One time I wore Sperry Topsiders with socks and shorts. (There, I said it!) For those of us outside the men’s style bubble, rules about when to wear socks take a backseat to the more common rules, like match your belt to your shoes. Anything beyond that is fair game.
If you follow men’s style, you know that the no-sock look is stronger than ever. However, regardless of your style knowledge, you should at least know style rules. Coincidentally, following these style rules about wearing socks will help you mask much greater style sense.
- No socks with shorts
- No socks with deck shoes
- No socks with sandals
#1 assumes you aren’t wearing athletic shoes. This list excludes athletic wear. Oh, you’re wearing Reeboks while eating dinner? That’s another monster which I won’t dare tackle here.
When I wore socks with Topsiders, my reasoning was that my feet got all hot and sweaty without socks. After all, men’s style should never dominate practicality.
Which is why you need loafer socks. Basically, these are below-the-ankle socks. They’re a little harder to find than regular ankle socks. Put This On wrote earlier about possible options for men’s loafer socks. They’re too expensive; I just want cheap cotton socks so my feet don’t smell.
Solution: Women’s loafer socks. I went to Pay Less and got 3 pairs of Nike women’s loafer socks for $10, a better price than any offerings on Put This On’s post. There’s really no practically difference; I just suppose that women exhibit a greater demand for loafer socks than men.
That’s a shame, because it shows few men aren’t attempting the no-sock look. Think about all the possibilities: Sneakers, loafers, brogues, desert boots, deck shoes…Pretty much any shoes you wouldn’t wear with a suit in the summer. Losing the socks (or at least donning loafer socks) emphasizes your shoes, instead of the white cotton typically covering your ankle. If you’ve got good shoes, you want to show them off. You’ll also appear much more stylish than you actually may be.
#1 and #3 Photo credit: Sartorialist
#2 Photo credit: Ivy Style