The Secret History of Socks: How a Forgotten Clothes Item Became a Subscription Box Favourite





What’s so special about socks, anyway? Well, if you don’t think about them much, that’s probably the best way to enjoy them! But if you’re looking to start your own sock subscription business or are interested in the history of this forgotten clothing item, here are some fun and useless facts about socks that can help you get started on your research.



#1. The Discovery of Pointed Toes

It's hard to imagine socks without feet. The first recorded example of this was in Ancient Egypt when they were used as part of the mummification process and found in the tombs by archeologists. However, it wasn't until around 1000 AD that socks as we know them began to be worn by Europeans, who wore them with shoes to keep the feet warm and prevent chilblains. The French word for sock is chaussette, which is derived from chausser meaning to put on shoes.

#2 Philosockphy (two sentences)

Socks can be an important indicator for mental health and well-being, but it's not just about what type you wear; it's about how you feel wearing them.



#2. What Made Tall Socks Fashionable?

In 2008, Target created the Tall sock that was marketed as being for tall people. The bizarre part is that most people are tall and not short. As a result, the socks are now marketed to be fashionable. The founder of Philosockphy, (a company that sells socks as gifts) said he believes this strategy is brilliant because it connects their product to the high-end fashion industry. He explains that the tall stockings are more expensive than regular ones and they're more stylish.

This marketing strategy has made Tall socks become one of the hottest items on Philosockphy's site which has been featured in GQ Magazine's Men's Gift Guide.



#3. Revolutionising Comfort

He was far from the first person to try and do so, but his name has become synonymous with the phrase experience goods. Having already mastered the process for making shoes, he set about applying the same principles to other items. One such item was socks. Where previous sockmakers had focussed on making them as thin as possible in order to save money, Clark wanted people to have something that would make their feet comfortable all day long. To do this he used a new material called artificial wool which was lightweight and didn't shrink when it was washed.



#4. Smarter than We Thought

Socks are often overlooked as an item in need of washing. But, recent research has shown that wearing clean socks every day can have significant health benefits.

Sock Darts is a company that sells different types of socks for men, women and children.

Their goal is to get people to wear clean socks every day and have more fun with the way they dress their feet.

In order to help customers choose the right type of sock for themselves, they offer three subscription box options. There's one for men, one for women and one for children.



#5. Zero Gravity Workout Gear

I had seen people wearing these and thought it was a waste of money. But I had never tried them before, so I gave it a shot. My first time out, I climbed the equivalent of 16 flights of stairs in 11 minutes. It was tough but not unbearable, and I felt super strong after! Plus my calves were rock solid afterwards.



#6. From Trunks to Feet

Socks are not only practical, but they also have interesting origins. Historians believe socks originated in ancient Egypt about 3,200 BC. This is because the earliest surviving examples of socks were found in Egyptian tombs dating back to the 13th century BC. The Egyptians used these garments as a protective layer between their feet and sandals made out of papyrus reeds or animal skin.



#7. Footnotes

Footnotes was founded in 2009 by Mike Szymanski. He had the idea after he lost a sock and didn’t know how to replace it. Footnotes is also working with organizations like Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care to countries devastated by war and natural disasters. You can learn more about their cause on the website. Footnotes has been featured in The New York Times, Inc., Forbes, and many other publications for its innovative approach to solving the world’s sock shortage problems.