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How To: Wear Shoes Without Socks

Steve Madden Trainers with Grey Joggers

You know what our summer is like – pretty unpredictable. There’s been about one sunny day this year and so guys, you’re probably quite out of practice when it comes to baring those ankles. Here’s hoping the sun might step up and come out for at least one more day. The potential pitfalls of going for shoes without socks (sweaty feet, unsuitable footwear) are a worry, so we’re here to ensure that when the time comes for those ankles to get some air, you’re doing it right.

The Loafer

If you’re excited to relish the sense of freedom that life of shoes without socks can bring but are a newbie to the game – then loafers are your go-to. Loafers are the ultimate smart casual show, making them the perfect option for style experimentation. Even better, they come in so many varieties that you’ll definitely find something that’s up your street. Suede tassel loafers suit effortless summer style and darker options allow an easy transition through to autumn. Mix things up a bit with a chunkier burgundy pair like these Bass beauties.

Boat Shoes

There is nothing finer than a pair of classic men’s boat shoes. Picture yourself on the deck of your yacht – Wolf of Wall Street style, enjoying the breeze around your ankles as you sip champagne and congratulate yourself on life. Or – if you’re not at that stage in life quite yet – wearing them down the pub with the boys on a sunny Saturday is also pretty perfect. The Timberland Classic Boat shoe is our personal pick.


When it comes to trainers this summer, you’re either going to want branded sports socks pulled up with your shorts, or cool turn-ups with a visible ankle. Luckily most trainers can look good for a shoe without socks option. You can’t go wrong with Stan Smiths paired with a casual turned-up chino.

Styling & Invisible Socks

There is one cardinal rule for the shoes-without-socks styling – keep your hems close. Jeans, trousers, and shorts are all feasible options; avoid elasticated cuffs. They’re simply a no-no. The bottom of your trousers should sit just above your ankle – any higher and you run the risk of looking like you’re sporting pedal-pushers.

No-one wants sweaty feet though, so to finish off we’re going to let you into a secret for getting your ankles out – no-show socks. We’ve got a small selection of adidas Sneaker Socks here for your perusal. And remember, while going sans-socks is to be encouraged, the general rule is to always opt for socks in a more formal business/office environment.

Well gents, there you have it; the simple guide on how to wear shoes without socks. Happy ankle-baring!