I received an urgent e-mail from my sister after having read the Trekking Blah Sock post, and she wanted to make a few things clear to the readers of XRK. So, with her permission, here is the e-mail exchange, with a few edits...
Socks and sandals? Socks and sandals? Never. Just because I'm eco-girl doesn't mean I've lost my freakin' eco-mind and relegated myself to the bottom of some stale hippie fashion bin! Even on the muddy trail a lady is still a lady, and a lady knows that if it's sock weather, it's shoe/boot weather. For shizzie Lizzie :)
That's the kind of stuff we promised to keep each other straight on throughout life, and I'm here to tell you I'm still on board 100% with the socks and sandals rule. I may have fallen off the wagon once or twice in college, but that was then, what can I say.
One of the other major things was short sleeved knit sweaters, but we did refine the definition to require protrusions like pom-poms as well as holiday and seasonal graphics, like Santa and migratory birds. So we're still straight on that. And we're doing okay vis-a-vis mu-mus.
Other than that nothing comes to mind, so, we're good.
So then I asked her about the Birkenstock-with-socks look, which in my book, with hand-knit socks, is totally acceptable, and a look that I remember her sporting in her college years.
The Birks were the in-college fashion moment. At least in hindsight. It's ok for other people - I have no problem with it as a general thing, but for me specifically it's firmly in the no-no category now.
I like to think that the switch to Tevas (sans sandals) say less hippie shuffle, more action with traction. I'm a new age eco girl, the kind who is more likely to have a proper multitool and a Luna bar in my pocket than a half a doobie and some fuzzy raisins.
I would like to say that the hosts of this humble blog truly have no problem with the socks-with-sandals look, whether it is with Tevas, Birkenstocks, or more high-fashion choices. I struggle with the search for the most appropriate footwear for my handknit socks, as my socks are usually hidden inside boots or stuffed into clogs. My sister is not a knitter (I am working to change this), and has never yet worn the handknit sock, so she does not know the dilemma one has when wearing a special, beautiful, handknit sock.
But my sister wants it to be made clear: she will not wear her socks with Tevas.