The No-Sock Look

Has anyone else noticed that, more and more, male executives of start-up companies are being photographed wearing suits and shoes, but no socks?

No executive these days gets their picture taken without careful forethought to their attire, their pose, and their setting. I get the suit-and-no-tie ensemble, to convey professionalism but not rigidity. But what message is supposed to be communicated by the no-sock look? Cutting edge interaction with evolving social mores? A salary that is so reasonable in the era of nine-figure CEO compensation that it doesn’t even allow you to afford an essential article of clothing? Supreme confidence in the positive impact of odor eaters and the appeal of exposed ankle bones? What am I missing here?

I can’t imagine the no-sock look would be very comfortable, with your bare foot sticking to the lining of the shoe by the end of the day. And with all of the fashion statements that can be made by socks these days, can’t you display your cutting-edge chops by making deft sock selections instead?

My grandmother used to say that whenever she met a man she looked first at his feet, believing that the appearance of his shoes communicated something important about his hygiene, his manners, his attention to detail, and other character elements. It’s probably a good thing that she’s not around to see the no-sock look.