How many socks do you have in your sock drawer? If you’re anything like the typical American adult, you probably have around 16 pairs of socks. Of course, that number can increase or decrease depending on what time of the year it is and what style of socks you’re into. But if you really think about it, socks are just one of those things most people take for granted — until, that is, they don’t have any on! Yet did you know that there are actually tons of fun facts about socks? It’s true!
1) Sock Material
The best socks for you will depend on your personal preferences. Some people prefer to wear thin dress socks or thin ankle socks in their office settings. There are also crew socks that don't come up over your calf. Others may prefer more colorful funky socks with patterns and designs. The type of sock material you prefer is up to you!
2) Does Gender Determine Sock Color?
It is a common misconception that men's socks are always black or brown. This is not true! A man's sock color can range from navy to purple or even green. The most popular colors for men's socks are white, navy blue and black. If you're not sure what color socks to get for your guy, a good rule of thumb is to stick with an earth tone if you want him to match his tie. Purple socks are also a great option if he likes purple shirts. If he has no preference when it comes to color then there are many different options available on the market today!
3) What Is an Athletic versus Fashion Sock?
The main difference between athletic socks and fashion socks are the different materials used in their construction. Fashion socks are typically made from a synthetic material such as polyester or nylon. Athletic socks are usually made from cotton or wool. Cotton has been found to be more absorbent than polyester or nylon, but it does wear out faster. Wool is warmer than either cotton or polyester and also feels softer against your skin. But wool also wears out faster than cotton. The thickness of your sock is determined by how much cushioning you want underfoot - thicker socks offer more padding; thinner ones provide less cushioning but more flexibility on your feet.
4) Foot Odor
More often than not, our feet are one of the dirtiest parts of our body. Our feet sweat more than any other part on our body (even during winter) and they're often home to smelly bacteria that can cause stinky foot odor. The most common causes of smelly feet are wet socks or shoes that don't dry out completely between uses. And while there are plenty of different remedies for stinky feet (like soaking your feet in vinegar or using a foot powder), sometimes you need to just stop wearing your favorite sneakers every day.
The best way to avoid smelly feet is to wear breathable socks made with natural fibers like cotton or wool that allow air circulation.
5) The Popularity of Knee-High vs. Over-the-Calf Lengths
Knee-high socks are generally easier to put on than over-the-calf socks because they can be pulled up with one hand. They are also less likely to bunch or slide down the leg while being worn. Knee-high socks will generally hug the calf better than over-the-calf socks as well because they have a shorter distance to travel in order to reach the top of your leg. Longer socks may also be preferred by those who have larger calves or legs.
6) Just a Bit about Stink
There are a number of types of socks. These include knee-high socks, crew socks, dress socks, midcalf socks, anklestitch socks and no show socks. Knee-highs are made to cover your knees while crew socks reach just below your calf. These can be worn with shoes or boots. Dress sock go up to the ankle but are not tight on your feet. Midcalf sock reach around the middle part of your calf so they can be worn with either shoes or boots. Anklestitch go right above your ankle and make for a casual look. No show sit at the top or bottom of your foot so that you don't see them when wearing shoes or boots.
7) Production Process
1. Choose your sock color
2. Choose your style
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4. We'll send you a package in the mail with a brand new pair of socks from one of our best sock subscription services within 3-5 business days
5. Check out what other fun socks for men we have to offer!
8) Time Will Tell (when you go sockless!)
#1. The oldest sock in America was found in Jamestown, Virginia, and is dated to 1647.
#2. In ancient Rome socks were considered a status symbol because only people of rank could wear them in public. #3. A school in England had a no sock policy for students who couldn't afford to buy new ones every year. #4. In 1491 Leonardo da Vinci invented a machine that knitted stockings from silk thread wound on two bobbins—a process still used by many manufacturers today!
#5. Every second about 20 feet of wool is converted into socks for wearers around the world!