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History of Socks and Stockings

When did it all begin? I’m sure you can guess why…our feet were cold. But have socks and stockings changed all that much over the years?
Way back in the cavemen days, we used animal skins gathered around the ankle and tied for socks, sometimes animal furs to keep us extra warm. In early medieval times, those who wore socks were considered of the noble classes. Socks were woven or sewn by hand. And in the 16th century with the invention of the knitting machine, tighter woven socks were made. They were often made of wool for the general population and silk or cotton for the upper classes. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that nylon socks were introduced.
The above being said, why is now the rule to make socks, no matter what style cover a number of size ranges? I recent purchased several packages of white crew socks after not having to buy any for a number of years and prompted by the elastic giving up. When looking I sought out my size or the equivalent (since many things that are made outside the U.S. have European equivalents). I found that the size I needed was a range of 9 to 12, I wear a size 8 or 81/2 shoe (depending on where the shoe was made) so I assumed ( remember assume makes an ass out of u and me) that size would be fine. Upon duly washing these new socks, I wore a pair the following day and to my surprise they were 2 inches longer than my foot. When you pull the sock up so your toes are in the actual toe,  the heel portion is above your shoe line if you wear low-cut shoes like some of us do. I am brought to the thought of “when did the sock go so wrong that manufacturers would disrespect it by making them fit so poorly giving rise to blisters and discomfort from wrinkles that irritate the foot”? Since writing this post I contacted the “Hanes Company” regarding the range of sizes and the inherent flaw in this type of manufacturing, their reply is attached: Dear Mr. Abrams,Thank you for your email.  In order to give full attention to your comments and address any concerns we kindly ask you to supply the following information, if available:

-What store did you purchase the product from?
-Do you have a style number or UPC code (located on back of package or near barcode; on a bra printed on back near hook & eye closure)?
-List country garment was made in. (found on the garment label)?
-Describe Product type (just a few examples below):
        For Socks, please give the seam or logo color.
-Purchase price?
-Number of items with this situation?

Please refer to your case number 7576030 when responding.

Mr. Abrams, if we can be of future assistance, you may reach us at 1-800-994-4348, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm (EST), or on the Web at

Sincerely, Blah Blah.

My Reply:

Let us be honest here, you have been making these type of socks for years and no one apparently has complained. I do not have any of the items you have requested but I am just a disgruntled customer who has decided to write to you about it. My decision is just that I will only buy socks that have my size on them and not a range of sizes, while I prefer yours buying them is not set in stone. Thank you for a reply anyway.I have mentioned your product on my blog.
Given that this is possibly not a new issue, I am of the mind that I should begin to look for any hose that fits by size instead of a range

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