Sports socks are an underrated piece of sports equipment. They provide support for various athletic activities such as running, hiking, cycling etc. But when they were created for the first time, they were nothing more than a long tube kind of sock meant to be worn only during games or practice.
You will be surprised that this simple item of clothing had to go through several transformations before assuming its final form. Read on.
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Originally, sports socks were made of cotton. They were available in white, nothing else. By the 1920s stripes were introduced. In the 1960s these patterns would indicate teams. Since then, socks have become an undeniable symbol of modern sports arenas.
The earliest evidence of socks worn for personal comfort dates back all the way to ancient Egypt. In those days, socks were made of animal skin, fiber from plants, or wool from sheep and goats.
After World War I, mass production of socks in synthetic fabrics like rayon and nylon began. In fact, tube socks were a trademark hosiery of Steve Urkel and Anthony Michael Hall in the mainstream media. With time, American youth emulated their icons to an extent that their choices of clothing became the choice of the masses.
With the growth in the popularity of basketball and football, there was one thing in common - sports required the player to wear shorts. Sports socks went through many phases during the 20th century. They were made from rayon during WWII, when the US War Production Board declared that "rayon is war".
Nylon socks were the norm for the next four decades. A new generation of synthetic fibers was developed in the 1950s. The next decade brought new synthetic fibers that prevented blisters. Then came Coolmax, Supplex and LYCRA, which are known as technical fabrics.
The elimination of the shaped heel and toe was also a manufacturing blessing. They were about 30% faster to make than the traditional socks. The development of new stretching yarns allowed sports socks to be made in single size and more economical batches. They were easier to dye, dry, inspect and package and they were made effectively for less cost.
Earlier photos of Chuck Taylor, who lent his name to canvas Converse All Star high top, show him wearing knee-high stockings, often having stripes on them.
A pair of socks which was shaped as a tube without any heel or toe was a simple configuration. It had a simple seam at the end. This uncomplicated design was invented in 1967 by Nelson Knitting Company of Rockford, Illinois. Unfortunately, Nelson Knitting failed to patent the design and the design found its presence in all American athletic and popular culture in the 60s and '70s.
Sports socks are designed to have a snug fit around the foot to provide support and stability during a run. The foot must be comfortable so that it does not get sore or tired over time. Socks used for hiking are usually made from breathable materials so that moisture does not accumulate in the foot after long walks in hot weather. Cycling socks provide cushioning for shock absorption and protection against abrasions or other injuries.
But a pair of sports socks provide a lot more than just comfort and protection. It helps you maximize your workout and achieve better results.
Some people prefer wearing socks that are more cushioned while others opt for thinner ones with less padding since they are more flexible and allow them to move around easily. It all depends on how much support you want from your running shoes or how fast you run.
To avoid injury and damage, we suggest shopping for socks by activity (ADD LINK). Sport socks are made of cotton, bamboo, nylon, and synthetic fabrics which provide various levels of comfort depending on your preference.
The technology behind modern sports socks has evolved over the years. Today, we have socks designed to support multiple types of activity. Socks made of bamboo are particularly useful for people with active lifestyles.
They have unique moisture-wicking and odor absorbing properties. If you are an avid runner, then you know that your feet are exposed to a lot of stress during your workouts. Give them the comfort of Talking Sox bamboo socks and experience the difference.
Talking Sox believes that comfort is the secret of an enjoyable workout. Why let a pair of socks take away the pleasure of an active life? Look at the complete selection of soft bamboo fiber socks from Talking Sox here.