History of The Tube (sock)

Back in ancient times (and we’re not talking pre- Y2K) socks were made from leather or matted animal hair. It wasn’t until the late 16th century that the first machine knit socks were produced, but even then, up until post-WWI, a majority of socks were hand knit.

So, what was the role of socks, after all?

With the main goal of absorbing sweat, socks main goal was to add a layer of protection from the elements, while mitigating rubbing (i.e. sores, blisters, etc.) that came from direct contact with hard shoes. It’s a little known fact that feet are actually one of the body’s heaviest producers of sweat, which is why it’s so important to have a sock that has your feet covered (literally, and figuratively, of course).

Back to tubes…

Tube socks, in particular, became popular in the ‘60s with the boom of athletics. Everyone from basketball stars to track and field phenoms were wearing tubes and the fashion statement quickly spread to the general population, too.

The look continued to boom into the 80’s with aerobics (hello, Jane Fonda) and started to fade until skaters began adopting tube socks in the 90’s as “retro cool.”

One of the reasons Neon Bandits was brought to market was to introduce a new twist on Tube Socks to the market. Think of Neon Bandits as the Swiss-Army Knife of Tubes- a no-slip mid-calf option with excellent foot support and ultra breathability that can be worn while working out, while also have the style to be worn in everyday life. 

Go ahead and browse our socks to #grabapair. 

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