Toxic sock syndrome

Sooner or later, this subject always seems to come around:

Now I know someone probably remembers that at one time or another I said that one should not wear socks with sandals but I also said that it’s okay if the sandals are casual and the socks are the kind that are meant to be shown off — novelty or any kind of print or colorful socks. Besides, how can I be a fashion rebel if there are no fashion rules to break, so I defend and perpetuate the rule and break it at the same time. I think the “no socks with sandals” taboo probably came about because of guys wearing grubby athletic socks with sandals, which is gross, guys. Just stop that. But in spite of my bold talk about fashion rebellion I probably won’t ever go out in public like this. Or maybe I will. Who knows?

Well, I certainly don’t know. But the thing about rules, and not just fashion rules, is that sometimes you break then, sometimes you bend them, and sometimes, in the spirit of defiance, you actually follow them. (I swiped this particular bit of wisdom from Charles Goren, who would probably be amused to see it used in this context, perhaps less so to see me leading the top of nothing against three no-trump.)

As for the origin of the taboo, I blame these guys.


  1. Jeffro »

    14 January 2011 · 9:21 pm

    Sock selection here is black, black or black. Makes things simple. Probably not the best for wearing sandals, though.

  2. Lisa Paul »

    15 January 2011 · 7:59 am

    Many of us who have lived in Germany blame the Germans for this trend. It never really gets warm enough in most parts of that country to wear sandals, but when summer comes, they feel they should be wearing sandals.So they do it with socks to keep feet warm. If you’ve ever seen a whole country wearing socks and sandals, it’s not a pretty sight.

    Then again, it’s always a good fall-back to blame the Germans.

  3. CGHill »

    15 January 2011 · 9:48 am

    I will admit here to having worn socks with sandals last night, though I didn’t venture out of the house that way.

  4. Sage »

    15 January 2011 · 12:25 pm

    I particularly appreciate the William Shatner shot in socks and sandals on that link. That almost makes it cool.


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