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boat shoes - socks or no socks?

post #1 of 35
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I think boat shoes are awesome! But I wonder if it is too dorky to wear them with socks. I like how they look and feel when worn sockless, but I am not a fan on sweating the insides of my shoes off, actually it sucks Plus it will also probably shorten the life of the shoe. I'd imagine that being designed as "boat" shoes, they *are* supposed to be worn sockless, no?

so, what's the consensus?
post #2 of 35
No sock look is better.

You can still wear the very very low cut, "loafer" socks that are designed to not show.
post #3 of 35
I like no socks, but socks can work, as I was shown in another thread on this with this picture (even though I think they're sneakers):
post #4 of 35
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Originally Posted by robin View Post
I like no socks, but socks can work, as I was shown in another thread on this with this picture (even though I think they're sneakers):


eey, nice photo! that chap is pretty cool. a little flabby, but then again, he seems not to give a s**it!

I guess big part of this depends on the pants. I definitely can't see the socks working with jeans. But with some marginally more refined pants, why not..
post #5 of 35
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
No sock look is better.

You can still wear the very very low cut, "loafer" socks that are designed to not show.

I've never found an "invisible" pair of loafer socks, until someone on this forum recommended these: http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/produc...=637&pid=58595

Highly recommended and totally invisible, even on low-vamp, low-rise loafers/boat shoes. Thanks, StyleForum!
post #6 of 35
Banana Republic has a nice loafer sock that doesn't show.
post #7 of 35
throw some powder or athelete's foot spray on your feet (or in the shoe) before putting on the shoes and you're good to go.
post #8 of 35
i picked up some myself this very weekend from nordstrom....cant wear boatshoes without smelling some serious foot stink!
post #9 of 35
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Originally Posted by blahblahblah View Post
eey, nice photo! that chap is pretty cool. a little flabby, but then again, he seems not to give a s**it!

Dude, you do know who that is, right? Trust me, he didn't give a damn.

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Plus it will also probably shorten the life of the shoe.

I've always considered boat shoes to be "disposable" given that they're supposed to be worn sockless and they are worn in a harsh maritime setting. At any rate, given that the time I spend on a boat is limited to bass fishing and I don't live anywhere near the ocean -- and wear them as casual shoes -- I don't do them sockless too often.
post #10 of 35
No socks. Use baby powder.
post #11 of 35
When you are out on an actual boat, on a overnight run from Monterey to Morro Bay, or Morrow Bay to Santa Barbara, or really anywhere between the Golden Gate and Point Conception, believe me, you will want socks. After Point Conception, and anywhere on dry land, never.
post #12 of 35
Manton has no credibility now that FNB has proven the rules are obsolete.
post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by blahblahblah View Post
IBut I wonder if it is too dorky to wear them with socks.

Yes - dorky, JFK notwithstanding.
post #14 of 35
Unless it's too cold on the water - which may explain the JFK choice.
post #15 of 35
At least make sure to have to boat to go with the shoes
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