Socks and Sandals

Kyle Gass Band

Wearing socks and sandals together is a controversial fashion combination and social phenomenon that is discussed in various countries and cultures. In some places it is considered a fashion faux pas.

The earliest evidence of wearing socks and sandals is documented at an archaeological site in England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2,000 years ago. The earliest known surviving pair of socks were designed for use with sandals. Dating from 300–500, they were excavated from Oxyrhynchus on the Nile in Egypt.

Saurabh Bhatia, the author of the book ‘Indian Corporate Etiquette,’ advises readers: ‘If, for some reason, you are not wearing socks with sandals, ensure your toes are clean and your toe-nails are closely clipped.’ Joshua Belter, the author of ‘The Book of Rules: The Right Way to Do Everything,’ points out that wearing socks with sandals reduces the amount of cooling feet experience. However, energy design handbooks recommend light socks and sandals as part of a high-thermal flux tropical attire. Socks and sandals can be practical for weather transitioning unpredictably between warm and cold, and adding socks can also reduce the discomfort of breaking in new sandals.

According to Brian Shea of ‘The Evening Sun,’ wearing socks and sandals is popular among the older generation and Germans. The Britons are, according to ‘The China Post,’ ‘famed for fashion blunders like wearing socks with sandals.’ Wearing socks and sandals is considered rather unaesthetic in the Czech Republic; however, some people prefer socks and sandals, and a part of the population prefers both the options (sandals with and without socks).

Socks and sandals is a regular Pacific Northwest phenomenon. Seattle based insurance company PEMCO used a ‘Sandals & Socks Guy’ character as part of a 2007 advertising campaign. ‘The Daily Dot’ discovered that ‘sandals and socks’ is searched for online more often in Washington than any other state. Wearing socks and sandals is associated by some with geek culture. Socks and sandals were noted as a ‘high crime of fashion’ when introduced as Xbox Live avatar accessory in 2009.

In 2010, the ‘Daily Telegraph’ reported that wearing socks and sandals was a hit for spring/summer of that year. Starting in 2010, and again in 2014, several sources reported that socks and sandals had become a fashion trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, appearing in several runway shows, including those of Miu Miu (2010) and fashion designers Vivienne Tam and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2014).

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