For my birthday the California SIL got me a very colorful pair of socks. They’re socks that paint a kind of picture — in this case, a desert landscape complete with a Saguaro cactus or two and a red desert sky.
The new socks will really shake up my sock drawer, which otherwise could be accurately shown on a black and white TV set. In short, it’s a study in blacks, grays, and whites, without much of a rainbow effect. I’m not sure how my other boring socks will react to these gaudy interlopers.
There has been a bit of a revolution in men’s socks over the past decade or so, with lots of fellows showing stripes and checks and polka dots and bold hues in the ankle coverage area. I’ve been slow to get into the sock fashion game, because I’m not a very fashionable person by nature. Plus, I think that most people expect drab sockwear to go with the gray and blue suits and discreet ties that are a lawyer’s standard uniform. But times clearly are changing, and you see more male lawyers getting into stocking style and hosiery hues.
So, I’m happily going to give my desert-themed socks a try. And I’ll be interested in seeing whether bright and colorful socks have one key feature: are they less likely to get lost around clothes dryers?