A Men’s Guide to Wearing Shoes Without Socks

wearing sneakers without socksAndrew Jim

Liberate your ankles and calves while catching the last sunny rays of the season by going sockless. However, like many trendy styling secrets, there’s a time and a place. Not to mention, freeing your feet from a cloth barrier is only going to be OK with certain types of shoes.

From polished oxfords to beat-up sneaks, many styles are a perfect match for bare ankles. Depending on how you style the rest of your look, you can look laid-back and casual, or dapper and slightly daring.

how to wear sockless lookDarko Lukac

So how do you know which shoes to pair with each outfit? As long as it isn’t an extremely formal occasion, you’re in the clear for mixing and matching! Cuffed denim with loafers. Lightweight summer suits with sneakers. Flat-front pants with oxfords. All of the above, please!

wearing sneakers with a suitSingh Street Style

Or, for sockless beginners, we’ve compiled a more detailed guide to get you started:

guide to wearing no socksFeatured shoes (from top): Lacoste loafers, UGG Australia moccasins, Sperry boat shoes, Soludos esapdrilles, Feiyue sneakers, UGG Australia oxfords

Basically, throw away any pre-conceived notion you have of dress shoes from your elementary school class picture days. They’re charming and totally capable of being worn casually.

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Specifically, for a guaranteed good fit, try loafers with no socks. There’s something classic yet oh-so-charming about their simple silhouette. And if you’re willing to experiment, opt for a patterned pair or off-beat color.

wearing loafers socklessvia Pause Mag

The classic outfit choice for all sockless occasions would involve a slim-cut chino or straight-leg denim. Avoid elasticated or super skinny cuffs, but keep your hems close. Whether cropped or cuffed, aim for the base of your pant to hit about two inches above your shoe and expose the bottom of the ankle.

wearing shoes without socksvia Unabashedly Prep

Of course, let’s not forget that bare feet can lead to a certain kind of odor, so take proper precautions. After wearing, allow each pair to “air out” for a full day or two before wearing again. You might want to apply baby powder to your insoles for a fresher feel. Or try the look without actually sporting bare feet. Low-cut invisible liner socks, like these by Sperry, are your safest bet.

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