Socks are a great way to accessorize an outfit and express personality even while keeping everything else conservative. Socks have evolved over the centuries with the earliest models being made from animal skins gathered up and tied around the ankles. In the 8th century BC, the Ancient Greeks wore socks from matted animal hair for warmth. The Romans also wrapped their feet with leather or woven fabrics.
By the 5th century AD, socks called “puttees”, were worn by holy people in Europe to symbolize purity. By the 11th century AD, socks became a symbol of wealth among the nobility.
From the 16th century onwards, an ornamental design on the ankle or side of a sock has been called a clock, but decorative socks for men have certainly come a long way. Whereas in the past, black-brown argyle was about as flashy as you could get, you can now find a myriad of designs and colours ranging from bright pink to camo print. Happy Socks are the go to brand for me when I want to find something classic with a twist. Check out these popular designs: