National Sock Day: A Quirky Special Day That’s Catching on

6 min readApr 19, 2024


National Sock Day recognizes the rarest of all lasting unities, the marriage of matched socks. When they find each other, wash after wash, we get to enjoy their warm and comforting embrace. It’s a day where we join together to honor the cozy embrace of socks and the endless adventures they embark on together, and of course, who could forget the sweet scent of freshly laundered socks?

Socks are truly the unsung heroes of our wardrobe, silently supporting

us through thick and thin with all their cottony and wooly goodness. So, we’re going to pay them their dues and shine a much-deserved light on socks today at VienneMilano. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Socks Day 101

On December 4th, we annually observe National Sock Day. In 2024, this special day falls on a Wednesday.

National Sock Day is still relatively new. Having arrived to the scene in 2016, it’s not quite yet a decade old. Pair of Thieves, a men’s socks brand, is the mastermind behind the day. They’ve never given a clear motivation for founding the day, but we can imagine being obsessed with socks enough to create a company around them might have something to do with it.

Whatever the origin story, one thing’s for sure: socks deserve their moment in the spotlight.

National Socks Day is a day dedicated to honoring those unsung heroes of our wardrobe: socks. From keeping our toes toasty warm to adding that perfect pop of personality to our outfits, socks play a vital role in our daily lives. It’s a day designed to celebrate the humble sock and perhaps to mourn those socks that have become lost in the wash over the years.

LeSocks are the unsung heroes of comfort. Whether you’re lounging around the house or strutting your stuff on the streets, a good pair of socks can totally switch up the vibe. Plus, they hold their own as a key component in many stylish ensembles. Fashion can be functional after all, folks.

What Makes Socks so Special?

We realized we couldn’t answer this loaded question with a paragraph, so take some socks facts instead, that tell the story of why socks are celebratory-worthy instead.

  • There is a Neverending List of Sock Types that goes like …
  • Half Slip-On (Toe Socks)
  • Invisible
  • Ankle (Extra-Low or Low Cut)
  • Quarter
  • Crew
  • Mid-Calf
  • Calf
  • Knee-High
  • Over-the-Knee
  • Thigh High

But we won’t let the list go on forever.

Socks are big business. In 2019 alone, 21,239.05 million pairs of socks were made.

The world’s oldest socks have split toes. The oldest known pair of socks is 1,600 years old and was excavated at the end of the 19th century from ancient burial grounds in Egypt. The socks are made from red wool and have split toes for wearing with sandals.

The word “sock” has Roman origins. The word “sock” comes from the Latin word “soccus” — a loose-fitting slipper worn by Roman comic actors.

Cavemen were the first to wear socks. Experts believe that the first socks were worn by cavemen, who wrapped animal skins around their feet and tied them at the ankle. Animal furs were sometimes used for extra warmth.

Lost socks can cost you $300 a year. Misplaced socks are no laughing matter. In 2011, researchers established that the average four-person family will lose 60 socks a year, racking up a total loss of $300. Now if only they could tell us where they go …

There is a sock color etiquette. At VienneMilano, we’re a sucker for hosiery color etiquette. According to the unofficial guide, the sock color should match the color of the shoes and/or trousers, but should be at least one shade darker than the trousers and one shade lighter than the shoes.

Harrys of London’s Cervelt Sock, hailed as the world’s priciest at $1,500. Crafted from the rare Cervelt material, it took 8 years to perfect. This exclusive pair, derived from the down fiber of New Zealand Red Deer, is a true luxury indulgence. With only 200 limited edition pairs available, it’s a must-have for sock aficionados.

How to Celebrate National Socks Day

  • Wear Your Coolest Socks
  • Sock Swap Party
  • DIY Sock Crafts
  • Sock Donation Drive
  • Sock Fashion Show
  • Sock-themed Treats
  • Sock Sorting and Organization
  • Sock-themed Games
  • Sock-themed Movie Night
  • Social Media Sharing

And of course, we personally think one of the best ways to celebrate national sock day is to browse through our hosiery (which is an old-fashioned word for socks and stockings) at VienneMilano. You’ll find all of the most stylish and trending looks alongside well-loved favorites, in many sizes, styles, colors and beyond. Enjoy!

What Makes a Pair of Socks Stand out from the Crowd?

When it comes to socks, quality matters. Cheap, flimsy socks might save you a few bucks upfront, but they’ll leave your feet begging for mercy in the long run. Invest in high-quality socks that are built to last, and your feet will thank you.

Never underestimate the power of socks to elevate your outfit from drab to fab. Whether you’re rocking a business suit or a casual ensemble, the right pair of socks can tie everything together and make a bold statement. So don’t overlook this crucial accessory — your feet deserve better than boring socks.

Introducing VienneMilano’s Hosiery Collection

Enter VienneMilano, your one-stop shop for all things hosiery. From thigh highs to knee highs to over the knee socks, we’ve got everything you need to take your sock game to the next level. Our hosiery collection is designed with one thing in mind: to make you look and feel fabulous. From classic designs to statement-making patterns, our socks are guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go. Plus, with luxurious Italian-made fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship, you can trust that your feet are in good hands.

At VienneMilano, we believe that socks should be more than just an afterthought — they should be a work of art. That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure that every pair of socks in our collection is made with the highest quality materials and attention to detail. Because when it comes to socks, only the best will do.

As a special treat for our readers, we’re offering an exclusive 15% discount on all purchases with the code BLOGPOST. Go on, the special day is more than a good reason to treat yourself.

Sock it to Me

As National Socks Day comes to a close, let’s take a moment to appreciate the humble sock and all it does for us. From keeping our feet cozy to adding a pop of personality to our outfits, socks truly are the unsung heroes of our wardrobe. So here’s to embracing our sock style and strutting our stuff with confidence. Thank you for joining us in celebrating National Socks Day, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some fabulous hosiery from VienneMilano. Your feet will thank you.

Originally published at on April 19, 2024.




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