Bobby sock

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A woman in a marching band uniform, including bobby socks walking down a street
A drum majorette wearing bobby socks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 8, 1939
Two women seated in typical teen girl fashion from the 1950s, wearing bobby socks
Women wearing 1950s clothing at a 2010 event

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