For you sock aficionados out there, we have gathered some history and general information about our beloved foot-protectors.
The word ‘socks’ is derived form loose-fitting slippers, called soccus in Latin, worn by Roman comic actors.
The earliest sock models were made from animal skins wrapped around the foot and tied at the ankles. The Ancient Greeks wore socks of matted animal hair for warmth. The Romans also wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics. In the 5th century, the pious people of Europe wore socks called puttees as a symbol of purity. 500 years later, socks became a symbol of wealth among the nobility. The modern sock is knitted, they are designed to reduce resistance between the foot and footwear, protect footwear, provide comfort, be fashionable, and keep the feet warm. In cold environments, socks help retain or remove the moisture of the foot, minimizing the risk of frostbite.
High Quality Socks
Socks can be made from a wide variety of materials including:
Other materials that may be used in high quality socks for an increased softness include:
The invention of the knitting machine in 1589 made high quality socks more common, as they could be produced six times faster than by hand. Nonetheless, knitting machines and hand knitters continued to work side-by-side until the 1800’s.
The next revolution in high quality sock production was brought on by the introduction of Nylon in 1938. Until then, socks were commonly made from silk, cotton, and wool. Nylon gave rise to the process of blending yarns in order to produce high quality socks.
Colourful socks have recently become popular among the fashion-conscious. With the ability to be mixed and matched in seemingly unlimited combinations, these socks with character open up new and exciting fashion possibilities. Major sports brands often design colourful socks that become a key detail of sport uniforms, helping to distinguish players on opposing teams. Coloured socks can also be given a particular significance or meaning.
In a traditional world of black, grey, and blue dress socks, fashion socks stand out from the crowd displaying a more creative look. Checked, striped, dotted, or any other design you can think of, these socks can be worn in accompaniment with dress shoes, sneakers, or even a tuxedo in formal wear. Fashion socks are also perfectly at home in casual wear, adding a piece of colourful flare to blue jeans and a T-shirt.
Fashion socks come in a variety of heights: ankle, mid-calf (most common), and over the calf. Traditional dress socks have a reputation of slipping down the leg, obliging the wearer to pull them up again and again. Some men resorted to garters or sock suspenders, but now this is an issue of the past. Fashion socks with elastics have solved this recurring sock-pull problem.
Wool socks have been around for a long time and are still popular today. Wool is a fibrous protein that comes from a variety of animal coats, primarily sheep. Wool socks keep the feet warm and comfortable, two qualities that will always keep them in style.