Sunday, August 25, 2013


Good socks allow one to walk farther, faster, and to be less foot sore afterward.

For an army, this means that the army with the better socks gets there firstest, with the mostest.

Not being foot sore as an army goes into battle is a very big deal.

For a marching army, better socks are an enabling technology.  The army with the better socks has an advantage. That was as true 2,000 years ago as it was in General Kitchener's time.

Hesiod talks of lining shoes with "felt".  However, looking at the translator's footnotes, all I can be sure of is that the lining was something made from wool, and that it may not have meant the same thing, all the time.

I never said that Alexander the Great or Hesiod or Darios per se, were spinners or knitters.  I said  that the military men of the time would have arranged the best foot wear possible for their armies on the march.

Read "The Art of War".  Barefoot armies lose and die. Socks and boots are enabling technologies for an army on the march.  Both the Greek and Persian armies marched. Then, the Roman army marched.

Then there is that Coptic sock. Who here thinks it was a proof of concept prototype to replace the felt in Hesiod's leather foot wear?  No, that sock shows sophisticated details that were likely worked out over generations.    That sock shows long evolution.

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