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«Around your feet, tie your sandals made from brutally hunted oxen skin and, under these, dress them in piloi»
Hesiod, «Days and Works»
An evolving history, with the Greeks as the protagonists.
The History of Socks
European fashion during the 16th and 17th centuries was influenced greatly by Spain. Because of the wealth of the New World, Spanish clothing of that time was beautiful fabrics adorned with embroidery and fine jewels. Men's socks were typically made of knitted silk and embroidered with emblems.
Cotton came into use in the late 17th century, while in the 20th century nylon became popular for stockings because of its strength and elasticity. At the same time, as men's pants grew longer, socks became shorter and shorter.
Over the years, the sock has developed into a clothing item with enough variations to cover all tastes. Consumers can easily find the color, pattern and size of their preferences that best fit their feet.
Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock