Warmer weather means more revealing clothes. This goes for both sexes. It isn’t just women who are showing some skin with higher hemlines on skirts and dresses. As temperatures climb, get ready to see a lot more dudes showing off their…ankles.
That’s right, it’s time to ditch the socks, roll up your pants a bit (do NOT veer off into waiting for the flood territory) and let those ankles see the light of day after hibernating all winter. The only problem is that when you go sockless, your sneakers can reek worse than, well, Reek, a.k.a. Theon Greyjoy. To get a true no-show sock, you can wear peds. But if you want to really set you feet free then you’re going to need a sneaker that can hold up to your feet’s perspiration without causing people to establish a 50-foot perimeter around you because your feet stank.
Here are six great-looking sneakers to wear without socks.
NIKE ROSHE ONE FLYKNIT
Since it was introduced, the Roshe One (formerly the Roshe Run) has been a great sneaker to go sockless in, owing to a rubber sockliner that kept them from getting to rank when you wore them sockless. Then Nike went and added it’s highly breathable Flyknit upper to the popular sneaker to keep your feet cool as a cucumber inside.
CONVERSE JACK PURCELL WOVEN LEATHER
Normally, a leather sneaker would turn the insides into a sauna if you wore them sans socks. But the woven pattern on the upper allows air to move through easily and the cork footbeds do a great job of keeping your feet dry. As for the styling, well, they’re Jack Purcells. Nuff said.
Wear them with shorts, wear them with joggers. There really isn’t a way to rock the Greats Bab and not look good. The chukka sneakers have a an airy mesh upper and the footbed is ultrasuede which feels great against your skin. And at $59, you can afford to pick up a pair in all of the fresh colors.
NATIVE APOLLO MOC
Native got its start making rubberized interpretations of iconic styles like Converse Chuck Taylors and the Vans Eras. They were like Crocs, but cooler. Now they have a new style that is all its own, but no less classic. The Apollo Moc has a perforated microfiber upper and a ridiculously light EVA outsole. You will live in these this summer.
ADIDAS PRIMEKNIT STAN SMITH
What do you get when you take one of the simplest and most classic sneaker designs of all time and marry it with state-of-the-art technology? Awesomeness, that’s what. Even though the Primeknit Stan Smiths have a standard sockliner, the knit upper provides enough ventilation that the footbeds won’t turn into a swamp. There’s a reason that these sell out quickly whenever a new colorway drops.
NIKE FREE SOCFLY
For more of a futuristic running silhouette, the Nike Socfly is a great choice. The upper is a seamless mesh so that you’ll be able to feel the breeze through your toes and the midfoot straps locks your foot in place so that it won’t move around too much inside the shoe creating friction and heat.