Ten fingers in the air for a man who sucks…ouch! I meant “socks”.
Ok, let’s stay focused.
Socks are interesting accessories that can take an outfit up a whole notch or make the potential love of your life run away from you forever. Okay…maybe it’s not that serious, but it potentially could…
For a bit of history, earlier versions of socks were made from animal skins which were then wrapped around the ankles. The Romans were the first to start sewing fabrics together to make socks around the 2nd century. Before elastic bands became one of its features, graters were used to hold the socks up and prevent them from falling down.
Aren’t you just about happy that you were popped into the world after elastic bands were invented?? By the 1000 AD, socks were a symbol of class segregation in the society and only the wealthy could afford it. With the invention of the first knitting machine in 1589, it meant more socks could be fabricated. In 1938, nylon was introduced into socks production. Before then, socks were made mainly from silk, wool and cotton. Introducing nylon saw the blending of multiple yarns in the fabrication of socks, a method that continues till today.
Why sock it? First, because your feet sweat and they and your shoes will smell like shit if you don’t sock it. Then, when it gets cold, socks are an absolute for warmth. I’ve used socks as an extra padding for an over-sized shoe and very important as well, they help prevent blisters to the feet.
The College of Podiatry has warned that people who have a habit of not wearing socks have a high risk of developing fungal problems and infections such as athlete’s foot. That’s scary, right? The question to go sockless or not arises when you’re wearing a shoe that covers your entire feet. With sandals and slippers, the answer’s pretty obvious. With the variety of socks available today in terms of length, I think there’s a good number of options so that when you want it seem like you’re not wearing, you actually are. How smart is that?!