My daughter and I are having a dispute about socks (not a heated dispute, more of a philosophical exercise--I am trying to pick my battles). I am of the belief that socks should be worn with shoes whenever possible. This includes sandals, like Birkenstocks, except when going somewhere like the beach. My daughter believes that socks with Birkenstocks are too "dorky" (her term) in the summer, when she is wearing shorts or a skirt. I do see her point but think that sweaty feet without socks is worse than looking dorky. And we live in the south, where it is hot and humid in the summer.