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.
To answer the many footwear questions: Armani drivers, no socks required. Casual, cool, summer look. Join me — Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 24, 2015
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.
Ed Werder so casual rn. pic.twitter.com/xT1UYLtBTH
— YoAnty (@YoAnty1) March 24, 2015
— J.C. Whipple (@jcwhip) March 24, 2015
Ed Werder borrowed Jerry Jones’ driving mocs pic.twitter.com/BZt6Hwgq6C
— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) March 24, 2015
@Edwerderespn Ed, nice no socks and sloppy shoes. Great look
— Sam Apodaca (@samapodaca) March 24, 2015
— Mark Westhoff (@westhoff0407) March 24, 2015
— Gaddy (@DGrev) March 24, 2015
— Eric Merkow (@emerkow) March 24, 2015
— Ryan Bafaloukos (@RyanBafo) March 24, 2015
— Charles Tyrone Kelly (@realprinceblue) March 24, 2015