“You choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color.” Gary Oldman
Socks have always been used to warm the feet. The earliest versions were made of animal skins and tied at the ankles. In the 8th century the Ancient Greeks made them from matted animal hair. Ancient Romans used socks made of leather and were worn by older men and women. Wearing them was seen as a sign of weakness by men who were not on military duty. By the end of the 1st century AD this attitude had changed and socks were worn by men as a symbol of wealth.
By 1,000 AD socks became a symbol of wealth, but they were a bit different from the socks we use today. Socks in the Middle Ages were colored cloths tied around the legs and held up with garters.
By the 16th century…
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