Long Pants and Socks

9 Oct


A few weeks ago, my nephew and I were at a football game when he asked a simple question.

Why are you wearing sandals?

Unfortunately, that simple question did not have a simple answer. If I could boil the answer down to one sentence, then I would say, “Because I like socks.”

Allow me to explain.

I know that my wife would like for me to wear loafers with shorts. However, I cannot bring myself to do it because of something that happened in my childhood. My dad had a friend who wore loafers with shorts, and I thought it was the strangest looking thing I had ever seen. It got more strange when he took them off. His feet were swollen, blistered and caked with dead skin. In my mind, I knew what was up. If he had been wearing socks, then his feet would not be destroyed.

Shoes that encompass feet are meant to be worn with socks. If that was not the case, then socks would have not been invented. I like to wear socks with shoes. I also like to wear socks around the house. Rarely do I go around barefoot. Do you know why? Because that is how feet end up swollen, blistered and caked with dead skin.

When we were dating, my wife really wanted me to wear loafers with shorts. She thinks it looks good. I do not agree, but I was willing to give it a try. Coincidentally, that same night we had the biggest fight ever. I acted like a fool, and I am certain that the shoes played a huge role. I did not like the look, and I definitely did not like the fact that my feet were swollen, blistered and caked with dead skin.

I understand that a lot of guys like the look and the feel of wearing loafers without socks. There are a ton of guys I know who do it all of the time. I just do not know why.

The other day, we were tailgating at a Tennessee Titans game, and one of the tailgaters was wearing sneakers with socks. Before going into the stadium, he took them off and slipped on loafers. One word entered my mind.


His situation brings me to another point. For a while, I tried to get by with wearing some high dollar running shoes with shorts. They are super comfortable, and I wore socks that did not go above the shoe line. In my mind, this was a good compromise. However, the next time we went shopping my wife pointed out a pair of sandals. It turns out that they are a better compromise, and that is why I was wearing them to the football game. They encompass my feet, but the airiness makes the socklessness bearable.

All of that is well and good, but this post is about more than socks. The entire issue about the shoes is created by the issue of wearing shorts. That is why people can see if there are socks or no socks.

When it comes to shorts, I must make a confession. I like wearing long pants a lot better. This probably comes from the fact that my dad – the man I respect and admire more than any other – has never worn shorts. At least, if he has, then I have never seen it. For years, his comfort clothes of choice were khaki pants and Hushpuppy shoes – with socks. That probably shaped my opinion that men should wear long pants. As a result, I wore long pants, and they became my most comfortable clothes. While most people put on shorts or pajamas to lie around the house, I wear jeans…and socks.

When I talk to my wife about the uncomfortable aspects of wearing shoes without socks, she counters with the argument that women have to wear uncomfortable shoes. In other words, we all have to sacrifice.

I agree and have an idea of how men can sacrifice just like women have to sacrifice.

Instead of going around without socks and wearing shorts, men should dress more manly by wearing long pants and shoes with socks.

Wyatt Earp never wore loafers and shorts.Wyatt

George Patton never wore loafers and shorts.Patton

Genghis Khan never wore loafers and shorts.Khan

The list goes on and on.

Anyway, the issue is solved. Women have to sacrifice for fashion, and men should do the same by wearing long pants and socks. The fact that those things are more comfortable for me has no bearing on the situation.

19 Responses to “Long Pants and Socks”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong October 9, 2015 at 03:38 #

    Garry won’t wear loafers without socks and won’t wear sandals at all, but he will wear boat shoes without socks because that’s the way they are supposed to be worn. His feet are lovely.

    I would wear sandals all year round if the weather would let me and my feet are a disaster zone from going barefoot as a kid even though my mother told me if I did, I’d wind up exactly as I had wound up.

    So basically, you’re right. Try boat shoes. It’s a good compromise and they come in very cool styles. Manly, comfortable, and summery. And with socks, they pass as loafers.

    • Rick October 9, 2015 at 03:58 #

      I will look into some boat shoes. It’s funny how Garry chooses to wear stuff the way they are supposed to be worn. I like that.

      • Marilyn Armstrong October 9, 2015 at 04:37 #

        He’s a clothes horse. In a good way. He has always been very aware of clothing, how it hangs … and most importantly, how it makes him look. Conservative but snappy.

  2. Andrew Petcher October 9, 2015 at 07:17 #

    I have been looking forward to this one. Good to see someone sticking up for socks. I agree with all that you say. I only wear shorts on holiday. Never for playing golf. Generally in the UK we call them trousers and not pants, we wear pants under our trousers, except when we go commando! When I first retired I wore no socks for a while because I thought I was a hippie reborn but my feet got hard and scaly so now I always wear socks. On holiday I wear sandals.

    • Rick October 9, 2015 at 17:31 #

      I am glad that there is someone out there who takes this seriously. You lost your way for a while, but made it back to normalcy.

  3. spearfruit October 9, 2015 at 12:07 #

    No offence taken. I go without socks all the time – cannot stand wearing socks – and I have the feet to prove it! Great post, I did enjoy reading it! 🙂

    • Rick October 9, 2015 at 17:32 #

      Thank you. People have different tastes. My grandfather used to say that is why they make chocolate and vanilla.

  4. Cindy Bruchman October 9, 2015 at 13:29 #

    I like your thinking. My dad never wore shorts, either.

    • Rick October 9, 2015 at 17:31 #

      Great people think a like.

  5. Mark R. Cheathem October 9, 2015 at 19:32 #


    • Rick October 10, 2015 at 02:30 #

      I appreciate the compliment. A lot of thought went into it.

    • sittingpugs October 10, 2015 at 04:05 #

      I am inclined to agree, particularly the references to Wyatt Earp, Patton, and Genghis Khan.

      The entire notion of women having to wear uncomfortable shoes (stilettos? anything with a heel of more than half an inch?)…baffles me. It’s not mandatory unless it’s part of one’s work uniform. And not to impress any senior partners.

      I wear socks with non-sandal shoes.

      • Rick October 11, 2015 at 03:40 #

        Another person who agrees with me. I like it.

      • Marilyn Armstrong October 11, 2015 at 03:43 #

        I lot women love wearing high heels. I wore them when I was young, stupid, and better balanced. I can’t even imagine wearing anything like that now … but people and the times they live in change.

  6. Marilyn Armstrong October 12, 2015 at 03:18 #

    I figured I’d leave my comment to your comment here because my followers won’t necessarily find it and if they do, maybe they won’t connect the dots. There are a lot of writers blogging so I have to be cautious.

    I’m (as I have been for the past decade) judging books for one of the national book awards. I was a final round judge for the past two years because I was too sick to handle a full load of books, but this year, I’m doing the entire evaluation round consisting of 35 books.

    This year, I’m doing the fantasy category — a bit less strenuous. Even so, it’s a LOT of reading and I have a deadline, so I have at least four or five hours a day to read or I’ll never get through them. So THAT’S the story 🙂

    • Rick October 12, 2015 at 14:09 #

      Dang, that’s impressive and cool.

      • Marilyn Armstrong October 12, 2015 at 16:30 #

        I kind of lucked into it. The thing is, I could recommend YOU for example, and they’d be thrilled to have you … but it’s very time consuming and people who have jobs usually can’t do it, especially in categories like history where all the books are very long. Interesting, but LONG.

  7. Lea October 15, 2015 at 22:11 #

    I personally agree. I don’t think men in shorts with loafers is a good look. Younger guys never wear loafers with shorts, but a few wear “boat shoes” without socks. I think loafers are styled to wear with long pants. Just my opinion.

    • Rick October 16, 2015 at 03:13 #

      I’m glad I’m not alone. Some things just shouldn’t be done.

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