Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Strange Fashion Trends from Stone Mountain, Georgia

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Stone Mountain, Georgia for the day. In the evening, we went to a Laser Light Show Spectacular (that's the actual name) and got to hang out on a wonderfully cool grassy knoll waiting for the extravaganza to begin. During this time, there were lots of children and pre-teens running around. And by running around, I mean line dancing to the music blaring from the giant speakers before the show started. I saw a LOT of Cupid Shuffle. Great stuff.

But what was so strange about it was that tons of these kids were wearing socks with no shoes. I first noticed it on a girl who was wearing one blue sock and the other foot was bare, but with an ankle bracelet.

Then I started noticing that children and pre-teens everywhere were wearing ankle socks with no shoes. It was really strange. I'd estimate that around 25 to 30 of the young people around us were wearing socks with no shoes. So, at the risk of looking super creepy, I started taking some photos of their feet to share with my readers. This is what it looked like:

I decided that the socks-sans-shoes phenomenon was the equivalent of one of those strange fashion trends that gets started in rural communities. Most likely, someone cool took off her shoes at Stone Mountain one night, but left her socks on so her feet wouldn't get dirty or something, then someone else did it. Now it has become the cool thing to do and they're putting twists on it, hence the one blue sock one bare foot. This is certainly not a negative criticism of the fashion sense of people who live outside the city, but I think it helps to explain the sock thing. Or, at least, I hope it does, because otherwise I have no clue. I've never seen this happen anywhere else and I got the feeling that a lot of these kids were hanging out at the laser light show the way my friends and I used to hang out at the skating rink or the ball park. You get your parents to drop you off and you just run around and chill in a fun, contained environment. So I'm guessing the Laser Light Show Spectacular is a skating rink situation for the young folks of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and what the cool kids do on Friday night is wear their socks without shoes and do the Cupid Shuffle on the grass.

Anyone have any idea what's going on with these socks? I had never seen it before and haven't seen it since. But I'd love to know what the deal is.


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