Socks are designed to:
ease chafing between the foot and footwear,
keep the feet warm,
keep the feet clean.
Socks have evolved over the centuries from the earliest models which were made from animal skins gathered up and tied around the ankles.
8th century BC, the ancient Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth. Romans also wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics. By the 5th Century AD, socks called ‘puttees’ were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolise purity. By AD 1000, socks became a symbol of wealth among the nobility. The invention of a knitting machine in 1589 meant that socks could be knitted six times faster than by hand. While socks are no longer confined to rich, noble folk and newer production methods have increased supply they still make a statement!
I’ve become increasingly obsessed with socks of late-long, short, black, white, stripes, holey-you name it I’m loving them all! They’re certainly making a come-back with designers from Marc Jacobs to Burberry featuring them in A/W collections and advertising campaigns. Celebrities too are getting in on the action-Daisy Lowe and Lily Cole wear theirs very differently but with equal amounts of slick! I think the attraction with socks lies in their association with innocence (suspenders aside!). They bring us back to our school days and makes us feel free again! But there’s something more-it takes a lot of confidence to wear socks with shorts or a skirt or a dress so that they can be seen by all the world!
I tried it recently.. Seduced by the glowing whiteness of a 6 pack in Penny’s one Saturday afternoon i took the plunge. I made a deal with myself before a quick snooze that I’d wear them that night to a friends house-warming party (i often have to strike deals with myself because I lose the bottle when it comes to walking out the door in many of my less conventional outfits!). So when the time came-i walked to the party, shoes in hand and converse on foot-those white babies shining in all their cotton glory..
It took a little while for people to react. At first they just saw me, then noticed what was going on down there! Some laughed, "cool socks", "jeez they’re a bit mad", one guy shimmed up to me as if he had sussed it all out "good plan!"(I’m still not sure what the plan was). Anyway, all in all the sock experience was exhilarating! Seriously, i felt like a cool kid, like i was doing something a little daring but without the overt sexiness of say, a backless top or short shorts.. So try it. If you don’t want to go down the socks and dress route-then just pop a cool coloured pair on with skinny jeans so that they peep out every so often.
Steer clear of pointy toes, Mary-Janes or round toes are where it’s at. Try it at a festival if you don’t think you could handle it down the local pub on a Saturday night or stick them on with shorts and converse during the day.
Just two words SOCKS ROCK!! So give it a shot and get liberated!!