Origins of the Humble Sock
Who invented socks?
My feet are always cold unless the outside temperature is at least 35 - 40 degrees centigrade. ! This is true.
This or course means that l never go barefoot anymore, not like l did in my happy , hippy days.. Socks are essentials for me now.
As l pulled on my lilac mixed with deep purple, and silver sparkled pair today, a thought just´óut of the blue´came into my mind.. ¨l wonder where the sock came from originally?
l wondered who first thought of them. Someone like me , l suppose with permanently cold feet.
l discovered that socks go back rather a long, long way.. The earliest models were made from animal skins, gathered up and wrapped round the ankle.
It seems the Greeks wore socks made from matted animal hair (sounds really comfortable, eh?), but apparently they were warm and that was the whole point of a sock.
l can´t seem to find a name of the original designer of these masterpieces of clothing, but whoever he/she was , l bet they didn't expect to see the socks of the last century and today,.
Pink sparkly socks, black socks with silly slogans on them, tiny white baby socks with lace all around the edges for little baby girls socks.
Ankle socks, school-girl knee length socks, over the knee socks, thigh- high socks !!!!
Wow! What a list there is.!
Hand made mohair socks?
Some friends of mine went on a cruise in order to see the Northern Lights, or the aurora borealis to give them their correct title.They got onto the ship at Norway and from there it just seemed to be The Arctic Circle to my friends. Guess what present they brought back for me?
Or course the handmade very warm course--hair socks not mohair as l´d thought,, though obviously not tampered with as to modern dyes etc, judging by the ghastly grey colour and ITCH!!???? Itch is putting it mildly. The thing is they are so big l can put them on top of another pair of soft socks, and then l´m warm and l don´t offend my friend by not wearing them.
They cannot guarantee on these cruises that you really will see the Northern lights, because everything depends on the weather. My friends were lucky enough to see the sight and are still raving about how beautiful it was. Magnificent, they said, never seen anything like it.
It´s often the case that something natural is far more beautiful than something man made.
Socks, however are definitely man made from the early Egyptians to the Greeks and Romans
right down to my Betty Boop socks of today or the simple white ones with red hearts all over them..
Sometime during the 1980s, there was a craze for mens´socks to always be white. Yes just pure white.! Due to the fact that men appeared to be wearing the same pair of socks for a week, you could be forgiven for thinking that this was actually the case, unless of course, you were a wife, then you´d know that unless a new pure white pair of socks were produced every day of the week, your man would look like he was wearing dirty grey ones by day 2..
Thankfully the phase passed but not before we´d had the fashion of luminous green socks, luminous yellow, or (the worst, l think) luminous pink socks. Very manly. Who thought that one up? You needed to be wearing sun glasses to look at them and oh dear, yes my husband loved them, worse, he loved wearing one pink and one green or yellow. Odd socks as well as luminous hideous colours.! Washing his socks in those days put .me at risk of going blind , l felt.
On the other hand how could l complain when l love the ridiculous socks that l do for myself such as the very very striped ones. All colours of the rainbow kind of stripes.
My husbands´toned down socks , since we´re older and all grown up(Ha Ha), tend to be black, but they´ll have something like ¨worlds´best grandad ´¨on them in bright red !
His favourite pair are the black ones that tell him in bright red¨My fab dad¨.bought for him by our daughter , who although 36 years old with a family of her own is still absolutely ¨Daddy´s girl¨¨ Not in any weird way)
Baby socks are my favourite at the moment because with a new baby boy in the family l can´t go for the old´-fashioned lacy ones l used to put on my daughter, so boys socks l find are quite fun. ¨Here comes trouble¨ is on one pair and the inevitable,. ¨l´m grandmas´boy on another.
Yes the humble sock has come a long way from being something to only keep your feet warm with matted animal hair (Ugh!) to a fun fashion garment. So if you want to make a fashion statement try socks for a change.!