<p><span style="font-size: 16px;">Everybody who grew up watching Miami Vice has heard the siren song of going sockless; in our dreams, we're all suave and manly enough to go the way of Sonny Crockett and rock a sweet pair of loafers with no dress socks or toe socks underneath, especially now that loafers have made such a resounding comeback. But is sacrificing your fuzzy socks to the shoe gods really worth the risk? It's all very well to ditch your colorful men's socks for a pair of sandals or flip flops, but a proper shoe? We here believe firmly in knowing your enemy, so we've decided to make your decision that little bit easier by talking about a few of the dangers of the sockless look, as well as offering some sage suggestions on how you might avoid the same.</span></p>
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<p>The feet are not always&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/smelly-feet-or-poor-quality-socks-know-the-difference.html" target="_blank">the most pleasant-smelling part of a human body</a>; to quote Game of Thrones &ndash; this is known. But how much does wearing or not wearing proper dress socks (or toe socks, we're not here to judge) inside your shoes contribute to this? To find the answer, we're about to get biological.</p>
<p>As you probably know, the skin on most of your body is covered in sweat glands, and the feet are no exception - in fact, they're brimming with them, packing upwards of two hundred and fifty thousand of those bad boys. With that kind of overload, your feet are going to sweat during the day, even if you don't exercise, nevermind for those of us with more physically active lifestyles - and they'll get especially sweaty if they're cooped up in a shoe without a pair of fuzzy socks for hours at a time with little to no air circulation. Normally, a good pair of fuzzy socks would function to absorb a lot of that sweat, and as long as you change said fuzzy socks regularly (as we pray that you do - no sock deserves that), foot odor ceases to be a problem for most people. But once you take your socks out of the equation, all of that sweat if going to be absorbed by - you guessed it - the leather of that nice, expensive shoe you've got on with no dress socks. Repeat enough times and you're going to have a biological weapon on your hands (or on your feet, if you'll pardon the terrible pun).</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THE SOLUTION</strong></span></p>
<p>There's thankfully a variety of products and processes available to combat this particular problem, starting with not wearing the same pair of shoes every day. Leather needs 24-48 hours in a warm and (this is crucial, gentleman) low-humidity place to dry out properly and stop those bacteria from multiplying and ruining your favorite kicks. If you want to speed up the process and get them back into action a little faster, a low-tech and low-cost hack is to pack them (not too tightly) with wads of newspaper. As you can imagine, it'll do a fantastic job of absorbing that excess moisture. Remove and replace old newspapers with new ones regularly, though - if you leave them in, you might as well not have taken the shoes (or those colorful socks) off in the first place.</p>
<p>This entry's title sounds like another terrible SyFy Original Movie, but the reality is much, much worse. For the lucky individuals who've never had to deal with it (science hats back on, gents), this disease is also known as Athlete's Foot. It's caused by a fungus which naturally lives on everybody's skin, but usually not in any number or amount significant enough to cause problems. It's when the fungus (scientific name tinea pedis) is given the right environment to breed and multiply that things start to get serious - and there is literally no environment more ideal for those fungi to settle down, put some Fungus Marvin Gay on and make love than the dark, warm, moist, and poorly-aerated insides of shoes sans socks. The best-known symptom of this fungal infection is redness and peeling of the skin between your toes, and, if left unchecked, it'll spread across the whole bottom of the toe and parts of your soles as well. Even toe socks won't save you here, as the best athletes have been known to get Athlete's foot despite their moisture-absorbing socks. All that peeling skin will set up a convenient breeding ground for a secondary bacterial infection, it can spread to your nails, making them go yellow and crack... and did we mention the itch? It's itchy, you guys, real itchy. In fact, the same devious fungi (with a little help from unwary and unaware men) will happily spread to your crotch area and wreak havoc there too; tinea pedis is the proud cause of the infamous "jock itch", too, and the legend will become your reality if you're not careful. It's a situation you want to avoid, is what we're saying.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THE SOLUTION</strong></span></p>
<p>This one can be a little trickier, but with care, you'll be avoiding athlete's foot with the best of them. Once again (and we really can't overstress this one, ladies and germs), moisture is your enemy here; without enough of it, tinea pedis just won't have the right stuff to get intimate all over your skin like it so desperately wants to. Therefore, both pieces of advice we gave for the previous problem can successfully be applied here: since you won't have any dress socks to change, alternate between at least two pairs of shoes on different days and keep the ones you're not wearing in a warm, dry place (direct sunlight, if possible - it helps to think of the fungi as tiny vampires and your sweaty shoes as the dark, dank crypt they'd love to inhabit). Get some newspapers or a quality foot powder in there too - hey, no one said looking cool comes easy, hot shot.</p>
<p>Foot hygiene, in case you haven't figured that one out on your own yet, is another huge part in the prevention of Athlete's Foot, so make sure you're washing your feet regularly. Preferably every time you take your shoes off, and with a good, strong antibacterial soap. Give them time to dry thoroughly before putting your shoes back on though, or else you might as well not have bothered washing them in the first place. It's all that, or stock up on the antifungal creams.</p>
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<p>The last entry on our list might seem somewhat laughable, but realistically it might be the biggest danger out there. The sockless look undoubtedly has its charm and can be pulled off neatly and nicely with the correct ensemble - but get it wrong, and all you've achieved is needlessly giving up your favorite fuzzy socks and colorful dress socks. It's like wearing toe socks with your sandals:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/blog/2016/06/how-to-wear-socks-with-different-footwear.html" target="_blank">some things just aren't done</a>.</p>
<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>THE SOLUTION</strong></span></p>
<p>The solution to this sockless danger is less clear-cut than the other ones because it comes down to your personal sense of fashion more than anything else. If you're going to wear shoes without socks (be they fuzzy socks, men's dress socks or toe socks), you've got to match the rest of your clothing to that look, and match it well. For a start, that means no hipster pants - I'm talking about the "carrot cut", the ones with too much space around your butt and not enough at the calves. If you want to go out in loafers sans dress socks or funky men's socks, you'll need a pair of pants that cling to your leg all the way, preferably with a low-cut waist. As for length, why are you going out without your fuzzy socks if you're not gonna show that fact off? Pants that end somewhat above the ankle are the right choice here, just make sure that ankle is appropriately tanned before the season starts.</p>
<p>All in all, the "fancy shoes with no dress socks" look is one that can be great for you - if you take the right precautions. With a little forward thinking and preparation, though, you'll be pulling it off like a pro. Just remember it's not a must - a nice pair of colorful dress socks will go great with that look too, with far fewer risks.</p>
<p>This is a cheat, there's no doubt about it, but it could be the perfect solution to many of the problems listed above: the ankle sock, AKA the invisible sock. While not as comfortable as a fuzzy sock and definitely not as cool as toe socks, these socks are small and discrete enough to almost never be noticed, even in a pair of low-top shoes. There are several brands that do a great job of manufacturing these, so&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sockbin.com/store/men/ankle-sock/c-21">shop around and see which one you like best</a>. Who knows? The best solution to the risks of going sockless might be not going sockless at all, just choosing our socks a bit more wisely.</p>


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