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<p><span>The sock as a fashion item does not get a lot of attention or credit. This is despite the frankly stellar job they do of improving our comfort - they stop our feet from getting swamped by soaking all that nasty stuff up, they prevent painful blisters from the leather of our shoes rubbing directly against our delicate skin... and maybe it's exactly because of this that we don't think about them so much. Like a few other tools integral to our modern way of life, the sock in our collective consciousness has perhaps become something that is no longer worn, or even used; the sock simply is. And why? Socks are a detail, after all; a small one, but a detail nonetheless, and the right or wrong choice of socks can have a huge impact on your clothing ensemble, in addition to leaving a lasting impression on the people who see them. Whether that impression is positive or negative&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/what-your-socks-say-about-you.html" target="_blank">is entirely up to the wearer</a><span>. Make no mistake, gents: sock choice matters.</span></p>
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<p>Feeling a little overwhelmed? Have our sock-related revelations just blown your mind? It's okay, we understand; you've been living in the dark, but now your eyes are open and you've seen the light. Some shellshock is natural - expected, even. So make yourself a cup of tea, maybe down a stiff shot of some spirit, and ready yourself. Toe socks, dress socks, compression socks, diabetic socks (yes, they're a thing) ... There's a specialized world of socks out there that your fragile, non-sock-friendly mind may not be prepared for. Lucky for you, we're here to give you a guide, as well as some of the dos and don'ts of proper sock etiquette. Brace yourselves, gentlemen. You're in for quite a ride.</p>
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<p>This one might seem like a no-brainer at first, but let's be honest, how many times have you gone out wearing two different socks? Take your time, we'll wait.</p>
<p>I thought so. Admittedly, for situations where long pants are required and taking off your shoes is not, mismatching your socks is something you can get away with if you're careful; but if you're taking the care in the first place, doesn't it make more sense to avoid that minefield altogether? Unexpected situations happen - sports teams have based their mottos on this fact - and you do not want to end up demeaning yourself in the eyes of that special someone in the event of an unplanned run-in with him or her, or even (God forbid) their parents. Few things will leave a worse impression than the slovenly look of a mismatched pair of socks poking out over the tops of your shoes. Worse by far though are damaged, torn or holey socks; casual or formal, it doesn't matter what kind they are&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/04/how-to-recycle-old-socks.html" target="_blank">or how much you like them</a>. The moment you notice a tear, you have two options: get them darned (or do it yourself) THAT DAY, or toss them out. Leaving them in your house is like setting a time bomb, one that is guaranteed to go off at the worst possible moment.</p>
<p>A terrifyingly true example (yes, it did happen to me): you've been invited over for dinner to meet said parents, but left showering and getting dressed for the last minute because you and your roommate had to finish that super-long round of Call of Duty and the Xbox was hardly going to play itself. Quickly you jump in the shower, scalding yourself, then freezing yourself, and then cursing fate, your roommate and God himself. You shave (more cursing now as you cut yourself in that same exact spot for the hundredth time), comb and style your hair, and get dressed with commendable speed; looks like those first-person shooter reflexes are paying off, you think smugly. As an afterthought, you pull open the sock drawer, grab the cleanest looking pair of fuzzy socks in there, pull them on without looking, follow up with your shoes, and get out of there quick-smart. You arrive at their place looking like a God's gift - suave, well-groomed, perfumed and more than presentable. You're welcomed inside with open arms; who wouldn't want a son-in-law like you? And then, just as quickly as you got yourself ready, disaster strikes: you take off your shoes before entering and realize that slight pain in your big toe that you ignored during the drive over is because it's sticking right out of your colorful dress sock, genius. This little piggy is going to mess your game right up tonight, my son; time to fake a sudden illness and get out. Or you can do what I did and try to cover it up by stretching the fabric over the offending toe and pray that they don't have you walking around the house too much. Then again, the girl broke up with me the next day; take from that what you will.</p>
<p>So there you have it: a perfect reason to take care of the problem of torn dress socks the moment it rears its ugly head.</p>
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<p>Another surprising one, but when you consider how many people don't care about wearing a different sock on each foot, it seems more reasonable. The idea of color-matching your socks to the rest of what you're wearing might come as a surprise to those who feel that as long as their fuzzy socks aren't pink, they're doing a bang-up job. And to be fair, basic common sense will allow you to avoid most screamingly bad color combinations when it comes to colorful dress socks; but again, why is that a risk you should have to take? In most situations, especially for those of you who wear lots of black, this will be a piece of wonderful news as you likely already have the right combination of clothing to get a good thing going. For everyone else, though, it's a basic and helpful rule that'll make dressing up in your socks to any slightly more rigid standards than that of "casual dress" that wee bit easier. So spare your brain cells the agony of choice and just match the color of those funky socks for men to your pants and you, my friend, are all set - and the simplicity of the rule means you'll never face any confusion or overthinking, and thus never go wrong as long as you're following it. It'll give you a sleek and streamlined look, help tie together your ensemble, and allow you to enjoy your day or evening out without any further worry about what you chose to wear.</p>
<p>Now, we do like to think about the long term here; if our readers can take some advice from us that will help them make the right sock-related decisions in the future, we want to do everything in our power to help. So once you've gotten used to this rule, here's how to break it without making a fashion faux pas (sadly for some, it does indeed involve more use of the word "coordination"; get over it): start by thinking about the other details of what you're wearing. If you're wearing a nice piece of neckwear (like a tie) and something more formal on your feet than sneakers, try to coordinate the colors and patterns of the two with your&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/men-s-socks-a-guide-for-the-proper-wearing.html" target="_blank">more interesting and fun dress socks</a>. This can be a bit more difficult - not all manufacturers have the coordination of these three details in mind, so finding the right colorful dress socks to go with your colorful tie, depending on its pattern and colorfulness, can be a challenge. A small blessing comes in the fact that formal shoes tend to be less complicated in this regard and can usually be more easily coordinated into your ensemble than the other two. But, the tie-sock-shoe combination is a classic that hasn't gone out of style in a century, and depending on what you do with it, it can breathe new life into your tired old look with a hint of color and creativity that was lacking before.&nbsp;</p>
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<p>This sock rule is the one that'll probably take the longest to get used to. It's also an integral part of following the other two, because if you're wearing colorful dress socks to a track meet (however smashingly they go with your tracksuit), you're doing something seriously wrong. If you're not a fashion guru, matching any articles of clothing beyond jeans and a t-shirt can be problematic; we understand that not every man is born with the skill set for it, and that's just the way nature makes us. But, choosing the right sock for the right occasion goes beyond fashion: it'll have a major impact on the comfort of your feet, and considering the amount of nerves and chakra points (if the more ancient forms of medicine are to be believed) that are located there, that is no small achievement. Let us try and break down for you the most important criterion of the different models that should be taken into consideration when picking out your socks: length. Socks come cut in a variety of different lengths, depending on model and manufacturer, and each is appropriate for a different occasion.</p>
<p><img alt="" src="http://workstuff.us/Files/Content/socks-for-men4.jpg" style="max-width:100%; text-align: center;margin: 0 auto;"/>Low-cut socks that leave the ankle exposed are paired well with a pair of sneakers, especially in the hot summer months when you want your body covered by as little fabric as is feasible - or if you're going for that "sockless" look that seems to be so popular these days without actually committing to making your foot stew in its own juices all day long as you walk around. Also good for playing a friendly game of football in the backyard.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Longer than these are ankle socks which (shockingly) cover the ankle and a part of the calf. This is the most common cut of sock and probably includes the majority of the contents of your sock drawer. These are appropriate for the more formal occasions but can still be worn day to day in most cases, especially once summer is over and the colder weather starts rolling in thanks to the superior warmth they usually provide. These are also the socks that'll need the most back up from rule number two on our list, since they're more likely to be worn and MUCH more likely to be seen by virtue of sticking out from your shoes a good deal more.</p>
<p>Finally, we have the longest men's socks, that hallmark of expensive prep schools, the knee sock. They are also usually made thicker (and therefore can provide a spongier, more comfortable feeling when you're walking), often from wool - which can be a bad choice in hot weather. They do have a certain undeniable panache to them, and they're seeing something of a comeback these days; I've borne witness to more than a few men wearing them in the summer with the shorts or three-quarter pants. The origin of this sock is rooted in Victorian times, when the sight of an exposed leg would make any proper lady swoon and fall gracefully onto her many conveniently placed couches. Basically, the idea was that no matter how you posed or what you did, no one would ever catch a glimpse of even the smallest area of your hairy white calf sticking out from under your trouser legs. Thankfully we've moved past the extreme sexual repression of the Victorian era, but it's still considered bad form to "show some leg", as it were, while dressed in a nice suit. Your bog-standard&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/store/men/c-3" target="_blank">ankle-length dress socks will keep you in the clear</a>&nbsp;in 90% of cases, but maybe you can take a leaf out of the ladies' book and feel fancier and suaver in a longer pair of socks - that is up to you. Remember, for any of these rules and guidelines to work, it's crucial to develop your own sense of style and what works well for YOU.</p>
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