OK, so on the important sock questions. I (like mimo/Christ/Al) am a committed sockist - at least inside the shoe. I would like to get the sockless look, however. (I am a true poseur.)
Banana Republic loafer socks are fine in, say, low cut Chucks, but they still show when I wear them with actual loafers (so I don't). Who can suggest something lower? (I've seen praise for Falke, but can't tell if they are actually lower.)
there's the mall-based shoe store Journeys. they carry God-awful "shoes" and sneaks for the kids but they do have invisible socks for loafers. I think I got a pack w/ 4 or 5 pairs for about $10.