10 Fun Facts About Socks

10 Fun Facts About Socks

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.

2. Your socks absorb up to 1 liter of sweat per day. 

Socks provide an important function by protecting your shoes from your body's sweat, as your feet sweat nearly half a liter a day!

3. The oldest socks discovered were split-toe socks likely made to be worn with sandals. 

4. Socks were a status symbol

By the 10th century, socks were exclusively worn by wealthy individuals due to the costly and time-consuming process to knit a pair of socks. 

5. Lost socks cost us up to $300 per year. We still have yet to find out who the culprit is. Is it the laundry machine or the dog?

6. Your feet are two of the sweatiest parts of your body. Thank goodness for socks!

7. Cavemen were the first to wear socks by wrapping animal skin around their feet. 

8. The most expensive pair of socks in the world is worth $30 million. The Emperor Diamond Sock was created with jewels and a thread of gold.

9. December 4th is National Sock Day!

10. There is a Guinness World Record for most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds. 

The most socks put on one foot in 30 seconds is 28, achieved by Pavol Durdik in Slovakia on October 10, 2017.