A particularly nice pair of silk or cashmere socks might make you smile occasionally as your pampered feet spike your oxytocin.

Other than that, your socks are probably easy to ignore. Maybe you put some effort into selecting your socks in the morning and enjoy the chance for your feet to breathe when you take them off at night.

What you may not realize, however, is that your socks have taken a long journey across centuries, even millenia, to arrive at your feet in their current form. From prehistory to the Classical era, the middle ages to the modern era, socks have evolved in many ways to become the garments we know and love today.