Bobby sock

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A baton twirler wearing bobby socks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 8, 1939

Bobby socks are a style of women's sock, white, ankle length or collected at the ankle, instead of at full extension up the leg.

The term bobby soxer derives from this type of sock.[1]

They were initially popular in the United States in the 1940s through the 1950s, later making a comeback in the 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ Jane & Michael Stern's Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: An A to Z Guide of Who's who and What's What, from Aerobics and Bubble Gum to Valley of the Dolls and Moon Unit Zappa, Jane and Michael Stern. HarperPerennial, 1992, p. 61
  2. ^ Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell-bottoms: 1940s-1950s, Sara Pendergast, Tom Pendergast. UXL/Thomson Gale, 2002