Setting aside statement socks and calf garters, the run of the mill socks could be described as foot underwear. They have no status with the average male though they may with the occasional sock fetishist. In the process of examining feet in the office for many years I found people were often reluctant to remove their socks.If they came with a problem with a single foot it was always necessary for me to examine the other foot in comparison. I always asked them to remove the other sock to compare the feet. This provided some discomfiture to the occasional patient who had taken the precaution to wash only the problematic foot.
I don't recall ever seeing memorable socks on any male because perhaps they are under the radar. I guess it's the fate of the unseen and unappreciated that they are neglected. Covered up by the shoe below and trouser leg above, and coping with sweaty feet, over long toenails, stones in the shoe, projecting heel callouses and corns, hammer toe, fasciitis, steeped in athletes foot fungus, and constantly rubbed by old shoe leather! What a life of duress for the unloved. Damned by life shortening toe and heel holes. They are never darned in this day and age as I observe, though my mother darned socks in the olden days. When I was a student I tried to darn but ended up just sewing the edges together so the socks became too small. A useful alternative was to cut my toenails.
At least my mother and I tried to care for what can truly be described as the down trodden!