Why do middle aged, male, American tourists insist on wearing sandals, white socks and khaki shorts?

They're the ugliest thing in Manila! And there are plenty of ugly sights in Manila!

Update:

Can I insert "fat" into the description as well? Thanks you.

(Oh, and I mean no disrespect to Manila!)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Once the human male reaches middle age something happens to their genetic makeup making them dress that way. It has something to do with camouflage and the herding instinct. If they all look the same there is less chance of one of them being picked off by a pushy salesperson or the IRS.

    Also because of the chemical imbalance in the brain caused be the genes mutating it makes them think they look cool.

  • 1 decade ago

    I actually had to laugh at the images that your question conjured for me. Thinking back on most of the men in my life, there were several parts of their anatomies that rarely, if ever, saw daylight; except during bathing, or at bed time. Particularly, their feet.

    As children, boys will go barefoot as often as possible, subjecting their feet to broken glass, splinters, the errant fish hook, bug bites and stings, etc. But, as adults, memories of those past injuries to their tender well-protected peds, is not something they wish to repeat. Unfortunately, not (all) memories are long-termed. While lured to sunny, exotic locals, many a fair-complected American man of European heritage has commonly, and unwittingly, sacrificed that virginal creamy flesh to the broiling rays of the sun.

    So, one answer to your question is this: Enduring a severe sunburn, especially to the tops of your feet, vs. wearing comfortable, but ugly socks with sandals? Ugly comfort will win hands-down every time! *Smile*

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I am from the uk and have lived in Cebu for two years.I agree with you entirely.Shorts are fine,but socks with shorts and sandals are definate no-no and look ridiculous.What I dislike are the westerners who sit at malls "posing",thinking they are god's gift.I also detest the tourists that treat locals badly,are rude and think being foreign gives them special rights.By the way,I am 183cm(6 feet)and 83kg(182lbs)but I do wear shorts..no socks!

  • 1 decade ago

    Perhaps they've got ugly feet and are afraid to show it. They must be either from the Midwestern US or from the Deep South and therefore know nothing about what goes with what when going to such far-off places like the Philippines. Us west-coasters ALWAYS love to show off our feet since we go to the beach all the time.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    ppl..just don't be too hard on this girl.

    .maybe she didn't observe other nationalities around, maybe she thinks all of them are americans, which in the fact might be Australians, Canadian, English, etc.

    not only the Tourists insists on wearing that. most ..

    If you are in US or Canada, they wear it on summer or even winter because they feel comfortable or other nationalities..

    what bothers her is they are old and fat, that is the issue, not what they are wearing..

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    Source(s): traveler.
  • 1 decade ago

    Kumusta ka? now to answer your question,because they want to get a tan!! look around you in the Philippines,maganda filipinas with a nice brown skin,Filipinos with a dark color and then you have the Caucasians with their pale,pasty skin.they want to get a tan so when they go back to USA,they can tell their friends,look at me,I have a tan. its not just in Manila,Iloilo,San Jose,etc. our beautiful homeland,our home, has to be disgraced by these people. simple reason,tan.

  • 1 decade ago

    The have switched from Argyle socks to plain white. They're improving!

  • 1 decade ago

    don't bother yourself, in manila it is a humid city maybe they are not accustomed to the heat , besides not only americans even local do that

  • 1 decade ago

    Because they are of an age that allows them to not worry about causing offense to bright young things who are themselves the epitome of good taste and visual acuity!

    Apart from which, they too enjoy being so cool in their own way.

    Don't let it worry you, you will get there one day!

  • 1 decade ago

    Because they are typical middle aged, male, American tourists . If not, how on earth can you tell them apart?

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