Sock HistorySock [sok]Noun: a short stocking usually reaching to the calf or just above the ankle.Socks are an interesting fabric of clothing. Although they are often referred to as an “accessory item” there is nothing accessory about the use of socks in our lives today. They are central to protecting our feet from scrapes and perspiration, as well as give us comfort that may have to last all day. Socks are also becoming a great piece in fashion, and are slowly taking over professional outfits as personal statements, much like the “power tie” did years back.But where did the socks come from? The exact date is not known; however, there are speculations that suggest that they date as far back as Ancient Greece and Rome. The sock revolution took a great leap in 1589, when the knitting machine was introduced to the market, enabling easier and faster production of socks. Cotton came into use in the late 17th century; however, finer wool socks were still the preferred fabric of choice. In the 20th century nylon became popular because of its strength and elasticity, and revolutionized the way stockings and socks were worn.Fashion SocksArgyle patterns and bold colored socks were introduced during the roaring 20s, but later progressed into a much more conservative state of black and grey dress socks that came to define the typical business man for many decades. This was a time when the working man did not want to be different than his peers. Lately however, dress socks have taken on a much more creative look, and given rise to new and exciting fashion possibilities. In a world of plenty, being different suddenly became a great thing. We started embracing individuality, and this sudden need to be different gave rise to subtle fashion statements, such as bold fashion socks of all colors and patterns. Although the fashion sock style most likely originated in Europe, the style can now be found in all fashion conscious corners of the world.