Growing up, my brother never wore socks. No matter the shoe or the occasion, he could not be convinced to pull on a pair of socks. It was his quirk and bless his heart, he could get away with it. His casual shrugging of convention extended to many things including wearing a shoelace as a belt. He didn't believe in men's accessories, but he didn't believe in his pants falling down either, so this was his solution. He didn't want to be part of the system, so why not become a kind of urban Robinson Crusoe?
My brother's approach to socks was also a no go zone conversationally. For some reason, he was sensitive about the reasons and didn't care to share them. It's like when someone asks what football team you support. If you explain that you don't follow the sport they insist that you must, you're Australian aren't you? But you don't and why should you have to answer? Well that was him, he just didn't and that was that. Best not bring it up!
So with the first truly summer-like day over the weekend, I found myself lazing in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens pondering the dilemma of socks.
So with the first truly summer-like day over the weekend, I found myself lazing in Melbourne's Botanic Gardens pondering the dilemma of socks. Because once you go sockless the clock starts ticking and you know the shoes are on borrowed time.
The problem is, no matter how clean you are, and how hygienically fresh your feet are kept, they're going to end up stinking and this will ultimately shorten the life of your shoes. It's just the way it goes.
The best approach is to cycle your shoes, don't wear the same pair two days in a row, and don't wear those silly little socks either. When I see a man with the delicate little elastic of an 'anklet', I'm not thinking, 'oh isn't he sensible', I'm thinking, 'really'?
Going sockless is about ease and nonchalance. In boat shoes and deck shoes, plim-soles and canvas lace ups, the price you pay for this style is whatever it costs to get another pair. That's just the nature of these shoes; they're quick, easy and disposable cool. As the saying goes – you've got to break some eggs if you want to make an omelette.
Don't be precious about it, get some plain canvas slip-ons and enjoy the summer.
Actually get two pairs.
Or a pair of thongs.