I made a quick trip to Seattle this weekend to celebrate my mom's birthday, and in my haste to pack, forgot my socks.  I picked up these new ones, and noticed a strange feature.

My new Under Armour socks are labeled left and right.  Is that a new thing?  Is it in any way necessary?

I made quick trip to Fred Meyer near my parents' house and found a three-pack of socks on sale.  I made my purchase, headed back to the house, and when I opened them up, found they had a label for left and right.

As I looked closer, it did appear they had some design elements that would be applicable to specific feet, but when did this become a thing?  Is there actual science or purpose to the designated feet, or is this just a marketing ploy?

It's the first time in my life I've ever had socks that were assigned to specific feet, and it was maybe the most humorous moment of the trip.

Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media

A couple other pics from our celebration for my mom as we played with phone filters and watched the Seattle Mariners (lose and) retire the jersey of Edgar Martinez.

Jeff Connell, Townsquare Media