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Are Socks the New Necktie?

It used to be men wore suits and neckties, the tie was the way a man expressed his individuality, often his personality. Men had large collections of ties and would choose a different one each day, often his choice would reflect his mood that day.

If there was an important business meeting, job interview, or promotion in the offing, the choice of tie for that day was extremely important. Men would seek tie choice advice from wives, friends and colleagues.

Today, apart from certain businesses and formal wear, men wear suits less often. Some men don’t even own a suit.

If you see a man in a suit at McDonalds’ or riding a bus, he is probably on his way to court.

It used to be if a man wore a brown suit, it would be worn with brown shoes and socks.

The whole ensemble would match and blend in. Today it's okay to wear brown shoes with a dark blue or grey suit.

On occasions it seems men will wear a formal suit and tie and wear a pair if bright multi-color socks.

One doesn’t see the socks until the wearer sits down. They are a surprise item. 

I always think, ‘Wow, that man has balls. He is either the boss, very good at what he does, and therefore indispensable, or he’s a celebrity.’

With more and more people abandoning the suit and tie altogether, and opting for casual wear, it occurred to me that without the necktie to express individuality, a person can do so by his choice of socks.

This thought came to me when I was contacted by Ozone Socks who asked if I would review their socks on my blog.

They offered to send me a free pair, and although it is nice to get free stuff, I opted to buy a pair of my own choice. If I am to wear socks that express my personality, then I need to choose them.

The socks I chose are mid-calf, I was impressed that they stay up but are not at all tight, they were light and extremely comfortable.

Check out the large selection of men’s and women’s socks at Ozone, the art of socks.

By the way, I took a selfie of my own socks, (See top picture.) not easy without a selfie stick. Just goes to show for an old guy, I’m still pretty flexible.


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June 7, 2019, I got from my daughter Sarah for my 86 birthday A PAIR OF BLOODY CYCLING SOCKS very much like the ones you have Dave. Going back to the dark ages of late 1940 1950 when racing in Brum England I never wore socks. It was, as we used to say the "Gen" thing to do. I had hand made a lovely pair of full leather cycling shoes with NO vent holes of course that fitted like gloves? We would bend the shoe leather soles with the nail on cleats so the clung around the pedals in a claw type action. Very stylish those days. Even now I never wear socks only in the winter. But have to admit I do like the colours and the styles. Mom would have had a hard time darning those that's for sure. (Rember your Mom DARNING your socks Dave)

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjohn crump

Socks have long been a subject of debate in cycling circles. They are invariably too tall or too short. For a while, when Lance was king, many thought you were a hopeless Fred unless you wore black socks like Lance. Then when he was disgraced, black socks became very uncool. Goes to show that cyclists can be just as silly as everyone else.


July 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJon Blum

Forget about the socks-those shoes are cool!

July 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJohn C

This is the second time around for loud soxs.
About 15 years ago they were a thing, and quickly became ridiculous.
At least this time around they are mostly well made soxs.
There is also a trend of soxs with snarky phrases on them. Most are not suited for the office, but some are very clever.

July 5, 2019 | Unregistered Commentered

Muy buenos zoquetes!Pero, que zapatos usa?

July 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEduardo Petry

Tattoos = ties

July 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSkin illustrations

Except you can take ties off

July 12, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRubeRad

Dave, your socks are cool cool!
just as you!
thank you for your blog ;-)
best regards from Bucharest, Romania,

July 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMircea Andrei Ghinea

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