The Obvious Faux-pas

Photo by: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Elaine loved shopping at Down Island Traders. Despite the rustic exterior, everyone in the “in-crowd” shopped there. As she entered, she stopped, shocked by what she saw. The woman sitting at a table with a latte obviously had antennae, and gills on her neck. Elaine just stared.

A salesgirl said, “Problem, miss?”

Elaine angrily gestured at the alien. “Isn’t it obvious?”

“I realize she’s an alien, miss, but we’re open-minded here. Aliens are welcome.”

“Oh, I don’t care about that.” Elaine waved dismissively. “I’m VERY open-minded.”

“So, what’s the problem?”

“Socks with sandals? Faux-pas! That has GOT to go.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers:

Author’s Notes:

Knowing nothing about fashion, I had to look this stuff up:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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48 Responses to The Obvious Faux-pas

  1. Nobbinmaug says:

    The ultimate offensive faux-pas! Well played.

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  2. Anonymous says:


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  4. trishsplace says:

    Excellent challenge to concepts! Nice one.

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  5. trentpmcd says:

    Those socks are a must. Would she rather see that latte-drinking-woman’s 8 bright purple toes per foot with their hideous yellow nails? I think not.

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  6. Dale says:

    I’m with you on that one! No socks and sandals (in public, at least)…

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  7. Dear Eric,

    Something told me to set my coffee down. No spew today…sorry. 😉 What’s even worse is old men wearing shorts with dress socks and sandals. Once seen it can’t be un-seen. Thanks for the laughs. 😀



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  8. granonine says:

    Gotta focus on what’s important, after all 🙂

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  9. Bill says:

    You have my total support. Did you know you now get knee high socks with sandals woven right in? 🙂 Yes. The knee high argyles with brown leather sandals are the worst.

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  10. That’s a definite no-no! But neck-gills are all set to be the next fashion craze I’m told!

    Here’s mine!

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  11. Dora says:

    Faux-pas! Is that something like Bah! Humbug!??? So she wanders into a Lovecraftian nightmare and all she can think of are socks. So who’s the real alien here?! 🤣🤣🤣

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  12. Right now you’ve caught me in socks with crocs! A faux pas in my own home is just about allowed!! Funny take

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  13. Sue says:

    Bwahahahaha 🤣 That last line is everything!! Bravo!

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  14. James McEwan says:

    Perhaps all aliens (I was called an alien at JFK airport) should have cultural lessons and dress code lessons – but then again why would they care.

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  15. draliman says:

    No amount of open-mindedness or tolerance will ever accept socks with sandals.

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  16. That’s the worse. Funny story!

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  17. Ha! Such fun! Thank you.

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  18. Muahahahaha! Of course, socks with sandals was the height of fashion where I grew up in Hawke’s Bay, NZ. Usually coupled with what were known as ‘walk shorts’, basically suit trousers cut short. I wish I was joking.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! I’m pretty sure it’s okay for men, but don’t quote me. I’m actually no fashion expert. Elaine would probably have worse things to say about what I’m wearing (unless holey t-shirts are in fashion now). 😉


  19. Lyn says:

    Hee Hee well it’s better than socks with flip-flops. 😀

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  20. Indira says:

    My God! So much for fashion. Comfort should come first, no?:):):)


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