Socks is a "trifle", without which it is difficult to imagine a modern wardrobe. After shoes you can find on Inna24, it is a second important part of footwear! But history can tell you about this garment the very interesting and notable facts.
Fact 1. Firstly socks were made from leather, appeared in ancient Greece, and later Rome. They looked like boots. Exclusively female could wear socks and often they wore it at night.
Fact 2. Men became to wear socks much later than women. British soldiers were first who became to wear them. In harsh raw climate, the problem of grinded feet could be solved only by drastic measures! Socks came to the aid. This object of wardrobe became soft and comfortable.
Fact 3. The most popular use of socks appeared in the 4th century, though they were extended significantly and become more like stockings. Christian monks introduced them to the rank of a mandatory attribute of monastic robes.
Fact 4. To the 16 century socks became made of thin silk and they were decorated with various decorative inserts. This model is available exclusively for the nobility! In winter they put even several pairs of socks.
Fact 5. 1589 year became the year of revolution in the production of socks, as hosiery knitting machine apeared, capable to make to 1200 loops per minute. It is considered the "father" of English cleric William Lee. However, Elizabeth I didn’t like the invention, which considered that the machine produces "gross and thick socks for commoners”. Despite this, William Lee’s invention quickly gained popularity. Socks became available to even the poorest.
Fact 6. Only after 1815 the year men's stockings was shortened to socks.
Fact 7. After the first world war, socks became made of cheaper materials. During this period they acquired its modern look. In addition, women also began massively wear short stockings.
Fact 8. In Finland, in the town of Naantali, almost the entire population is engaged in producing socks. Most masters are hereditary knitters.
Fact 9. The thread that glue a pair of socks, always much stronger the yarn from which manufactured the product itself. Murphy's law is in action.
Nowadays, the socks have not only different colors and many styles, but sometimes they are a real miracle.