The heat is increasing again. During this warm weather you have to make your style statement without compromising your comfort. It can be possible by going sockless. What you need is to appreciate modern style and believe that good footwear doesn’t require socks. You will like the feeling of good leather on your feet as if you go sockless, the ankle breeze will provide a significant cooling effect. You may get confused as there are a number of questions regarding going sockless. Here are some tips for you to make it easier:
Buy the right shoe size
It’s surprising how many guys are wearing the wrong size shoes, especially in terms of width. Men’s shoes come in a range of widths. Buying the correct width for your foot is crucial to feel comfortable in your shoes, whether you’re wearing socks or not.
Take care of your feet
Foot stink comes from bacteria on your feet. Make sure you scrub your feet with a strong soap every day. The fresher your feet are, the less they will stink. You don’t want to take off your shoes off at house and clear out the room. A pedicure is not a terrible idea from time to time, either. Yes, plenty of men get pedicures, especially in the summer when they are wearing sandals and hitting the beach.
Break them in gradually
If you have just picked up a pair of brand new shoes, we would suggest breaking them in with socks first. Going sockless in a fresh pair of leather shoes will result in swollen blistering feet which is never a good thing.
Stick to loafers
Many people believe that the idea of going sockless in a pair of fancy business shoes, like brogue captoes or wingtips, looks a little unnatural or forced. Going bare foot is a casual, leisurely move, so make sure the shoes convey that same message. You can prefer loafers to go sockless.
Look for softer leathers
Not all shoe leathers are created equal. A genuine shell cordovan (made from the strong rear muscle of a horse) is going to be extremely stiff and rigid (and take longer to break-in) while an unlined supple suede is going to be soft and flexible from the start.
Wear breathable fabrics
Going sockless is a move that should be reserved for warm weather. Try to stay cool by wearing lightweight fabrics (linen, hopsack, fresco, tropical wool, cotton, seersucker, mohair, etc.) and a hemline that’s high enough to give you a little breathing room.
Give them a day to dry
You should never wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, especially if you’re wearing them without socks. Give them at least a day in between to dry out completely. Extended periods of moisture can affect the leather and only add to the stinking problem.
Powder your shoes
If you have issues with sweating, consider throwing a little anti-stink powder in your shoes between wears.
Last but certainly not least, putting on your shoes without socks can definitely be a struggle. Therefore, in order to make your life easier you should invest in a quality shoe horn.