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History of socks

Published In: Healthy Living Created Date: 2015-04-22 Hits: 1654 Comment: 0

Now we will discuss an interesting topic about socks - their historical evolution from Ancient Greece till 21st century

It is considered that the first socks were developed by the ancient Greeks. They wrapped matted animal hair around their feet in order to create a layer to protect and worm them. History tells us that the romans used leather and even fabrics as socks – an improvement compared to the ancient Greeks. However, the socks used before Christ had nothing to do with the ones we know nowadays. It was after the 10th cenury when they started to look like the ones we use today. An interesting fact is that priests and other holy people wore socks called 'puttees' by the 5th century. Their goal was to symbolise purity.


In the Middle Ages, socks slowly became one of the signs of wealth and fortune. Some of the pairs back then were secured with garters that prevented them from slipping and falling down. It is no wonder that the first decorative pairs came to life around 15th century. The Renaissance, which is considered to be the main bridge between the Middle Ages and the world as we know it nowadays, gave life to many discoveries, decorations and colours. That is why the first socks with custom designs and with various lengths were made in the early ages of the Renaissance.


Different stripes, a variety of colours, different lengths – those are some of the things that people used to express their style and individuality. Slowly, as socks became shorter, pants grew longer. This was followed by one of the biggest revolutions in the clothing industry – the invention of the knitting machine in 1589. This discovery made it possible for socks to be created 6 times faster than by hand knitting.


Until the end of 19th century more and more people could afford socks. Some families knitted them on their own while others bought them. However, the industrial age brought yet another revolution in the clothing industry – synthetic fabrics. With the introduction of synthetically created fibers, the socks became as we know them nowadays.


What does the future have in store for socks? It remains to be seen. However, there are two major fields that can do a great deal for the clothing industry – carbon and nanotechnologies. For example, with the help of nanotechnologies, socks that never get dirty might become a fact. There is also progress in developing anti­odor and anti­bacterial socks. We live in exciting times, and it remains to be seen what the future will bring us. At Marysocks, we hope for the perfect socks! :)

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