All about Socks

Socks: 9 interesting facts

Socks is a "trifle", without which it is difficult to imagine a modern wardrobe. After shoes you can find on Stepadrom.com 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. 




How to Choose the Right Socks

Socks are the irreplaceable supplement to the shoes, the more detailed review of which you’ll find on stepadrom.com. This simple piece of clothing is necessary always and everywhere – in winter and in summer, at the dinner party and on vacation, on a trip or at the gym.

So if you want to feel comfortable and confident you should always have several pairs of socks in stock. What socks should you buy?


1) The cloth’s fibers should be of the same thickness. Otherwise, the socks will wear out very soon.

2) The toe of the appropriate socks is cut out separately and then is fixed to the main body with “loop to loop” method. It’s impossible to rub the feet with such socks.

3) The anvil is the weakest part of all the socks. The good socks’ anvil is made of extra dense fabric. 

You should properly learn the information about materials on the label. Here’s the detailed interpretation:

  • 65% cotton, 35% silk – light, durable and fine item, one of the preferable variant.
  • 100% mercerized cotton – so-called classic style. Socks made of this material are wear-resistant and good at passing air; they do not cause an allergic reaction.
  • 100% mercerized cotton with Bodyfresh treatment, which includes aromatic haloid materials that kill fungus and bacteria.
  • 70% wool, 20% cotton, 10% Coolmax – model of socks for cold weather. Coolmax is added for prevention of feet from moisture and unpleasant odor.
  • 50% cotton, 50% mercerized cotton – inner layer of cotton is fine and advantageous for your feet while the mercerized outer layer provides wear-resistance and elegance.
  • 70% cotton, 30% linen – absorb moisture well and get dry quickly. Linen cools down when it’s hot and warms up when it’s cold. It is also wear-resistant.
  • 70% wool, 30% Termolite. Such models are developed for cold weather. Termolite fiber keeps the warmth, while the moisture accumulates in the outer layer and evaporates quickly.
  • 90% wool, 10% silk – wear-resistant, airy and gentle on your skin.
  • 95% bamboo, 5% elite (thin nylon). The fiber is processed from the bamboo’s kernel. It absorbs 60% more moisture than cotton does; it passes air much better than cotton, provides antibacterial effect and high wear-resistance. It resembles silk in some way.

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