Outfitter to the Olympians Ralph Lauren has unveiled Team America’s off-duty uniforms—what our countrymen will be wearing around London’s Olympic Village when they’re not asserting our athletic dominance on the rest of the world. And while the ceremony uniform is an appropriately summery affair in all white, there’s one thing that had us feeling especially patriotic: those white bucks, red brick soles and all. Ever since the Southern gentleman’s staple migrated northward, it’s become the closest thing to American ceremonial dress in summer as we’ve got. It’s a clever nod to Americana by Mr. Lauren that isn’t as kitsch as stars and stripes. And to that, we salute.

But we’d suggest that our Olympians ditch the socks—and maybe don a little gold.

—N.B.

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  • Najib Benouar