Can You Wear Shoes Without Socks? It’s Probably Not the Best Idea

Those trendy fashion people don’t wear socks and they look pretty cool, right?

Women Wearing Shoes Without Socks

Is there any serious downsides to this or can it be done without repercussions?

There are lots of questions that needed to be answered, and that’s why in this article I will be explaining the good, the bad and the ugly.

And smelly feet, because that’s another huge downside.

Enjoy 🙂

Can You Wear Shoes Without Socks?

The simple answer is yes, it can definitely be done.

But should you do it? Probably not.

There are lots of reasons why you shouldn’t, and less reasons for it.

I’ll explain below.

Why I Do NOT Recommend Shoes Without Socks

Even though wearing socks without shoes looks very cool and trendy, and makes super awesome Instagram photos, it will come back and bite you in the butt if you’re not expecting it.

Wearing shoes without socks for one day is NOT going to be super bad and cause serious health issues, but it definitely will make your feet and shoes smelly.

Our feet sweat at least half a point per day. That is a lot of sweat for your shoes to absorb, which is going to cause all sorts of smelly issues.

That amplifies by a lot when the shoes aren’t breathable. Heat, moisture and bacteria are all trapped in one place.

Basically, you’re creating a breeding ground for fungal infections and blisters due to the friction and rubbing that occurs.

Sockless Alternative?

White Sneakers

But what if you reeaaaally want to go sockless?

Are smelly feet inevitable and is fungus feet something you should expect to be apart of your life now?

Unfortunately wearing shoes without socks regularly is not a good idea and you will run into health issues.

But on the other hand, there is an alternative to get the same fashion appearance without risking your health.

No-show Socks

Of course this does take away the comfort factor of wearing a pair of shoes without socks, but no-show socks offer the same trendy appearance without the health concerns.

My favorite no-show socks are from Closemate (Click here for Closemate no-show socks)


Frequently Asked Questions

Can you go sockless with mesh/breathable shoes?

This might seem like a great alternative but unfortunately the same issues can still happen if not careful.

YES it’s possible to wear breathable shoes that will help eliminate the perfect conditions for fungus to grow, but there are some precautions you need to take.

I recommend washing the shoe and using baking powder or disinfectant spray every night.

Can you wear socks without shoes in the winter?

“Brandon, there’s less heat in the winter, will this stop sweat buildup and allow us to safely wear socks without shoes?”

No, the same rules still apply. No matter what, feet will always sweat lots and the only place for it to go is inside the shoe.

However if you choose to do so, I recommend something with breathable material (mesh, canvas, sneakers, flats, etc) while taking the nightly precautions I mentioned above.

Can you wear leather shoes without socks?

Leather is not porous, meaning air can not pass through it.

So no, I do not recommend wearing leather shoes without socks as these have some of the worst conditions for bacteria to grow.

Can you wear canvas shoes without socks?

The good news is that canvas is lightweight and breathable.

It’s possible to wear canvas shoes without socks as long as you wash them every night and use baking powder/disinfectant spray.

Is going sockless more comfortable?

Well that’s one of the plus sides to doing so.

Most people to it for the appearance but another benefit is the extreme comfort it provides on certain shoes like sneakers, loafers and crocs.

Are shoes without sockless only good for women?

This might seem like a new trend but women have been going sockless since at least the 70’s.

However, men have caught onto this trend too.

So even though women have been doing it for years, it’s becoming more popular and now lots of men and women are going sockless.

Going sockless is not only for women. Both men and women use this trend to look fashionable.

What are the major health downsides to wearing shoes without socks?

Worse case scenario you will be looking at athletes foot, toe infections and fungal infections. This occurs with regular use of going sockless.

The least bad thing that can happen is smelly feet and smelly shoes, which is never a pleasant thing.

In Conclusion

Yes you can wear shoes without socks if done properly.

That means wearing shoes with breathable material and using prevention methods each night, and that’s the safest way to do it.

The other alternative is to wear no-show socks.

This is my preferred method because you will still get the same fashion appearance without all the other problems.

But you should never ever regularly wear socks without shoes if you don’t plan on cleaning the shoes every night.

That’s just asking for trouble.

Well that finishes this article.

I hope you understand what you’re getting yourself into, and if you don’t, please ask me in the comments below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.



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