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Today's Economic History: Socks

Paul Spinrad: The Surprisingly Tumultuous History of Socks: "Socks and stockings originated... simple pieces of felt stuffed into shoes to provide warmth. In ancient Greece, they became rolls of woven cloth bandaged around the legs and feet. It was in second-century Rome that they took their current shape as specialized foot coverings sewn from pieces of woven cloth. They didn’t stretch, though, because knitting hadn’t been invented yet.