If there was ever a human exemption to every style rule, Jared Leto would be it. The actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman dresses like a shaman from another planet who spent the last fifty years living in a desert biodome. So successfully pulling off a pair of slide sandals with socks is far from his biggest fashion coup. But it’s time to dwell a bit on that decision. The outfit he wore to speak at a conference in Laguna Beach, California—ripped black jeans with pleather patches, a silk paisley-print shirt, and those plastic slide sandals with striped socks—was pretty tame compared to his standard all Gucci fare. Let us be clear: what Jared Leto wears to a work event should never be a gauge of what you (a regular man) can wear to a work event. But our interest is a bit narrower, here. Can you rock the socks-and-sandals look? And more importantly: should you?
Let’s check in with the celebs. Leto isn’t the only famous stylish dude who’s pulled the move in public recently. Justin Bieber paired his Givenchy slides with royal blue socks at church, David Beckham has been known to wear his Adidas with white tube socks, and John Mayer just wore his Visvims on a plane to Sao Paulo for his 40th birthday. It’s a regular occurrence for athletes post game, and appeared on plenty of Spring 2017 runways, from John Elliott to Prada. No less an actor than Jeff Bridges rocked tie dye socks and Adidas slides in our very own October issue. So we’re comfortable calling socks-and-sandals a definite trend, but one that should only be tried out in very specific, very casual situations—basically any place where dressing like the Big Lebowski is deemed appropriate.
A few basic rules: you really shouldn’t wear socks and sandals to the office or to a restaurant that isn’t a truck. However, here are a few places that we’ll sign off on: in the airport. After playing sports or going to the gym. On the sidelines of a child’s soccer game. And in your own backyard, go wild. In this rarest of cases, dressing like Jared Leto is something you can and should do.
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