Sockless: The Smelly Situation
With spring here, and summer just around the corner we face the same problem
that we face every year: how to ditch the sock. I love boat shoes! Honestly, they’re the
only shoes I wear with shorts. The problem is to wear them with shorts you have to
ditch the socks. Some of you have no problem doing it with your no socks no problem
attitudes, but others like myself experience a few technicalities.
As gross as this sounds, your feet sweat. Its natural. The problem here is that as
natural as it is, its not very comfortable, and its kinda smelly. Our feet have hundreds of
thousands of pores through which sweat travels. In fact, your feet are among the
sweatiest parts of you body. Sweat doesn’t really smell though, its just salt and water,
but the stench comes from the bacteria that grows on your foot. On its own the bacteria
is also unscented, but when paired with sweat, things get real stinky. Now that we’ve
discovered why we sweat, and why our feet stink we can try to combat the problem.
While socks absorb sweat and keep your feet dry, you can’t really wear them with boat
shoes or loafers during the summer.
My first tip: Wash your feet everyday. It sounds easy enough, but people often
forget to scrub real well between the toes. Don’t just think you can take a shower and
they’ll be clean, you have to scrub that bacteria off! Wash everyday with soap and water
and you’ll see better results.
My second tip is to put baby powder on your toes, heals, and sides of your feet.
Baby powder, just like a sock, will absorb moisture and keep your feet dry throughout
the day. There are a couple of problems with this. First, it clumps, so when you use it
make sure you spread evenly and don’t overuse. The other problem is that its visible. If
you decide to take your shoes off at a friends house, you’ll be able to see the powder on
your feet. My solution to this problem is that you make sure you powder your shoe (not
your feet) the night before that way the shoe starts out dry and wash your feet before
going out. Maybe you can even put a little bit in the corners of the shoe where they
won’t stick so much to your feet.
Tip number three! Antiperspirant isn’t just for your pits. You can buy a special
deodorant for your feet, that will keep your feet dry just like Old Spice does to your
underarms. The prices vary anywhere from 10-30 dollars. Some are stronger than
others and may even need a prescription! There are even people who swear by regular
deodorant on your feet. Give Old Spice a try on your feet, it can’t hurt, and it could
possibly work for you!
My last tip is the easy way out. It’s so easy its almost cheating. No show socks.
You wouldn’t exactly be going sockless, but you’ll be giving the impression of it. These
socks cover basically just your heels and toes. They don’t show at the ankle and even
stop halfway up the top flat of your foot. Now show, no problem.
So now that we’ve gone over ways to combat this problem, you have no excuse
not to ditch your socks! No more long black tube socks with your Sperrys, and show off
those loafers with no sock distractions. Enjoy the pleasure while it lasts.