Loafers are a classic and incredibly versatile men's shoe, capable of being dressed up with a suit or even worn casually with shorts. While these shoes are quite popular, many men still struggle when it comes to wearing socks with loafers. In this article we'll cover everything that you need to know about socks with loafers including which socks are best for loafers, how going barefoot in loafers can impact your health, a variety of style tips and plenty more.
Table of Contents
Best Men's Socks for Loafers: Expert Picks
Do You Wear Socks with Loafers?
Health Risks of Wearing Loafers Without Socks
Wear Loafer Socks to Protect Your Shoes
What are the Best Socks to Wear with Loafers?
Best tips for Wearing Socks with Loafers
How the Best Loafer Socks are Made
How to Care for Loafer Socks
When it comes to the best socks for loafers, the most important feature is ensuring that they stay on your feet. Is there anything more aggravating than a men's loafer sock that slides off your heel and ends up under your foot? Continue reading below to see our hosiery experts' picks for the best socks for loafers.
|These no show loafer socks are meticulously designed to stay on your feet all day. An exceptionally soft wool blend breathes to keep your feet dry while the seamless toe delivers luxurious comfort.||
-Non-slip heel grip keeps socks on your foot
-Soft, breathable merino wool blend
-Comfortable stretch for the perfect fit
-Proudly Made in USA
Great summer sock for loafers! Experience was great - easy online order, fast delivery. No show stays in place. No roll under the heel. My go-to sock for summer!
James A. - Londonderry, NH
|Knit with buttery-soft cotton, these socks for loafers are incredibly comfortable. The khaki color is just as appropriate in the office as it is out on the town.||
-Silky-smooth cotton blend
-Versatile khaki color; ideal for formal and casual wear
-Classic ribbed style
-Made in USA
The socks are very comfortable, they stay up, and their design is suitable for any use, whether office-formal, office-informal, or just wearing with chinos.
Jerry M. - Needham, MA
|These black, over the calf loafer socks stay up all day. While ideal for professional wear, these socks are incredibly versatile and always appropriate.||
-Traditional knee-high length stays up all day
-Ideal for business and casual wear
-Merino wool blend keeps your feet dry
-Made in USA
These are the best socks, ever. I purchased these as part of my research/quest to find the best dress sock that would stay up all day, provide comfort, and be easy to clean. These hit it out of the park. I compared these to Bombas and Mack Weldon. Boardroom was the clear winner.
Aaron R. - Salem, OR
Yes, you absolutely can wear socks with loafers! While there are certain types of socks that should be avoided and style rules to keep in mind, wearing socks with loafers is perfectly acceptable. The photo below is a great example of how loafers and socks can be stylishly combined. Whether in a casual business environment or for an evening out on the town, this is a very sharp look.
Continue reading below to find out why wearing socks with loafers can not only protect your health but also extend the life of your shoes.
Not wearing socks with loafers can be very unhygienic. When worn without socks, closed toe shoes become the perfect warm, dark and damp environment that facilitates bacteria growth. This bacteria can ultimately lead to Athlete’s foot and many other common foot fungal infections.
For this reason alone, you should always wear socks with loafers. New Jersey-based podiatrist Dr. Josh Miller says it best, “a sock a day keeps the doctor away.” Not only will wearing socks with loafers protect your podiatric health, but you'll likely also find it much more comfortable. A quality pair of socks will breathe to keep your feet dry throughout the day. (Photo credit: Doctors Australia)
Simply put, your feet sweat - a lot - and sweat is not good for leather. In addition to the potential health issues discussed above, the growth of bacteria can also cause your loafers to develop an unpleasant smell. Once this odor has permeated the leather of your shoes, it can be very difficult to remove.
Beyond simply causing odor issues, you'll notice that excessive moisture leads to other problems... When wearing loafers without socks, this moisture will accumulate and prematurely damage the leather in your shoes. One of the first areas where you will notice this is the insole, which will eventually loosen and begin to bunch up under your feet. This not only becomes uncomfortable, but is difficult to repair.
If you purchased a nice pair of leather, Goodyear welted loafers then you likely shelled out a few hundred dollars for them. With that in mind, always be sure to wear socks to protect your investment. (Photo credit: Your Next Step)
Above we shared why wearing socks with loafers is a good idea but what type of socks should you wear? Depending upon your style preference, there are two options.
During the warmest months of the year when you’d like to shed the socks and show some ankle, opt for no-show socks with loafers. These socks are specifically designed to be worn with loafers, boat shoes, dress shoes and other men’s shoes with a low vamp. They are constructed to give you all of the benefits of wearing socks with loafers while still achieving the stylish “sockless” look.
The bare ankle look can be quite fashionable with loafers, particularly during the warmest months of the year. Whether with slacks or denim, this makes for a sharp yet casual look. While the "sockless" style may be en vogue, ruining your loafers and jeopardizing your health certainly are not. Instead of going barefoot, be sure to wear a pair of no-show loafer socks.
In most business and professional environments, it isn’t appropriate to show your bare ankle. In these instances, you’ll always want to pair your loafers with dress socks. Loafers are designed to fit snuggly, so dress socks will be thin enough to comfortably fit while also tying together your look.
Particularly during the cooler months, wearing dress socks with loafers will ensure you stay warm and comfortable. Even with something as casual as jeans, dress socks will still look sharp with loafers.
So we've established that wearing socks with loafers is a good idea but how do you stylishly pull off the look? Continue reading below to find out.
Once you have picked out a few pairs of men's loafer socks, you’ll be ready to sport the stylish bare ankle look while protecting both your health and your shoes. Here are some of our favorite looks:
Khaki trousers with brown loafers is a classic casual look. In a relaxed outfit like the one above, the “sockless” style is perfectly appropriate. You want to be strategic with the type of loafer that you would sport this look with - a more formal loafer would likely look out of place. (Photo: Put This On)
No show loafer socks with suede shoes and jeans make for a great casual look. For an even more laid back look, add a slight cuff or roll to your jeans as shown above. To put a more formal twist on it, opt for darker jeans - without the roll - which could make the style appropriate for casual office settings. (Photo: The Adult Man)
The above photo comes from He Spoke Style’s Brian Sacawa, who experty styles loafer socks with a variety of outfits. While these tassel loafers are more formal than the penny loafers shown previously, the minimal break on his trousers allows this to work. When styling no-show socks for loafers, ensure your pants have minimal break; shorts are perfectly acceptable as well.
When it comes to styling dress socks with loafers, the traditional rule in menswear is to match your socks with your pants. However, don't let this stop you from getting creative. Loafers are commonly worn with khakis, chinos and other slightly less formal trousers, making an earthy tone of sock a great look. Don’t be afraid to color outside the lines with a pop of color, either. Below, our purple dress socks with loafers for a fun, yet tasteful, look.
While wearing white athletic socks with loafers was a popular look with the “trad” and “Ivy” styles of the 1950’s and 1960’s, cramming a thick athletic sock into your penny loafers is not going to be comfortable. Furthermore, wearing white athletic-style socks anywhere outside of the gym is a major faux pas. (Photo below: Ivy-Style)
Prior to joining our family business, I never understood just how complicated it is to make a quality pair of socks. The production process requires a complex supply chain to source the proper raw materials and intricate knitting overseen by highly skilled professionals.
Even though our no show socks for loafers have a very low profile, they actually take nearly as long to produce as our over the calf socks do. Knitting these loafer socks requires a tedious reciprocating motion in the machine that is extremely time-consuming. Whereas most socks are knit relatively quickly in a cylindrical shape on a circular knitting machine, the shape of no show loafer socks is completely different.
Furthermore, the finishing and packaging process requires additional steps as a no-slip silicone heel grip (shown above) is added to the inner portion of each sock's heel. Once that process is complete, the socks are then pulled onto a small piece of cardboard that holds the pair together.
Our merino wool loafer socks took over a year to develop and prototype. In short, making men's loafer socks is surprisingly complex!
When it comes to laundering your loafer socks, extra care is required. This style of sock is manufactured using several high-stretch yarns that are key to maintaining the integrity of the socks. Exposure to heat will rapidly degrade the elasticity in the socks and cause them to lose their shape. Be sure to follow these four steps to ensure your loafer socks last:
Turning the socks inside out will help keep lint and any other debris from adhering to the exterior of the socks.
Per the comments above, heat will degrade the elasticity of your loafer socks. Be sure to wash them in cold water and avoid heat.
Again, avoiding heat will dramatically improve the life and functionality of your loafer socks. We recommend laying them flat to air dry.
Loafer socks are small, low-profile socks that can easily disappear in the laundry. We recommend using a sock laundry bag to not only help keep up with them but to also prevent them from getting tangled in other garments.
I hope that this article has been helpful and informative! Should you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may reach us via phone toll-free at 855-379-7625 or via email at email@example.com. Thank you for reading!
Boardroom Socks is a small, family-owned company committed to providing you with premium socks that are as comfortable as they are stylish. Each pair is made locally in North Carolina and impacts dozens of jobs in our community.
CEO, Boardroom Socks
Nathan's favorite dress socks are our burgundy merino wool socks. You will also frequently find him wearing our new no-show socks. Outside of the office he enjoys fishing, reading and exploring Charlotte with his wife.
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