I don't like them either. He had a pink/mauve coloured shirt on yesterday with them but added a grey jacket to look smarter in front of camera. I wondered if he'd borrowed it from Bod.
He was wearing glasses too for reading.
If I get an invite to Lisa Brash's, ahem, 40th birthday party (it's the South Shields social event of the year) i'm thinking of getting a pair of mustard strides and a tweed jacket as I think it will give me an arty, almost countryside look.