One of my favourite aspects of the spring/summer season is the ability to go sockless:
Going sockless is a classy move during the spring/summer months. Not only does it keep your feet feeling breezy but it also adds a carefree element to your style. It immediately relaxes any look which is perfect for those lazy summer days.
Unfortunately, a common style blunder I see many men make during the warmer months is wearing thick tube or tennis socks with their shorts:
Yeah…not a good look.
In these situations you definitely want to go sockless or at least wear some no show socks. It’s just a cleaner look overall as it doesn’t add a bunch of visual weight to the end of your feet. In fact, if you’re a shorter guy (under 5’9″) then you definitely want to go sockless as it will make you appear a bit taller.
But before you decide to go sockless it’s important that your feet are good to go. Guys are notorious for letting their hygiene slip and their feet are often the most neglected.
I’m not one to recommend getting pedicures on the regular (seems like overkill to me). You can easily take care of your feet at home at a fraction of the cost and it doesn’t really take much time either.
Here’s my simple routine for keeping my feet looking presentable all summer long:
Step 1 – Clip your toenails
This is a pretty straightforward step and obviously something you should be doing on a regular basis but I’m still surprised by the number of guys who let their toenails grow absurdly long. In reality you should be clipping them once a week/once every other week to keep them maintained. Any old nail clipper will do.
Step 2 – Exfoliate
I’ve got dry, tough feet. My heels like to crack and I tend to get callouses under some of my toes. I’ve noticed that BJJ has only exacerbated this problem. Most guys feet tend look pretty beat up as well with with cracked, dried skin and callouses. An easy way to remedy this is by using a pumice stone:
I find the best way to use a pumice stone is by first soaking your feet in some warm water. This will immediately soften your dry skin. I recommend throwing in some bath salt as well which will help soften your feet even more. Once you’ve done that it’s just a matter of working the stone over the calloused areas of your feet. Depending on how rough your feet are this make take a little while. Just rub the stone in small circles over the rough areas and you will see all of the dead skin coming off of your feet. I find that I need to exfoliate at least once a week. Some guys can wait a little longer while others might need to do it every other day.
Step 3 – Moisturize
You don’t need some super extravagant or expensive moisturizer. Something simple as little bit of coconut oil will do the trick. It’ll moisturizer your feet very well. Personally, I like to use some basic aloe vera gel. It’s all natural and incredibly good for your skin.
I find aloe vera gel handy for all of my skin care needs. It makes a great aftershave and is awesome on scrapes, cuts, or burns. Worth keeping in your dopp kit.
If you find your feet get dry quite easily I recommend putting some moisturizer on before you go to bed and then putting on a pair of socks. This will help lock in the moisture in your feet.
Step 4 – Powder (optional)
If you’re someone who suffers from excessively sweaty feet then a little dusting of foot powder (talcum powder) is worth doing before attempting to go sockless. I recommend using something like Foot Sense. It’s an all natural powder that works extremely well at keep your feet and shoes smelling fresh.
I’m fortunate in that my feet hardly sweat at all so I have no problem with odor or dampness. My problem is keeping my feet from getting too dry.
Step 5 – No show socks (optional)
For those of you who would rather not go completely bare feet I recommend wearing no show socks instead. These socks will maintain a barrier between your sweaty feet and your shoes but they are also discreet enough that people won’t notice you’re wearing them. Essentially a sockless look with socks!
I recommend no show or loafer socks by J.Crew:
How to go sockless
You can go sockless with basically any outfit. Suit, business casual, shorts…you name it. All can look great sockless. The only rule I’d keep in mind is that you probably don’t want to go sockless with a suit at work (although even that depends on the environment). But something like a an outdoor summer wedding, a backyard BBQ, or your favourite patio for drinks with friends – absolutely. Going sockless would look great in any of these situations.
Going sockless for the summer months is a legit move. Unfortunately, few men do it but their loss is your gain. Just remember that if you plan on going sockless be sure to take care of your feet. The last thing you want to do is cram your cracked, calloused feet into a pair of high quality shoes. Your shoes deserve more respect than that.
Here’s to looking sharp!