This is something I haven’t seen mentioned much, but how many people have noticed that Nene started wearing long socks after her crush insulted her ankles?
This is an oft-overlooked detail (to the point where even the anime excluded it!)
Even among her fellow classmates, who seem to mostly wear short socks, she wears long ones!
There’s a lot of instances of younger versions of Nene wearing short socks, in contrast to her now almost exclusively wearing long socks, so it seems like she used to prefer short socks, too.
In Picture Perfect, she does end up going barefoot to the pool-cleaning event! Everyone else is barefoot and she is in a perfect dream world, so I guess she was feeling more confident!
(Or maybe covering up her ankles would make them more noticeable…)
And in the recent chapters (the Study Camp arc) where she wears shorter socks, they’re really baggy as if she’s trying to hide their shape!
It’s kinda sad that her crush had so much of an effect on her self-esteem; I hope someday Nene gets more confident in herself! It seems she’s slowly starting to, at least. :)