I second that. I think there is a broad range of how people do sockless, and it would be nice to see a bunch of looks juxtaposed. I think the way Italians do it is a form of what is called “conspicuous consumption” — since you can only do it comfortably in good (expensive) shoes, and then it wears the (expensive) shoes out quicker. Americans (maybe our dear Scott included here) do it in a more rebellious way.
This underlines what I said a few days ago about italian men wearing leather shoes with no socks !
Nothing beats classic, timeless elegance like this gentleman.
(I can’t believe all the commotion regarding the socks issue !)
The socklessness that we see in todays street style photographs is not anything new. We wore Bass Weejuns, Top Siders And saddle shoes without socks all, though the year because is was simply divine to slip ones feet into that smooth leather insole. We did this back in the 60′s in America and – as well, in France And Germany. I still go sockless way up here in Norway… All year round. It’s all about comfort And a bit about style. Love your photographs Scott, And carry your first book in my duffle bag where ever I go.
The color palette is refined, and this man can probably pull off things that I could only dream of. I have no doubt that the clothing and the shoes are of excellent quality. But doesn’t every garment look ill-fitted as opposed to relaxed? Doesn’t your eye travel down his body and rest where his shirt meets his pants?
Wow. I’m amazed at all the positive reviews here. Absolutley nothing I like about this fellow’s look; from the stubbly haircut, untrimmed beard, pretentious sweater over the shoulders and right down to the lack of socks. Uncool in the extreme IMO.