by Nathan James May 20, 2021
Boat shoes are a menswear staple in the spring and summer, particularly on the east coast. When the weather gets warm, you’ll see boat shoes at backyard get togethers, on the beach, around the pool and in most casual environments. A frequent question asked in men’s style is, “do you wear socks with boat shoes?”
Looking for the short answer? Yes, wearing socks with boat shoes is perfectly acceptable (when done correctly).
In this article we will outline everything you need to know about socks with boat shoes. First, there are several reasons why it is a good idea to wear socks with boat shoes:
Wear socks with boat shoes to avoid athlete's foot and other podiatric health issues.
As the “sockless” look has increased in popularity, experts have noticed a corresponding rise in foot fungus issues such as athlete's foot. Bacteria thrive in warm, dark and damp environments, making boat shoes an ideal breeding ground.
Wearing socks with boat shoes provides a layer of protection to help manage the sweat and moisture that naturally accumulates in your shoes. A quality pair of socks will ensure your feet stay comfortable, dry and most importantly, healthy.
Avoid blisters and other discomfort by wearing socks with boat shoes.
Boat shoes are notorious for being uncomfortable during the “breaking in” phase. As with many types of leather shoes, it takes time for the leather to form to your foot. This process can be painful, leading to blisters and hotspots that would otherwise be avoided by wearing socks.
Wearing socks will help protect your boat shoes from premature wear.
If you’ve ever worn boat shoes or any other type of closed toe shoe without socks, you may need to pinch your nose when you take them off. Your feet naturally produce a lot of sweat, particularly in the summer months when boat shoes are most commonly worn. As this moisture accumulates, your boat shoes will develop a stench that is virtually impossible to get rid of. Wearing socks specifically designed for boat shoes can prevent this from happening.
Beyond developing a putrid smell, wearing boat shoes without socks can also damage the insole of the shoes. As moisture develops, the insole will loosen and begin to peel back - damage that is difficult to repair without completely replacing the insole.
At Boardroom Socks we spent nearly a year designing a high-quality line of American made socks for boat shoes. They are soft and breathable to ensure your feet stay dry, comfortable and healthy.
If you’ve asked yourself, “do you wear socks with boat shoes?” then hopefully the above information delivered the answer. Now that we’ve established that wearing socks with boat shoes is a good idea, your next question is likely, “how do I wear boat shoes with socks?”
When done the right way, you can comfortably wear socks with boat shoes while still looking fashionable.
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