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Socks with Sandals:

by Petruchio (Vicar)
on Apr 23, 2007 at 09:14 UTC ( [id://611459] : poll . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Bold fashion statement
[bar] 61/11%
Spell "Doofus"
[bar] 269/49%
Warm and comfy, so I don't care
[bar] 177/32%
[bar] 45/8%
552 total votes
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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Tomte (Priest) on Apr 23, 2007 at 11:59 UTC

    I didn't care the seldom occurences I actually put that combination on; until, the first time into our marriage one of thoose occasions arose, my wife gave me a look that could curdle milk...


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    -- Albert Camus

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by jkva (Chaplain) on Apr 23, 2007 at 10:27 UTC
    I don't wear them... however, my dad does, he's a geography teacher, so I might be genetically cursed :) (about the sandals/socks, not the teacher thing ;) )
      jkva, does he also have a corduroy jacket with leather pads on the elbows? ;)
        At least one that I know of :D (And he used to smoke pipe, too)
      You could be in trouble. I majored in Geography, love Perl and voted that they are warm and comfy. This is nothing to be afraid of brother, just go with it :)
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Apr 23, 2007 at 09:42 UTC
      Fashion is the art of conforming faster than anyone else.

        Reminds me of a salutary crack by a lecturer of mine during the punk era. The first time around.

        If your intent is to be rebelious, non-conformist anarchists, how come you all wear the same uniform?

        It did not go down well with those of my classmates who were enamored with pins, zips and holey string vests :)

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        "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
        In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
      The socks must be white, clogs ( or slip on shoes) instead of sandals are ok too
      There has been a socks and sandals central on the internet since 1999 and very well populated it is too. Visit my website and see for yourself that there certainly is a lot of it about. You are also cordially invited to submit pictures for inclusion and possible exhibition as Soxer of the week. Keith
        Are you for real?
        Or have I missed something?
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:07 UTC

    Socks and sandals are for two types of people: old men with metal detectors on Miami Beach, and smarter-than-thou socialists whose income depends, in some way, on a government grant. Both of these groups think my family is really goofy because we paint small blue or white horseshoes on our faces when we go to Colts games. We are, but wearing crud-gathering foot covers with shoes that are designed to expose the feet is ... bizarre.

    Sorry if this seems harsh, I'm sort of a reverse foot fetishist. I don't like feet, and wearing socks with sandals seems to be some sort of weird denial that I'd really rather not think about.

    tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
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    - Chick McGee

      I'm trying to figure out where my workmate fits in -- he ALWAYS wears sandals. (well, there was a week when he didn't last year ... we're still not sure what that was about). But in the winter, it gets cold, and he wears socks, too.

      And most of the folks i've seen wearing socks w/ sandals were middle-aged tourists in the DC area. (I worked at the Pentagon for a few summers (early 90s), and more often than not, each tour group had at least one of 'em.... and about even odds on them having a kid wearing a brand new 'Hard Rock Cafe' t-shirt)

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Apr 29, 2007 at 11:10 UTC

    I, too, used to think that Socks + Sandals = Doofus. Then last summer I sprained my ankle, again. I found that my sandals (with the adjustable velcro straps) were the only things that fit over the swelling, and being allergic to sunlight (yes, it happens), I needed the sun protection of socks.

    As the late summer turned inevitably to early fall, I realized two things: (1) Socks + Sandals = Warm and comfy; (2) Life is too damned short to care if someone else is thinking "Doofus."

    Besides, as someone maybe-famous once said, "You wouldn't care so much about what other people think of you, if you knew how seldom they actually do." ;-)



      At last. A post in this thread that makes sense. Like I could GAF about what other guys wear on their feet; and much less what they think of what I wear on mine.

      One day the world is going to wake up to the (multi-billion) fashion industry. It's just another way to get us to spend money on stuff we don't need.

      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
      and being allergic to sunlight

      Hangovers are no excuse :-)

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by TStanley (Canon) on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:27 UTC
    The only person I have seen wearing socks and sandals and looking perfectly normal in doing so, happens to be the Catholic priest at our church (he is a member of the Franciscan order, so he wears the brown cassock with sandals, and he wears socks with them in the winter time)

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by derby (Abbot) on Apr 23, 2007 at 14:57 UTC

    wait a minute ... its sandals with *black* socks and a pair of shorts with boxers pulled past the waistband and no shirt while mowing the grass. I used to get a chuckle when my dad did this but now that I'm over forty I can see the appeal.


        Hmmm ... nope brown ... or beige ... or pretty much whatever was on sale at Kmart for under five bucks ... did you see him?

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by dewey (Pilgrim) on Apr 23, 2007 at 14:42 UTC
    Birkenstocks are supposed to let my feet out to play! I tried them with socks once and my toes were pretty disappointed.

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:26 UTC
    I usually don't wear socks with sandals. But when I was in Belize a few years back I did - mainly to keep my feet from getting chewed up by the sand. Coarse coral sand is harsh on feet that aren't used to it. Having it get between your foot and the sole of the sandal was almost as bad as walking barefoot. Plus, the straps on the sandals cut into my foot (needless to say, the sandals were tossed at the earliest possibility and replaced with something better :-)
It's a Northwest thing
by logan (Curate) on Apr 24, 2007 at 21:20 UTC
    In Oregon and Washington sandals with socks is relatively common and doesn't necessarily scream "Dork". In the Pacific Northwest the attitude towards weather is "If I waited until it was sunny I'd never leave the house.", so we tend to get out and hike/bike/run/play ball/stand around drinking coffee in the rain. The most common type of weather I've found in the Great Wet North is overcast, rainy, and 50 degrees or so. Ergo, once you get moving your body will generate heat, necessitating shorts.

    If I was to make a generalization I'd say that wool socks with shorts says "I am active and somewhat earthy. I'm a microbrew kind of guy who owns a mountain bike." This message will be diluted if the socks are (or used to be) white or non-athletic, the wearer is sufficiently heavy to eliminate the possibility that the mountain bike has ever been used, or the rest of the outfit clearly states "I pay zero attention to my appearance."

    It's worth noting that the Northwest is also the place that popularized wearing combat boots with shorts. It's also worth noting that if you are thin and attractive it's much easier to get away with an "elegantly ragged" look. The classic example is Brad Pitt in "Fight Club".

    Full disclosure: I live in Silicon Valley now, where socks with sandals is a faux pas.

    "What do I want? I'm an American. I want more."

      In Oregon and Washington sandals with socks is relatively common

      Well There. You. Go.

      I remember this about the west, when I lived out there. Here in the Midwest, you get extremes both ways on any subject, but most people have enough common sense (or apathy) to be in the middle. Out west, there is no middle ground.

      tbone1, YAPS (Yet Another Perl Schlub)
      And remember, if he succeeds, so what.
      - Chick McGee

        Well ... you are in MIDwest and others you reference are in WEST, so ...
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by j3 (Friar) on Apr 23, 2007 at 18:13 UTC

    I think Tobias on "Arrested Development" wears Birkenstocks with wool socks. Hilarious. ... Heh. Around here, he's the other David Cross. :)

    Regarding this poll, I would probably wear them like that for the comfort, but my wife has strictly forbidden it. ;)

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by tubaandy (Deacon) on Apr 23, 2007 at 14:21 UTC
    I saw a lot of that in my first job at a large research lab in the US (at least, from folks who didn't spend a lot of time around concentrated acids and what have you). Since moving to industry, it's much rarer, but not uncommon. Then again, my kids wear Crocs and socks, which seems to be a bit more trendy...

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by lowphive (Monk) on Apr 24, 2007 at 23:54 UTC
    um... what would Jesus do?
      He'd go with the combat boots. Alas, his mom didn't work at a radio-station, which was the only place where you could get combat boots back then.
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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by zentara (Archbishop) on Apr 26, 2007 at 17:24 UTC
    I was watching a tv commercial the other day, and it rang a bell with this node.

    The commercial is about a "meat-and-potatoes" father explaining to his son, that healthy eating leads to bad bad things. The son reports that the neighbor kid's mother makes him eat yoghurt, and even teaches him yoga. The father replies.... "yoga? know what that leads to....". "Yeah", then the son's next reply reverberated with his dad, " socks and sandals....eeew". :-)

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by syphilis (Archbishop) on Apr 29, 2007 at 01:45 UTC
    I've gone for "Bold fashion statement" - especially when the socks are worn over the sandals.

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by japhy (Canon) on Apr 25, 2007 at 00:25 UTC
    I have a fraternity brother who wore black socks and black sandals to job fairs on campus. Only one business representive there noticed it (or said anything about it)... and thought it was very clever.

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Popcorn Dave (Abbot) on Apr 28, 2007 at 21:13 UTC
    Had to go with other on this one since the option "European Tourist" wasn't listed. :)

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by kwaping (Priest) on Apr 24, 2007 at 14:48 UTC
    Thank gosh "doofus" is winning (though not by enough, I think). I was a bit worried about the PM community's fashion sense. :)

    It's all fine and dandy until someone has to look at the code.
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Grey Fox (Chaplain) on Apr 26, 2007 at 14:06 UTC
    You wear socks to keep your feet from being sunburn. Believe me it's a painful experience. I am of an English/Irish mix. If I look at the sun to long I burn. The only tan I get is bright red.
    SPF 45 is my friend!!!
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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by doob (Pilgrim) on Apr 28, 2007 at 17:01 UTC
    Well, feet tend to get raw if you wear sandals all day. Rarely you will find a pair that's comfy to wear for long periods of time. So socks are useful in this situation. As long as you wash the socks...
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by hardburn (Abbot) on Apr 23, 2007 at 21:57 UTC

    Socks with sandals is the most wonderful innovation in human history. Anyone who says otherwise is a child-eating communist.

    "There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

      Actually, I'm just very liberal and the only children I eat are veal, lamb, young chickens (AKA "Cornish game hens"), and so on.

      Wearing socks with sandals is like wearing a condom when you're alone. I figure if you do one, you do the other, and I don't want to know the why of either!

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by gsiems (Deacon) on Apr 30, 2007 at 18:27 UTC

    Me looks at feet... hmmm (hiking) socks w/sandals.

    It's just something that I picked up back in the days when I did more hiking. Sandals are great when you are going to be in and out of the water, over the rocks ond through the woods. Add some nice wool socks to warm the feet and keep the blisters away and you're set.

    Fashion? We don' need no stinkin' fashion.

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by wjw (Priest) on Apr 24, 2007 at 17:28 UTC
    ... because my wife tells me I have ugly feet... . Frankly, I don't care..., but defer to her preferences...

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by samizdat (Vicar) on Apr 26, 2007 at 16:18 UTC
    Too warm for Texas! ;-D

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Apr 24, 2007 at 14:28 UTC
    If someone is wearing socks, sandals and shorts then its +1 to the doofus roll if they have the socks all the way up to the knees. Mmmmmm, lovely.
      +1 to the doofus roll if they have the socks all the way up to the knees.

      Just for the record, does it matter whether the socks are the same length or not? Also, does it matter if one of them has a hole in the toe or heel? I suppose next you're going to say it also adds to the doofus roll if the socks are not the same color?

      Bah, fashion police. Inane self-righteous bigots, the lot of them, without an ounce of sense regarding what things in life are important enough to make a big deal about.</grump> ;-)

      With that said, I'm not a big fan of sandals.

      I would venture that that would be -1 to one's Charisma score, correct? ;)

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by pileofrogs (Priest) on May 04, 2007 at 21:53 UTC


    I'm also from Seattle and sandals+socks is totally normal here. If I don't have nice shoes and I'm going to a wedding, I just find nice socks to go in my sandals. Seriously. I don't think I'd do that for a funeral though. (Hmm.. I think I've found the fundamental difference between a wedding and a funeral...) I never would have thought anyone found sandals+socks strange if I hadn't read this.

    Also, if you show up for a job interview with a tie on around here, people think you just graduated from night school.

      Vans with no socks +++++
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Ben Win Lue (Friar) on Apr 25, 2007 at 07:15 UTC
    I missed the option:

    cool, healthy & convenient!

    Nothing else can be worn between April and September.
    Except for some business dates maybe...

    For younger guys with feet looking better than mine, it is ok to skip the socks. But I'm sure nobody would like to see my bare feet peeking though sandals

    The rest of you may switch on the aircondition and fire the global warming!

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Ojosh!ro (Beadle) on Apr 24, 2007 at 08:47 UTC
    Not even socks could save scandals

    I'm forbidden by the Geneva Convention to expose my feet to open air ( See ABC-weapon clause ), but even if I could I'd rather go barefoot than wear footwear that should have gone with Augustus.
    I know they're comfortable... but they look like... well... I guess they'd go well with cotton leggings ;)

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by jonadab (Parson) on Apr 24, 2007 at 11:09 UTC

    Maybe it's where I live or something, but as far as I can recall I've never seen a man wear sandals outside the context of a play (or movie or whatever) set in antiquity (usually a Bible setting, but sometimes Roman empire or classical Greek stuff). In the modern era, women wear sandals sometimes, particularly when they're dressing up, but normally in combination with hose rather than what I would traditionally call "socks", and men... don't normally wear sandals these last thousand years.

    I guess I just don't understand what this poll is about.

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Apr 25, 2007 at 15:13 UTC

    I hate wearing sandals. Only time I wear them is when I'm surf casting. A peir of disposable flip-flops keep me from stepping on things and cutting my feet but that's all I use them for.

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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Moriarty (Abbot) on Apr 29, 2007 at 10:37 UTC

    I have done this, but only because I needed to wear socks while bowling. I left them on when I changed back to wearing sandals because I couldn't be bothered removing them, plus it's the easiest place to carry them.

Re: Socks with Sandals:
by shmem (Chancellor) on May 02, 2007 at 15:24 UTC
    ...would, on me, surely be not only a dragon's bane - the moment I took them off again, that is ;-)

    That's why I walk bare feet from March until late October (northern hemisphere), unless I'm forced into the consultant's straight jacket.


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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by MadraghRua (Vicar) on May 09, 2007 at 16:03 UTC
    My usual outfit around the house or for yardwork is kilt and sandals. Socks are for winter.

    yet another biologist hacking perl....

Steel toed sneakers
by starX (Chaplain) on May 03, 2007 at 16:48 UTC
    For the ultimate in casual bad ass footwear.
Re: Socks with Sandals:
by gam3 (Curate) on May 08, 2007 at 20:24 UTC
    A bold fashion statement: but only if the socks are argyle and the sandals have SPD cleats.
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Re: Socks with Sandals:
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 19, 2007 at 04:28 UTC
    Has anyone tried Birkenstock Madrid sandals? They are similar to the old Scholls but much cooler. Very comfortable with or without socks and they look good too.
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