Behind the Designs: Heraldics

August 29, 2017 1 Comment

Behind the Designs: Heraldics

You’ve Heard Of A Coat of Arms, But What About A Sock Of Arms?

Heraldry dates back to Ancient Greece, where warriors developed their own elaborate insignia to display on their shields in battle. This idea was a large influence on Roman culture, where coats of arms evolved to represent entire battalions, itself the foundation for both the knightly symbology and family crests of medieval England and Scotland.

 washington and heraldry

The concept of heraldry is well-documented in European history, but has roots in other parts of the world. Japan is known for its kamon, or family insignias which also signify military or naval associations, though they developed independently from their western counterparts. Worldwide, their usage has evolved but remained consistent in one way or another: Believe it or not, the coat of arms is credited as the predecessor to the corporate logo! (Picture the ridiculous image of shields plastered with the Nationwide or Pepsi symbols.)

The Lion, Cannon And Armor

For our Heraldics socks, Ozone decided to create a trio of symbols using common motifs: the lion, cannon and armor. A lion symbolizes great courage, strength and valor, and was often restricted to the crests of nobles; only in a handful of instances was it used to represent a civic province or lowly family.

 ozone design's lion heraldry sock

The cannons, as one might imagine, represent ties to one of the armed forces, often the navy. They cross to create a saltire, which may seem like a simple X but represents honorability; the word saltire also derives from the Old French word for stirrup, the primitive technology used by cavalier soldiers.

 ozone design's cannon heraldry sock

Finally we have armor, a complicated symbol because of its range of meanings. Depending on whether the front is open or closed, which direction the armor faces, and the number and color of helmets pictured could denote an ordinary gentleman to a wealthy landowner to a high ranking general. Paired with a saltire of axes as our design is, this crest would likely represent one of the hardworking masons of the medieval age.

 ozone design's armor heraldry sock

 

Seeing any symbolism we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!

~Ben LoPiccolo - Content Creator for Ozone Design




1 Response

david
david

September 23, 2017

Love the symbolism and the history, thanks! Also love the way these feel in my sneakers. My favorite socks to wear at the gym. Symbol hidden for my eyes only and i’m just rocking super comfortable black workout wear. 5 stars!

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