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Toe socks, also known as finger socks, glove socks, 5-toe socks or digital socks，are socks that have been knitted so that each toe is individually encased the same way as fingers within a glove.
All sock lengths are available as five toe sock, from no-show style to ankle socks, knee high socks and over the knee socks. Toe socks are designed and available for both men and women, so there men's five toe socks, although traditionally targeted toward women.
The original concept of toe sock s may be attributed to Ethel Russell of Pennsylvania. On June 14, 1969, she filed a copyright with the United States Copyright Office for two drawings of footwear which she termed them mitten toe socks and glove socks. She was unable to maintain the exclusive rights for their manufacture.
Individual toe socks became popular in the United States during the 1970s and made a comeback in the 1990s as a novelty item worn by adolescents. During the 1970s, it was fashionable for girls to wear clogs or buffalo sandals with 5 finger toe socks. During this time, such finger toe socks were typically knee high in length with bright stripes and glittery threads in their design. They also had a practical value in keeping the feet warm, including the spots between the toes. By 2004, toe socks were available in plain colors and being adopted as normal footwear.
One of the earliest variants of toe socks is the Japanese tabi, dating back to the 16th Century. These are split-toed socks with two compartments. One smaller compartment for the big toe, and a larger compartment for the four remaining toes. This allows them to be worn with Zōri or geta sandals.
Modern variants of toe socks are designed primarily for either comfort or athletics. In 2004, a patent was filed with the Intellectual Property Office in the United Kingdom for a product called "toe socks". However, their description differs: "A half sock which covers the toes to provide comfort under footwear. Preferably the socks are unseen when worn with mules or slingback shoes."
Variants five toe socks have also evolved to include compression socks and other specialty performance models for professional sports as well as uses which require high durability. In sports, athletic versions of toe socks may be useful to triathletes who suffer from frequent interdigital friction blisters. One version of sock referred to as "toe socks" is actually a reverse version – this is a covering for the foot and ankle with the toes cut out, leaving them bare. This provides a non-slip surface and provides for a more complete range of motion for form-fitting yoga or pilates.