How to Wear Shoes Without Socks

How to Wear Shoes Without Socks

When the warm weather hits, many men find themselves in the same footwear dilemma: How do I stay cool and stylish? Well, the answer, and an increasingly popular men’s fashion trends, is to wear shoes without socks…or at least appear as though you are.

More and more we’re seeing men heading into a sockless summer, bearing ankles and lower calves. This look has been popping up in casual gatherings, brunch and even in wedding parties.

If you love the sockless look, but are a bit unsure of going completely sockless in your in your favourite designer shoes, we have a solution! Patherella invisible socks are a no-show sock that can be hidden in your shoe. These socks are made to fit so they won’t slip off your heel and slide around.

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Now that you’re all set to rock the “sockless” look, here’s how to pull it off.

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Suitable Occasions for Shoes Without Socks

The classic sockless look comes with an occasion already built in: boat shoes on the deck of your spectacular Wolf of Wall Street yacht. If you’re not there yet, don’t worry – the yacht can wait and the boat shoes can be worn elsewhere in the meantime.

Besides, boat shoes aren’t your only option for socklessess. From Oxfords to Vans, you can free your feet in all kinds of footwear. The resulting impression can either be care-free and casual, or sophisticated and slightly daring, depending on the rest of the look. Most anything can work – including denim, shorts, and even lightweight summer suits – but it must be appropriate for the occasion. Going sans-socks is a Don’t with business attire and formalwear. Beyond that, feel free to experiment.

Choosing the Right Footwear

With no socks to share the spotlight, your shoes need to stand on their own. Beginners can’t go wrong with a classic loafer. It’s the easiest shoe to sport sockless, and it’ll look stylish in plenty of situations. Other slip-ons, like driving shoes and moccasins, and low-cut sneakers are also easy to wear.

On the less casual side of things, try Oxfords, bucks, brogues or…pretty much anything you want, actually. Almost any dress shoe is fair game, as long as it isn’t too formal for the rest of your look. Since you don’t have any socks to show off, now is a good time to get a little experimental with your shoes.

Keep in mind that a little extra maintenance may be required if you plan to have consistent foot-to-shoe contact. Allow each pair a 24-48 hour resting period before slipping into them again. In the interim, use cedar shoe trees to help them properly dry out. If odour is an issue, invest in a foot antiperspirant to stop any unsavoury smells.

Sockless Style Advice

You’re free to try this look with a variety of garments on your lower half. Jeans, trousers and shorts are all viable options, but the classic is a slim-cut chino. Avoid elasticated or skinny cuffs, but keep your hems close. Aim for the base of the trouser, whether cropped or cuffed, to hit about two inches above your shoe and expose the bottom of the ankle. If you go any higher than that, you’ll look like you’re wearing capri pants and that’s a definite no.

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