Socks and sandals
Wearing socks and sandals together is a controversial fashion combination and social phenomenon that is discussed in various countries and cultures. In some places it is considered a fashion faux pas.
The earliest evidence of wearing socks and sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2,000 years ago.
Saurabh Bhatia, the author of the book Indian Corporate Etiquette, advises readers: "If, for some reason, you are not wearing socks with sandals, ensure your toes are clean and your toe-nails are closely clipped". Joshua Belter, the author of The Book of Rules: The Right Way to Do Everything, points out that wearing socks with sandals reduces the amount of cooling feet experience. However, energy design handbooks include light socks and sandals as part of a high-thermal flux tropical attire.
Wearing socks and sandals is considered rather unaesthetic in the Czech Republic; however, some people prefer socks and sandals, and a part of the population prefers both the options (sandals with and without socks).
Socks and sandals is a regular Pacific Northwest phenomenon. Seattle based insurance company PEMCO used the "Sandals & Socks Guy" character as part of a 2007 advertising campaign that portrayed this as a typically Pacific Northwest fashion. The Daily Dot highlighted "sandals and socks" as a term entered into a web search engine more often by Washingtonians than residents of any other state.
Wearing socks and sandals is associated by some with geek culture. Socks and sandals were noted as a "high crime of fashion" when introduced as Xbox Live avatar accessory downloadable content in 2009.
While socks and sandals are most commonly associated with casual attire, there is a small movement attempting to popularize the fashion choice within the world of business fashion. Even the popular outdoor footwear company, Chaco, has introduced a dress sandal line, called Wayfarer.
2010s fashion trend
In 2010, the newspaper Daily Telegraph reported that wearing socks and sandals was a hit for spring/summer of that year. Starting in 2010, and again in 2014, several sources reported that socks and sandals had become a fashion trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, appearing in several runway shows, including those of Miu Miu (2010) and fashion designers Vivienne Tam and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (2014), and picked up by celebrities.
For good hygiene, it is usual to change socks every day. The sock captures sweat, debris and products of bacterial fermentation, which are natural products of human skin, and otherwise would be deposited on the inner surface of footwear. Socks prevent the penetration from the footwear to the skin of substances that are released from the footwear construction materials, biofilm and impurity.
Wearing shoes without socks could be related with risk of developing fungal problems and infections.
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