Going Sockless in the Summer

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Instructions

  1. Step 1

    Pick a shoe that isn’t typically worn with socks. You can have bare feet with sandals, flats and flip flops. Choose from a variety of colors and styles that will show off your sockless feet.

  2. Step 2

    Wear toe covers, also called toe socks, instead of regular socks. Your toes will stay warm but you will have the illusion of barefeet inside your shoes. Only you will know that your feet are actually covered by a mini sock.

  3. Step 3

    Make a fashion statement by wearing popular sneakers without socks. Loosen the laces to let in air so your feet don’t get too hot and smelly.

  4. Step 4

    Put a soft lining inside your boots if you like sockless feet in the fall, spring or winter. Make sure you add an extra warm lining if you live in a cold area. You want waterproof boots in rainy areas.

  5. Step 5

    Let your feet breathe in many other types of shoes like loafers and dress shoes. Make sure the shoes have leather soles so your feet get air.

  6. Step 6

    Wear slip ons or mules with nothing on your feet. Your feet will slip in and out as quickly as you need. These make great shoes to wear around the yard. Moccasins are real comfy and make a great indoor or outdoor shoe.

  7. Step 7

    Go sockless and shoeless by going barefoot. Be sure to keep your toenails looking nice.

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How to Prevent Foot Odor When Going Sockless

To prevent smelly feet you need to prevent two things: 1) sweat and 2) bacteria. Here’s your battle plan.

1. Wash your feet more frequently and vigorously with anti-bacterial soap. I bet most men devote zero time to washing their feet while in the shower. Like me, they probably think that the suds that wash down their body are enough to clean their feet. When you decide to go sockless, that just won’t cut it. Every day you need to destroy the dead-skin-eating bacteria that causes foot odor. Scrubbing vigorously with your favorite anti-bacterial soap will do just that.

2. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. You need to give your shoes time to dry out in-between wearings. Remember, a wet shoe is a smelly shoe. Give your shoes at least a day of rest before you put them back on. More time is better.

3. Use a cedar tree. When you’re giving your shoes a break between wearings, stick an unvarnished cedar shoe tree in them. Cedar shoe trees have several benefits. They maintain the shape of your shoe, help prevent creases and cracking, and most importantly in our case, absorb moisture from the lining of your shoes. Cedar shoe trees will also deodorize your shoes by adding a nice cedar scent to them. Beats smelling like raw cabbage.

If you don’t have a shoe tree on hand, you can use the poor man’s alternative: stick wads of newspaper in your shoes. They’ll absorb moisture as well.

4. Sprinkle foot powder in shoes before you wear them. Foot powders, like Odor Eaters, contain talcum (which absorbs sweat) and baking soda (which neutralizes odor). Before your slip your shoes on, give them a light dusting of powder. It will keep your feet dry throughout the day and will kill any bacteria that might be creeping in your shoes.

I’ve been testing out Odor Eaters Foot and Sneaker Spray and have liked the results. Instead of sprinkling a powder, you spray the stuff on your feet and in your shoes. Your feet stay dry, and you avoid the clumps you sometimes get when using powders. The sneaker spray is pretty good at removing foul smells from shoes, too.

5. Use no-show loafer socks. If you want the sockless look, but want to avoid the hassle that comes with going sockless, try wearing a no-show loafer sock. The gents at Valet Magazine suggest using Gold Toe no-show socks. They’re cut low enough that the socks won’t appear over your loafers, and they’re made of antimicrobial fibers to prevent smells. Another no-show loafer sock that’s been getting a lot of publicity lately is the Mocc Sock. Demand has been so high on these badboys that they’re on backorder right now

Jean Jacket

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Contrary to popular belief jean jackets aren’t as hard as you think to pull off. Where most people go wrong is immediately trying to pair a denim jacket with denim pants, which can be a little more tricky and should be approached with caution. Instead, try a safer route and pair it with slim chinos in pretty much any color. Just make sure you choose a classic looking jean jacket that pays homage to its roots – no crazy stitching, distressing, zippers or over-the-top pocket details (you cant go wrong with a classic Levis Trucker Jacket). Since vintage jean jackets typically fit a little looser in the body, try sizing down (if you’re a 40 chest, try a 38).

Or in the colder months another great option is to use it for layering, such as this gentleman who is wearing one under a peacoat.

If you do go down the jean-on-jean path, just make sure the tones and stitching don’t match.  And most importantly, rock it with attitude.