A little History of Socks


Socks are very useful, because they protect the feet from blisters while walking on shoes. In addition, they regulate the dissipation of perspiration, because the foot is among the important body parts that produce sweat. In ancient times, people wore socks made of animal skins, gathered up, wrapped and tied around the ankles.

Early socksThe Greek in the 8th century BC, used socks made from matted animal hair to protect against the cold. Later, the Romans used leather or woven fabrics to wrap around the feet for protection. By the way, the word 'sock' comes from the Latin word 'soccus', which describes a light low-heeled shoe or slipper. In Egypt, around 300-500 AD, knitted socks were in use. They had a split toe so the sock could be used with sandals. In Europe, from the Middle Ages, socks were used by the upper middle class and nobility as a sign of their wealth. In Japan, dating back to the 15th century, men and women wear socks with a split toe, the 'tabi', for use with their traditional footwear. Until the invention of the knitting machine in 1589 by William Lee, all socks were made by hand. It would last until the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, that most socks were made by hand.

Japanese socks,shiro-tabi,gyoda-city,japanNowadays, about one third of the worlds sock production is made in the Chinese town of Datang in the province Zhejiang. Today, socks are a very common piece of cloths, available in many types of colors, patterns, materials and price classes. For some people socks are a very important item and are changed whenever fashion dictates a new look. Others pay less or little attention to their socks. However, you, of course, like to wear socks with a motive of your favorite dog breed! That is why you can find a nice collection of socks on this page.





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