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Here's why George H.W. Bush loved wearing colorful socks

Bush once said he was a 'self-proclaimed sock man.'

Former President George H.W. Bush became somewhat of a presidential-style icon for his fun, colorful socks that he often wore during public outings.

“I’m a self-proclaimed sock man," Bush once said in an email from the Republican National Committee. "The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern - the better.”

In 2015, the GOP famously sold colorful-striped "George H.W. Bush socks."

His socks even honored his wife. Bush wore book-themed socks to Barbara Bush's funeral to celebrate her commitment to literacy. His wife of 73 years, Bush died April 17 at 92 years old, after choosing to forgo further medical treatment after a series of hospitalizations.

He followed suit on Friday, passing away just months after his wife at the age of 94.

But that wasn't the first time Bush used his foot-wear to make a statement. From American flags to Superman, here are some of Bush's iconic sock looks throughout the years.

Down Syndrome Awareness

Voting Day

Socks with his face

American flag


Classic stripes

The Houston Texans


Mixed patterns