Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Emma. Emma Wonders, “Why do we wear socks” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Emma!
Today's Wonder of the Day is all about your toes' favorite clothes. They come in all sorts of colors and patterns. Some of the varieties you'll find include knee-high, over-the-calf, tube, ankle, and even no show. What are we talking about? Socks, of course!
When it comes to clothes, socks don't usually get much attention. Sure, we like to show off our shirts and our fancy pants, but our socks typically go unseen beneath our pant legs and inside our shoes.
If you ask your feet, though, they'd tell you how important socks are. Yes, it's true that your feet occasionally like to go bare, especially during the summer. There's nothing quite like a barefoot walk on the beach.
Most of the time, however, your feet love the cozy feeling inside a pair of socks. In the winter months, socks help to keep your feet nice and toasty. All the rest of the time, socks help to prevent your shoes from chafing your feet and causing blisters.
So who's responsible for creating these WONDERful items of clothing? No one can know for sure. It's likely that the first socks were fashioned from animal skins thousands and thousands of years ago by prehistoric peoples. These primitive socks offered both warmth and protection.
Evidence from ancient civilizations shows that socks were made from a variety of materials. The ancient Greeks, for example, used matted animal fur. The ancient Romans, on the other hand, preferred to wrap leather or thick fabric around their feet. The ancient Egyptians knitted socks.
Things changed for the better when English reverend William Lee invented the knitting loom in 1589. No longer did socks have to be made by hand. Thanks to Lee's machine, socks and other knit fabrics were now much easier to make.
Socks took another leap forward in the late 19th century, when circular knitting frames were introduced. Paired with the mechanical advances of the Industrial Revolution, socks were soon being mass-produced for prices that most everyone could afford.
In the 20th century, new materials were created that became popular for sock manufacturing. Today, in addition to traditional wool and cotton socks, you can also find them in a variety of synthetic materials, such as nylon, polyester, and spandex.