Stereotypes have to come from somewhere…

I spotted this in Karlsruhe train station on my way to work yesterday. I guess it’s true what they say about the Germans… when the sun comes out, so do the socks with sandals!

So very German...
So very German…

21 thoughts on “Stereotypes have to come from somewhere…

  1. You see, on the other hand, it makes so much sense to wear socks and sandals, because you don’t end up with blisters. I totally see why the oldies do it, they just don’t care about what’s in fashion, they care about comfort. Give me another couple of decades and I’ll be joining them!

      1. Actually, those padded ones (like the ones the guy is wearing in your pic?!) shouldn’t cause any…

        But, seriously, if you have diabetes, for example, and a lot of older people have, any kinds of injuries on your feet can develop into a serious medical issue, even silly blisters.This is because blood circulation to the extremities is significantly diminished, meaning that wounds don’t heal and can develop into permanent and very painful ulcers. This is why diabetes sufferers have to go to the podiatrist (Fußpflege) regularly to get their toenails cut etc.

      2. I actually know that… Jan has diabetes. But he still doesn’t wear socks with sandals πŸ˜‰ (Actually, for walking long distances/hiking he wouldn’t wear sandals at all but some kind of closed (but breathable) shoes).

      3. Aw, poor Jan 😦

        …and he knows exactly what would happen if he wore that particular assemble, and though he may fantasise about it, he’s just not brave/mad enough to do it, lol!

      4. Hmmm… that’s made me think (instead of work, which is what I should be doing) – maybe I should do a “socks and sandals” Street Snaps edition… we sure have enough tourists in Toledo to make it viable, and ’tis the season!

  2. This is so true!! I will come clean and admit I do wear socks but only inside sometimes. When my summer shoes are out but the floor is cold πŸ˜€ I have socks on and needs shoes quick, there you have it lol but I don’t leave home…at least not yet πŸ˜‰

  3. Ah, so true. BV does rock the look inside with his Birkenstock Hausschuhe, but thankfully he doesn’t even own white socks. And as soon as it’s time to go outside, he changes. If he tried to pull that nonsense in public, we would have to have a discussion. πŸ™‚

    1. LOL, Jan has his indoor Birkenstocks as well, and he wears them with socks if his feet are cold, but would NEVER wear socks with sandals outdoors. And I think he owns 1 pair of white sports socks (purchased by his mum!), but I don’t even remember the last time they appeared in the wash basket… he’d have to be seriously running out of socks before he ever put them on πŸ˜‰

  4. I’ve seen it quite a bit in other countries as well. In Latvia little kids are very often dressed in sandals and socks, however men definitely do it too. But my personal favorite example of this was back when I lived in Germany in 7th grade – the German language teacher frequently wore bright pink socks with his Birks.

    1. Bright pink socks! Oh wow… that takes the biscuit!

      Little kids are allowed. I’m fairly sure white sandals paired with the kind of white ankle socks that have frills around the top featured in my childhood πŸ˜‰

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