7 Useless and Fun Facts About Socks You Didn't Know

7 Useless and Fun Facts About Socks You Didn't Know

Socks have long been an item that most people don’t give much thought about, at least until you’re searching for one in your sock drawer and can’t find one to save your life. Socks have been around since the time of ancient Greece, when athletes would wear them under their sandals to keep their feet warm and prevent blisters. They are also worn as part of many national costumes, such as the Japanese kimono and the Polish dress. If you’re curious about more weird and fascinating facts about socks, you can join our sock-of-the-month club!

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They were first made in the year 3000 B.C.


Socks were first made in the year 3000 B.C., when the Egyptians used them to protect their feet from the sand. They were often just two strips of cloth that were pulled over a person's foot, but they served their purpose well. Today, socks are a necessity in every household—no matter where you live or what time of year it is. They come in so many different styles and colors now; whether you're looking for ankle socks, crew socks, dress socks, fun color socks or crazy color dress socks there's something for everyone! And one more fun fact: did you know that there are about 720 million pairs of sock being worn in the US at any given time?

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Wearing socks dates back to 1500 B.C. when Egyptians began wearing sandals


Wearing socks dates back to 1500 B.C., when Egyptians began wearing sandals. They wore socks over their sandals to protect the foot from chafing, as well as to keep their feet warm in cold weather. Up until World War II, most socks were made of wool, cotton, or silk. Then synthetic fibers became popular because they are cheaper and more durable than natural fibers. The first time it was recorded that people wore two pairs of socks was in 1765 when Benjamin Franklin wrote about his wife's habit of doing so. Today there are many reasons why people wear a second pair of socks; for warmth during winter months, for comfort with tight fitting shoes, or even for style!

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In ancient Egypt, socks were painted on tombstones


Socks are more than a way to keep your feet warm - they're an accessory. In ancient Egypt, socks were painted on tombstones to symbolize the afterlife. In the 17th century, men didn't wear socks because they were considered women's clothing. It wasn't until 1896 that John J. Houghton patented the seamless machine knitting process, which could produce a long tube of fabric for hosiery that would not unravel or cause ladders.

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Knitted socks date back to 400 A.D.


Socks have been around for centuries. Knitted socks, in particular, date back to 400 A.D., where they were first worn by the Egyptians to keep their feet warm. In those days, sock knitting was a skill that mostly belonged to nuns because it was expensive and time-consuming. Today, this craft is popular all over the world with countries like Japan having a history of sock knitting going back more than 1,000 years!
1) The word sock is derived from the Dutch word socke, which means to pull up. This is because socks were originally just cloth tubes that would be pulled up over one's foot and leg. Later on they would be knit together at the top with a decorative lace or braid.

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Stocking originated in 15th century England


The tradition of giving socks as a Christmas gift is said to have originated in England in the 15th century, when wealthy families gave their servants new socks for Christmas. The servants would wear these mens purple ankle socks on Christmas day.

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Most popular color of sock is white


White socks are the most popular color of sock, followed by black, gray, navy blue and then brown. Red socks are the least popular color of sock. They are only worn by less than one percent of people around the world. White socks originated in ancient Rome. When soldiers came home from battle they would remove their sandals and wear white woolen socks called caligae to keep their feet warm while walking through city streets in winter. The word caligae evolved into sock.

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Sock size can be estimated by shoe size (US only?)


Sock size can be estimated by shoe size. Though the conversion is not a perfect measure, you can estimate if you have a US men's shoe size of 7.5 to 8 by going with a sock size of 8-9.5. If your shoe size is 9 or larger, get socks that go up to 10-11. There are also women's socks that are made in sizes for both men and women, though they may be more expensive than other socks marketed toward only one gender.