So you have a smooth enough floor or surface, maybe recently and constantly waxed, comparable to ice. Socks likewise are made for comfort to protect feet, but are smooth underneath and just as good as ice skates. Put 'em together and, bam, your own little makeshift ice rink, just without the coldness and the whole balancing thing.
Though since you're not able to, y'know, brake, good chance you'll end up on your bum or into a wall, or worse, crashing into another person. Hey, still fun though.
Compare "Risky Business" Dance, which starts off this way.
- Himouto! Umaru-chan: When Umaru visits Sylphynford's manor (under her U.M.R persona), Sylph shows her around, sliding along a wood floor at one point in her stockings.
- One Far Side comic depicts a child wearing socks being chased around a table by wolves.◊ The caption reads "Luposlipaphobia: The fear of being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor".
- According to the popup edition of High School Musical 2, during the open musical number, the cheerleaders and most of the cast had taken off their shoes in order for them to glide easily when dancing on the polished floors.
- Risky Business had the main character, Joel, doing the iconic scene of sliding across the floor in his socks before rocking out to Bob Segar's "Old Time Rock and Roll". He likewise does it several times during the song.
- In Titanic (1997), Jack invites Rose into the hold after going through a stuffy dinner party with the wealthy of the ship to dance with the lower class passengers. She removes her shoes to get more traction while dancing with Jack.
- In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Jake attempts the "Full Bullpen", in which he tries to slide all the way across the office floor after it's freshly waxed after taking off his shoes. He succeeds, but accidentally slides into the elevator and crashes into Holt. To everyone's surprise, Holt congratulates him for it.
- In an episode of The Inbetweeners, Will does this in the recreation centre at a caravan campground, sliding around on a highly polished floor in hope of impressing a girl, however this instead annoys her and ruins his chance of getting laid. note
- In an episode of Night Court, Art, the janitor, decides he needs to do a lot of thinking after screwing up his chance to get close to Christine. The next day, we see he waxed the floor so thoroughly that everybody in the courtroom is struggling to keep from slipping and falling. The episode ends with Dan obliviously striding in, and falling.
- In the story Biblio in Ensemble Stars!, Hajime amuses himself on a rainy day by sliding through the school hallways in his socks, explaining to Midori that since his family is poor he's used to looking for easy ways to have fun.
- Arthur: "D.W. on Ice" had D.W. agreeing to go ice skating with Emily and promising to teach James how to skate. She practices by sliding around on the floor of her house in her pantyhose, slamming into Arthur just as he gets home at one point. Arthur points out sliding in pantyhose and ice skating are two different things.
- Braceface: In "Funny Business", Sharon decides to try her hand again at ballet, having dropped it when she was little, and participates in a beginner class. Not having a leotard or ballet shoes (since it was an impromptu decision to join in as she was visiting the rec center where the classes were held), she tries to get by by taking off her shoes and doing the exercises in her socks. Slipping up a few times since, well, ballet shoes have soles at the bottom to prevent this, socks don't.
- In the Futurama episode "The Why of Fry", this trope is discussed when Chaz, the mayor's aide, rents out an entire skating rink exclusively for his date with Leela and tells off the kids from the Cookieville Orphanarium.
Mr. Vogel: Alright, little ones. Back to the orphanarium. You can slide around the gym in your socks.
Girl: What socks?
- The Fairly OddParents! episode "Just the Two of Us" begins at the ice skating rink where Timmy's friends AJ and Chester respectively skate in hi-tech training wheels and, in the latter case, literally being barefoot.
- The Loud House: In "Snow Way Down", Lincoln joins Clyde and his fathers (gay couple, natch) on a trip to a ski-resort and sees how overprotective they are. When Clyde goes off on his own one morning, his fathers' exclamation on finding him missing wakes Lincoln who rushes into the living room, but ends up sliding due to being in their socks at the time and the cabin floor being too smooth.