Walking sticks have been used and collected for centuries.
In the 19th and 20th centuries they were a fashion accessory with different canes 'worn' for different occasions, and times of day. A rustic wooden stick wold have been used for walking, a silver topped dress cane for more formal occasions or evenings, and gadget canes for some speific function.
Today the aluminum folding sticks are the most popular and practical. They fold neatly away into a bag and are perfect for travelling.