The sockless look is on trend for the Summer. Freedom from the confines of the fabric foot sleeves has its allure, the fashionable no-sock style is not without its functional short comings, though. There’s the chaffing of heels and the blistering of poor soles everywhere, and then there’s the funk. Foot funk.
A pair of feet pacing in shoes, all day and every day in the sweltering heat, are going to stink. You may look fresh but you won’t be smelling all that fresh, and that is in no way attractive.
Don’t sweat it, though, we will defy biology itself.
Here are 8 tips to pull off the sockless look without knocking everybody out:
1.Drink Lots of Water
It’s hot, so you should be keeping hydrated; get the bulk of your fluids from good ol’ H2O. Drinking alcohol, and eating oily and spicy foods contribute to the stench,so limit your intake of those. Sweat is essentially salt, dirt, oil, bacteria, a bunch of other stuff, and water. Drinking lots of water will help dilute the sweat, decreasing overall B.O.
2. Powder Your Feet
Talcum powder will keep your feet dry and prevent friction burns. It’s great because it’s cheap and widely available. Before you put your shoes on, puff some on your feet, spreading it all around and between toes. Maybe throw some inside, and tap your shoes to distribute it evenly throughout. Pay attention when wearing black or any other dark colours, so you’re not all dusty.
3. Stick on Some Moleskin Pads
Moleskins are great for breaking in new shoes, you know, those that mercilessly cut up your Achilles. They act as a sort of buffer between the shoes and your feet, reducing friction that gets feet raw and painful. You can cut them into any shape then stick them onto any spot that’s bothering you. Pack some band-aids, in case.
4. Take Care of Your Toenails
Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to get a pedicure, unless you want want one; it’s a free world. What mean is using a nail clipper to cut and file your nails, so they don’t scare off the ladies when you take your shoes off. It doesn’t have to be anything high-end. Long nails pushing up against the toe box can generate discomfort; trimmed toenails look good and let your toes be more comfortable inside your shoe.
Remember to scrape out that dirt underneath the toenails with that little hook at the end of the file. Humid shoes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and these little buggers will help make your foot stink. If you’re feeling experimental, sniff the nail cleaner tool after digging up that under-nail crud, it is rank!
5.Wash Your Feet Daily
It goes without saying that one should shower daily, especially after getting all sweaty in the humid outdoors. I do hope you have been already doing this without my telling so. Wash your feet once, or even twice daily, if possible. Be sure to get right in between the toes so you don’t accumulate any toe jam. Of course, dry your feet thoroughly after getting wet; again, humid feet turn into smelly feet.
6. Wear Shoes That Are Breathable
Shoes are made from a range of materials, discount shoes made from synthetics like polyurethane(faux-leather) are pretty much plastic wrap or Tupperware for your feet, they don’t let any air or moisture in or out. Leading to (you guessed it) foot funk. Go for naturals like cotton-canvas and leather shoes.
7. Give Your Shoes Some R & R
Like I wrote in the 8 Ways to Make Your Clothing Last Longer Without Expensive Gimmicks article, give your shoes at least a day of rest between uses and put in cedar shoe trees at the end of the day. Again, to keep in-shoe humidity from accumulating, to a minimum.
8. When All Else Fails…
Well, you can’t win them all; some people are just naturally odorous, you can blame genetics on this one. You can wear socks and pull of the sockless look at the same time, all you need to do is wear these little ballerina socks.
They’re actually called “no-show” socks, they’re affordable and easy to find for men. They do look a little silly, but then again, no one will be able to see them when you got your shoes on.
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