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BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals

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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: olddude
Date: 23 May 09 - 09:04 PM

Actually ladies, men really don't have feet, we really have cloven hoofs and we don't want you to know that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Dorothy Parshall
Date: 23 May 09 - 08:28 PM

Boy, is that the truth, gnu. I first encountered black flies when they bit through my knee socks somewhere in New Brunswick!

As for the socks with sandals: I'll bet their mothers told them "never wear shoes without socks!"

This is amusing. Like some, I wear birkies as long as possible even in Monteral and central Ontario; socks do help when the thermometer drops below 0 - in any language. But in the NW -TOO WET. Only cotton or wool and the texture has to be just right - Boy, do I have lots of socks, trying to find ones that are soft enough. NO synthetics.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: gnu
Date: 17 May 09 - 01:29 PM

Round here, the blackflies'd eat ya twixt yer piggies.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 17 May 09 - 01:14 PM

Alliteration.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Ed T
Date: 17 May 09 - 01:08 PM

Benjamin Bixby blog/ By David Livingstone on April 7, 2009

I'm old-fashioned. I love a Johnny Mercer lyric, "the starry song that April sings" and digging in a dictionary. Today, I'm looking for a word for my condition. Curmudgeonly, though I've been called it to my face, doesn't do it. Churlish, yes; avaricious, no. Crabbed is closer, I tell myself, owning up to the perverse, sour part of its meaning. But the mot juste, that combination of consonants and vowels that fits like a glove and cuts like a knife is crotchety, as in, given to peculiar notions "on some (unimportant) point."

It doesn't surprise me. After a career spent as a fashion writer in the company of important handbags, you inevitably accrue a few of your own tics and conceits. Over-reaction lurks around every corner; your grasp of what matters may fray; you learn to beat your gums over nothing. Don't get me started on Michelle Obama's false eyelashes.

In short, you can go on long. And I have, all by way of saying that I hope it's not just me, all quaint quirks and dottiness, who thinks that blatantly age-ist remarks have become a tad common and sometimes even try to pass as cool. Now, I haven't lost my sense of humour completely. I laughed the other day--even felt the tickle of wanting to cheat--when the cashier in the subway booth offered me the seniors' fare. But when a bright, young fashion blogger the other day asked me what I remembered from the shows that Kate Aitken was putting on at the Canadian National Exhibition in the 1940s, I had to stamp my heels.

The urge to take up the umbrella to shake it with thin-skinned hands came over me again when reading interviews with "the boys" of Project Runway Canada, carried in the March 4 issue of Fab, reporting from the frontlines of the gay scene in Toronto. In response to the question, "What is the worst fashion mistake most men make?" Brandon Dwyer answers, "Clearly socks and sandals. If your feet are cold wear shoes. Sorry Grandpa."

But Grandpa's not taking the rap. I'll forgive Dwyer for knowing zip about Saint Laurent. When he admitted that on the show, the outrage among the judges stopped just short of throwing stones, and I-- feeling contrary, which is another shade in the sky at twilight--talked myself into thinking how fresh to be so unsaddled by history.

But just for the record, it should be pointed out that any blame you want to attach to giving socks and sandals a bad name goes to Greatgrandpa. Metallic sneakers over forty, that might well be an offense you can pin on the baby boomer. But it was also the boomer who broke socks and sandals from hold of the nerd and seaside vacationer and turned the look into a new proportion.

It was already back in the 1970s, a thick pair of work socks went well with those flat, buckle-strapped, brown leather sandals that Dr. Scholl used to put out or with fisherman's styles in plastic that downplayed the hippie-ish vibe which broke out again in the 1990s. In 1998, Narciso Rodriguez brought fuzzy hose and Birkenstocks to the runway in Milan.

And this revenge of the geezers lives on into this season. In the look book for the spring/summer collection designed by André Benjamin under the Benjamin Bixby label, socks and sandals are paired with aplomb.

That Benjamin. He's a smart child. He's the one who last year promoting his line in Britain, told The Observer, "My biggest inspiration is old people. Their style is not pretentious." I'm not sure certain about that. Nor am I sure of what's worse: a slight knowledge of history or a knowledge of slight history. Then again, if we must bear the burden of the past, might as well pack as light as possible.

Items from the Benjamin Bixby line can be purchased at Holt Renfew


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Cool Beans
Date: 17 May 09 - 11:43 AM

Because they don't know the words. No, wait, that's Why do bees hum? Never mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 May 09 - 11:38 AM

True enough, trainers with or without socks, are generally pretty horrible looking. I think they are designed that way, the idea being that as soon as the immediate fashion passes, people are going to be eager to get rid of the old ones and that means another sale of something differently hideous.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 16 May 09 - 01:48 PM

I don't wear close-fitting sandals with out socks because the insole makes my feet sweaty and malodorous. I don't wear sandals with socks because it makes me look like Mr Prior, the elderly neighbor I had when I was a kid.
The solution? Flipflops. They are loose fitting and allow my feet to air. Now it's just that damn thing between my toes that bugs me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Ed T
Date: 16 May 09 - 01:18 PM

Because they can


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 May 09 - 12:30 PM

"Sell by date" only makes any kind of sense in respect to food that is going off. When applied to anything else - music, clothes etc - it just implies unthinking submission to being manipulated by cultural entrepreneurs and sundry con-merchants.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 16 May 09 - 10:49 AM

Of course, this is all to do with perception. We have all been told that wearing socks with sandals is un-cool and a fashion faux pas, but what about wearing socks with trainers( sports' shoes)? That seems to be all right. I remember when Doc Martin boots were all the fashion with young women, but I thought they were dreadfully unattractive! Also, jeans! Let's all agree that jeans have well passed their sell by date!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 May 09 - 08:11 AM

"But it looks funny!"Bare feet tend to look funny too. But in any case what's wrong with looking funny? Funny is good. It makes the world a happier place.

The good thing about not wearing socks is that when you step in a puddle your bare feet get dry a lot quicker than socks would. And the good thing about wearing socks is your feet stay warmer. So it all depends on where you are going to be doing your walking.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: goatfell
Date: 16 May 09 - 07:17 AM

maybe the reason why men wear socks with sandals is they like me have bad feet or sore feet suffer from athletes foot which means when you walk in sandals or shoes for that matter you end up with sore feet, I mean thake at look at some women's feet cuts,bruises, hard dry skin bunions etc and they tell us men that wearing sandals with socks is wrong


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 16 May 09 - 07:05 AM

Here I am wearing my aforementioned sunflower socks & sandals, and more besides. This was at this year's Morpeth Gathering; in fact, for this costume I won first prize and I didn't even know there was a competition!

The Green Fiddling Jingling Man

I made the mask based a sinister supporter on a Chester Cathedral misericord with a notion that certain so-called Green Man carvings are in fact depictions of Medieval carnival masks.

Otherwise, I've got through another winter with just sandals & socks; lots of rugged walks and all...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 16 May 09 - 05:26 AM

But it looks funny!

sal


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,erick
Date: 16 May 09 - 04:34 AM

I wear socks and sandals and i love it!! i mean what's the matter with you people i bet you have never done it, but if you do i swear you'll change your mind, wearing sandals and socks is sooo comfortable, i have wide feet and closed shoes give me hell, but sandals make me feel in heaven, sandals usually harm naked feet…. but socks come to the rescue sure is preferable to wear short socks, feel free and dont be intimidated by silly people, dont let fashion dominate you, get some control over your life


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: cptsnapper
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 12:32 PM

I wear them because I've got quite a few moles on my legs, well all over really.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: artbrooks
Date: 13 Dec 08 - 10:38 AM

Keep my feet warm on a cold winter day, that's why - it isn't supposed to even get to 55F/13C today!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,goatfell
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 01:22 PM

I wear socks with my sandals because I suffer from poor feet, I find it sore if I just waer my sandals without socks, and I suppose other people do as well. So don't make a fool of other peoople's illness.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Wincing Devil
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 01:13 PM

I shall be in Crocs & Sox all weekend at the Getaway. Youse guuys gotta problum wit' dat?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 07:27 PM

LOL, BillD!

I still wear socks with sandals...no matter what time of the year.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 02:28 PM

It's a folkie thing to do I suppose. Also if you're over 50!

lol

Sal


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Bill D
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 08:58 AM

They said it looked funny with my socks showing under my sandals, so I put another pair of socks on over top of the sandals.

Now they say my socks look dirty & lumpy. You can't win!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Old Terry
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 08:48 AM

Quaint English tradition
I know!

Terry the Pom


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 07:32 AM

Sandalls don't fit my feet properly - so they rub - so i need socks - which I don't like the look of - so I don't wear sandalls.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: WalkaboutsVerse
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 05:29 AM

Wasn't sure if I should post here - cold feet!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Michael
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 04:41 AM

I just don't understand this debate. As has been said so many times, 'Why not?'

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Mooh
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 09:23 PM

I'm wearing socks with sandals at this very moment! Na na na-na na... Keen sandals with heavy rubber toes, great for canoeing, and ankle socks with jeans and a t-shirt. It's kinda my uniform.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,colm
Date: 29 Sep 08 - 07:58 PM

i love wearing socks with sandals because i feel so happy in them and are very comfortable to wear them i wear black socks with black sandals with jeans is the best combenations
for exampel if you have a black pair of sandals the right colour socks is black / grey / navy lovey with jeans
for exampel if you have a pair of brown sandals the right colour
socks is black / brown / cream / white / nice with jeans or chinos
if you are wearing shorts and socks with sandals be carefull on what colours you go for
at some time i would like to wear shorts with black nee high socks with sandals
you have to get the two right
some time i am very shy to go out with frends as some of them can laugh and make fun of me if i have socks with sandal on
on day i was in a shop and two girls passed a comment about me look at the guy with socks and sandals on one would think it is a crime
i like going for walks with socks and sandal on
some people wear sandals with out socks i wear with socks for comfort reasions
it is very important to get a pair of comfortable sandals
the size is very important two


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 May 08 - 08:00 PM

Oh. ;-D


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 May 08 - 07:57 PM

Inside the socks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 May 08 - 07:50 PM

On your ankles??? What the heck are you into?


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Art Thieme
Date: 26 May 08 - 07:30 PM

That is where I keep the Viagra

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 26 May 08 - 10:57 AM

I went to the Orono Bluegrass Festival yesterday and did not wear socks with my sandals. I wish I had. I can hardly bend my ankles for the sunburn.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 26 May 08 - 09:23 AM

Ever had your feet badly sunburnt? Another good reason to wear socks with sandals.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Rowan
Date: 26 May 08 - 01:33 AM

Before Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin you could always spot the blokes who were clerks (and even relatively senior) in the public service; they wore short sleeved shirts (usually sans tie and open necked), shorts and sandals with long white socks. In the tropics, this was acceptable work dress where some level of formality was required; sandals without socks was regarded as too informal.

When Darwin was rebuilt they decided to make it the capital city of the Northern Territory, which meant they had to 'lift their game' in the formality stakes. This gave rise to a situation where you could distinguish, from a distance, the seniority ranking of a male public servant. As in cooler climes, juniors share offices and, as they rise in seniority, have their own office which gradually increases in size of floor, desk, window(s) etc. Above one of the middle-ranking levels, one's seniority entitles one to an air-conditioned office. Tropical garb is comfortable when your office isn't air-conditioned but gets chilly if it is air-conditioned; in the latter case you must wear a suit which, by convention, is dark and worn with a tie and shoes.

But "professional formality" is preserved, among the lower classes, if one wears socks in one's sandals while at work in the tropical public service.

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 May 08 - 11:54 PM

That's "socks with sandals"...


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 May 08 - 11:52 PM

I'm wearing sock with sandals.

Don't like it? Bite me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 25 May 08 - 11:25 AM

Dead right. Socks are needed as a daily sweat barrier and collector.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: goatfell
Date: 25 May 08 - 05:32 AM

these people that wear their shoes,slippers and sandels without socks when they take these things off their feet their feet and footwear are both stinking really rotten that's why I wear socks with mt footwear to stop the smell from annoying you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 24 May 08 - 06:04 PM

Now that the May is out, I have cast my clouts - socks included.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,Frank
Date: 24 May 08 - 05:49 PM

Toes can be eaten by insects such as fleas or mosquitoes. Socks afford some protection.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Little Hawk
Date: 24 May 08 - 05:53 AM

I am wearing socks with sandals right now. In Canada. And you can't stop me. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: The Villan
Date: 24 May 08 - 05:26 AM

To make sure everybody knows they are from the UK.

A bit like wearing a white handkerchief on their heads on the beach or being a morris dancer :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: EBarnacle
Date: 23 May 08 - 11:17 PM

Just make a statement. Wear what you will.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 May 08 - 08:06 PM

No-one in the medditerranean... wears socks with sandals

Well of course, if you are in the Mediterranean the socks would be bound to get wet.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: GUEST,socksguy
Date: 23 May 08 - 07:03 PM

Pretty stupid question and a really simple answer? Cold feet. And what do you care. Are you part of TSA or some foot police organization. I used to wear wool sock with sandals. Remember the tire tread sandals? It was in Austria in the dead of winter, about 20 below. They ski pretty nicely as well. Here in northern CA in the early spring and late fall why not?. Of course you tuff guys (and gals) with hair on top of your feet probably don't have this problem.
So if you are so tuff, why are you wearing shoes or sandals at all? I suppose you want everybody to be just like you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 01:55 PM

Apart from anything else, it's a good way of showing off ones choice hosiery, such as the colourful sunflower socks my wife bought from Wallington Hall in Northunmberland one glorious spring day a few years back that turned out a bit nippy. I wear these as a matter of course now; in fact, I regard them as my lucky socks because every time I've worn them to a singaround, I ne'er forgot a word!

And there's Floella Benjamin telling tonight's bedtime story on CBeebies - the perfect end to a perfect day.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: Gurney
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:51 AM

Well, Bobad, I used to work with a guy who insisted on wearing boxers with shorts. Long-johns would have been prettier, really. Really. This was in the days of stubbies.
Sandals are cooler (thermally) than shoes, and sunburn on your feet is not to be recommmended. Also, socks make shoes that you are not used to wearing much more confortable.

Some years ago, a young lady commented rather unfavourably on my dress sense. I pointed out that I would not take sartorial advice from someone who wore leg-warmers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Why do men wear socks with sandals
From: bobad
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 09:20 PM

Doesn't it defeat the purpose, kinda like wearing longjohns with shorts?


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