Socks With Sandals: The Age Old Debated Trudges On

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonderandhome.com

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  1. Avatar veronica d
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    I once had a coworker who frequently wore those super nerdy toe-shoes. They were adorable.

    Let your freak flag fly, you crazy kids!Report

  2. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    Handknitters are another group that do socks-with-sandals to show off the socks. Usually Birkenstocks or similar (I know there was once a political argument about what Birks vs. the Israeli brand NAOT signalled, but geez, do we have to go to those places? and yes, I know, someone is going to argue with me that “yes, we do”)

    I haven’t done it much in recent years, as I mostly wear dresses to work and I am not QUITE eccentric enough to wear a dress with ankle socks, but for casual days I absolutely have done it.

    As oddities go, this one is minor and benign and if people have a problem with it it’s their problem.

    Interesting to see it tagged as a “German” thing, though, I would not think of it as specifically German.Report

  3. Avatar Oscar Gordon
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    I’m with Fillyjonk, the socks matter. They can’t just be basic colors (black, brown, grey, white), they gotta pop at least a little bit, at least if you are wearing them as a choice.

    That said, I love my Olukai flip flops, and in the fall, I’ve been known to dig out my tabi socks so I can wear my flip flops a bit later in the season, when I walk the dog or run to the store for one or two things (as opposed to, say, going out for a drink).Report

    • Avatar Swami in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      Olukais for me as well, though I also have a really comfortable pair of Reefs for around the house when I tire of going barefoot.

      I never wear socks, and rarely wear anything at any time of year other than my sandals. I would go so far as to say wearing a “real” shoe would be considered dressing up — like a fancy birthday dinner or something — and by real shoe I usually just mean those covered sandals. The only other exception is dead of winter (San Diego winters are so cruel), or when I hike.

      After going weeks or months without shoes or socks, my feet don’t appreciate the feel of either when I finally have to wear them due to a rainstorm or something.Report

    • Avatar Anne in reply to Oscar Gordon
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      I live in my Chaco z2s untill it gets too cold I have been known to also wear tabbi socks with them in the fall.Report

  4. Avatar Kristin Devine
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    I have some pretty awesome socks and then I have this one pair of sandals that is super comfortable. I wear them together all the time and care not one iota about my appearance in them whatsoever.Report

  5. Avatar George Turner
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    This is perhaps the first blog post I’ve ever read that used the word “Birkenstocks” without also including the term “patchouli oil”, both in reference to West Coast hippies and anti-war protesters. 🙂

    I think socks with sandals is right up there with pineapple on pizza. Some people feel quite strongly that it’s just wrong, so very very wrong.Report

  6. Avatar Saul Degraw
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    There were a lot of people from Massachusetts at my college. The thing for them back then (and probably now) is that you put off wearing closed toe shoes for as long as possible for reasons which I never fully comprehended.* So when it got cold, you put on socks with sandals and probably did this until this first major snow storm.

    Now don’t get me started on guys who wear black shoes and a belt with really light tan pants. Lots of guys seem deathly afraid of trying to wear anything but black shoes. It isn’t that hard!

    But I am outside of the clothing zeitgeist and apparently a hold out on switching to wearing leisure wear/dressing like a schlub even during a pandemic.

    *My best and yes snobby guess is that it is a combination of the Massachusetts weird combo of a somewhat persistent hippiedom, meets old school WASP/academic/anti NY bias re caring about fashion/dressing well. Massachusetts is still the land of wearing the hand me down tweed coat in many ways and less conspicuous displays of wealth than NYC.Report

  7. Avatar KenB
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    The Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip has been at the forefront of this debate for a while now.Report

  8. Avatar CJColucci
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    I don’t wear socks with sandals myself. Indeed, I rarely wear sandals. But I’ll be damned if I can figure out why I should care if anyone else does.Report

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