Today is, of course, May 8. “Yeah, so what?” you may mutter. Well, that means that it’s No Socks Day! In celebration, here are six of our favourite movie characters who decided that those warm woolly foot tubes just weren’t their scene.
Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) – The Fifth Element (1997)
In a movie full of great characters, Leeloo still managed to stand out. Perhaps it was her spectacular entrance into the life of cab driver Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), or maybe it was just her initial penchant for going sock-free? After all, why would a humanoid weapon need foot protection anyway?
Jack (Jason Schwartzman) – The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
One of three brothers catching up while catching a train in India, Jack remains resolutely barefoot throughout. Has he set himself a personal challenge to endure all that India can throw at his tootsies, or his he just kind of stupid? We’ve no idea, but at least he wouldn’t have smelly socks.
Ruth Barron (Kate Winslet) – Holy Smoke (1999)
OK, this is a pretty easy one. You’re a Sydney chick who never questioned the need for socks. Probably. But then you head off to India, discover a funky guru, fall hook, line and sinker for his shtick and undergo a spiritual awakening. Like, you know, real world possessions are such a drag, man. Even socks.
John McClane (Bruce Willis) – Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard is the action fan’s Chrissie movie staple, and McClane is one of the greatest action characters ever. But damn, man! Going barefoot with all of that glass around? Mind you, the photo here was taken just after he’d stepped on some LEGO. He may be a hard man – but he has very soft feet.
River Tam (Summer Glau) – Serenity (2005)
OK, so she eschewed socks and shoes more in its TV forerunner Firefly, but as devoted Whedonites we had to get something in here somewhere. As far as we’re concerned, after all the crap that River has gone through in her life she can do what she wants – including rocking bovver boots when not going sock-free.
The Dude (Jeff Bridges) – The Big Lebowski (1998)
Socks? No socks? He’s The Dude. Enough said.