A slouch sock, sometimes referred to as a fat sock, is a kind of sock associated with the 1980s style that features a thick non-elastic, stretchable upper which can be pulled up over the knee or down into thick folds on the ankles. The thick upper surface of these kinds of socks tends to be made from very lightweight spandex or Lycra material. These kinds of socks can also be called gym slouch socks or work-out slouch socks, despite the fact that they are often used in an athletic context. In many cases, they are used for fashion and style purposes as well.
The original slouch sock had a very utilitarian goal - to promote ergonomics and prevent posture problems caused by habitual wearing of thick socks. In addition, it was meant to make the wearer more comfortable while working at a desk or during free time. As this kind of sock became more popular, people also began to wear them to school and other formal occasions. As these kinds of tube socks became more popular with the general public, manufacturers decided to capitalize on the fashion bandwagon by making slouchy tube socks available in all kinds of styles. Today, these types of tubes have come a long way in terms of fashion sense as well as comfort. In addition to looking fashionable, they are comfortable to wear.
Originally, the look of these kinds of tube socks was very unfashionable - they were not paired with most pants or skirts because of their bulky appearance. However, designers eventually began to make changes to improve the look of their slouch socks, making them appropriate for wearing with various types of clothing. For instance, these types of tube socks can be worn with jeans or khakis much more often. They can also be worn with dressy outfits, especially when paired with designer-style pants. Today, they can be seen worn by both men and women.