I never meant for it to happen but happen it has. It is with some shame and apprehension that I tell you, I have become one of those people. You know the ones. They flip-flop around or look granola in their Birkenstocks or outdoor-rugged in their Tevas. These people are fine until they add the sock.
Oh I know, some people can get away with such a thing and there is even a chance that it may be considered fashionable. During my two minute Google search I came across a small party of people who are saying that this longtime hell-no! fashion faux pas of wearing socks with sandals is becoming in vogue. Since I know nothing about fashion and its trending, I remain leery of pairing the two.
It all started innocently enough with a trip to our local thrift store. I was there searching for a strainer to use in the cleaning of our fish tank gravel (glamorous, I know) and somehow I ended up in front of the woman’s shoe racks. There they were. They looked brand new. They were in my size. It was love at first sight and the price was right, only ten dollars. I bought them and looked them up on-line when I got home – Keen Summer Golden Sandal in the color Chocolate Chip.
Even the name is glorious and the retail price of $80 make me smug. The only problem I could see was that they were so comfortable I did not want to wait until next year for sandal weather to wear them. Oh no, I wanted to wear them as long as I could before the rains came. I wore them with pants and no socks for a while despite my less than sexy flip-flop tan line. But then it started to get chilly and my feet got cold.
It started with the simple and blah cream colored sock, the gateway sock. It quickly escalated to a black dress sock with a colorful and elaborate stitching of a peacock running up the back calf. Only I knew the peacock was there as my pant legs covered it, but still it felt daring. Then it just became ugly as I busted out my screaming yellow, orange, and red striped socks.
There is no saving me at this point. The sandals are just that comfortable. I will try my best to keep my sock and sandal wearing discreet to the point that I am not wearing shorts or a skirt with them. But I can’t promise you anything…