I don’t do fancy very often. It’s usually only for weddings (for people I love very very much). Most of the time you’ll find me in blue jeans. My company’s CEO recently announced a change in our company’s dress code—now we can wear jeans all the time! Sure for certain occasions it needs to be slacks. But jeans and polos are great for everyday now. And that thrills me to no end!
But the one rule I don’t particularly care for—shoes. I hate shoes. I’d go barefoot everywhere if I could. I like dirt between my toes or sinking into thick grass in someone’s yard. You can grip carpet better when you don’t have your feet all covered up. And my goodness, have you seen the shoes people wear?
I think the shoe industry is operated by people who specialize in torturing feet. But every now and then you can get lucky and find a pair of shoes that don’t kill your feet and don’t look too much like tugboats. And that’s good because shoes are required everywhere you go.
It started when one of my best friends gave me two pair of brightly colored socks—one with big stars and the other pair with hedgehogs. And instead of wearing them together, I just decided to mix them up. Why not? The socks were fun, and mixing and matching made them even more fun.
And that started something. Since that day, people have been giving me bright, cheerful socks. Stars and stripes and spots and dots. And so every day I have to wear shoes, I wear brightly colored socks, but I rarely wear the pairs that match.
People at my office started calling it “sock watch” because every day I’d come in with some different combination of socks on my feet. My shoes mostly hid them, but the people I work with learned to start looking.
I love crazy socks. I especially love toe socks. Don’t know why. Some people think they’re annoying, but I love them. I got two pairs of toe socks as gifts this week—one pair has Rudolph on them!
The only time you’ll see me wearing matching socks is if they are Christmas socks—or if it’s so unbelievably cold outside that I’ve got to dive into my woolen socks. But if it’s that cold, nobody will be thinking about what socks I’m wearing. Not even me.
So if you ever run into me on the street and you want to know what socks I’m wearing, just ask! If I’m wearing slip-off shoes, I’ll take them off and show you.
Cheerful, mismatched socks are just an easy way to brighten a gray day, I think.
What crazy fashion habits do you have? Do you do anything quirky or odd that makes you happy? If you do, that’s awesome! Even if other people think it’s a bit strange, if it makes you smile to wear mismatched socks, you should do it.