The Sock

The sock.

From the Anglo-Saxon word socc meaning light slipper.

And therein lies a clue to what this humble garment should be, not what it has become. So much is taken for granted. So much of the trusty sock is neglected.

We have forgotten the fine art of structure, texture, fibre, knit, design, pattern, colour, co-ordination, maintenance and even when the sock is forbidden.

What I’m about to share is for the cultural preservation of the Anglo-Saxon and Celt.

It’s also for the preservation of your cold feet and the continuation of your how to select it and when to wear it.

First, wear long socks or nothing! The Thinking WASP will come to ‘nothing’ presently. The ‘long socks’ rule is the main point here. Nothing is more garish than watching a male sit and having his trousers ride up his hairy shin and calf or, worse, his hairless shin and calf. Some decorum gentlemen! It is a rite of passage for a lad to transcend boyhood to manhood by wearing trousers. The leg must be fully covered on all occasions. This is only possible with long socks. In the rare event you wear shorts, and this should only be reserved for running a marathon, cycling or sports of extreme exertion, knee-length socks please. Anything shorter is a heinous faux pas. As for ‘nothing’, socks should be discarded completely in summer when wearing loafers and boat shoes.

Oh dear!

Second, wear quality. ‘Quality’ automatically excludes plastic. Men of our culture do not wear polyester socks. Not even blends. Never. No exceptions. Your choices are wool, cotton, silk or any combination of these. That’s it. If you’re buying socks from a website or establishment which offers you a range of plastic socks, which is what polyester is afterall, you are lazily buying from a mass-production Chinese factory through an intermediary rather than caring, nurturing and supporting the very feet which move you daily from place to place. Are your feet commodities? Trust me. Wool and silk socks are heaven to wear and natural fibres last far longer when well maintained.

Third, match the season! Respect your feet by wearing socks appropriate for the temperature and other clothing you are wearing. Fine weaves are perfect for summer and formality. Rustic winter weaves are correct for chilly weekends. Nothing speaks to your masculinity more than wearing a lovingly hand-knitted pair of nallbinding long socks with a glass of wine by a cosy log fire followed by a flaming tryst in your martial bed!

Toasty warm!

Fourth, coordinate! The easy way is to wear dark socks with dark trousers and light socks with light trousers. With more confidence, you can co-ordinate your socks with other garments you wear such as blazer, shirt and tie. You don’t express Anglo-Celtic culture wearing white socks with navy trousers. Please … make an effort gentlemen! And, of course, there are countless factory-manufactured plastic socks in an array of garish colours and cartoonish motifs. All I can say to you is that your body is not a advertising billboard for Disney characters. If I need to explain this, you are lost.

Nicely coordinated!

Finally, and I can’t help myself here, I recently read a blog post with a sock recommendation from someone I typically agree with. I respect this person, so in disagreeing here I won’t name him. But he advocated Pennine socks with Allen Edmonds shoes and Adidas athletic shoes. I respond by saying it is a faux pas to name-drop generally and to name-drop commercial brands specifically. While Pinnine is British made, their socks are typically 20% to 30% nylon and I would never recommend short plastic socks, wherever produced. Allen Edmonds is a private-equity owned “American” shoe manufacturer which closed its Maine factory and currently outsources to the Dominican Republic. And no gentleman should ever wear, least of all admit to wearing, “Adidas” athletic shoes whilst strolling the cobblestones of Paris. Athletic shoes are for sport only, and Adidas has a history of using forced labour during WWII Germany as well as sweatshop practices in outsourced operations in Indonesia, China and Vietnam.

These values are contrary to the culture of the Anglo-Celt.

For more on our dress and attire, see The Bobby and Black Tie.

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