Silver had to admit, he was... embarrassed. Most of the guys he'd seen all had their gloves and shoes, and from what he knew, it was a social norm for people to wear them as much as possible. But in his time spent on Angel Island and around Knuckles in general, the echidna had been oddly persistent in coaxing him to ignore rules 'written by ignorant people.' Having grown up by himself, Knuckles had been naked most of his life, he knew. Wearing clothes was something presented to him, and he didn't MIND being presentable. However, when in isolation, with nothing but the trees around him and Master Emerald at his back, he always went without.
He supposed it made sense that Knuckles found clothes weird to wear when not needed... But he still felt weird about it. He was so used to protecting himself and hearing how it was painful to walk on a hot sidewalk or get frostbite from being in the snow...
Yet here he was, after nearly two weeks of hanging out with Knuckles, that the nude echidna was pulling his shoes off to cast them aside, letting them land wherever they wanted. The cool grass and breeze against his toes did feel... kinda nice? "I'm not sure about this, Knux..." his cheeks pinked, looking at his nude friend with an uncertain gaze. What would people think? What would he do about walking through the city or anything? Was this going to actually help him?
Yet Knuckles seemed to have an answer, yet a part of him really doubted it was genuine. "What are you worried about? You can just levitate, keep your feet safe that way!" He blinked at the idea, almost feeling silly now. He flew around a lot, so he didn't have to worry about landing on a hazardous spot much... Still, he had to wonder why Knuckles pursued HIM so much over this. He didn't seem to bother Tails much about it, just dropping the idea once or twice, and Knuckles only got Sonic to do it if they were just relaxing. But he supposed Sonic's was a necessity.
"I still feel kinda weird... Like I feel like I should be at a... beach right now or something." Knuckles waved him off, coming to a stand.
"It's good to protect them, it's why I keep mine on hand. But really, the fact you should wear them when you don't need to is dumb. Trust me, you won't regret it." That smile was genuine enough, but Silver just wondered what else Knuckles would get him into.