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doubling up socks

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by samnc, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. samnc

    samnc Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I got some new thin dress socks, and my shoes seem a little too big now, and my feet are not as comfortable as they were in my older socks (which really were not legit dress socks). Is it OK for me to double-layer my socks and to put the thicker non-dressy socks inside the dress socks? When I wear them it seems comfortable, and the dress socks do not look strange with the other sock inside it.

    Does anyone here do this? Is there something inherently wrong with me doubling up a sock?
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2007
    Venezia, Italy
    Doubling up socks is something that should be saved for hiking in cold weather - don't do it with a pair of dress shoes or socks.

    Always wear your thinnest socks when you are going to try on dress shoes. To me it sounds as if your shoes are too big and you'd be better served by changing them or putting an insole in there.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2013
  3. CaymanS

    CaymanS Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    Personally, I love doubling up socks for chilly weather.

    Everyone has a pair of shoes that 'stretched' over time and is a little loose.

    That is a perfect pair for freezing weather where there is no snow - the extra room will accommodate two pairs of socks easily and you'll be toasty all day.

    I usually do a ratty old pair of mid-calf socks as the first layer, topped off with a nice pair of over the calf gold toe mercerized cotton socks.

    Your feet will thank you.
  4. glenjay

    glenjay Well-Known Member

    Feb 13, 2009
    Bend, Oregon
    You can get wool dress socks in varying weights, and cashmere dress socks are always very nice in cold weather.
  5. f800gs

    f800gs Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2012
    Check out Smartwool.
  6. FlaneurNYC

    FlaneurNYC Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    In A Gadda Da Vida, Baby!
    Wear one pair of socks and put tongue pads in your shoes.

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