Nike Flyknit With or Without Socks?

A common question I get asked is whether or not Nike Flyknit should be worn with or without socks.

Nike Flyknit Shoe

Instead of answering each question one-by-one, I have decided to do a post about it and answer it in detail.

I will break down Nike Flyknit, what it is and if you should wear socks or not.


What is Flyknit and Its Purpose?

Nike Flyknit shoes are knitted as one piece rather than many different parts stitched together.

The purpose is to decrease the weight, provide a seamless upper and offer a more snug fitting shoe.

This allows the runner to feel more comfortable than regular running shoes while increasing speed and agility.

Essentially it is a second-skin.

It’s like putting on a sock, but a sock that’s far more comfortable and protective.

So Should You Wear Socks with Flyknit?

The whole purpose of Flyknit is to be a second-skin, meaning they were made to be worn without socks.

But somewhere along the line people started wearing socks and others began wondering if you are supposed to wear socks with them.

Even though the intent is not to wear socks, it all comes down to personal preference.

Some prefer NOT to wear socks because they have done it for years with other shoes and feel more comfortable doing so.

Others simply wear socks because that’s what they have also done with other shoes.

Since the purpose is NOT to wear socks, you can try it out and see what makes you feel more comfortable.

Nothing bad is going to happen if you choose to wear socks or not because at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference.

Does the Shoe Get Nasty Absorbing all that Sweat?

Unfortunately without wearing socks there is only one thing to absorb the sweat, and that is the shoe.

So yes they can become nasty and stinky without proper care and maintenance.

The good news is that they offer a large amount of ventilation to dry out quickly.

I recommend stuffing them with balls of newspaper after every run.

The next day they will be dry and good to go again.

If you don’t feel like stuffing them with newspaper everyday, keep them in an open area where air can get inside and dry them out.

Easiest Way to Wash Them

The Flyknit is material is soft and can tear if not careful.

This rules out any damaging methods like the washing machine.

Washing the sweat that’s built up overtime is actually quite easy and I’m going to show you how.

1. Fill up a sink with hot water and laundry detergent

2. Use a soft cloth to scrub away dirt and stains (Note: Do NOT use a scrubbing brush or anything hard that can damage or tear the Flyknit yarn)

3. Let them soak for a couple of hours

4. Rinse with cold water

5. Let them air dry – takes about a day to dry (other drying methods here)

Doing this every couple of months will increase the life of the sneaker while keeping it in tip top condition.

So There You Have It

Hopefully this has answered all your questions about wearing socks with Nike Flyknit sneakers.

To recap:

  • It all comes down to personal preference
  • Going sockless makes the shoe dirty faster
  • Wearing socks might me more hygienic for the shoe and does not need to be washed as often
  • The PROPER way to wash Flyknit shoes is to avoid damaging methods like the washing machine and hard scrubbing brushes

Well I hope I have answered all your questions in this article.

Please let me know in the comments below if you wear socks with Nike Flyknit shoes.



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