Sockless opportunities are primarily dictated by geography, climate, and outfit. East Coasters aren’t going to rock the sockless style much past mid-October, while inhabitants of certain western cities might go without foot mittens year round.
Let your sockless flag fly while sporting boat shoes, loafers, moccasins, canvas shoes, and certain lace ups. Bluchers, bucks, and desert boots lend themselves to the sockless look. Oxfords, by contrast, tend to be stiffer and a bit more blister-inducing. But it can be done—or brilliantly faked, with the help of an invisible liner sock like this one from Taft.
In the absence of socks, there are several ways to absorb the moisture that causes foot odor. Cedar wood shoetrees will soak up sweat, but only after the fact. And of course, rotating shoes frequently and washing your dogs with antibacterial soap will prevent odor-causing bacteria. It’s difficult to imagine a bar of soap better suited for your feet than Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap. And of course, non-asbestiform talcum powder is perfect for odor-prone hotspots like your feet. Sprinkle a palm-full into your shoes in the morning (and throughout the day) to keep your feet fresh, smooth, and dry. For an added cooling agent, try Bálla Powder Tingle, which delights toes with pleasant menthol.