yeah, I admit sandals aren't for everyone. maybe not even for me. I also get the argument that there's usually a better regular shoe/boot/sneaker choice and that no one wants to look at dudes' raggedy-ass feet. but, I live near the beach and it's just part of life.
also, I think cropped pants go better with bare legs than socks. unless you're doing some kind of baseball or vintage golf inspired look ;-)