A sock is type of apparel worn on the feet and often
cover the ankle and some portion of the calf (lower leg). Socks are typically
worn under some sort of footwear such as a shoe, sneaker or boot. Socks
come in a variety of colors, fiber content and sizes. Although socks can
be used as a fashion statement, they do have an important purpose for the
wearer. They can be used for comfort, protection, and the possible
absorption of liquids.
One of the roles of socks is absorbing or wicking
perspiration. The foot is among one of the heaviest producers of sweat in the
body. Depending on the fiber & fabric construction socks can help to
absorb this sweat and draw it to areas where air can evaporate the perspiration.
Some fabrics have better wicking properties than others.
In cold environments, socks made
from wool insulate the foot and decrease the risk of frostbite. One of the
is that it can retail heat even when wet.
Socks are also popular in cotton and other fibers.
Importance of Sock Colors:
It is not set in stone, but there are common dress codes
that often dictate the color of socks to be worn in certain occasions. It is
important to note that the rules of fashion do change from time to time for
various reasons. Current fashion trends and other societal issues can
affect the rules of thumb for selecting sock colors.
The basic rule of thumb for men's socks is as follows:
the color of your sock should match the color of your trousers. That means
wearing black socks with black trousers, dark gray socks with charcoal trousers,
blue socks with your blue jeans, and so on. This is a general rule of
thumb but applies more in regard to business attire than when wearing casual
pants such as jeans.
Sports Socks: In the past, athletic socks worn for sports
had primarily been white in color. Sports socks may also be colored to
match a team uniform. Much of the sock color issue depends on the sport.
Dress Socks: When dress shoes are worn for business or
formal events they are traditionally worn with dark-colored socks. The color of
the dress socks often co-ordinate with the wearers pant color. The shoes
and belt should match one another, but the sock color would typically be guided
by the pant color. In the past, the colors worn with business attire had
been rather conservative. In more modern times, people have become a bit
more flashy with color & design.
We find in recent years that socks often don’t match the
color of the pant any more.
Types of Socks:
Regarding the length aspect of
the sock, there are three primary types of
socks: low-cut, ankle, and knee-length socks.
The low-cut type can be for running, sports activities, relaxation, and other
casual dressing. They are good for the occasions at which you wear short
pants, sneakers, or other casual shoes. The socks with more length are
possibly for some sports as well but also for dressier occasions.
Here is little information on a few of the different
types of socks to consider.
- Bare or ankle socks extend to the ankle or lower and are often worn casually
or for athletic use. Bare socks are designed to create the look of "bare feet"
when worn with shoes. This sort of sock is not long, typically reaching
just above the ankle. Anklets are sometimes folded or cuffed over.
- Crew socks are short, thick everyday socks usually ribbed at the top of the
ankles. Crew socks are usually unisex but can be designed for a particular
gener in mind. The crew sock style is a short bulky usually ribbed sock.
Crew sock height can vary a lot, though most are about 6 to 8 inches from the
heel to the top of the cuff.
- a sock without a shaped heel. Generally, covers the calf, but does not
have to be that tall on the leg.
Low cut sock
- this is a kind of sock that is cut below the ankle. This type of sock
uses a minimal amount of fabric to cover the foot. Low cut socks
are formed to cover the contours of feet. Low cut socks are unisex. Low
cut socks are normally worn with shoes such as boat shoes, Oxfords, Moccasins,
- A tab sock has an additional portion of fabric that protects the upper heel
and Achilles area of the foot. Usually found on no-show and low-cut socks.
In ancient times, socks were made from leather or matted
animal hair. In the late 16th century, machine-knit socks were first
produced. Until 1800 both hand knitting and machine knitting were used to
produce socks, but after 1800, machine knitting became the predominant method.
Socks are manufactured in a variety of lengths and can
have different purposes. In addition to the numerous practical roles played by
socks, they are also a fashion item, and they are available in myriad colors and
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