1. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Love them.

  2. Butterscotching

    September 16, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Oh, I love them.

  3. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    What can you say. Its perfect, yet so boring. Modern men have to dig up sartorial key points to make outfits exciting. They need to speak about you. Hence the name of your work. Its in the details. The sockless is a point for them though.

    Keep up the great work.

  4. indigo warrior

    September 16, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Cute boys. Nice suits. I sent Mr Cutey Pants out of the house with no socks today as well. I always wonder if the feet feel less than fresh at the end of the day (personally I cannot stand to wear closed toe shoes and no socks). Do fashion and funky feet go hand in hand or is there some secret to be void of the funk?


      January 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

      I go sockless and remain fresh with sock footies. They’ve been making them for men for years. Muji stores sell them in white for sneakers and in darker colors for leather dress shoes. Banana Republic sells (white only) them online only.

  5. Jazzbuff630

    September 16, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Suits and no socks? Uh-uh. Not optional.


    September 16, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    so cool

  7. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    i don’t like how they’re not wearing knee-length socks. good looking men though

  8. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    They look great, but I wouldn’t want to be in the room when either of them removes their shoes. Phee-yoo!

  9. monique

    September 16, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Elliot Ness' of the new millennium. Great suits. Cute boys.

    I'm not a big fan of the naked ankle & suit look but it's a picked nit when a man looks this good.

  10. Kevin

    September 16, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Why do their suits seem to be bunching so much at the seams?

  11. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Yes, I will take them both. Thank you.

  12. Wes Thomas

    September 16, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Well, if you believe everything GQ tells you, then I think these men are perfectly dressed. The socks issue seems to be the greatest debate here, but I think for summer it is more that acceptable to go without. I would never advocate blindly obeying any fashion magazine, but in this instance I think these two GQ men have it dead on.

  13. Toure

    September 16, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    No socks= MODERN & UPDATED !

    Well proportioned suites and a few subtle changes .

    Gotta love that.

  14. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    I think that the sockless finish really perfects the look. kodoos to the blue suit, i love the light and dark blue combination he has put together especially ( i dont know if anyone has noticed but) with the square pocket as well.

  15. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    i’ll have the one on the right.

  16. ninetynine

    September 16, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Whilst the sockless look is great, a fresh take on a standard look, i doubt the word fresh could be applied at the end of the day. Surely this isn’t a comfortable option, hot sweaty feet is a price I simply couldn’t pay!

  17. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 16, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Nice photo, Sart. I’m finding a lot to dislike in this pic: skinny jackets, skinny trousers, skinny ties, stubble, no socks…! What’s going on?! It looks as if these two chaps are trying to copy an early ’60s Mad Men look. Enough already.

  18. Shaina

    September 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    These two clad gentlemen have a liberal sense of style. They don’t conform to the idea that you must “wear” socks with oxfords… please, that was so last year, and a couple of posts ago! Let’s get innovative! Lets break rules! That’s what fashion/personal style is all about… save your breath!

    One thing I’ve noticed is that whenever it comes to how men fashion themselves they are almost always at the shorter end of the stick. Why is that?

  19. magstermash

    September 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Socks help wick away sweat though–depending on the type you buy. No socks doesn’t even seem comfortable for summer.

    I agree with anonymous: if I saw them removing their shoes, I would definitely be out of the vicinity in less than a second.

  20. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I love the gaze of these dudes. Looks like they are checking someone out in the late afternoon after-work kind of daze. But I agree with the many above who dis-like the bare ankles. I just imagine how awkward it must look when their legs are crossed legs at an office meeting and the pants shift up to an unflattering height. Sort of ruins the fit of the suit!

  21. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Not wearing socks just doesn’t do it for me. Other than that, well done.

  22. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    brian coates?

  23. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    I would take them, stinky feet and all.

  24. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    (baby or foot powder + loafers) – socks = no smelly feet

  25. Librarian N

    September 16, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I do not like the boat style shoes on the dark suit. I would like something more sleek.

  26. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    What’s with the backpacks. Dig the dressed up dock shoes, though.

  27. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I’m curious as to if the style for these highly fitted, narrow suits is making men feel they have to have thinner bodies. That kind of pressure –which is usually experienced primarily by women –would be an interesting development…

  28. Mike S. Lecky, Esq.

    September 16, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    you wear hidden little loafer socks. you can buy them at banana rep. for like 10 bucks.z

  29. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    what’s with the backpack????

  30. D.Debil

    September 16, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Very good. I’m glad the rain stopped.

  31. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Calling Dr.Scholl’s!

    Has no one heard of disposable insoles? $2.50 a pair, stick ‘em in your shoes. Stink and sweaty issues are no longer a problem. After a couple of wears, toss ‘em and stick in a new pair.

    Socks aside, these two are just delicious.

  32. D.Debil

    September 16, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    The no socks look is good for evening casual, or any casual, but doesn’t work at work. Unless you are a lifeguard.


  33. mark

    September 16, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    boring. sartorialize them.

  34. swile67

    September 16, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I just love me the GQ look:)

  35. Jack Daniel

    September 16, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Hey, i like this picture, Scott.

  36. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Awww, Damian and Brian. What on earth are they doing?

  37. Jen Sc

    September 16, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    hello, boys.
    bonjour, men.
    This is disgustingly great.

  38. S.

    September 16, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I love this look. The socks with no shoes is very rebellious no? It fits for someone younger though. I think it would be kind of strange to see an older man without knee high socks on.

    And I also adore his little backpack. It kind of brings it all back down to earth. Like ‘yea I look hot…but I still have life to live.’

  39. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Not a fan of either look–suits look cheaply tailored (notice hem is visible esp on light gray suit); though sockless (a mild plus), the shoes themselves leave a lot to be desired… for the light gray guy a nice tan-to-light brown with a touch of orange perforated cap might have done the trick (esp if he wore a nice light blue shirt); on the charcoal gray guy, the boat shoes are awful and don’t flow with the suit at all. Also, the barrel cuff cheap-looking white shirts make everything seem very JC Penny. Perhaps the only redeeming feature is the just-perceptible pocket squares.

    Not inspiring.

  40. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 11:15 pm


  41. Anonymous

    September 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Eh- wheres the personality?

  42. Derek

    September 16, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    No Socks! What a great way to go from “any other business man” to “check me out, I’m making a fashion statement.”

  43. budget chic

    September 16, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I call these "The Temptations" suits for the R&B groups back in the 50s and early 60s. Super tailoring on the trousers. I love it, but they gotta put socks or else the whole outfits goes south! Do not try to re-define these suit by excluding socks, cause I already got it in my head how its suppose to go. LOL

  44. Rhys

    September 16, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Love the blue suit and the way its worn. the loose tie suits the laid back, summery feel of the loafers minus socks. I’ve always thought a plain white shirt is far too boring to wear open though. needs to be spiced up with a tie/pattern or necklace..

  45. DJ Pat

    September 16, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    I would have to change my employer if i go for that sockless look with my suits. I could consider taking them off after work but I don’t want put them in one of the pockets of my slim fitted suits…

    By the way, is surf-sider coming back for a reason?

  46. Jason

    September 16, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    I dig the look on both guys overall. I think the naked ankle look works too. However, I gotta say I’m not a fan of the pairing of what appears to be black gator-skinned boat shoes with that color suit. Also, his tie, although loosened, looks too worky for me when contrasted with the rubber band on his wrist and the naked ankles. The guy in the gray suit looks perfect.

  47. ashwin

    September 17, 2008 at 12:29 am

    the boat shoes work because they have a dark sole. if the soles were white, they would look too informal, almost cartoonish. nice look.

  48. jana

    September 17, 2008 at 1:27 am

    more men should not wear socks.

  49. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    September 17, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I agree with budget chic. I can see Marvin Gaye wearing a suit like this while singing a duet with Tammi Terrell.

  50. Andrew

    September 17, 2008 at 2:14 am

    While their outfits are a bit boring, especially for this venue, I love the look of dress shoes with no socks. Coming from a man with stinky feet– the secret is those little terry-cloth inserts from Aldo. They’re $7 and you can throw them in the washer. If that’s not enough, get a regular odor-removing powder.

  51. sobertooth

    September 17, 2008 at 2:29 am

    love the suits and the shoes (yep, that boat shoes too)… oh well, must love the looks after all! bravo!

  52. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 2:35 am

    I for one love these looks.

    And usually the emphasis is on the fit of the jacket but here, the trousers complete the look so well.

    And sockless is so much more interesting. It may have side affects but in my opinion its the male version of high heels.

    My only complaint would be the cheap backpack.

  53. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 2:40 am

    The tie and shoes without socks, the surprising combination!

  54. VanessaFromMilan

    September 17, 2008 at 3:05 am

    i like them!

  55. Olviya

    September 17, 2008 at 4:14 am

    may be i’m oldtraditions oriented, but i cant accept classical shoes without socks…

  56. c h a n t e l l e

    September 17, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Love them.. very dapper!

  57. Dexter james

    September 17, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Great photos and blog..loved a lot. keep the photos coming..

  58. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    September 17, 2008 at 8:04 am

    This is the almost-but-not-quite picture. The men are gorgeous, to be sure. The suits are slim, but not quite: the seams do not go flat. The shoes, without the sans socks discussion, are nice, except for the boating shoes. With a full suit? Not quite. These are fashion editors, and what men’s magazine has not advocated to ditch the backpack and get a briefcase? Again, not quite. Wow, early morning bitching! I guess my main beef is that there is nothing in this picture to look forward to, in terms of trying it myself or wanting to see it on other people. The men are gorgeous to be sure, but I think I said that already. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  59. tj

    September 17, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Absolutely NOTHING wrong with a backpack. They are functional and can be perfectly stylish. See last month’s issue of GQ for some specifics.
    These guys look fine. The suits are snug without being tight. There are small details to personalize the look: open sleeve cuffs, bracelet, unbuttoned 2nd button of shirt, pocket square.
    I think these guys achieved the look they were trying to achieve. Good on them.

  60. Scott P.

    September 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Keep in mind the guy on the left might be wearing no-show socks. I’ve been wearing those to work and if you find the right pair and color you can’t even tell you’re wearing them.

  61. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

    what is up with the backpack…

  62. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I wear oxfords without socks every day. I am always amazed by the attention a naked ankle attracts. True, it is uncomfortable, but look at what women endure wearing fashionable shoes.

  63. izzydore

    September 17, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I love that the guy on the right is wearing topsiders with a suit!

  64. Specialward

    September 17, 2008 at 10:28 am

    While they don’t look dressed for a magazine editorial, it’s still a whole lot better than 90% of the real guys out there. Plus it’s still muggy and hot in NY so that’s probably why the suits don’t look completely crisp and clean. Everything just kind of works, but the shoes have to go and on with the socks. Going sockless with a suit and tie doesn’t sit well with me.

  65. uppergeorgetowner

    September 17, 2008 at 11:51 am

    these guys are beautiful. love the no socks.

  66. Emma

    September 17, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Wonderful, everything down to the feet is wonderful. Save for the fact that i’m dying to hand them socks! I just find the bare ankles look to make the entire outsift appear somewhat unfinished.
    And an unexpected pop of mustard or crimson or burgandy would be stunning peeping out there!

  67. Marissa

    September 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Loving the sock less ankles!

  68. Agyesh Madan

    September 17, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    oooohhhhhh…. and ya…

    no socks only looks like no socks most of the time.. there are little thin sockies that hide under..

    more details from the guru himself.. Thom Browne..


  69. Liz

    September 17, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    ah yes…quite GQ.
    not sure how much i’m diggin those bare ankles, but the overall look is beautiful.

  70. studiolo2

    September 17, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    The guy in dark blue looks fantastic. The only thing I’d change: put thick white athletic socks on his feet.

  71. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    MAYBE they are wearing secret socks…

    i like it!

  72. hemoglobin

    September 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    (maybe they wear tiny lower-than-ankle socks for hygiene sakes ..coz much as i LOVE this look..i’m really wondering HOW do they roam around with squelchy feet)

    though to be fair ..it does look rather nice..with the fitted suits et ál ..
    other than the practicality factor..bu then again ..who said anything about fashion being practical..:):) glad the men are discovering it too

  73. Brian

    September 17, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    A great suit without socks is like a a gorgeous house without furniture. The absence of something becomes more important than the existence of something beautiful…

  74. Another Brick In The Wall

    September 17, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Who cares if they’re wearing socks or not? These two outfits were crafted impeccably well, and the sockless loafers and shoes seem to fit in nicely.

  75. metafemme

    September 17, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    What can I say when I see two handsome and smartly dressed men, standing in front of me, looking as cool and smooth as ice-cream? Well, I just melt :)

  76. Vanessa

    September 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Well, the suits and no socks thing certainly is different.

    But, I like it. After all, socks and sperry topsiders? Ick!

    Oui! Boys who wear sperry topsiders steal my heart. ♥ ♥

  77. MJ

    September 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    I am loving the no socks on guys thing happening.

  78. Marcus

    September 17, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Hmmm.. not a huge fan of the rucksack and suit look personally – a bit too ‘MBA’ – but the other dude looks cool

  79. Miguel

    September 17, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Very nice suits, very well dressed but no socks…. also what’s with the docker shoes and a suit?

  80. pearlescent

    September 17, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Love their pose! I like the shoes of the man to the right.. Perfect for hot weather..

  81. RM White

    September 17, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Epic. Who wants to lug a hard shell briefcase from the office all the way home? Loving the backpack. We’re young, this is supposed to be as much practical as it is fun


  82. Anonymous

    September 17, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Max-sleek style, but they need socks! Dark suit’s shoes are too casual for me, should be plain oxfords or loafers.

  83. sarah

    September 18, 2008 at 1:53 am

    way to go damien! here’s to my old boss from Details :)

  84. w

    September 18, 2008 at 5:45 am

    If it’s any consolation, the one on the left seems to have little footy/ankle socks on! Enlarge the pic and peer below the ankle.

    if you so wish.

  85. Dan in Richmond

    September 18, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Some thoughts inspired by the boating-style shoes: Why, when a man puts on a suit, does (should?) he feel subject to a long list of rules and regulations- the tie must end here, the sleeves be like this, this color sock and this color shoe, etc. I’m sure these rules arose to ensure conformity in a time and place in which conformity was considered desirable. Now we recognize these signs of conformity and approve of them I suppose out of familiarity, and because we can tick off the “rights” and “wrongs”. What if you treat your suits like the rest of your wardrobe, as something to wear as you like, with a t shirt or,well, boat shoes or whatever? I don’t see any reason to feel constrained by rules except when you choose to follow them.

  86. Rogério Gonçalves

    September 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Great great photo

  87. Erin

    September 18, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    their pose! so cute!

  88. Anonymous

    September 18, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    guys over 17 shouldn’t carry backpacks

  89. Anonymous

    September 19, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    i love how the man on the right is wearing a backpack, and how they are both without socks.

  90. Cory

    September 19, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I'm a lawyer in KY & my friends ride me out for wearing slim suits & no socks (They also make fun of my usually short tie), but I still do it on a daily basis…good to know you guys appreciate it at least.

    Perhaps I'm lucky, but my feet do not sweat at all throughout the day, regardless of whether I'm out doing things or just in the office.

  91. Anonymous

    September 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    This picture made me realize what it is that bothers me in this sockless suit -look: they look like they spent the night on park bench and someone stole their socks (but curiously, left the suits) and briefcases while they were sleeping. The stubble probably enhances this look.

  92. anthonyloy

    September 23, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Perhaps if it was Miami and the suits were linen, and the colors of both suit and shoes were white or some kind of pastel…then I’d buy the sockless look. Mostly this feels like mis-executed fashion rebellion.

  93. Anonymous

    September 24, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    “Suits and no socks? Uh-uh.”
    Most comments here seem to deal with understatement.
    These two conventional boys… Are they, or not?…
    Suits, no socks…
    “This picture made me realize what it is that bothers me in this sockless suit”…
    Hey, puritans, wake up! That’s life! Some men don’t wear socks! Some… Well… Y’know.

    (Among my favourite posts : “Mostly this feels like mis-executed fashion rebellion”.
    Haha! Bloody Sid Vicious, I presume?).

  94. Anonymous

    September 27, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    very nice suits. the pose seems a little much, and i really wish they were wearing socks.

    also the man in the darker suit..his shoes.. >.< frown.

  95. Gabrielle Zuccaro

    October 3, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    NY during Fashion Week is the best. And there is nothing like a NY Man in a suit. I am very excited for Next Spring with all the gorgeous prints and fabrics coming out.

  96. Anonymous

    October 8, 2008 at 6:44 am

    this comment is a bit delayed but not enough emphasis can be put on the NO SOCKS factor!!! What were they thinking?? …i guess when you’re a hottie you can usually get away with almost anyhting- but no one can do NO SOCKS!

  97. Anonymous

    October 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Bare feet inside dress shoes will always become sweaty. However, if the shoes are made of quality leather, odor is not a problem. Great look…worth the slight discomfort.

  98. Dan in Richmond

    October 9, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Let’s have a little science lesson here- foot odor (or any other bodily odor) is caused by the gases exuded by bacteria feeding on your dead skin cells. A pedicure now and then and you won’t have any foot odor regardless of whether you wear socks or not. It’s like magic!


    October 10, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Dapper!! I like how its minus socks, very european.

  100. Yi

    January 7, 2009 at 6:12 am

    their pose…haha

  101. PhilM

    January 7, 2009 at 11:05 am

    i’ve found that the sockless shoe only really works with brown shoes–or at least non-black shoes.

    also, the backpack the guy on the left is carrying doesn’t work well with his outfit. it just looks sloppy. if you’re a guy and you want to wear a backpack with your business suit, your best bet is a leather or nylon (e.g., Coach or Tumi) pack that looks like it’s been as finely tailored as your suit. one exception is a canvas backpack, but i have yet to find one whose straps work well–for some odd reason, makers insist on using very stiff canvas straps that are stitched into the bag at an un-ergonomically correct angle, so they just dig into your ribs and armpits. not very comfortable!

  102. Kafran

    January 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    I just don’t like not wearing socks.

  103. me

    June 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Lol. Who said you have to wear socks?Going without socks in the summer is great I never wear socks in the summer. And if you don’t want to go completely sockless they have the great ankle length footies are perfect. I love to roll my the pants up on my fitted suits and rock no socks. People love it….. and no one will run when you remove your shoes. Lol

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