Sock subscription service Socked.co.uk has conducted new research that explains just what your socks say about you, and concludes that a considered choice of sock will put you streets ahead of the crowd.
Mark Hall, Gentleman Creation Officer at socked.co.uk, said: "Colours are used to help create your persona, your desired image; and wearing a particular colour of socks will influence the way others relate to you. Pick the right colour, and you're already winning. Pick the wrong colour, and you could just come across in the wrong way."
"Our research shows that the only colour a gentleman should wear on his feet is black. Don't take chances with the wrong coloured socks."
What do your socks say about you?
Worn by: Gentlemen. Well-dressed villains
The classic black speaks authority, power, sophistication and mystery. Stylish and timeless, black socks remain the first and only choice for the gentleman around town.
Worn by: Eighties throwbacks. Commercial radio DJs
While white usually portrays innocence and purity, in a sock it is a mortal sin, especially when worn with open-toed sandals. White socks are also the tell-tale sign of the gym-goer too lazy to get changed after a work-out. Avoid white-sockers - they are up to no good.
Worn by: Bankers. Vicars
Neither black nor white, neither here nor there, grey socks portray a dull life built on compromise, boredom and poor laundry skills. You may put your trust a man in grey socks, but could live to regret it.
Worn by: Would-be Casanovas. Politicians
Confrontational, emotionally intense, and quick to anger. Red cars are most the popular choice of stolen car, red socks are not.
Worn by: Attention-seekers. The office joker
When he's not wearing his Homer Simpson socks, the joker thinks yellow socks are cool. The most difficult colour for the eye to take in, people in yellow socks get inadvertently kicked in the shins more than any social group.
Worn by: Gardeners. Librarians (male and female)
Good, solid and reliable people, brown betrays a serious down-to-earth personality that is quite happy to sit in the background like a wallflower. There is probably a brown-socker within ten feet of you now, and you haven't noticed.
Worn by: Traffic wardens. Doctors
Blue projects an image of success and security. High street store signs are often blue, as this tells the consumer they are a dynamic, growing brand. You can certainly trust a blue sock wearer with your life, but with the nagging doubt that they don't quite have the confidence to wear black.
Worn by: Lottery winners. Premier League footballers
Gold signifies success, achievement and extravagant triumph, yet is entirely impractical in everyday footwear. A sign of conspicuous consumption, no true gentleman – whatever his wealth – would flaunt his bank balance with so little class.
Worn by: Cyclists, Nobody over the age of eleven
'See and be seen' we say, and we are all for cyclists wearing fluorescent colours as part of their everyday bike kit, providing they change into something less eye-catching the moment they reach their destination.
Worn by: People who dress in the dark. Derelicts, curs and ruffians
The odd sock wearer is an emotionally unstable, attention-seeking wastrel. The only cure for odd socks is to burn the lot and start from scratch with a socked.co.uk subscription