I have a pair of ‘sympathy shorts’…..
Firstly, walking in shorts is much easier for me than walking in trousers. Trousers tend to rub and pull at the knee on my legs, so I have to put a little bit of extra effort in walking.
Trousers also have the additional weight of the trouser leg, so that’s a little more effort saved. Jeans are actually quite heavy to walk in.
Shorts are a fraction bit cooler. Most of my legs are covered by socks and the liners. So they are normally quite warm, any extra cooling is great.
The other physical difference is that shorts allow easier access to my prosthetics. I can adjust, or have a scratch, without having to pull my trousers down, which is not easy to get away with in public.
Next reason for the shorts is the ‘sympathy’ aspect. I’m lucky in that I seem to be walking pretty well. A lot of people don’t notice I am missing legs.
So if I’m wearing trousers I am treated like everyone else, which sometimes is a problem if I need a little help.
Even with shorts on a fair amount of people don’t look down. But for those that do, they move out of my way. I also get doors opened, seats on a train etc.