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Jun 11, 2021 00:43:50   #
Bridges Loc: Memphis, Charleston SC, now Nazareth PA
 
Before retiring, I worked at one of the most prestigious Country Clubs in the world. The general manager was always dressed like a model for a high end men's shop. His trousers were perfect with a very crisp crease, his shirts looked like they were just delivered from the cleaners, his sports coats were just as fashionable. He wore fine leather loafers that looked as much like house slippers as shoes. No sox! He never wore sox. This was an interesting quirk and would be mentioned by patrons and employees from time to time. When he retired and a wheelbarrow of gifts were rolled out. Someone presented him with a gift to be opened at the podium. Yep, a great looking pair of Argyle Sox! As funny as that seems, think about this: I have a pair of Sperry Gold Cup shoes that are lined with the softest most wonderful feeling deer skin leather. These are not expensive shoes -- something between 150 - 200 dollars. This is cheap in comparison to a pair of fine Italian leather shoes that run hundreds, maybe over a thousand for the best. Now, why buy all that luxury and then put a 6.50 piece of cloth between your feet and that wonderful leather! This could be the same as putting a 10.00 filter on a 2000.00 lens, or paying 800.00 for a high end receiver and hooking up a pair of 40.00 speakers to it. Around the house I have been going sox-less when wearing house shoes or boat shoes. I still sox-up when going out in public though.

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Jun 11, 2021 05:26:21   #
MSW
 
a personal choice, i guess, but when i went to college, it was very fashionable (among some circles) to wear penny loafers, painters pants, and a button down shirt (white or light yellow) ... the adherents to this trend uniformly treated anyone they deemed "not one of us" (i.e. not wearing the uniform) like total crap.

i have worn socks ever since.

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Jun 11, 2021 06:37:12   #
medphotog Loc: Witness protection land
 
Richard Burr the outgoing senator from North Carolina rarely wears socks. It was always fun to take bets (more like guesses) if he would be wearing them at an event we were covering. IIRC there was only one instance that we all got fooled. However, he drives a VW "Thing" so he can be a tad eccentric.

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Jun 11, 2021 07:09:49   #
uhaas2009
 
Cheap isn’t always good and expensive isn’t always good......it’s more to find the right one......😉.....

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Jun 11, 2021 07:25:37   #
LenCreate
 
Decades ago my wife and I attended a performance by Soupy Sales at an Atlantic City casino. We had front row seats. Sales didn’t wear socks and his ankles were so wrinkled that my wife could never look at him again.

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Jun 11, 2021 17:05:42   #
SteveR Loc: Dallas
 
I'll have to consider that when wearing an expensive pair of trousers as well!!

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Jun 12, 2021 07:53:11   #
Canisdirus
 
What are shoes?

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Jun 12, 2021 08:52:58   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
And Fred Astaire never wore a belt. He used a tie or fabric instead. Personal choice.

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Jun 12, 2021 09:35:46   #
EdJ0307 Loc: out west someplace
 
I heard Jerry Lewis would change his socks maybe a dozen times a day and never wear the same pair twice.

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Jun 12, 2021 10:14:40   #
pendennis
 
We always considered it gauche to wear socks with Topsiders.

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Jun 12, 2021 10:22:13   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
EdJ0307 wrote:
I heard Jerry Lewis would change his socks maybe a dozen times a day and never wear the same pair twice.


Strange. I can make a pair of socks last all week.

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Jun 12, 2021 10:29:07   #
pendennis
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Strange. I can make a pair of socks last all week.




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Jun 12, 2021 11:31:56   #
ad9mac
 
That seems to be a Southern tradition (I'm in NC btw)
Slacks, dress shirts, loafers, sans sox.
Not for me.
OK casual with boat shoes.

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Jun 12, 2021 11:50:18   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
ad9mac wrote:
That seems to be a Southern tradition (I'm in NC btw)
Slacks, dress shirts, loafers, sans sox.
Not for me.
OK casual with boat shoes.


Yep, it has been a “southern thing” for at least 50 years, and I never wear socks with deck shoes. I’ve noticed on recent episodes of “Million Dolllar Listing - Los Angeles” that going sockless, even with suits, seems to have migrated to the west coast as well.

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Jun 12, 2021 12:11:57   #
tomad Loc: North Carolina
 
I only wear socks if the invitation says "formal". I spent more than 14 years of my adult life wearing no shoes, only flip-flops...

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