What is the purpose of socks?

Why do we need to/usually wear socks with shoes? Custom, or purpose?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    People originally wore socks for sanitation - bathing didn't happen too often. Fast forward in history somewhat and socks were used to cover the tops of feet - material for good shoes wasn't always available so shoes were made with buttons and 'socks' (think leggings) were designed with button holes and would button onto shoes to make them look more sophisticated. About thirty years after this, socks as we know them became more readily available and were worn to protect our feet from dirt and our shoes from our feet!

    Nowadays, socks are worn for comfort (think woolly boot socks), style (think cute, sexy knee / thigh high print socks), warmth of feet (think wooly bed socks), security from slipping (with those little slip-resistant dots) foot-support (think sport socks with arch support elastic build in) and still for sanitation (think socks that are far more breathable and with more research and technology going towards designing and creating them) and to protect our feet and shoes! We also wear them so that what can be seen of our legs above the shoes doesn't create a colour or texture clash - although this is more of an issue for the business community - men usually and stockings for women.

    Hope that helps.

    Source(s): High School Textiles
  • 1 decade ago

    To keep your shoes clean inside. It's easier to clean socks than inside shoes.

    But they're not necessary, no.

    Also, socks keep toes warm.

  • 1 decade ago

    both. Custom and pupose. I hate wearing gym shoes without socks, your feet get so sweaty eeewwwww.

  • 4 years ago

    So if you feet get cold you can wear socks.

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  • 1 decade ago

    to keep our feet warm cutie

  • 1 decade ago

    SOCK PUPPETS!!!!!

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