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How I Fell In Love With The Men’s Mini Ped Sock

Updated on May 9, 2011

I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to do it! Long have I written (with great fascination) at the men's sock craze that started a few years ago. I made fun of all the men out there who were wearing these mini socks that looked as though all they were missing was a pom pom on the back of them and a whole squad wearing them to make the look complete. But just recently my guy gave me a pair of his that had gotten too small for him and this is how I fell in love with the men's mini ped sock - Don't Get Me Started!

A history on the ped from my point of view and what the hell else is there, huh? I knew the ped from my grandmother who faithfully wore her peds with just about everything I can remember. They weren't white cotton, oh no, they were the nylon "flesh tone" variety that they used to give women in shoe stores so that they didn't try on shoes with their bare feet. This was done for hygienic reasons no doubt but you have to wonder if the fungus on someone's foot couldn't slip right through the holes in the nylon so that they could lie in wait for the next unsuspecting person to try on that pair of shoes. And as I'm writing this I'm wondering if they in fact have these peds at shoe stores any more. Hmmm...geez I hope so because even if they don't have a practical purpose, they have a psychological one and that's just as important to me.

I resisted these types of socks probably mostly because of the grandmother reference I had in my head and also because when you're an effeminate man, you want to do whatever you can to sort of, well, you know butch up. But was I? I mean, the alternative for me was to wear crew socks but I didn't want them all the way pulled up to mid-calf because that would be too nerdy so I would scrunch them down. Looking back I realize that I basically am wearing my crew socks like leg warmers and since there's no chance of me getting into the Olivia Newton-John music video "Let's Get Physical" or becoming the understudy for Flashdance The Broadway Musical (don't know that they're making one but shouldn't they? I mean I can see the big steel worker opening number as I'm writing this and between the pyrotechnics and the big muscled men sprayed to look sweaty as the Jennifer Beals character comes on looking fit and sweaty for the straightees I think it could be a huge hit!) At any rate, after my revelation or "Come to Peds" (as opposed to Jesus) as you might call it, I discovered that I really had been wearing mock leg warmers all these years and not socks at all.

It was a normal day when I decided to put on the ped socks. I was wearing my new K-Swiss tennis shoes which were cut rather low around the ankle and so I decided that if I was to wear these socks, these would be the appropriate shoes. At first I didn't even know how to put them on. Being used to giving a firm tug to get socks on I pulled hard enough to make my toes curl and to create a sort of extra sock puff in the back that looked like a second heel. It didn't take long to figure it out but it took longer than it should have, that much I can tell you. I slipped on the tennis shoes, tied them and away I went. But what was it that was making me feel so free, so alive, so I don't know...almost a feeling of being naked as the wind swished across my naughty naked ankle bones. I hoped that no one was staring at me as I knew that I had a big old grin on my face that I would never have been able to explain to anyone. Let's face it, I was hooked.

Of course I was wearing them with shorts. I can't really imagine wearing this type of sock with other pants as the pant leg scrapes across your naked ankle bone. No I think like most things, these are better used in moderation and at the appropriate times. Yes, I'll wear the mini ped sock but only with shorts my friends.

But with this admission I must also tell all of my readers who have no doubt read with shock and horror my aversion to these types of socks that I was indeed (for the fourth time in my life) wrong. There I've said it. However, I will not go back on the whole not wearing any socks with dress pants that's just gross fellas but I understand your ped wearing now and that's how I fell in love with the men's mini ped sock - Don't Get Me Started!



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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Starrkissed, "Whew - good to know they still have the nylon ones!"

      Thanks, Scott

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      starrkissed 9 years ago from Arizona

      Only socks I wear! Only I prefer ankle socks, if you please :P I used to have a pair with the cotton ball on the back, haha. Don't know how those were ever popular in any day and age, the ball just looks goofy. Anyway, they do still have those flesh tone nylon stockings in shoe stores.

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      Sean  9 years ago

      Scott - I have been wearing pedsocks for years, and for that properly preppy/cool luck, it's de reguier with khakis and oxfords. Check out the ones J Crew makes for the gays - I mean, the guys.

      Step into the 21st century, it's nice here!