So why would anyone wear short socks? Long socks pulled up high will offer the best tick protection a sock can give. The fashion statement is a bonus.
What are you riding? (horses?)I've got one pair of socks that goes to my knees. Special socks for winter riding - and I need them when it's below 8 C or so. I hate cold legs and feet.
With the exception of riding, I go all summer (4 or 5 months) without wearing any socks, just sandals. I'm glad weddings and funerals are more casual than they were a couple of decades ago. Or maybe I just don't care as much.