When reenacting 15th century you tend to just make knee-high hose if you are a lady and long for something less warm during those hot summer events. And then came the short sock in linen, usually referred to as the Tross-frau sock. Whilja has the most thourough description of it here:
Well I could not possibly use that now, it seems to be later period? Imagine my happiness when I stumbled over these ladies feet. Look closely and you'll see that they are wearing what definetly looks like short white socks. Possibly with a black edge and a slit in the side.
|Konzil von Konstanz Prozession, Wien Austria Nationalbibliothek Cod 3044, fol 44r|
|Konzil von Konstanz Procession, Wien Austria Nationalbibliothek, cod 3044, fol 45r|
I have looked at the different interpretations of the so-called Trossfrau sock, many based on the german extant one in linen exhibited in the Altes Rathaus in Regensburg and found that most see it as a 16th Century phenomenon. My first thought was that this must be what these ladies are wearing. But the cut does not look the same at all.
|Linen sock in Regensburg, photo by Elsa Hahma|
|Naalbound sock from Uppsala, possibly late 15th Century|