I did a quick search here for this and came up empty. I also searched it on Google and saw a LOT of attacks against socks'n'sandals. So, what's the deal? Is it legit or evil? My hunch is that it's great and also classic. But I have no real idea. At this point I'm defending socks'n'sandals. When a shoe opens up a bit, gets a hole in it (by design) it's no reason to jettison a wonderful fashion item like the sock. Even by contemporary design I cannot see the point of the ban. So many modern shoes are designed with various holes in them -- Merrell? C'mon. Ventilation is not by definition a sock-killer. The rule should be to wear a sock that GOES WITH whatever sandal you're wearing. What's so hard about that? There's a pretend witty saying about if it's warm enough for sandals it's too warm for socks. That's silly because it overlooks the idea that socks can be cooling. Bare skin can be the hottest, obviously -- look at most desert-wear -- it's all about covering skin properly. OK, it's usually loose, not clingy like a sock. At any rate, there are such things as gradients of temperature. Sometimes it's too hot for socks, sometimes it's not. Personally, I find bare skin on leather to be a bit odd, clammy and perhaps less than hygenic in humid climates. OK, I accept it, especially in boatwear/nautical-fashion, but it's not without drawbacks otherwise. Barefeet in loafers and boatshoes can be nice, but it has limits. Bare ankles in long pants? Again, only in boating, or nautical fashion, I'd say. Then we come to the Physique department. Some folks have great looking feet, others don't. Some are tan, some look like dead fish. Those who have nice feet, feel free to show 'em off when suitable. Etc. In last place we come to Age and Medicine. Some folks have the dread toenail bungus resulting in less than sightly nails. And some folks who aren't as young as they once were, again, have less than beautiful tootsies. Veiny, bony, you get the picture. Or, more likely, you don't want to see that picture. So wear socks. That's my take. But, of course, I'm willing to listen.