Because of their versatile nature, socks are rarely considered to be one of the most versatile clothing items out there. However, as these 13 random, fun, and useless facts about socks show, they’re actually quite amazing! Check out these interesting facts about socks and see if you agree with the conclusions we’ve drawn about them. You might just want to buy some more socks and start your own sock of the month club after you do so.
1. Socks were first invented by Egyptians
The Egyptians were among the first civilizations to discover socks. In ancient times, they wore socks made from animal hair or wool as a means of protection from sandals that caused their feet to sweat. Our modern sock is thought to have been invented in Italy in around 1200 AD by a priest who wanted to give his congregation more warmth during church services. He began attaching cloth or sheepskin covers to their shoes in order for them not only be more comfortable but stay warm as well. Today, socks are worn all over the world with it being one of the most common pieces of clothing after underwear and pants/shorts (depending on where you're located).
2. Royalty used to wear only one sock
The Royal Family used to wear only one sock, as a symbol that they were not afraid of spilling blood. The single sock was worn on the left foot, which is now seen as bad luck. In Scotland, when a man wants to ask for a woman's hand in marriage he needs to steal her stocking, or pantyhose. This symbolizes his willingness to marry her and provide for her needs. If she agrees then she will give him her other stocking/pantyhose as a token of their engagement. If he steals one stocking it means they are engaged; if he steals both stockings it means they are married; if he just takes one stocking it means they broke off their engagement.
3. People think feet smell more in socks
People think feet smell more in socks because sweat and bacteria get trapped inside. This is why some people prefer ankle socks for their shoes, since sweat can get to the surface quicker. If you don't want sweaty or smelly feet, then it's important to change your socks daily and wash them regularly, too.
4. In ancient times athletes trained in socks made from matted hair
In ancient times, athletes trained in socks made from matted hair. Today, socks come in a variety of materials including cotton, wool, acrylic, nylon or spandex. What you wear on your feet can also depend on your lifestyle. For example, if you are someone who works in an office all day or travels often for work it might be best to invest in an extra-cushioned pair of dress socks. If you are someone who spends their time at home or on the weekends lounging around or going outdoors it might be best to have a pack of fun socks like crazy color dress socks or cool socks for men so that you can mix up your look with some more interesting colors and patterns without having to worry about what shoes go with what outfit.
5. Egyptian military wore red socks when they went into battle
The Egyptian military wore red socks when they went into battle. These socks were often made from wool, dyed a bright red color. They had a long history of wearing these socks as they believed it would help them in battle due to their association with protection. Military leaders would often wear these same colored socks so that soldiers could identify who to follow if they were separated from their unit during battle.
The use of this type of sock didn't stop with the Egyptians, however, as many other cultures over time have adopted this tradition. For example, sailors wore brightly colored striped socks in order to alert others in their crew if they were lost at sea so that they could be rescued quickly without delay.
6. Do you have a favourite pair of dress socks?
I love dress socks. They are a great way to add colour to your outfit, plus they keep your feet warm in winter! I especially love the purple and blue ankle socks from the sock subscription company called Footsie. If you're looking for an awesome sock subscription, this is it!
7. Can you wear white athletic socks with shorts?
This is a common question that we get asked a lot. It's a tough one to answer. There are many different opinions on the topic, but ultimately it comes down to how you want your socks to look. You can wear white athletic socks with shorts if you want them to look like regular socks or if you want them to show through your shorts. The only time it isn't appropriate is if they're supposed to be under your pants or skirt (aka tights).
8. Do we need so many types of socks?
There are so many different types of socks. We have dress socks, crew socks, mens ankle socks, women's ankle socks, womens colorful dress shoes, tie-dye socks for men, novelty funny men's socks. With so many choices it's hard to figure out what to buy. How can you narrow it down? You want something that is going to be comfortable and stylish. You could get a new sock every month from a sock of the month club like Footsies or Darn Tough. Both companies offer great options for both men and women.