The L.A. Times just posted the wrongest news story of all time

posted at 10:11 pm on April 7, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Not since Duranty, people, has a news organization been so horrifically wrong. On Saturday, the L.A. Times gave more credence to this execrable fiction than it has ever afforded a conservative leader or politician.

Behold the headline:
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Shouldn’t this assertion at least be attributed to some deluded hipster kid who has convinced a handful of people in Silver Lake that a 1994 middle-aged hippie dad is an inspiring fashion icon? Let’s not give it the imprimatur of a straight-up assertion of fact in a headline.

The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas.

And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 — beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies.

But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it’s suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.

The story offers as an example of this hot trend catching fi-yah, the Olsen twins donning gold Birkenstocks with ankle socks. And, although I admire the Olsen twins for their astounding entertainment alchemy—a catch phrase coupled with very little charisma became a billion-dollar business—they are the quintessential fashion plates of the Derelicte set. A barometer for determining the upper limit of silly crap the very richest of people will be wearing this season. Let’s hope this trend remains there, where it belongs.

But the author of this piece thinks this baby’s going mainstream. She closes with an equally horrific assertion:

Better hold on to those scrunchies, because you really just never know.

Okay, now she’s just screwing with me.

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Wrong on every conceivable level.

tominsd on April 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Silver Lake is just infested with freaks and weirdos of every stripe…

OmahaConservative on April 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

omg….I’m so laughing

:)

Evening All

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

socks and sandals are the worst combination of anything ever. there should be a law against it. heck, a constitutional amendment…

Sachiko on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Turrible. – Charles Barkley

I agree.

22044 on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

scrunchie?

TeeRand on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Prediction(?): Next seen on the runways of Paris for Summer 2015:

Black socks with white sneakers…for the beach, of course.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Bonus points for the allusion to Zoolander, by the way!

22044 on April 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

It’s still better than an obama t-shirt.

Flange on April 7, 2014 at 10:18 PM

…it’s L.A!…heh?

KOOLAID2 on April 7, 2014 at 10:19 PM

LOL! Now they are cow-tipping smart cars. Awesome…

OmahaConservative on April 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Oh, HELL no!

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:20 PM

It is fashionable…with the elderly & with metrosexuals.

itsnotaboutme on April 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

The L.A. Times just posted the wrongest news story of all time

You forgot “most.” As in, The L.A. Times just posted the most wrongest news story of all time.

It just needed that additional punch of wrongness for clarity.

rogaineguy on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

itsnotaboutme on April 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Fastest way to spot a Yankee in FL during tourist season…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Wearing socks with sandals is suddenly fashionable
The much-derided combination of socks with sandals is trending with celebrities, fashion industry insiders and street style stars.
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An Obomination!!!

Somebody needs to be STONED for this!!!!

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

scrunchie?

TeeRand on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Elastic hair tie covered in fabric in a ruffly arrangement, TR

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Slow news night, I guess.

Corporal Tunnel on April 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

And you thought it was just on YOUR side of the state… :P

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

In fact, men shouldn’t wear sandals at all except to the beech or a public shower.

Warner Todd Huston on April 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

One word, nerd. Socks and sandals only if you are a senior citizen and don’t give a rat’s behind how you look.

major dad on April 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Sorry, beach. Spelled that wrong.

Warner Todd Huston on April 7, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I find it more to be our Canadian guests and those over a certain age lol

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Ahh, but you forget. I started on the West Coast of FL!!! They are “statewide.”

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I’ve been ahead of the times since 1983

rogaineguy on April 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

I thought this was going to be about 7.1 million enrollments.

faraway on April 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Michigander fish-belly white retirees and Canadians on this side…as well as other Yankees who want to wear sandals with their hoodies in 45 degree weather, Just Because…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:28 PM

True, I keep forgetting that part.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Nix, nein, no way, Not. Feckin’. Even.

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:31 PM

So I’ve been fashionable for the last 15 years… who knew… <— Insert devious laughter here…

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Sorry canopfor…..but I get the biggest chuckle on our Canadian friends that wear the sandals/socks but complete the ensemble with one pattern of shorts and another patterned shirts.

And let’s not forget the beach hat!!!! lol

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Sign up on Obamacare and get a free pair of socks and sandals!

MT on April 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

[Looks for elephant gun...realizes never had one to start with...heads to corner and cries softly...need chocolate...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

lol yep Newtie….West Coast = MI and Midwest; East Coast = NYers and NE people

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Millennials love to show up to job interviews in sandals.

This results in them not being hired. How can you take someone serious who shows up to a job interview dressed like that? You also can’t wear sandals TO WORK IN IT. You can have things fall on your feet. You often are stepping over electrical cables… You should show up for an interview looking like you are ready to do the job you want to be hired to do!

ConstantineXI on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

The one that has guano all over it and “Darn Florida Seagulls” embroidered on it?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Vacation = license to wear the worst outfit you can.

22044 on April 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Silver Lake is just infested with freaks and weirdos of every stripe…

OmahaConservative on April 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM

What about FireDogLake?

Lanceman on April 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I give credit to all the priests who started this trend with their stylish sock/sandal combo.

MominVermont on April 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

[Looks for elephant gun...realizes never had one to start with...heads to corner and cries softly...need chocolate...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 PM

<— Pats Newtie gently on shoulder… I'm a Rock Star, we dress ourselves any damned way we feel comfortable and don't give a damned what anyone else thinks… To quote Eddie Van Halen, "We are not like this because we are Rock Stars, we are Rock Stars because this is how we are”.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Dude, you *have* to embed this with the thread. Simply *must*.

So Random – Socks With Sandals

Saw this with my kids watching Disney a few years back – prophetic!

Midas on April 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

April Fool’s Day was six days ago. Someone didn’t get the memo. Getty Images took that picture on April 1st, so do the math.

BigGator5 on April 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

In Europe, if you see someone wearing socks with sandals, you can bet that person is a German tourist. True story.
And lest the appearance of “Europe” in my previous sentence would suggest otherwise, the geography adds no fashionability to the trend.

Glenn Jericho on April 7, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming!

vnvet on April 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

So I’ve been fashionable for the last 15 years… who knew… <— Insert devious laughter here…

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Oh, how the mighty rock stars have fallen!

From body glitter, AquaNet, and naked, sweating groupies to socks-n-sandals. What a pity!

Crush our remaining ‘living vicariously as a rock star’ dreams by admitting that you wear black socks on the beach and have skinny legs that are whiter than any of Robert KKK Byrd’s sheets ever were.

Le sigh.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:38 PM

[Dries eyes...wipes nose...*honk!*...realizes Oscar can't help it...shrugs shoulders...makes Special Brownies and Sleepy Milk for hall monitors...offers sample to Oscar...helps self to same...smiles...]

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Sorry canopfor…..but I get the biggest chuckle on our Canadian friends that wear the sandals/socks but complete the ensemble with one pattern of shorts and another patterned shirts.

And let’s not forget the beach hat!!!! lol

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

CoffeeLover:

Lol,….no offense taken ..ya I’ve seen
that combo,….personally,..me dislikes
sandals/flippy/floppys!!-:)

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Crush our remaining ‘living vicariously as a rock star’ dreams by admitting that you wear black socks on the beach and have skinny legs that are whiter than any of Robert KKK Byrd’s sheets ever were.

Le sigh.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 10:41 PM

ROTFLMAO… Oh I never wear black socks… I only own white socks… I have 900 pairs of identical while socks. I never struggle to find matching socks, on a count of they all match… <— Insert evil laughter here…

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hey (waving) there’s my great northern pal :)

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

What, what – ‘rock star’ what? How’d I miss this?

Elaborate! Fellow musicians who used to play professionally but never made ‘star’ status are curious! lol

Midas on April 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:32 PM

What, what – ‘rock star’ what? How’d I miss this?

Elaborate! Fellow musicians who used to play professionally but never made ‘star’ status are curious! lol

Midas on April 7, 2014 at 10:47 PM

What is to elaborate on? Once upon a time, way back when the Universe was still young (or at least I was) I played guitar, was famous for doing so, then lost my job, and became a nobody. You know, the usual normal routine for Rock Stars.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:51 PM

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Hey (waving) there’s my great northern pal :)

CoffeeLover on April 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

CoffeeLover: Back at cha CL:0

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:58 PM

In Europe, if you see someone wearing socks with sandals, you can bet that person is a German tourist. True story.

“The bigger the German, the smaller the Speedo.”
True story, as well.

orangemtl on April 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

The sin of socks ‘n sandals

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

When I’m King, wearing sandals at all will be classified as a misdemeanor. Because feet. Ugly-*ss things.

The addition of socks will render it a capital offense. Because Fugly.

orangemtl on April 7, 2014 at 11:06 PM

“The bigger the German, the smaller the Speedo.”
True story, as well.

orangemtl on April 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM

That does double for the Greeks.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Hmmmmmmm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I’ll just go with “no comment”, and be done.

listens2glenn on April 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

Manolo caught George W Bush in crocs and presidential socks. Grounds for impeachment!

Laurence on April 7, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Only liberal obama lovers wear sandals and socks.

nobama1267 on April 7, 2014 at 11:23 PM

There’s nothing more comfortable than socks with sandals. That’s why old guys with sore feet who just don’t give a f… what anyone thinks anymore wear them.

As the population ages, the headline just might someday come true.

fadetogray on April 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

What is to elaborate on? Once upon a time, way back when the Universe was still young (or at least I was) I played guitar, was famous for doing so, then lost my job, and became a nobody. You know, the usual normal routine for Rock Stars.

oscarwilde on April 7, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Ah, well. It’s fun while it lasts, is it not? ;) Play much anymore? Would love to hear more sometime.

Midas on April 7, 2014 at 11:45 PM

socks and sandals are the worst combination of anything ever. there should be a law against it. heck, a constitutional amendment…

Sachiko on April 7, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Just went and purchased a new suit for job interviews – just got laid off. I happen to like suspenders (braces) and had them sew on some suspender buttons. And the store clerk (can’t really call her a haberdasher) felt she needed to tell me not to wear a belt when I’m wearing suspenders. Duh! Like I didn’t know that.

Mitoch55 on April 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Suddenly I feel like the world is a blue suit and I’m a pair of brown shoes……

itsspideyman on April 8, 2014 at 12:54 AM

Socks & Crocs is totally acceptable in Michigan winter!! Spring time in MI, 49 degrees & the kids are wearing shorts.

Scandall on April 8, 2014 at 1:16 AM

I feel wrong when I slip on my Sperrys over white socks to go out in the morning to get the paper.

Oops, sorry, that was another lifetime.

bbhack on April 8, 2014 at 2:54 AM

Can it be done “ironically”?

Or just as a prank? I wore mis-matched socks to work, just to freak out a co-worker. Very effective, I might add.

ReggieA on April 8, 2014 at 3:43 AM

Damned hipsters.

jix on April 8, 2014 at 4:17 AM

What about socks, sandals AND scrunchies????

Actually, I don’t give a rat’s behind what’s fashionable. Like a lot of guys, I judge based on smell. “*sniff*….yeah, that shirt has another day in it.” or “*sniff*….well, maybe if I air it out on the porch overnight..”

In any sane world, fashion (form) would follow function. And that means we’d have socks combined with sandals…

OH WAIT…SOLD OUT! http://www.amazon.com/Bluw-Silly-Socks-Sandals/dp/B007HZ1T7Y

ProfShadow on April 8, 2014 at 4:18 AM

PS: Read the reviews….some are hilarious!

I especially like:
“I gave these socks to my co worker for his secret santa gift and he loves them. he wears them every day and I think he even got laid once or twice because of them”

I might just have to get a pair….for a friend. Yeah, a friend.

ProfShadow on April 8, 2014 at 4:23 AM

Michigander fish-belly white retirees and Canadians on this side…as well as other Yankees who want to wear sandals with their hoodies in 45 degree weather, Just Because…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 7, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Please do not begrudge us our Florida vacations and retirement homes. I’m in Florida on vacation from horrendous Michigan right now.

Over and over again this year, it was -something degrees, and it snowed non-stop. Once, air temp was -18. Do you know what 45 degrees feels like when you’re used to -10 day after day?

I hate Michigan, I really do. Nothing “pure” about the place. **grumble grumble**

Grace_is_sufficient on April 8, 2014 at 4:49 AM

NOFX – Jeff Wears Birkenstocks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4DtpEOpT8A

WhatSlushfund on April 8, 2014 at 5:39 AM

Thank you, LA Times. Thank you for validating my socks and sandals fashion faux pas.

BigAlSouth on April 8, 2014 at 5:51 AM

On cooler days, I proudly rock my socks with sandals. I don’t want it to be cool. I like to be a rebel.

MJBrutus on April 8, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Los Angeles Times. Everything you need to know.

clippermiami on April 8, 2014 at 6:23 AM

What’s next, sandals with bunions and toenail fungus?

Nomennovum on April 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

What’s next, sandals with bunions and toenail fungus?

Nomennovum on April 8, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Mules and mu-mus.

CurtZHP on April 8, 2014 at 7:47 AM

To paraphrase Wolfgang Pauli, this isn’t even wrong.

rbj on April 8, 2014 at 7:54 AM

OK, Two things;

1. Is this some kind of late April Fools joke? Another poster has noted that the photo data is April 1. It certainly sounds like a joke.

2. What is wrong with Scrunchies? I realize they are no longer in fashion, but for the time (Late 1980′s) They were fine. Like Top hat and Tails in the 1890′s for men, a sweater and a scrunchie was the height of teen fashion for girls in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s. That is to say, they went with the clothes of the era. They certainly aren’t comparable to Socks with Sandals. Those have ALWAYS been out of fashion.

wearyman on April 8, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Black socks with white sneakers…for the beach, of course.

Resist We Much on April 7, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Young lads who play competitive tennis started this trend new again a few years ago.

HonestLib on April 8, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Dwight Schrute call your office.

Akzed on April 8, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Euroweenies

Philly on April 8, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Look, people. As long as those thin satin neckties with the piano keyboard silkscreened on them don’t come back, we’re good.

CurtZHP on April 8, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Socks and sandals? Only on commercial airliners.

HiJack on April 8, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Wow, combine this with some dirty cut-off shorts and a Yessongs T-Shirt and you have my 70′s high school look down pat.

well i guess that tells you all about my social standing back then.

Tom Servo on April 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM

I don’t wear sandals, but if I did and decided to wear socks I would tell everyone to go to hell.
I love not having a mouth filter, the moment I turned 40 I turned it off and life is so much easier :)
heh I just might find some goldfish shoes, turn them into sandals put on some knee length argyle socks and walk around in speedo and a wife beater shirt this summer :)

dmacleo on April 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Oh, you poor misguided youngsters.

Only with advancing age will you enjoy the joy of actual liberation from the chains of silly conventions like this one. You have all accepted like sheep the dictates of some anonymous fashion fascist of long ago.

Youth? Rebellious? Forget it. Youth march in lockstep with their own brand of fashion and rigid social compliance.

Only when your wrinkles are sufficiently wrinkly that you give up worrying about them, when you start plucking the dark hairs from your head because they ruin the silvery sheen of your coif will you understand the dictum “Be true to yourself”.

Yes, get old enough and socks with sandals start to make sense- because they’re COMFORTABLE. Plaid shirt with floral shorts? Sure- why do a load of laundry just so your outfit matches?

With seniority, life becomes distilled down to the essentials- avoiding getting down on your hands and knees for any reason what so ever.

So swoon if you must over the LA Times little prank- we old farts are sniggering at you behind your back.

Pless1foEngrish on April 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Somebody needs to be STONED for this!!!!

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

I’m thinking the people involved with this are already stoned………..

GWB on April 8, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Wait…I thought it was Guyheels.

ronsfi on April 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM

An Obomination!!!

Somebody needs to be STONED for this!!!!

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

But Obama is already stoned!

Steve Z on April 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Well, in my opinion, using the word “wrongest” is just as bad a s wearing socks with sandals.

earlgrey on April 8, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I’ve always been a socks with sandals kind of guy…of course, no one has ever accused me of being fashionable.

fast richard on April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Hey, when the hair accessories industries comes up with something for us girls with thick hair, then we’ll let the scrunchy die. You could take a picture of me standing in front of the clips and barrettes at Wal-Mart and caption it, “futility.” I refuse to lose cool points for a necessity.

Zoomie on April 8, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Somebody needs to be STONED for this!!!!

canopfor on April 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Who stones the stoner?

Flange on April 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

I think any sock wore with a birkenstock must be an ankle sock and no higher.

Anything else is uncouth.

portlandon on April 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Socks and sandals are in? I’m fashionable? How’d that happen?

theCork on April 8, 2014 at 11:18 AM

You didn’t expect the LAT to be expending ink on things that actually matter in the world did you?
I mean, who needs news of Ukraine, or of the multitude of genocides appearing on a regular cycle within the African Contintent, and CNN has just saturated us with every conceivable angle on MH370 so there’s no need to go there.

Another Drew on April 8, 2014 at 11:25 AM

My much younger wife is always trying to spiff me up, fashion-wise, so this morning, as I dressed in my semi-dark closet, I didn’t notice that she had replaced my perfectly good black laces in my black shoes…with purple ones. I didn’t see them until I was getting into my car and thankfully, I dropped my sunglasses and had to bend over to retrieve them. Horror! I rushed back into the house and despite her objections and sad efforts to rationalize, I changed back to shoe lace sanity. I’m 60, for Christ’s sake. As fashion challenged as I may be, however, I would never wear socks and sandals.

Syd B. on April 8, 2014 at 11:30 AM

There’s only one way to combat this horrible “fashion” trend. Vocal and loud derision on every occasion.

RebeccaH on April 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Scrunchie wearers unite! Naysayers be damned. You’ll have to pry my scrunchie from my cold, dead head.

KKinFLA on April 8, 2014 at 12:09 PM

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