President Enrique Peña Nieto is trying to clear his feet of any wrongdoing in "sockgate," the latest scandal to hit Mexican social media.

Mexican journalist Julio Astillero unleashed a trending Twitter debate this week when he pointed out that the president appeared to be wearing his socks backwards during an annual 10-K race in Mexico City last Saturday.

I jog like EPN and wear my socks backwards.

Mexican social media ripped into the embattled president, likening his apparent misuse of socks to his general mismanagement of the country.

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He's wearing the socks right, what he's got backwards is the country.

The issue was quickly given its own hashtag, #calcetagate — or #sockgate. But unlike other recent scandals, the administration moved quickly to address the matter and ease public concern.

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On Tuesday night, in an unusually playful manner, Peña Nieto posted a picture of the socks on his Twitter account and attempted to defend his feet from any perceived missteps. El presidente insisted he did in fact wear his socks correctly — they just have a weird design.

Clarifying #calcetagate.

The president's defense backfired when some Mexicans excoriated him for addressing the sock scandal in less than two days, but dragging his feet for almost a year on more important scandals related to corruption and crime.

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EPN's approval ratings soar 98% after clarifying #calcetagate — Mexican news satire website El Deforma.

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Plenty of free time Mr. President #calcetagate.

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'Well, yes, Chapo got away, but I swear I wore my socks right' #calcetagate # straighteningtheroad.