This is a trend for spring 2017. It is not necessarily an awful trend. There is something comforting and proudly nerdish about walking around in black ankle socks and a pair of casual slides. There’s charm in brightly-striped socks matched with floral-print sandals.
But it is a trend. And trends can look like affectations — especially in menswear. There is nothing worse than a guy who walks around with his polo collar popped and a tennis sweater tied around his neck or one who has his pants hanging “just so” off his hips. This may well be the footwear equivalent of fashion posturing. So really, tread carefully.