Socks. All the facts.

Socks are a staple part of our wardrobe and one of the few items of clothing that we wear every day. But did you know these fascinating historical facts about socks? Pretty incredible right?

  1. World’s oldest socks have split toes

The oldest known pair of socks is 1,600 years old and was excavated at the end of the 19th century from the burial grounds of ancient Oxyrhynchus, a Greek colony on the Nile in central Egypt. The socks are made from red wool and have split toes for wearing with sandals.

  1. The word ‘sock’ has Roman origins

The word ‘sock’ comes from the Latin word ‘soccus’ – a loose-fitting slipper worn by Roman comic actors.

  1. Cavemen were the first to wear socks

Experts believe that the first socks were worn by caveman, who wrapped animal skins around their feet and tied them at the ankle. Animal furs were sometimes used for extra warmth.

  1. Greek socks were made from matted animal hair

In the 8th Century BC, the Greek poet, Hesiod, wrote about piloi, which were socks made from matted animal hair. Doesn’t sound that comfortable, does it?

  1. The ancient Romans committed fashion faux pas too

Rust on a nail from a Roman sandal, found at an archaeological dig in Yorkshire, appeared to contain material fibres, suggesting that a sock-type garment had been worn. Yep that’s right – Roman legionnaires commited the ultimate modern fashion crime and wore socks with sandals.



We are committed to no fashion faux pas here at Incredible Socks. Just the softest strongest and most comfortable sock you'll ever wear. And no animal hair either - all our socks are made from bamboo - sustainable - so better for you and better for the planet too.

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one of the worlds oldest socks

One of the worlds oldest socks

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