History of socks

By Jaclyn Benstead

History of socks

Socks have come a long way since their humble beginnings. They are now a fashion necessity with any suit and can make-or-break an outfit as well as fulfilling their daily practical role.

Socks have evolved substantially from their earliest models, which were made from animal skin and then gathered up and tied around the ankles. During Roman times, socks were made from leather or woven. The sock we know today really started to appear by the 5th century AD when they were called "puttees" and were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolize purity.

The earliest known surviving pair of socks, created by naalbinding. Dating from 300–500, these were excavated from Oxyrhynchus on the Nile in Egypt. The split toes were designed for use with sandals. They are currently on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (see picture). 

I am sure our range of classic socks are a little more fashion-forward and comfortable and we hope they last just as long!