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Can sock retailers join mobile commerce boom?

Can sock retailers join mobile commerce boom?
IMRG, the e-retail organisation, has claimed that mobile commerce is at a "tipping point" where consumers now expect to be able to purchase items using their mobile phones.

In conjunction with full service mobile interactive agency New Toy, IMRG has come up with a number of reasons why retailers should be making it easier for shoppers to purchase things like socks, tights and stockings via their mobile phone.

The main reason is that mobile commerce is growing and is set to be worth £119 billion (£74.5 billion) by 2015.

In addition, mobile commerce allows retailers to communicate with shoppers anywhere and at any time.

IMRG also claims that 25 per cent of consumers say they will look at competitors if they cannot browse items on a retailer's website using their mobile phone.

Recently, IE Market Research estimated that mobile payment transactions would hit the £1 trillion (£630 billion) mark by 2014.

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Underwood works schoolgirl tights look

Underwood works schoolgirl tights look
Carrie Underwood, the American Idol star who was recently married to ice hockey player Mike Fisher, turned on the schoolgirl style at a recent performance on the Today show in New York.

The singer wore black knee-high stockings with grey shorts, black blazer, white shirt and a black tie barely done up.

Her tights were rounded off with a pair of sparkly boots with enormous heels that did not seem to affect her balance.

Carrie Underwood shot to fame as the winner of the fourth series of American Idol, the US version of X-Factor.

Since then her meteoric rise has seen her win multiple Grammy Awards and be named Academy of Country Music (ACM) and Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the year three times.

In addition to her stylish sense of legwear, she is the first female singer to win back-to-back ACM Entertainer of the Year awards.

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Sock wearers told few fashion faux pas remain

Sock wearers told few fashion faux pas remain
There are fewer fashion faux pas around to trip people up these days, but it is still worth checking in a mirror before venturing out in public, it has been claimed.

Double denim has come back and even the visible bra strap can look good if worn in the right way, according to Stylist acting fashion editor Alexandra Fullerton.

She said that while in 2010 pretty much anything goes fashion-wise, basic tidiness is still a must.

Her comments come after radio presenter Fearne Cotton was caught recently wearing a pair of shoes with price labels still attached to the soles.

"Fearne's visible shoe stickers are unforgiveable, as are any shop tickets left attached to your outfit," said Ms Fullerton

She added that if you are confident about your look "then you'll definitely look cool".

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Can Rightcliq make buying socks online easier?

Can Rightcliq make buying socks online easier?
Credit card firm Visa has launched a new tool designed to make online shopping a breeze.

The company's new Rightcliq tool has been designed to make comparing prices and products, looking at merchant websites and tracking parcels easier.

So will the new tool make it easier for shoppers to compare stockings with tights and ladies socks with men's socks?

Global head of e-commerce and authentication at Visa Gerry Sweeney seems to think so.

"We know consumers love to shop online, but they also want better ways to streamline the experience and eliminate some of the frustrations they encounter in the process," he said.

According to Visa, half of all online shoppers rely on inconvenient methods like paper lists and bookmarking to search for items on the internet.

Apparently 90 per cent say they would do more online shopping if the experience were easier.

"Rightcliq is Visa's answer to that consumer demand," explained Mr Sweeney.

Visa recently reported strong fiscal third quarter profits on the back of more plastic spending.

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Sock buyers may be looking online

Sock buyers may be looking online
A quarter of high street shopper leave store with nothing bought and then turn to the internet to actually buy what they are looking for, new research has found.

The study from Envirosell and RichRelevance questioned shoppers in London and New York and found that about half leave high street stores empty-handed, with half of these completing their shopping online.

Brits thinking of buying socks or tights may wish to do some research on the internet, after the report found that Londoners are far less likely than New Yorkers to check out deals online before looking on the high street.

Envirosell founder and chief executive Paco Underhill commented: "The growth of the internet has meant that the consumer is now not only more empowered, but often three or four steps ahead."

The news comes after online retailers reported a profitable June, with IMRG/Capgemini data showing 20 per cent year-on-year growth during the month.

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Are socks harder than diamonds to sell?

Are socks harder than diamonds to sell?
Online sellers are still finding it difficult to shift certain items on their internet retail sites, it has been claimed.

Consumers are much more comfortable buying something that does not require touching first, according to Internet Retailer magazine editor Don Davis.

"A book is a book, and consumers are happy to buy it online. A diamond necklace is something else," he explained.

So is legwear any harder to sell than a diamond necklace? For most people looking for gift socks or funky tights the answer is probably no.

Mr Davis also suggested that internet retailers are getting much better at presenting their products to consumers, with images, video and other information.

"But those complex and highly considered items are still a challenge for retailers to sell online," he added.

His comments come after sock sellers helped to contribute to bumper a June for online retail, with the industry reporting a 20 per cent year-on-year increase.

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Sock buyers may be looking online

Sock buyers may be looking online
A quarter of high street shopper leave store with nothing bought and then turn to the internet to actually buy what they are looking for, new research has found.

The study from Envirosell and RichRelevance questioned shoppers in London and New York and found that about half leave high street stores empty-handed, with half of these completing their shopping online.

Brits thinking of buying socks or tights may wish to do some research on the internet, after the report found that Londoners are far less likely than New Yorkers to check out deals online before looking on the high street.

Envirosell founder and chief executive Paco Underhill commented: "The growth of the internet has meant that the consumer is now not only more empowered, but often three or four steps ahead."

The news comes after online retailers reported a profitable June, with IMRG/Capgemini data showing 20 per cent year-on-year growth during the month.

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Socks for homeless campaign gains ground

Socks for homeless campaign gains ground
People in US are being given the opportunity to help the homeless after a local shop teamed up with the Salvation Army for community scheme.

Every time shoppers at any one of the four Army Navy Outdoors shops in Florida purchase a pair of gym socks or gift socks a pair will be donated to the charity, which will then distribute them to homeless people, according to WPTV News Channel 5.

Sam Zackowitz, owner of the stores, told the news provider: "At the end of the year, we are going to give the Salvation Army probably 1000 or 2000 pairs of socks absolutely free."

The scheme, which started on August 1st, has so far raised over 50 pairs of socks to be donated.

Several recent sock drives in the US and the UK have sought to collect socks for another worthy cause - soldiers serving on the frontline in Afghanistan.

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Madonna sports golf socks

Madonna sports golf socks
Madonna's fashion sense has always pushed things to the limit over the years, but it seems the Queen of Pop has gone out of bounds with her latest ensemble.

The singer-turned-director was snapped by photographers on the set of directorial film debut wearing golf socks.

Madonna revealed one of the knee high socks, walking around the film set with one trouser leg pulled up, leaving to the imagination what she wearing on the other leg.

These fun socks were adorned with a golf-like black, white, grey Argyle pattern with just a hint of pink.

She is directing WE, a film about the love affair between Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.

Madonna has just launched her own clothing range in collaboration with daughter Lourdes, which went on sale on August 3rd.

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UK retail sector still growing

UK retail sector still growing
Sales in the UK's non-food, non-store retail sector - internet, mail order and phone sales - saw double figure growth in July, according to new figures.

According to the latest BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for July, this sector grew in value by 11.3 per cent compared to the same month in 2009.

Despite these relatively strong figures the overall picture was less promising, with overall UK retail sales values growing by just 2.6 per cent on last July, suggesting more people may be looking beyond the high street for their gift socks or funky tights.

Stephen Robertson, director general, British Retail Consortium (BRC), pointed out, however, that the growth in the non-food, non-store sector was slower than in previous months.

"Eleven per cent growth is not to be sniffed at and the comparison is with last year's second strongest month but, in the context of non-store retailing's rapid growth, it's disappointing," he said.

Online clothes sales were up by 22 per cent in June compared to the year before, according to figures from IMRG/Capgemini.

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Alex Curran models new legwear trend

Alex Curran models new legwear trend
Alex Curran might be running out of things to buy after being one of Liverpool's greatest shoppers in recent years.

The WAG was seen out and about in the city sporting an interesting legwear look.

Ms Curran, wife of England captain and Kop hero Steven Gerrard, wore a pair of leggings ripped at the knees, in a look that can only be described as unique.

She teamed up the outfit with a pair of black and white trainers, white t-shirt from Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve collection and a black handbag.

While her leggings may have been something new for the people of Liverpool, several other celebs have recently been sporting ripped hosiery.

Lady Gaga took to the streets of Stockholm and Berlin wearing ripped fishnet stockings recently.

She wore the tights while on her successful Monster Ball world tour.

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The case for organic socks

The case for organic socks
Consumers are increasingly questioning where products come from, making the business case for Fairtrade ever stronger, it has been claimed.

This is the view of Fairtrade Foundation business development manager Vanessa Brain, who said that it is not enough for firms to make their own claims about ethical sourcing.

She said that independent certification gives consumers the trust that brands are complying with international standards and are prepared to "take that extra step".

"Consumers are increasingly questioning brands about where their products come from, how they are made, and how they are treating people within their supply chain," Ms Brain explained.

Her comments will no doubt be good news for manufacturers of socks and legwear sourced from organic materials and ethically produced cotton.

Leading labour and human rights groups in the US, Canada and Europe have recently called on the Bangladesh government to end its repression of garment workers.

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Brits spend £71 a month online

Brits spend £71 a month online
Brits are spending more money than ever online, according to new research.

The average British shopper now spends an average of £71 online, on everything from books and mobile phones to socks and leggings, according to market research from eCommera.

Over four in ten (42.6 per cent) Brits now purchase something online at least once a week, the survey of 2,000 UK consumers found.

Price was the main motivator for shopping online for 60 per cent of respondents, while over half (51 per cent) consider the convenience of having items delivered as a good reason to order items from the internet.

Meanwhile, websites with poor images and product information were regarded as the most likely put people off buying from a particular retailer.

The research also backed up findings made by a comScore study that showed many shoppers look in store before buying online.

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Are sock buyers boosting plastic sales?

Are sock buyers boosting plastic sales?
Brits spent more on plastic again in July, after a new report shows that credit and debit card spending was up on last year.

For the third month running, UK consumer on plastic was more than nine per cent higher than the same period last year, according to new figures from Barclaycard.

The credit card firm reports that year-on-year spending on credit and debit cards was 9.9 per cent higher in July and 1.9 per cent higher than in June.

Barclaycard's Spending Index takes information from across 44 retail sectors, including firms that sell men's socks and ladies tights.

Summer discounts may have helped people to part with their money, Barclaycard says, while the extra day in July will have accounted for at least some of the growth on the June figures.

The news comes after the British Retail Consortium and KPMG reported that spending in the non-food, non-store sector grew by 11.3 per cent in July.

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Funky tights are 'autumn must have'

Funky tights are 'autumn must have'
With autumn fast approaching many people may be wondering what they can do to spice up their wardrobe with some brightly coloured fashion items, while still keeping warm.

Funky tights are one such way to add a bit colour to an outfit and keep chilly legs at bay, it has been claimed.

According to Fashion For Lunch, a website that offers "daily fashion food for thought", this particular legwear choice is a way of having fun with an otherwise drab set of clothes.

Writing on the site, Lindsey Anderson said that with the summer in England almost over, warm clothing is becoming a must.

"But at least there’s one area you can still have a play with … your legs," she explained.

"Funky tights have become the latest trend to cover up your pins, bringing a splash of colour to the dull autumn days ahead."

The comments come after the Daily Mail's Anna Pursglove claimed that tan-look tights are back.

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Tights do a Lott of good

Tights do a Lott of good
Pixie Lott seems to have no shortage of male model admirers, if newspaper reports are anything to go on.

The Sun reports that the singer was out and about in London the other night with a male model called Alex Gilbert.

Pixie was wearing a pair of tights with suspenders print, a short blue dress and rockstar-chic black leather jacket.

Meanwhile, an unnamed source told the same newspaper that she is dating Oliver Chesire, another male model.

"Pixie and Oliver are dating. Pixie hasn't declared it publicly as she doesn't want to seem too keen or jinx it," the source said.

We might be none the wiser as to which one she is actually going out with, but there is no doubt she knows how to wear stockings.

"When I wear clothes or costumes, I like my legs to be free – you don't want everything hanging out, but I like to show off my legs," she has said of her choice of legwear in the past.

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Beckham using advanced compression socks

Beckham using advanced compression socks
David Beckham has not played competitively since an injury in March that meant he missed the World Cup in South Africa.

Now it seems that England manager Fabio Capello thinks he is too old to play for his country again and it looks like that the midfielder will not be seen with the three lions on his chest again.

Beckham, however, has different ambitions and is using a new advanced compression sock to aid his recovery.

Normally to be seen in a pair of knee high football socks, Beckham is using the GC Tech Medical Grade sports socks to improve blood flow to his feet.

Recently, aircraft passengers who have had some form of heart problem were recommended to wear compression flight socks to aid blood flow and prevent deep vein thrombosis.

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Tights donned for motorcycle charity event

Tights donned for motorcycle charity event
Over £1,000 is hoped to be raised once a group of motorcyclists collect all their sponsorship money from a charity bike ride, it has been reported.

The riders pulled on tights and stockings over their motorcycle leathers and knee high boots to dress as superheroes for an event in Yorkshire to raise funds for the When You Wish Upon A Star Charity, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

Christine Horner, owner of the Catfoss Cafe on the A165, organised the bike ride.

She told the newspaper: "It was a great day. We set off from the cafe at 9.45am and arrived back there at 5.15pm.
 "The costumes were excellent and we got a really good response from other motorists."

When You Wish Upon A Star relies on the generous support of fundraisers and helps to make dreams come true for children with serious illnesses.

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Stockings advised for pregnant women

Stockings advised for pregnant women
Pregnant women can find travelling a pain, especially on long journeys, but some advice on what to wear to make things more comfortable has been given.

Expectant mothers should wear stockings when travelling, the Hindustan Times suggests.

It advises women to wear support hosiery, such as control tights, suggesting that they should be worn all day.

"You should put on stockings before you get out of bed and keep them on all day. Lie on your back as you pull them on," the newspaper said.

It also suggested that pregnant women should pick the right shoe to wear while travelling and sit near to a toilet.

In addition, women are advised to take short walks to improve circulation.

The advice comes shortly after the British Cardiovascular Society recommended wearing flight socks if you have a high risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

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Pregnant Lily Allen wears leopard-print tights

Pregnant Lily Allen wears leopard-print tights
At just three months pregnant Lily Allen probably has not had to resort to maternity wear just yet.

That is perhaps one reason why the singer was spotted out and about wearing leopard-print tights.

She also may not have read the Hindustan Times report that advised pregnant women to wear support stockings when travelling.

Ms Allen, 25, is recovering from whiplash after she fell over in the Wolseley hotel in London.

"At the docs. Its whiplash from my fall yesterday! Oh deary me," she tweeted, adding that she had also hurt her wrist.

She had earlier gone on Twitter with a picture of herself holding a copy of the Sun, which broke the story that she is pregnant.

Lilly Allen, who is the daughter of actor Keith Allen, will be supporting Muse at Wembley Stadium on September 10th.

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Internet retail hits high

Internet retail hits high
Internet purchases are accounting to more of total retail sales than ever, new figures reveal.

In its monthly retail report that suggests Brits could be searching online for tights, socks and general legwear needs, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that internet purchases accounted for eight per cent of total retail sales.

Online retail was worth £446 million a week in July, up from £397 million in June and £325 million in July 2009.

Not since December 2009, when people looking for presents such as gift socks, was such a large amount spent via the internet.

The total non-store sector, which encompasses online, mail order and telephone sales, was up by 15.4 per cent on July 2009.

In general, confidence is returning to the UK retail sector, the Centre for Retail Research has said.

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Man jailed for smuggling eggs in socks

Man jailed for smuggling eggs in socks
An ex-SAS soldier has been sent to prison for trying to smuggle 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs out of the UK.

Jeffrey Lendrum was attempting to take the eggs to Dubai, where they can fetch large sums for use in falconry.

In one of the more unusual uses of socks, he stashed the eggs about his person before trying to board a flight out of the country in belt made from the legwear items.

Mr Lendrum has been charged over egg-related crimes in Canada and Zimbabwe, where he was in the country's special forces when it was known as Rhodesia.

In an another smuggling mission, one Roberto Zavaleta Sol Carbrera was caught as he attempted to enter Mexico with 18 monkeys stuffed into cotton socks strapped around his waist.

The endangered titi monkeys can go for big money on the open market.

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Silver socks serve as 'super de-stresser'

Silver socks serve as 'super de-stresser'
Using silver fibre in footwear can help de-stress consumers, in addition to helping relieve the ailments for a number of chronic conditions, it has been suggested.

Turkish businessman Ali Tasevli is currently developing socks made using silver yarn, which he claims offer a number of health benefits.

Speaking to the Hurriyet Daily News, he explained how the material works like "a lightning rod for negative energy that accumulates in the human body".

He added: "Exactly like the lightning rods, silver socks encapsulate all negative energy.

"All the nerves in the human body are connected in the feet and that was our star point then we devised the project and prepared to produce the socks."

The icing on the cake for the success of Mr Tasevli may well include incorporating silver yarn into organic socks, which are becoming increasingly desirable among consumers.

Earlier this month, Fairtrade Foundation business development manager Vanessa Brain suggested that Fairtrade cotton has seen incredible growth in the UK alone since its launch five years ago.

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Some leggings style tips revealed

Some leggings style tips revealed
The popularisation of certain kinds of leg wear by celebrities does not mean that people should ignore certain style conventions.

Style guru Jenny Elig recently listed a few tips for women still unsure about the best way to wear leggings without overstepping that fine line between high fashion and clothing failure.

She urged women to look out for alternatives to plain black leggings in an article for the Indianapolis Star.

However, Elig also noted that the choice of pattern should be made carefully, based on someone's particular body shape.

She noted: "If you're bottom heavy, remember that patterns will call attention to your hips and thighs.

"Unless you are extremely svelte, snakeskin leggings will make you look like a python that's enjoyed a nice, big meal."

However, pregnant women may wish to combine leggings with stockings or tights, in order to relieve pain over long journeys.

Earlier this month, the Hindustan Times recommended that women lie down when they pull on their stockings, adding that they should be kept on all day to appreciate the full benefits when pregnant.

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Taylor Momsen's tights turn heads at V Festival

Taylor Momsen's tights turn heads at V Festival
A battle for the most racey outfit appeared to ensue at this year's V Festival, with arguably three of the most glamorous performers at the event impressing fans.

American songstress Taylor Momsen wore a translucent elongated lingerie bodice paired with black hold-up fashion tights, while British stars Diana Vickers and Pixie Lott impressed in their respective leopard print and feather dress numbers.

Momsen's outfit was perhaps the most controversial, with black lace knickers clearly visible beneath her sheer lingerie-style dress.

However, no doubt many would agree that fellow blondes Vickers and Lott also enhanced their performance appeal with their animal-themed outfits.

As far as performances go, former X Factor finalist Diana was always going to be hard to beat.

That said, Gossip Girl's Momsen, who was fronting band The Pretty Wreckless at the Chelmsford leg of the event, no doubt received a sizeable dose of admiration from fans.

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Sock washing loss mysteries may have a simple solution

Sock washing loss mysteries may have a simple solution
Smaller clothes items that go missing in the wash have undoubtedly been the bane of most people's lives at one time or another.

Socks and underwear are the most likely culprits when it comes to vanishing from a washing machine load, but one US man claims to be able to explain where they go.

Speaking to the Washington Observer Reporter, Sprowls City Appliance manager John Taylor explained: "The sock can go into the pump system and block it or it can get chewed up and [spat] out.

"If you throw the socks on the top, sometimes they will float to the top and go over the spin basket."

One celebrity likely to be seriously concerned if his socks go missing is David Beckham.

The LA Galaxy midfielder has not managed a competitive game since March due to an injury, which is being treated using compression socks to aid his recovery.

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Stockings perfect for storing onions, apparently

Stockings perfect for storing onions, apparently
Women that have worn out their pantyhose beyond repair can easily find creative alternatives to throwing them out, it has been suggested.

In a post on the Wallet Pop blog, Diane Wedner suggests a number of "handy uses" for stockings and fashion tights once they have outlived their use as legwear.

One option is using stockings as an "onion caddy" by tying off each onion with a twist tie, which prevents them from going mouldy.

Ms Wedner also suggests combining one cut off leg of tights with a vacuum cleaner to retrieve precious items that have been dropped out of reach, such as under the sofa or behind the radiator.

A former special forces soldier recently found an alternative use for legwear, when attempting to smuggle goods out of Britain.

Jeffrey Lendrum has since been jailed for his crime, in which he attempted to sneak 14 rare peregrine falcon eggs out of the country in socks which he had strapped to his body.

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Socks that peak over boots set to be 'bang on trend' this autumn

Socks that peak over boots set to be 'bang on trend' this autumn
Brits keen on staying up to date with the latest leg wear trends have been advised to set their sights on September 1st.

The Daily Telegraph's Emma Sibbles suggests adopting the "land girl hosiery" look, which she claims is the "most flattering way to wear socks and shoes".

In an article for the newspaper, Ms Sibbles explains that matching the colour of socks to that of calf-high boots, with a small slivver peeping "over the top", will be bang on trend next month.

She concedes that on the face of it this may appear a little "teeny", but suggests that this legwear trend is "worth a look even if you are over the age of 18".

Meanwhile, the Sun gave sandal-loving men everywhere a good excuse to wear socks with their favourite footwear well into the colder months.

The newspaper pointed to a recent archaeological discovery in North Yorkshire, which appeared to show that the all-conquering Romans even wore socks with their sandals.

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Did the Romans bring the socks and sandals taboo to the UK?

Did the Romans bring the socks and sandals taboo to the UK?
The idea of a man wearing any kind of fabric between sandal and barefoot has long been taboo in the UK.

However, a recent discovery suggests that the tradition of wearing socks with shoes may be thousands of years old.

Archaeologists have found evidence that Romans stationed in Britain wore socks and sandals.

This new evidence may lend credence to a new theory that the Romans were responsible for establishing this fashion faux pas in the UK, where it appears to have become ingrained into the national consciousness.

Some may even use this revelation to defend the footwear combination, which has long been the source of embarrassment and amusement among Brits.

Experts excavating at the site are less concerned with the fashion implications of their find, however.

Speaking to the Independent, cultural heritage team leader Blaise Vyner described the find as "really exciting", adding that it could give more information about everyday Roman life.

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Sock-sorting robot project wins $5k prize

Sock-sorting robot project wins $5k prize
A group of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley has managed to win themselves a science and engineering prize for programming a robot that sorts leg wear.

The Sockification robot is capable of pairing socks, after first identifying that they need turning inside out, before putting one neatly inside the other.

Ping Chuan Wang, Stephen Miller, Mario Fritz, Trevor Darrell, Pieter Abbeel won $5,000 (£3,227) for their achievement.

The challenge was set by the founder of Willow Garage, Scott Hassan, who told participants to get the PR2 robot to do something "cool, funny, or useful", although clarified this by adding that the "competition should not interfere with your work or research duties".

Elsewhere, researchers from the University of the Basque Country in Spain have developed a robot which they claim is capable of differentiating between a door and its handle, demonstrating a basic capability to perceive material differences between two objects.

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Romans brought Brits socks and sandals, new dig shows

Romans brought Brits socks and sandals, new dig shows
Romans stationed in Britain around 2,000 years ago found a way to keep their feet warm in the cold climate, a new archaeological dig suggests.

Apparently, rust has been found on a nail from a Roman sandal unearthed in newly discovered ruins in North Yorkshire.

The archaeologists have found fibres that could mean the Romans were wearing walking socks to help keep their feet warm.

Were they cashmere socks or just plain ankle socks? Perhaps the scientists examining the fibres will be able to say.

Blaise Vyner, an archaeologist on the site, told the Daily Telegraph: "You don't imagine Romans in socks but I am sure they would have been pretty keen to get hold of some as soon as autumn came along."

The news comes as designers like Oscar de la Renta have been seen pairing cotton socks with sandals on the catwalk this year.

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