If I try to wear socks under breeches or tights then either the socks slide down to my ankles or the pants bunch under my knees. Boots go on a lot easier if they can slide over socks--and the tight leather keeps the socks smooth and in place.
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Last edited by armchair_Quaterback; May. 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM.
Looks like I am in the minority with socks under breeches. I guess I do that because I predominantly where half chaps and paddocks so I don't worry about slipping into my tall boots (but talls are zips anyway, so I have socks under for talls, too). I don't like the "dent" for lack of better word my breeches make on my leg with a tall sock pushing the breeches against my skin. Plus, I love all my riding socks, which are not cheap, so I hate the thought of stretching them out!
But I have learned something here. I didn't even think of wearing the sport sock under and thin nylon sock over. That is a good idea on show days. The things you learn here...
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Under. It doesn't matter what breeches I'm wearing - velcro closure feels funky/bunched up if the sock is over, and elastic bottoms dig into my ankle if the sock goes over, but not so much if it's under. Plus, I agree with ParadoxFarm that I don't like to stretch out my socks!
When I show (or otherwise wear my tall boots), I have regular socks under, but put boot socks over. I'm usually just in paddocks and half chaps, though.
Socks under with TS's because the Velcro at the cuff digs into me. Over with Ariats or schooling breeches. I have custom boots with zippers so it's not an issue in getting them on.
Few years ago, a lot of the kids were wearing ridiculous print, thin boot socks-the louder the better and preferably not a matched pair-over the breeches walking around in clogs or slip ons between classes. It was silly but kind of fun...I joined them but more because I could never find a matching pair of the wild print ones with a cat who loved socks and could get into the sock drawer
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
Ankle sock on my feet, but thin Target special socks (they are only lucky if they are on clearance- after St. Patrick's Day rocked!) over my breeches. My calf-fat got stuck in the zipper once. Never again!
ps- I'm 5'11", so my breeches only go halfway down my calf on a good day. Naked calves make for zipper food!
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