When I grew up in the eighties I used white tennis socks, exclusively. You know those that had two stripes in different colors. Life was simple. Then in the mid-nineties I went to university where I learned, among other things, that white socks were a serious no-no. OK, fine, so I start using black socks, exclusively. Life is still good. I must admit that when it comes to fashion I'm kind of living under a rock, but in recent years I have noticed that there may be some unwritten rules out there that I might be breaking, and I finally got a revelation is forum very close to you, when I found that wearing black socks in sandals with shorts scored extremely high in a geek elistist rating. Now, I don't usually wear black socks in sandals with shorts, but I do wear black socks in sandals with jeans at work. Mind you, it's too cold to not wear socks in Norway, yet I don't want to wear shoes all day, as that would make my feet sweaty. Am I committing a fashion crime here? Also, I think I've heard something about black socks with sneakers being bad. Is that correct? What if the sneakers are black, themselves? Do I need to start maintaining a collection of different types of socks? What about brown and grey socks with diagonal crosspatterns? Are they good for anything? And what about those socks almost without a heel and an ancle? They look awfully silly to me, but should I bow to the pressure and get those, too? And if I do, what kind of shoes and what kind of pants can they go with? In general, what are the fashion rules of socks? I need some help here!