’m knitting him 2 pairs in a blend of green apple/lime green color!