I finished putting away the fresh laundry yesterday afternoon by trying to cram a pair of colorful, striped socks into the over-stuffed socks drawer. They wouldn’t fit in. So, I set them aside to wear today. The fact of the matter is, I have way too many pairs of socks.

I don’t have a socks fetish, but I do enjoy the luxurious sensation of wearing fresh socks. The multi-color striped socks on my feet now, will be exchanged for a different pair of socks this afternoon. This is a practical concern due to health concerns that affect my feet. Health concerns or no health concerns, socks have been some of my guilty pleasures for many years.

I still enjoy wearing athletic white socks, but I rarely wear them in public. My go-to socks are crew socks–the kind of socks that, are actually athletic socks manufactured from colored yarn. White socks are just crew socks without the colors. Crew socks are appropriate for nearly every occasion and are comfortable year around. Oddly enough, my favorite pair is olive green, and plush to the touch.

The socks drawer contains several pairs of boot socks. I bought them when I went through a cowboy boot wearing phase. I suffered through sock creep. Regardless of the type of socks, after walking very far in cowboy boots, the socks would bunch up at the toes and arches of my feet. I tried socks garters, but they only delayed the socks creep. The bunching up of socks is the reason I don’t wear cowboy boots anymore.

Foot liner or shoe liner socks are a bone of contention between my BF and me. He prefers them over conventional socks. I’m OK with him wearing the liners with sneakers, but wearing them with penny loafers bothers me. At least he wears something between his feet and the shoes and hasn’t followed the trend among some men of wearing loafers sans socks altogether. The convicted criminal, Roger Stone, prefers wearing loafers without socks. The Philippine strong-man dictator, Rodrigo Duterte says he wears cheap shoes without any socks. I guess I’m just old fashioned. I like the look and feel of crew socks with penny loafers.

“I’m also a fan of ridiculously coloured and patterned socks.”–Daniel Radcliffe

Many of my friends have been wearing outlandish, patterned socks for quite some time. I finally, succumbed to that fashion a year ago and purchased a variety pack of those socks. The striped socks I’m wearing now, came from that package. Besides looking wild and crazy, they have just the right amount of support to help keep my unhealthy feet happier.

Our choices of socks are inexpensive, simple ways to express ourselves. Regardless of the circumstance, socks are the finishing touch to a personalized wardrobe. Life is better when we’re wearing our favorite pairs of socks.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the late astronaut Neil Armstrong. “I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Socks

  1. Alien Resort says:

    We stopped at a turnpike exit in England and one of the few stores was a store that only sold socks.

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