The Heart of the Darkness

By Manolo the Shoeblogger

Manolo says, Ayyyyyyyy! The horror, the horror.

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34 Responses to “The Heart of the Darkness”




  1. Bis Nation Says:

    It hurts! It hurts! Make it stop!




  2. Amy B Says:

    Not to condone it, but I think this has been a standard for men in Europe for decades. Note the age of many of the people in the pictures…….




  3. The Scarlett Says:

    I’ve already begun having flashbacks.




  4. kathleen Says:

    Can nothing be done for these people?




  5. Tamara Says:

    My father, who is 74 years old, just starting wearing sandals for the very first time in his life about 2 years ago. And he wears socks with his sandals. I am horrified, but too embarrased to tell him otherwise. Should I just let old age prevail?




  6. Lori Says:

    Tamara, if you saw the feet of a 74-year-old man, you might be glad he is wearing socks. Still, the socks should at least be short and flesh-colored.

    As for the high black ones…all that’s missing are the sock garters.




  7. Tamtay Says:

    Yay! I’ve been looking for that website! I knew it was out there somewhere. Seems that most of the culprits are guys, bless their fashion-clueless hearts. Gotta love ’em!




  8. Jane_t77 Says:

    This is the best website since mulletsgallore.
    Thanks for the laugh!




  9. Lee Says:

    My boyfriend has some of the nastiest feet ever (they sweat in work boots all day). He has to wear socks most of the time for the comfort and health of his feet. We have come to a compromise on the socks with sandals issue: he is allowed to do it, but never, *never* outside of our yard (which is in the country and no one will see).




  10. Kimberley Says:

    Socks should be worn with sandals only when taking out the trash. In fact, boots might be more appropriate – but it probably depends on how far you have to go, and who might be looking when you do so!!

    My thanks to the Manolo – for a good laugh. I needed that!

    best, Kimberley




  11. lexa Says:

    Really, Manolo, in some time zones it’s lunchtime. Please keep that in mind the next time you post something so graphic.




  12. Sara Says:

    This is too terrible. I thought it was done loading, but then it quadrupled itself and there were just so many pictures! I literally got the chills of revulsion. Someone please call the internet police.




  13. The Charlotte Allen Says:

    Socks and sandals: Never, ever, ever, ever! Unless, of course, you’re where no one can see you except those who love you so much that they’d put up with you in dress shoes and no socks.

    Older guys who look lousy in sandals will look even worse in socks and sandals. (And there is no color of sock that looks good with sandals, just as there is no color of sandal that looks good with socks.) It’s unfortunate, perhaps, but the older you get, the worse you look in casual clothes. It is incumbent upon old folks to dress up elegantly on all occasions and to play the role of the courtly, old-fashioned lady or gentleman who sets a fine example for the young folks. And that’s a good incentive to save your money while you’re young so that you can buy well-made and beautiful clothes for yourself when you’re old.




  14. Lauren Says:

    Why do these offenders appear proud of their footwear? Have they perhaps been smoking the crack?




  15. Gidget Bananas Says:

    I thought they were sort of cute — sick, but cute. I particularly liked the chorus line the furby couple with the cat. Of course, they should only be that cute in the privacy of their own homes and yards.




  16. Lori Says:

    To me, most men look so bad in sandals that light-colored socks don’t make them look that much worse (no worse than their hobbitt-feet). What sort of shoe should a man wear with shorts?




  17. Wickwire Says:

    Some were downright gross. Some were cute in a toddler sort of way. I noticed the age thing too. Most of them are old men.




  18. speedbudget Says:

    Manolo: Spirit Fingers has a post up about this very thing, and it’s hilarious (albeit in a scary way). Check it out: http://facepalm.blogspot.com/2005/07/federline-foot-fashion.html




  19. Manolo the Shoeblogger Says:

    Many thanks to the Speedbudget for giving the Manolo this link. He had not read the always hilarious Spirit Fingers for the past two days.




  20. Bibliovixen Says:

    Oh good gods, the guy in the kilt just slays me!




  21. Tia Nieve Says:

    AAAAHHHHH! The Tia Nieve’s eyes! And having to see the Federlines is even worse!




  22. Miz H. Says:

    The Manolo he will surely not approve of this knitting pattern:
    http://www.coatsgmbh.de/de/1/strboxsockezehe.html

    Miz H. will knit the cat toys with the leftover sock yarn instead.




  23. McSarah Says:

    Sandal and Sock Rules:

    These rules shall henceforth be considered law by all in the land

    Acceptable places to wear socks with sandals:
    – After just completing a sporting event and removing your cleats
    – Taking out the trash – but make it quick before the neighbors see you
    – At 3am when your wife/husband makes you run out for ice cream/beer – and it is winter and snowing.
    – With a kilt… because really, you are already wearing a KILT

    Non-acceptable places to wear socks with sandals
    – In public, in the daylight, EVER
    – Anywhere that you will be photographed (This one is for you Kev)
    – Anywhere else not covered in above rules

    Men over the age of 95 shall be exempt from these rules.




  24. pdotfu Says:

    Now, in Seattle here, this has been derigeur forever. Also, they must be big wooly sox in shaggy grey. No really. Its true.

    Um, I think the little German sockies are kind of cute, for my female grandchildren.




  25. shmarollynn Says:

    So, so sad.

    What’s even worse is that my own dear Dad fits right in with those guys. He’s not British, so he has no real excuse. (You hear that, Pops? No excuse!)




  26. Fausta Says:

    I know one of the guys in those pictures.




  27. Lisa Says:

    The Lisa says yay for the gay guys and their poor wee injured cat, what with the blowing out of the water the “gays are always well-dressed” stereotype.




  28. Tinuviel Says:

    Pdotfu is, alas, correct regarding footwear in Seattle. I once saw a couple sporting the woolly sock/Birkenstock combo coordinated with outfits suitable for raking leaves or other sundry yardwork…at the opera.

    And not in the cheap seats, either.




  29. jrochest Says:

    Pdotfu is, alas, correct regarding footwear in Seattle. I once saw a couple sporting the woolly sock/Birkenstock combo coordinated with outfits suitable for raking leaves or other sundry yardwork…at the opera.

    This might be explained by the connection between sock-with-sandal wearing computer geeks (see the first picture on the website) and Seattle’s connection to Microsoft.

    Of course, this is not an excuse, but given what most Techie guys wear, socks with sandals are only a moderate faux pas.

    For most men, of course, socks-with-sandals merits the firing squad.




  30. AskMom Says:

    Seattle prides itself on “outdoor chic”….. so it will come as no surprise to the readers of the Manolo to hear that women in Seattle, doubtless the wives of the men who wear the socks with the sandals, in the winter wear the FUZZY WOOLY TIGHTS with their business suits. Yes, even the suits of the Brothers Brooks.

    If an earthquake crumbles most of the city into the Puget Sound, it will be only the Gods of Decency and Dignity seeking to avenge themselves.




  31. B Says:

    Yup born and raised in Washington State I must say I too wore cotton rag socks with the birkinstock type shoes as a teenager and up until about 20. I tried it here in Virginia Beach once………….once.

    Like someone else said, athletes are exempt. Especially soccer players.




  32. Cato Says:

    why?




  33. Arugula Says:

    The BEST picture there is the one with the two guys and the pissed off cat. I have laughed about it for days now.




  34. Sonja Says:

    Oh, it’s gotta be fungus.













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