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post #31 of 62
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post
To cut through all of this pseudo-fashionista bullshit, here's some pseudo-scientific bullshit: ...

Well, I'm convinced.
post #32 of 62
Does this apply to maroon socks too? :\\
post #33 of 62
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post
They're like sneakers on a telephone wire. It means the wearer has drugs to sell.
is that what that means!?
post #34 of 62
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post
is that what that means!?

He'd be pretty uncomfortable up there on the wire, no?
post #35 of 62
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Originally Posted by ohm View Post
Does this apply to maroon socks too? :\\

Yes. But to lesser degree. Colorblindness while hereditary, is not binary.
Maroon socks may be seen as gray or even brown, where the extent of
penetration of the genetic expression is not as great. In other words,
for those who are "less colorblind" maroon may be seen as maroon or brown
but for the "very colorblind", maroon would be seen as gray or even black.
post #36 of 62
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post
To cut through all of this pseudo-fashionista bullshit, the prevalence
of red socks, especially in the United Kingdom is more than likely genetic.
It is well known that colorblindness is more common among males
in northern and western Europe, particularly the British Isles and Normandy
and Brittany in France. According to the latest research, the halpotype
that is theorized to carry this trait converts the color red to gray or black
in the vision of the carrier. In these cultures male dress, in the dominant
classes, is very understated, even dull. On the basis of this analysis, the
choice of red socks, for that portion of the male population in these classes
who are colorblind, is merely an act of conformity with the paradigm of
understated dress.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_blindness

post #37 of 62
I'm liking the whole red socks thing. I now need to rebuild my wardrobe around them.
post #38 of 62
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post
is that what that means!?

Yes, at least according to popular lore it used to be (may still be, I don't know) a way of signaling that drugs could be bought at that corner.

Or, of course, it could just mean that some kid got picked on on the way home from school, and his shoes were thrown up there so he couldn't reach them.
post #39 of 62
I never saw the Constantine movie, but my understanding is that Keanu Reeves mopes his way through it as some sort of supernatural devil-hunter (or something). Is the guy with the red socks (and red tie!) supposed to represent the devil? Is this a typically heavy handed Hollywood device to let the audience know what is going on? Has anyone seen the movie? Does this make sense?
post #40 of 62
The French are at it too (though Fillon's wife is English - perhaps she buys his socks) You can "subscribe" to Gammarelli socks here: http://www.meschaussettesrouges.com/ I like the red and violet. Oh and a little historical and political background in this curious but rather interesting blog: http://bloggingyoungfogey.blogspot.c...cked-fops.html
post #41 of 62
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Originally Posted by porcelain monkey View Post
I never saw the Constantine movie, but my understanding is that Keanu Reeves mopes his way through it as some sort of supernatural devil-hunter (or something). Is the guy with the red socks (and red tie!) supposed to represent the devil? Is this a typically heavy handed Hollywood device to let the audience know what is going on? Has anyone seen the movie? Does this make sense?

It's possible I suppose, but I would seriously doubt it. Incidentally he's not the devil, but a half-demon. I think the whole point is that they can't put horns on him as this would seem silly and indeed heavy handed, so they rather present him as a handsome immaculately dressed character without a hair out of place and let the rest be expressed through dialogue. When they can't give him the appearance of a monster they rather give him the appearance of the varnished yuppie without a concience. The socks I think is just to enforce the appearance and feel of british upper-class.

He has two outfits and there is no red in the other one, as far as I could tell

post #42 of 62
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Originally Posted by unjung View Post

Very insightful.
You've blown my cover


Regards,

Dr Irwin Korey
post #43 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by HHD View Post
The French are at it too (though Fillon's wife is English - perhaps she buys his socks)


You can "subscribe" to Gammarelli socks here: http://www.meschaussettesrouges.com/

I like the red and violet.

Oh and a little historical and political background in this curious but rather interesting blog:

http://bloggingyoungfogey.blogspot.c...cked-fops.html

Thanks for the tip, just ordered myself a nice pair of red gammarelli socks in merino. Largest they had was 11 and I'm 12, but hoping it'll fit anyways.

By the way, does anyone know if they make other colours than red, purple and black? And could anyone tell me if they make them in other lenghts? It's 16 degrees celcius below where I'm at, so some knee-highs would be nice.
post #44 of 62
Gammarelli? They do white as well, but they won't sell you those. Both the cotton and wool socks are thin. I have only seen over the calf length. Leon
post #45 of 62
Red, purple, blue(s), teal, pink, orange. Why would one not have a selection of socks as you do a selection of ties.

I normally get comments on my socks. Some people rave on how "brave" I am while others think I am out of touch with reality(this said by a lady who thinks 4 buttoned suits are cutting edge) but socks are a great way of adding a little flash just like a good tie.
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