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BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals

the lemonade lady 15 Aug 02 - 05:47 AM
Catherine Jayne 15 Aug 02 - 06:20 AM
GUEST 15 Aug 02 - 06:28 AM
fogie 15 Aug 02 - 06:32 AM
kendall 15 Aug 02 - 07:17 AM
GUEST,T-boy 15 Aug 02 - 07:49 AM
Deni 15 Aug 02 - 07:54 AM
Geoff the Duck 15 Aug 02 - 08:39 AM
Stu 15 Aug 02 - 09:04 AM
Little Hawk 15 Aug 02 - 09:08 AM
Grab 15 Aug 02 - 09:09 AM
Midchuck 15 Aug 02 - 09:10 AM
artbrooks 15 Aug 02 - 09:16 AM
Llanfair 15 Aug 02 - 09:45 AM
katlaughing 15 Aug 02 - 10:04 AM
the lemonade lady 15 Aug 02 - 10:32 AM
Gervase 15 Aug 02 - 11:03 AM
Nancy King 15 Aug 02 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Russ 15 Aug 02 - 11:10 AM
the lemonade lady 15 Aug 02 - 11:14 AM
lostbunny 15 Aug 02 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,Les B. 15 Aug 02 - 11:20 AM
the lemonade lady 15 Aug 02 - 11:24 AM
Trevor 15 Aug 02 - 11:24 AM
Bill D 15 Aug 02 - 11:26 AM
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Subject: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 05:47 AM

So here we are in late 'summer' here in UK and there's still something I don't understand. Why do men (and some women) wear socks with sandals? Also what about tights with flip-flops!!

Please enlighten me. There seem to be an awful lot of 'em in the folk world!

Sally


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:20 AM

AARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH NO!!! Fashion Police please!!!!

Cat...who doesn't understand this phenomena


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:28 AM

Each to his/her own. Perhaps they have really manky feet, or verruccas? And the tights-ladies might have hairy legs. Or on the other hand perhaps they just feel like dressing that way. Sartorial perversity can be fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: fogie
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:32 AM

I had to visit a well known playwrite, now deceased, but then retired. I always wear sandals in summer if I can, and turned up in my sandals, and he apparently told his friends that he was very unsure of any professional wearing sandals "for god's sake". I dont like the ideas of going barefoot to attend the sick, especially as I was once subjected to a display of toe picking on a ward round by a casual doctor friend, and it made me feel awkward, let alone what it did to the patients, I wear socks with long trousers, and go barefoot in shorts, depending on whether I'm working or off duty. What on earth am I discussing this for???? Got to go -- better things to do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 07:17 AM

I wear socks with sandals simply because they prevent chaffing just as they do in shoes. Can't imagine why anyone would care??? Now, pearls with jeans, that is another matter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,T-boy
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 07:49 AM

I sometimes wear socks with sandals. 2 reasons: Firstly, British weather being what it is, the summer is pretty short so I might spend 9/10 months of the year not in sandals. So when I start wearing sandals again my feet don't feel that comfortable in them to start with. So I wear socks. Secondly, in the evenings, when shoes + socks would be too hot for a whole evening but sandals would be too cold. If anyone has a problem with this, and I know lot's of people think they do, then I am just sad for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Deni
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 07:54 AM

Their comfort means more to them than what other people think?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 08:39 AM

Why would I wish to remove my socks when I am wearing sandals? What a stupid idea! I would get sunburnt feet, and that is extremely painful!
QUACK!!!!!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Stu
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:04 AM

Cos it's really really comfy.

Anyway, if it riles up the fashion police, it can't be all bad.

stigWeard


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:08 AM

2 reasons.

1. Your feet can really get badly sunburned if you don't! Of course, if you went barefoot a lot, this wouldn't be a problem after awhile.

2. The feeling of your feet sticking to the soles of the sandals is quite annoying. When you wear socks that doesn't happen.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Grab
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:09 AM

"Men"?

My wife always wears socks and sandals. The simple reason is that otherwise the sandals get all manky from the collected dead skin and sweat.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Midchuck
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:10 AM

What Stigweard and Little Hawk said.

Also, what "Lazarus Long" (Robert Heinlein)said:

"Go to hell!" or other insult direct is all the answer a snoopy question rates.

Actually, I could reduce the three words to two...but I'll try to maintain a veneer of gentility.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:16 AM

I wear sandles about 9-10 months out of the year, because I like the way they feel. I quit when the snow falls. My feet get cold in late fall and early spring, so I wear big hairy hiking socks with them. Don't like it? Don't look. My feet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Llanfair
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 09:45 AM

All the above, plus menopausal variable body temperature and grotty feet.

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 10:04 AM

So do I, for comfort and to keep my toes warm in the early morning and evenings. In some places it is just expected that one wear socks with their Birks!**BG** I have lightweight ones for summer and heavier ones for winter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 10:32 AM

Light blue touch-paper and retire!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Gervase
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:03 AM

Why? Because their spouses (spice?) probably insist on it, secure in the knowledge that it will render them ludicrously unattractive to potential rivals!
C'mon chaps - dare to go bare like Mad Magdelene.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Nancy King
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:09 AM

My Birkenstocks are the most comfortable shoes I own and sometimes my feet get cold without socks. As for men, well, maybe the same reason.

Cheers, Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:10 AM

My Birks are by far the most comfortable footwear I own. If I wear socks, I can extend the sandal wearing season significantly.

In WV in the summer it is not unusual to have very hot days and cold evenings and nights in the higher elevations (like Clifftop). I always keep a pair of socks handy for such a situation. Easier than carrying a spare pair of shoes.

If it gets too hot and dry and dusty in the summer, I will sometimes wear socks for comfort and a little protection. Hotter than sandals alone but cooler than shoes and socks.

I LIKE the look of sandals and socks. An acquired taste to be sure.

Sandals and socks send a message that I am happy to send. If my sandals and socks disturb you to the extent that you avoid me, that is a good thing. We probably don't want to know each other.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:14 AM

The man, he doth protest too much!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: lostbunny
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:17 AM

Bad things about wearing socks with sandals: 1. When you walk through some mud, your socks get dirty. 2. If you have a hole in your sock, everyone sees it. 3. People ask you why you are wearing socks with sandals...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Les B.
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:20 AM

But what color socks ? And, I can't remember, what is the translation of "tights" from UK to US ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:24 AM

I'm sorry...I just think it's an odd thing to do.

Another point; I had a friend who spilt some petrol near his feet and (like an idiot) was smoking at the time and dropped his fag. It all caught fire and melted the nylon socks to his feet and ankles. Yea he ended up in hospital looking as tho' he's been wearing shackles. Nutter or what?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Trevor
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:24 AM

I HATE SOCKS. I hate putting them back on when I'm back to work. They're itchy and scratchy and it feels like my feet can't breathe.

The only time I like wearing them is with my climbing boots but that's because my walking socks are nice and soft. Much too hot for everyday wear though. And of course, with suit, collar and tie, bare feet look a bit daft (although I have been told that I turn a pretty ankle, eh Sal!)

And I can't believe that I've been goaded by a lemonade seller of this parish into involving myself in this thread!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:26 AM

me, I got cheap sandals (can't afford Birkies for the small amount of sandal wearing I do) and delicate feet! I finally found some socks of a color that match my sandals and my ONE pair of summer shorts, and they don't look half bad!

You want a picture? *grin*


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: EBarnacle1
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:29 AM

As one currently suffering from a badly burnt calf as a result of wearing shorts and no socks with my sandals, I know why I generally wear shorts and socks. Why my feet did not burn as well, I don't know. [Yes, I did apply SPF 35 lotion. It failed me.]

I generally wear socks and sandals for the comfort. Now I will also wear them for the protection, even when I am in a canoe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Trevor
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:40 AM

AND, Sally Lemon, I've seen you wearing black woolly tights with sandals!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 11:44 AM

In your dreams!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 01:12 PM

Trevor - You must be wearing the wrong material if they affect you that way. Socks with wool in them can be horribly uncomfortable for a lot of people. Try synthetic materials instead.

Then on the other hand, maybe you've just got hot or very sensitive feet.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Wordless Woman
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 02:05 PM

And on a related matter…For the first time in decades, and in order to survive the continual heat waves this summer, my dearly beloved (who has been eligible for the senior discount since the mid-70s) has begun wearing shorts. His choice of footwear? Sneakers. His choice of hose? Black socks. We recently attended a function in which most of the men were similarly garbed. It was perfect! I mentally titled the scene "The Geezer Brigade At The Picnic." We have managed – only just – to evade the fashion police all summer. Wear your socks 'n' sandals proudly!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 02:18 PM

"Why do people not wear socks with sandals?" is an equally relevant and pointless question.

I'd like to assume in both cases the answer would be because it's more comfortable, and the climate - but I suspect that for a lot of people it's more to do with creating the right image. Go bare to look cool (as well as chilly), go clad to piss off the people who care about these things.

I tend to avoid socks because sandals do rather leak when you tread in a puddle and socks take much longer to dry than feet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 02:40 PM

I'm like Trevor - I only wear socks with boots or the occasional dress shoe, never with sandals or sneakers. If I'm ever caught wearing socks with sandals, playing bridge, or playing golf please euthanise me immediately!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 04:53 PM

Another reason; at present, I have a black toe nail because I dropped a box of tapes on my foot. So, it's all someone else's fault. If they would buy the damn things I wouldn't have dropped them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: MMario
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 05:05 PM

sure, Kendall - I bet your toenail is black because you've decided to go "goth" - you rebel, you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 05:13 PM

He wears tan shoes with pink shoe laces, A polka dot vest and man oh man, He wears tan shoes with pink shoe laces and a big Panama, with a purple hat band..


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Llanfair
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 05:43 PM

I think it is a matter of taste and comfort and beautiful feet.

Which raises the question.....and you know who you are....of blue toenail varnish!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:02 PM

I don't know about over in the UK, but over here it's still a free country.

That's why we have so many laws: If something is not specifically forbidden, than it's A-OK!

Seroisly though, what's wrong with wearing socks with sandals? The idea of sandals is to be comfortable, so if your comfortable wearing socks, do so. If not, don't. Don't obsess over what others are doing or wearing.

In short:

MYOB!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:17 PM

And, make them COTTON!!! Then they won't melt on your feet, nor itch!*bg*


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 06:32 PM

British "tights" = American "pantyhose", I think. We also have tights, which are much the same thing, but without the extra material here and there. Not that I'm into either, you understand.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 07:25 PM

Kendall, why are you writing about Geoff?? Now as to the subject of colour of socks where could I begin - today's were orange I think but they could have been canary (or should that be duck?) yellow or pink - no not mine stupid, Geoff's!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Celtic Soul
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 08:24 PM

Now Kendall, I know a *great* jacket/dress T-shirt/Jeans ensemble that looks wonderful with pearls. :D

But I don't understand the idea that one wears socks so as not to chafe when wearing sandals. Buy the right sandals, and this need not be a worry.

As for me, I thought it as odd when Don Johnson wore no socks and dress pants.

But hey...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 15 Aug 02 - 08:42 PM

When I portray an 18th/early 19th Century sailor, I wear a red knee hi sock on the left leg and a green sock on the right, in the tradition of Chesapeake Bay watermen (Port and Starboard socks, get it?). When I am doing a pirate, however, I reverse the colors, as pirates were known to reverse their running lights to confuse their prey. That way, you'll never know wheter I'm coming or going! (just like me!) I usually wear straight lasted shoes, but have been know to wear "Ghillies", a sandal like footwear implement popular amogst the Rennies.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Gurney
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 07:28 AM

Why does anyone wear sandals? Because they are cooler (thermically) than shoes. Sandals/Jandals/Thongs allow milk-white feet to sunburn. Ergo, if you don't wear sandals all the while, wear socks with them. You will also be allowed into establishments with a 'dress code.' Why does/did anyone EVER wear legwarmers??


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 07:34 AM

I say we all go BUCK-NEKKID! I love the poster that is captioned "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service", and there's a PFP (Person of the Female Pesuasion) sitting at the counter wearing just shoes and a shirt (no pants!)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Trevor
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 07:53 AM

Hello LH. Perhaps I have got sensitive feet. In fact they burst into tears at the slightest upset.

I remember having my feet massaged/mangled/tickled by a girlfriend who was a physio. She told me that my feet were 'very articulate'. Funny, 'cos I never heard them say a word.

And, Llanfair, I wondered about the blue toenails as well. I decided it was either because it was so blinkin' parky at Squilverfest, or because of Wimmin's Night at Sidmouth. Confirmation of one or the other would be appreciated, to put minds at rest.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Folkie
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 08:06 AM

When I lived in Australia I always wondered why Australian men invariably wore shorts, sandals and knee length socks, just showing about 4 inches of bare skin. After reading this thread, I've just discovered lots of reasons why!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Snuffy
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 08:44 AM

Blue again? How unimaginative to have the same colour two years running.

WassaiL! V


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: kendall
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 09:10 AM

If God had wanted us to go naked, we would have been born that way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Trevor
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 10:00 AM

Wincing Devil - I guess you know that here in Blighty, pants usually means the under-variety (except in the frozen north)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Llanfair
Date: 16 Aug 02 - 11:03 AM

Ah, Snuffy, this year it's PEARLY!!!!!!!

Honest!!! I've SEEN it!!!!

Cheers, Bron.


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