Socks with flip flops – the ultimate summer fashion crime?

Socks_with_flip_flops_2_3 We apologize for the picture above, readers. We realise some of you were probably eating when you read this, and we should probably have issued some kind of warning before springing it on you (Warning! Warning! Clear the area! Socks with flips flops incoming! We repeat: socks with flip flops!), but given that it’s summer time, this is probably nothing that you haven’t seen already.

It is, of course, the “socks with flip flops” fashion crime, and of all the things we’ve seen in our work as Enforcers of Fashion, we believe this to be one of the very worse, because not only does it look bad, it also makes us squirm in our chairs at the discomfort of it all.

Now, we don’t recommend the wearing of socks and flip flops together at any time, but if it absolutely must happen, there are special flip flop socks that already have the “cloven hoof” effect built in, as it were.

Have you spotted the dreaded “socks with flip flops” effect, yet? Does it make you cringe as much as it does us?


  • June 16, 2008


    I only wear socks with tabi (the japanese term for socks made for sandals) when I’m in Japan…their culture thinks of feet like we think of boobs, and covering them means modesty. Other than that, EEW.

  • June 16, 2008


    I have never understood this – why wear flip-flops, traditionally worn in hot weather to keep one’s feet cool, if you are going to wear heavy tube socks underneath? I first saw this trend in Albany, N.Y., over ten years ago, and it was horrifying. I had forgotten about it until I saw this photo:)

  • June 17, 2008


    why the shock?! socks in sandals has existed since men invented, well, sandals and socks…

  • June 17, 2008


    Yes, I have seen them. On japanese paintings before 20th century.
    Nowadays… meh.

  • June 18, 2008


    How about BLACK flip flops with OPAQUE NAVY tights? Not footless tights, REGULAR tights. I believe the woman committing this crime was wearing a red floral print dress as well, but I can’t really be sure because of the flip flop shock. :[

  • June 19, 2008


    This is a disaster only trumped by socks with Jesus Creepers.

  • August 18, 2008


    That to me speaks middle age man sitting in a deckchair wearing a hankie on his head.

  • September 3, 2009


    i wear socks and flip flops every single day, and for me it is quite comfortable. not only sock and flip flops, but mismatched socks and flip flops. i love it and i don’t know why you all are so against it.

  • March 4, 2010


    its a pretty horrendous combo if you ask me…

  • June 17, 2010


    So this is the latest ‘outrage’ I guess. who cares about socks and flip flops. people have been wearing socks and flip flops for decades without the masses rising in revolt. i am a woman and i wear them after i have done yardwork or cleaned out the car or gotta go to the store. just like it that’s all. you don’t have to like it. there are plenty of things that i don’t like, but an opinion is not required for everything (at least not out loud). consider this comment; i probably should have kept it to myself! heh heh! even my kids, who are practically adults now have been caught in this dreaded fashion faux pas, and they still have friends! who knew! Peace.

  • June 17, 2010

    The Fashion Police

    Comments closed on this one, because apparently people who like to wear socks with flip flops also like to verbally abuse anyone who doesn’t have exactly the same taste as them, and will post under numerous different names in order to do this. Says it all, really :)