For you to really appreciate this, you’d probably have to know my boss. Japhet is British and he pops the collar of his Pathfinder Camporee polo shirts. Clearly I should trust his fashion sense.
So I learned the suitable thickness of the soles of shoes you wear with nice suits (thin – definitely not chunky) and the proper way “trousers” should hang on a man’s legs. When a man sits down, he should hike his pants up just a bit so you can catch a glimpse of his socks (which must be taught, not rumpled).
I always thought this meant your pants were too short. Silly me.
“You can tell a lot about a person by their socks,” Japhet said, looking down on me knowingly.
He seemed to feel like he was giving me an invaluable gem of wisdom. A bit of dating advice, perhaps. If any suitors come to your door, check their socks before you let them in!
My boss isn’t the first person who has told me that socks reveal important information about someone. I’m guessing these people think highly of someone who spends extra money for really nice socks. Maybe quality socks reflect quality character.
Right then, I made a mental note to never let my boss see my socks. To me, socks are a purely functional item of clothing – they provide warmth, prevent blisters, and probably absorb some foot sweat. But in my experience, cheap socks do all those things too. I still wear socks from high school; I don’t know why you’d get rid of socks until they have holes in them or are irreversibly dirty. But who knows, maybe my socks are way out of style by now.
I don’t know what this says about my character. Please don’t judge me.