Einstein hated wearing socks. In a letter to his wife he said that the reason he stopped wearing them was because his big toe always ended up making a hole in them.
Roughly one out of every three pair of socks you wear was made in a place known as “Sock City”. A small Chinese village in the 1980s it has grown to employ over 100,000 people and produces 8 billion socks a year.
The Russian army didn’t have socks for 300 years, instead they used footwraps but they are going to introduce socks in 2013.
The oldest surviving pair of cloth socks were found in Egypt were actually designed to wear with sandals.