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Old 04-06-16, 08:13 AM
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Should My Cycling Socks Match Each Other?

I have a couple of pair of socks where one has a huge whole in the heel or toe but the other is perfectly fine. It seems such a waste to toss a pair of socks because one is defective. Is it o.k. to mix them up, or will people make fun of me and call me a Fred behind my back or even to my face?

Thanks in advance for your advise.
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It only matters if one is red and the other green. In that case the red (port wine colored) must be on the left foot and the green on the right.
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Your call. I would probably just get some new socks. If budget is an issue, you can get perfectly serviceable athletic socks at Target or Costco. Just bought my son a pack of 6 for $7.99 from Costco. They are low rise, thin, made of some sort of wicking material, and are white with a little black design at the top. Maybe not as cool looking as dedicated cycling socks, but better than wearing mismatched ones.
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You "half" to be careful, there is a "thin" line as "two" what you can get by with. My wife says I cross that line many times, sometimes all in ''1" clothing of myself. The "hole" problem starts with socks.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I have a couple of pair of socks where one has a huge whole in the heel or toe but the other is perfectly fine. It seems such a waste to toss a pair of socks because one is defective. Is it o.k. to mix them up, or will people make fun of me and call me a Fred behind my back or even to my face?

Thanks in advance for your advise.
It's only okay if you remove the winter air from your tires and replace it with summer air. If you do that, the sock thing won't be an issue and you'll be the envy of Freds worldwide.
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Old 04-06-16, 09:58 AM
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I'm a professional. A lot of my business depends on attracting new clients and keeping the ones I have. Some of that business comes from colleagues recommending me.

In my case, I would not be caught dead in non-matching socks. The last thing I need is a potential client or recommendation see me and think "wow, Roadwanderer sure looks like a slob today, I wonder if that lack of attention to detail translates to his work?"

I've said before I don't care what people think about what I wear, but that's only true to a point. I go out of my way to never look slovenly or disorganized.

If you're in a similar position to me, I would definitely think twice before doing it. On the other hand, I've been accused of being too careful in the past and this could just be one of those things.

If you're retired, or don't have a job where people's perception of you is a significant factor, go for it. You don't have to answer to anyone of that kind of thing in any way that matters.
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Should My Cycling Socks Match Each Other?

I always wear a black sock on my left foot, and white one on my right foot.

How on earth does anyone know which sock to put on which foot otherwise?
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I always laugh and point at people wearing mismatched socks.

I thought that's why they did it?
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I don't wave back to 'cyclists' wearing mismatched socks.
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I have a quirky brother-in-law that wears non matching socks to work. Every day. On purpose.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I have a quirky brother-in-law that wears non matching socks to work. Every day. On purpose.
Mismatched socks occasionally is carelessness, desperation or just getting dressed in the dark. But mismatched socks daily is a statement.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Mismatched socks occasionally is carelessness, desperation or just getting dressed in the dark. But mismatched socks daily is a statement.
I agree
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Originally Posted by Roadwanderer View Post
I'm a professional. A lot of my business depends on attracting new clients and keeping the ones I have. Some of that business comes from colleagues recommending me.

In my case, I would not be caught dead in non-matching socks. The last thing I need is a potential client or recommendation see me and think "wow, Roadwanderer sure looks like a slob today, I wonder if that lack of attention to detail translates to his work?"

I've said before I don't care what people think about what I wear, but that's only true to a point. I go out of my way to never look slovenly or disorganized.

If you're in a similar position to me, I would definitely think twice before doing it. On the other hand, I've been accused of being too careful in the past and this could just be one of those things.

If you're retired, or don't have a job where people's perception of you is a significant factor, go for it. You don't have to answer to anyone of that kind of thing in any way that matters.

That sucks that you have a job that depends on looking "pristine" while you are cycling. What happens if you get caught in the rain during a ride and a potential client sees you looking like a drowned rat?
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That sucks that you have a job that depends on looking "pristine" while you are cycling. What happens if you get caught in the rain during a ride and a potential client sees you looking like a drowned rat?
Not pristine. Organized. There's a range.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I have a quirky brother-in-law that wears non matching socks to work. Every day. On purpose.
My wife and her husband are like that, too.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
It only matters if one is red and the other green. In that case the red (port wine colored) must be on the left foot and the green on the right.
Exactly and remember always to give two long and two short whistle blasts when overtaking on the red sock side.
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I typically buy 8-10 pairs of the same color.

no matching required.
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I typically buy 8-10 pairs of the same color.

no matching required.
That's what I do too.
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I typically buy 8-10 pairs of the same color.

no matching required.
I tried that, but then experienced complete paralysis when I couldn't figure out which sock went with which to match the original pairings as purchased. Couldn't ride for weeks until I completed therapy.
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It only matters if one is red and the other green. In that case the red (port wine colored) must be on the left foot and the green on the right.

Since red is the fastest sock color, won't that make your left leg spin faster than your right leg?
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I prefer Maize and Blue, myself.
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Socks is the one item where you can go crazy. No inhibitions, allow yourself to do whatever you feel like!
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That sucks that you have a job that depends on looking "pristine" while you are cycling. What happens if you get caught in the rain during a ride and a potential client sees you looking like a drowned rat?
Just show them Rule #9 .
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Socks is the one item where you can go crazy. No inhibitions, allow yourself to do whatever you feel like!
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Since red is the fastest sock color, won't that make your left leg spin faster than your right leg?
Actually, Red Sox are associated with arrogant fans, steroid cheating, and eating fried chicken in the dugout, while Black Sox are associated with throwing a World Series to pay off bookies.
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