Hue is noticing a disturbing trend among scalawag youths these days: shoes without socks. Socks have a practical application: absorbing perspiration and inhibiting ungainly odors. An aesthetic one, too, as they cover up embarrassing ankle nudity. Yet some would throw caution to the winds and go sockless for the sake of style. Bah.
FIT alum Ouigi Theodore, co-owner of the Brooklyn Circus, was recently spotted in Brooklyn without socks.
Ouigi: I’m sockless today.
Hue: Shame on you.
Ouigi: Some shoes are more comfortable without socks. I wear a lot of canvas shoes without socks. Why I didn’t wear them today, there’s no explanation.
Hue: How do you deal with the embarrassing foot odor?
Ouigi: Your feet will stink more in sneakers. These aren’t too bad.
Hue: (Disapproving silence.)
Ouigi: Sometimes I wear quarter socks. You can’t see them but they’re there.
(Ouigi and his store, the Brooklyn Circus, is featured in the fall issue of Hue. Wearing socks, of course.)