I honestly do not know if he was joking or not. I think that the healthiest thing to believe is that he meant it.
I was walking home, after mailing a hosiery parcel, wearing my grubby grey shorts, with black footless hosiery, and black socks. A car was about to turn. A passenger in the back had a window rolled down. The fellow said, "Nice socks, man.", or something like that. I gestured with a nod, to imply thanks, and kept going.
If only we could get more people to wear.
Thank you for reading!