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Sockless Ed Werder defies fashion police, causes Twitter stir

(L-R) ESPN NFL reporters Sal Paolantonio, John Clayton and Ed Werder, who decided to go sockless on air.
(L-R) ESPN NFL reporters Sal Paolantonio, John Clayton and Ed Werder, who decided to go sockless on air.

As ESPN NFL coordinating producer Mike Cambareri noted in a Front Row interview on Monday, the NFL Annual Meeting is perhaps the most relaxed event on the pro football calendar. According to Cambareri, even Bill Belichick has shown up at the owners meetings in sandals.

In perhaps a nod to the New England Patriots coach’s sense of style, NFL reporter Ed Werder appeared on ESPN’s airwaves from the meeting in Phoenix today clad in Armani shoes but sans socks. His apparel decision caused a stir among some men’s style mavens watching, as the Twitter posts below attest.

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Analysts Herm Edwards (l), Sal Paolantonio, Chris Mortensen and Bill Polian filming an NFL Live segment.

While NFL analyst Herm Edwards (pictured above, far left) is famed for his socks sensibility, Werder should know that he’s in good company among those eschewing socks – apparently Hollywood types such as Jude Law and Ryan Gosling like to bare their soles in shoes. NBA star and fashion plate Russell Westbrook has an ESPN brother in Armanis.





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