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Is it Bad to Wear Shoes Without Socks?

Have you ever gone sockless when wearing shoes, or wondered what it would be like? While socks play an important role in maintaining the health of your feet, there are some circumstances where it can be acceptable to go without them—as long as you take precautions to keep your feet clean, dry and fungus-free. Keep reading to learn more.

The Benefits of Wearing Socks


Our feet have more sweat glands than any other part of our bodies—around 250,000 glands in total. Socks keep our feet dry by absorbing the excess moisture from sweat, which helps to prevent fungal and bacterial infections like athlete’s foot from forming.

Socks also help to prevent blisters, calluses and chafing by keeping your shoes from rubbing against your bare feet. Plus, they provide cushioning to pad your feet as you walk and keep your feet warm during the freezing Calgary winters.

The Drawbacks of Going Sockless


The main risk of not wearing socks is that it increases your chances of developing athlete’s foot and similar infections. When you wear shoes without socks, there isn’t a layer of material between your foot and your shoe to absorb the sweat. As a result, your shoe becomes just the kind of warm, dark and moist environment where bacteria and fungi thrive.

What’s more, even if you don’t develop an infection, going sockless with closed shoes can cause your feet and shoes to seriously smell because of the build up of sweat and bacteria. 


When is it Acceptable to Not Wear Socks?


Although it’s a good idea to wear socks with closed shoes whenever possible, it’s fine to go without socks in the hot summer months when wearing open shoes like sandals—just make sure you’re washing your feet every day.

If you choose to go without socks when wearing closed shoes from time to time, try to alternate between multiple pairs of shoes to give them time to dry out. You can also use foot powders and antiperspirants to prevent excess sweating and odour. Check out our blog How to Not Wear Socks for more tips!


Visit Your Calgary Podiatrist


Whether you’re experiencing foot pain, suffering from a condition like athlete’s foot or simply want to learn more about routine foot care, get in touch with a foot specialist at Dalhousie Station Foot Clinic in Calgary. Our resident podiatrist and experienced staff will be glad to help you whatever your podiatric needs. To learn more or make an appointment, contact us today.