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Do We Really Have to Wear Socks?

So I was sitting here thinking as usual, and socks came to mind. It’s so weird if you really think about it that we wear these things through most of the day. They come in all shapes and sizes, different materials, colors, anything you can imagine. There’s even designer sock that may cost you a pretty penny.
The comparison I’ve pondered up is between us and other mammals on the planet. We are the only mammals on the whole planet that wear socks! You don’t see a bear running around in a nice low cut pair of socks. So why is it that we have to have them? The normal things come to mind when that question is asked. They help protect our feet, keep them warm, prevent our feet from getting blisters while wearing shoes… The list goes on and on.
But I believe that because of socks is the reason we have to wear them. Does that make Photo of Dirty and Clean Sockssense? What I mean is, since we started wearing socks, our feet have become accustomed to having this nice fluffy, warm, protective covering on them. So this has caused our feet to become sensitive to the elements. Soooo, socks are the whole reason we have to wear them. Shame on those socks!
If we weren’t used to wearing socks, just think about where we would be. We would be able to run freely through the woods or sticker patch without it phasing us at all. Our feet would be so tough nothing would bother them. In fact we might have so much callous built up that we could possible wear metal people shoes, similar to horse shoes. You could just nail those puppies right on. But then that would defeat the purpose of not wearing socks and we’d be talking about why we wear metal shoes right now. humm.
So how do you decide on what kind of socks you want to wear? Everyone has their preference and it may range from long tube socks, to short ankle socks with the little puffy balls in the back. There is an endless amount of color combinations and patterns to chose from, it’s almost worse than picking out the days outfit trying to decide what socks to wear. But the thing is, once you’ve established your favorite, you’re pretty much stuck with it for life.
Personally I like crew socks, the white ones. The ones I prefer have a heel in them, unlike a tube sock. But they slip on real easy and aren’t to high up the leg, but aren’t down around my ankles either. Those little short ones always wind up slipping down into my shoes, can’t stand em!
I just now started thinking, that maybe the whole reason I wear socks is so I can feel that great relief after taking them off. There’s no better feeling than pulling off that pair of socks after a long day’s work. I can almost hear it right now, that velcro sound when they come unstuck from your feet! Then the fresh air hits your feet and you can almost hear them taking in a deep breath.
There’s kind of some irony to all this though. Athletes foot and other types of foot fungus I believe are started due to your feet sweating and not being able to breathe properly. Now that sounds like the work of a sock to me. So you have to sort of weigh out the goods and bads and make a decision. Are socks right for you? If I could go barefoot all the time I would, but I don’t think the folks at my work would dig that too much. Who knows, I might be able to start a trend.
Oh well, If you can think of some other unusual reasons why you should or shouldn’t wear socks, I’m excited to hear them.. leave me a comment!

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28 thoughts on “Do We Really Have to Wear Socks?
  1. hahahaha… I just found this post and it is hilarious. I’ll never look at socks the same.

    1. Glad you liked it Brian…Sometimes my own mind scares me, but at least I have an outlet for the odd things I’m pondering!

  2. I’ve always thought of that too! It’s strange the amount of effort we put into clothing ourselves but then again socks are kind of like underwear. Our feet get dirty and can bring in a lot of harmful metals and dirt so they are helpful in a a way.

    1. Interesting thought on the metals. Are you talking about harmful metals being absorbed into our bodies through our feet? Hadn’t really thought about that possibility. humm

  3. Yeah it seems that our feet retains metals and other harmful toxins when we walk around a lot and our bodies absorb them. Look into “feet detoxification”. It’s quite interesting.

    1. Very cool, thanks Perry for the lead. I’ll be checking that out and I’ll post my findings 🙂

  4. There is a craze taking off in York, Uk where people are jogging bare foot through the city. Personally I like wearing socks and think if other animals could wear them, they would.

    1. lol, that’s pretty cool, barefoot jogging! Socks seem more cumbersome than anything, it’s kind of like wearing gloves, you can’t ever tell what you’re touching. 😀

  5. Robort you are really crazy. You prove that in world every item has some unique meaning but everyone only know the usage of it but don’t know behind history of that item.

    1. Ahhh yes, it’s those small things that we take for granted every day that can become the most interesting. They just have to be looked at in a different light, don’t ya think?

    1. Very true Anthony, nothing worse than a pair of stinky feet. Socks are very good at absorbing odors.

  6. there’s a show called Dual Survival where one of the guys doesn’t wear socks or shoes and he’s been doing that for 20 years or so… What he says about it is just about the same. His feet are tough from not wearing shoes and socks so he can walk through the snow, thorns and whatnot without problems. I will say this, when I was doing construction I don’t think going out there without steel toed boots would’ve been very smart.

    1. hah, yep I know the show you’re talking about. That hippy guy always barefoot. He’s always wearing shorts too, I don’t see how he does it in the snowy tundras!

      Yep, could you imagine a load of bricks coming down on a bare toe? :S

  7. Wearing socks can protect your feet to get some unnecessary odors you may get directly in shoes.

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