March 22, 2019
We may take our comfy, well-made, subtly ironic socks for granted, but we shouldn’t because the road that brought us here is strewn with the god-awful worst socks you can ever imagine. Scratchy, unprocessed wool socks, rough-hewn animal skins and probably...I don’t know...bronze socks lined with pointed sticks.
People throughout history have had to make do with whatever they had available to them when it came to socks, which explains why war is a central theme across the eons. If only the Romans had access to cotton/nylon/spandex blends they likely would have been content to raise sheep and strum lutes all day instead of conquering the entirety of Europe.
So how did we get to the cornucopia of sock bliss that we enjoy today? Let’s pull up our knee highs and wade into the history of under-shoe footwear.
The earliest socks would only be recognized as such by people that think wrapping their feet in freshly-peeled animal skin is an appropriate accouterment to tennis shoes. Paleolithic humans likely used animal hides tied at the ankle as proto-sock/shoe combinations. In the winter these hides would have included the animal's fur, for warmth, and in the summer their stench would have made them effective biological weapons against neighboring tribes.
After the short-lived, ill-conceived, sharpened stick craze died out socks went back to being made of what they had been for millennia, woven wool. The earliest socks we have date to around 1,600 years ago. Found in an ancient burial chamber along the Nile in Egypt these socks had split toes, to accommodate sandals. Socks. Made specifically for sandals. Can you imagine? Ancient Egypt was a very silly place.
The Romans continued this tradition of lining their sandals with socks. In fact, the word “sock” derives from the Latin “soccus”, which was a light, low-heeled shoe. And this, in turn, derives from the Ancient Greek “sykkos” which was a thin, sock-like shoe worn with sandals. So maybe the next time we aim to deride some aging hippy turned television repairman for his choice to rock socks with sandals, we should remember that this footwear combination conquered most of the known world at one time. And it would have been very unwise to laugh in the face of an entire Roman legion.
Prior to 1589, when Englishman William Lee invented the first knitting machine, socks of any reasonable quality were the exclusive domain of the rich. Socks at the time were woven by hand, and decent, comfortable socks took a very long time to make, pricing commoners out of the market.
So if you had a dresser full of socks, and a dresser, it’s likely there was a group of pitchfork wielding peasants plotting your demise in some particularly gruesome fashion. But at least you could take solace in the fact that you’d likely die of natural causes at the ripe old age of 34 before your goon squad could make their move.
If there’s one takeaway you should pull from this article, it’s that you are one of the luckiest people to ever exist. You get to live in the present, where socks aren’t fashioned from the side of a caribou or filled with termites. Instead, you get supremely comfortable, affordable, and fashionable socks, and you can wear a different pair...every day! Oh, the unbridled luxury of it all! Pick up a few pairs for yourself today and celebrate the supremely lucky happenstance of your birth.
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May 09, 2019
Very nice and huge collection of designer socks. Nice to see socks collection.
April 15, 2019
Educational, fun and humorous information on the history of socks. Ozone socks are the best ever. I have at least eight pairs and look forward to more.
March 27, 2019
Great information on the socks. Love the socks.
Love ❤️ your socks
March 25, 2019
Love the sloth socks have 3 teenage daughters we love socks at my house your socks are super cute
These socks look so comfy!!
My friend has some of these socks and she loves them! I would live to try a pair!
These socks look cozy can’t wait to try them
After reading this article, I am very thankful for my socks!!!
I agree, the history of socks was pretty awful. I am spoiled with my soft, comfortable socks.
Your socks rock they are definitely very unique!! The many different varieties you style and look are off the charts! Very Cool Socks!!
I absolutely love the designs on all y’all’s socks :)
Love your socks!
This was so interesting & enjoyable to read! Thank you for the fun content!! ❤
Love your sloth socks.
Sloths socks are the best around. Now about those sandel socks they look a bit weird.
What wonderful pictures you take.
Fascinating info on different sock materials through time. Very glad we have the comfy cozy socks available to us!
I love all of your designs on your socks!! By far #1 sick company that I have seen!! Your socks rock!!
Too cute! We love all kinds of wacky, crazy socks! Thanks!
Very interesting 😊
These socks and designs are so cute!!
I adore your socks💙💙
Great article. Funny, but informative
I seem to go through lots of pairs of socks—always can use more
Im so glad we dont have to wear socks made from the side of caribou. Would love to win a pair of ozone cosy socks! Love me some crazy cozy socks!
Love me some fun socks!!
To think that we have so many choices of styles and patterns of socks is amazing!
Thank goodness we don’t live back in the day. I need my comfy socks.
Love these socks!
I absolutely agree that to own a pair & wear a pair of ozone sucks makes me like the luckiest person in the world! I can’t tell you how many people comment on my over the knee boot socks when I wear them out! They are like wearing compression stockings but much fancier! I thank you for all you to give back & for creating great quality & beautiful art & stylish socks
A different pair every day works for me!
Lots of good info! Thanks for sharing and I love Ozone Socks :)
Sloths are so cute
Gorgeous socks. I’m going to order the sloth socks instead of trying to won them.
Love your blog!
I’d love a pair of socks – thank you for the opportunity
Thanks for the chance to win!
This look cozy and stylish.
Omg these are sooo cute! I am obsessed with socks and sloths omg#! I really hope I win🙏 ty for the chance!!
WOW! Socks have certainly come a long way! Thankful for that!
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