Style Debate – Socks In The Summer

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It’s a choice all men have to face at some point – stick with the good old socks even in the hot weather or go free and breezy and run the risk of causing a stinky shoe situation. It’s a tricky one, more tricky than choosing your designer menswear for a night out? However you look at it, there’s two main things to consider; how they look and how they feel. So let’s weigh up the pros and cons of each to come to a reasonable verdict shall we?

Going Sockless

It takes a certain amount of bravery to get the old ankles out, especially if they haven’t seen sunlight in a few months, but going sockless does have its benefits. There are a couple of things to consider though, firstly where are you headed? Meeting the other half’s parents or hitting up a black tie event – put some socks on, there’s a time and a place for bare ankle and this isn’t it. However if you’re simply heading to the local beer garden for a few with your friends then sure, why not, leave the socks at home.

Second thing to take into account before you leave the house is – how’s the weather looking. If it’s raining then that’s only going to lead to wet ankles and your feet soaking up all the moisture from your wet shoes, leaving your feet resembling wrinkly sponges when you pull them out of your shoes. So keep the sockless moments for the genuinely warm and dry days.


  • Wear your shoes in beforehand to avoid walking uncomfortably and potential blisters.
  • Going sockless can do horrible things to your feet so consider bathing them in warm water, applying talcum powder or having a pedicure.

One word, Febreze. Sporting a Sock

I’m going to start off by saying right off the bat that ankle training socks arenot a stylish alternative to going sockless. They’re made for training and that’s how it should remain – either go the whole hog and wear no socks or embrace the full sock look. A lot of you are probably against the idea of wearing socks in the summer because in your head you have an image of your dad wearing bright white socks with sandals – the dreaded combination. Push that image to one side because wearing socks in the summer can actually add a touch of uniqueness, especially when it seems that everyone is currently on the sockless bandwagon.

Socks also provide the opportunity to add a splash of colour to any outfit. In the colder months no one sees your socks but when worn with a pair of shorts or rolled up chinos in the summer, they’re on full display. A dull or pastel-coloured outfit can be instantly livened up with a bold set of block coloured socks.


  • NO ankle trainer socks.
  • Don’t pull them right the way up the leg, resembling a football sock.
  • Socks you could imagine a kid brother wearing should be avoided.

The Verdict

It’s largely up to you which way you want to go this summer however I hope the above guide has been helpful in pointing out what to do and what not to do whichever way you decide to go.

Either way summer is a time for loosening up and trying something different – go out there, enjoy yourself and look great in the process.