Albert and I share a common theory, socks suck !
I hated my socks as a kid but that was just because the friction between my leg and the sock was not high enough to prevent some uncomfortable twists of the socks. Where I live socks are absolutely necessary so are gloves and ABS. Do you live in a place that is warm in the winter? In a large part of south China, winter is not bad at all. People wear socks of course but not gloves. Some of them would call gloves hand socks since they've never seen or have the need of them and gloves tend to do what socks do only to hands.