Should you or shouldn't you wear two pair of socks?



Decide on the number of layers you want to year. In theory, you could wear as many layers of socks as you can fit into your shoes, but you should probably stick to two or three. This was more the norm, even for the 80’s, and will keep your feet from sweating too much.


Pick the right socks. In the 80’s, you could easily find slouch socks, which were specially designed to be layered. These long socks had very elastic tops and could be "slouched," folded down, or bunched with ease. They were also made of thin material to prevent the wearer’s foot from getting too sweaty upon layering. If you cannot find actual slouch socks, look for colorful, thin socks that reach up to your mid-calf or higher.


Coordinate the colors. It was very important to properly coordinate the colors of your layered socks in the 80’s. The colors should match the colors found in your outfit, and each layer must use a different color. For example, if your shirt has...

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Flats season is the best. The weather isn’t too hot for boots or too cold for sandals, it’s just right. The only downside is the whole socks issue. Should you wear socks that show, even slightly, or go barefoot and risk stinking them up? I mean, the struggle is real, guys. But I just found the most amazing product that actually changes everything. Are you ready for it?

They’re called Gekks and they are specifically designed for wearing with boat shoes and loafers with leather material on the inside (like Sperry Authentic Original top siders or Tod driving shoes). They look like this:

You insert them in to the shoe and they are absolutely no-show (unlike no-show socks that sometimes totally show). Here’s them in action:

They’re $25 each or $48 for a 2-pack. Grab them here.

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So I was sitting here thinking as usual, and socks came to mind. It’s so weird if you really think about it that we wear these things through most of the day. They come in all shapes and sizes, different materials, colors, anything you can imagine. There’s even designer sock that may cost you a pretty penny.

The comparison I’ve pondered up is between us and other mammals on the planet. We are the only mammals on the whole planet that wear socks! You don’t see a bear running around in a nice low cut pair of socks. So why is it that we have to have them? The normal things come to mind when that question is asked. They help protect our feet, keep them warm, prevent our feet from getting blisters while wearing shoes… The list goes on and on.

But I believe that because of socks is the reason we have to wear them. Does that make sense? What I mean is, since we started wearing socks, our feet have become accustomed to having this nice fluffy, warm, protective...

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I received this request from one of my lovely readers:

Imogen, I’d appreciate your professional opinion and advice on the matter of whether it is okay to wear hosiery with shoes that have either an open toe (such as a strappy sandal or peep-toe pump) or an open back (such as a mule or a slingback pump). I have bunions on my feet, so I carefully select shoes that hide the bunions so they can’t be seen. However, because of the bunions, I have to wear a wider width shoe, which makes closed pumps impossible to wear due to the fact that they are too wide in the heel. For this reason, I wear slingback pumps. I’m pushing 50 and feel very strongly that hosiery should be worn with dressy and/or office attire. However, Clinton Kelly (of TLC’s “What Not to Wear”) says that if a shoe has no back, then hosiery should not be worn. I’d like for this issue to be settled once and for all, as other websites have stated that hosiery is perfectly fine for slingbacks. IMO, the...

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5. 1. First thing’s first: Remember that It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.*

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“Personally I coach my candidates to dress for the position above the one they are interviewing for. Never EVER arrive wearing anything less than a dark blue or black two piece suit matched with a mellow tie and socks (for men) black or dark brown tone (polished) shoes. For the ladies we coach them to dress in a conservative top under a suit jacket and slacks or knee length skirt with flats or professional heels and never EVER BARE LEGS! We also recommend all candidates be aware of their personal hygiene from teeth, manicured hands, natural/neutral makeup, lightly fragranced cologne or perfume or none at all.” — Kristie B., recruiter for IT staffing agency Modis

*Note: Dressing in any way resembling this toddler is probably a bad...

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I skate in hockey skates, but for recreational purposes.

I am wondering if one should really wear two pair of socks? When I was buying skates, they guys in the shop adviced me to wear them, but now when I am suffering ugly lace bites I doubt the logic behind it:

the skate feel is more puffy, because of all cushioning from all sides the foot is placed higher I cannot insert anything extra in front, because there is already very little room inside skate

So maybe it is all wrong, and I should go with single pair of socks, get maximum fit from the skates, and forget about wearing anything extra because of the folk-tradition?

I am not looking for opinions, I am looking for hard...

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To keep my feet warm I often wear two pairs of socks, a thin pair and a thicker pair (because two thick pairs = feet too big for shoes). Does it make any difference to heat retention which pair I put on first, thick or thin?

Bob, Twickenham, England

I would suggest thin one first; as this will create 2 layers of air (created by the layers of sock) closer to the skin and provide a thicker layer of insulating material on the outside. Thus your body heat will warm up the trapped air faster, and the layers of air are further from the cold outside. Theoretically thin first should get warmer quicker and stay warmer, but you probably wont notice the difference so I'd stick with the softest sock first.

Matthew, York UK

If you are wearing two pairs of socks, make sure that the thinner layer goes next to the feet and that it is made of a synthetic material like Coolmax. Dry feet are warm feet because water (perspiration) transfers heat away from...
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Yes, this re-emphasizes the “no cotton” rule. Sweatpants and sweatshirts were once popular cold weather running attire. But with the advent of running clothes made from technical fabrics, sweats are really considered "old school" among runners. Running clothes made from technical fabrics, such as DriFit, are much more comfortable because they wick away sweat and keep you dry. If you wear sweats for a cold outdoors run, you're going to get wet, stay wet, and then get chilled. Sweats are great for lounging around the house after a run, but if you want your runner to feel comfortable and look sharp for your cold outdoor runs, stick to running tights, pants, and shirts made from technical...

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I hate wearing soccer socks so what I do is I just cut the foot off of the soccer socks, and wear my own socks and put on whats left of the soccer socks just to be in uniform with the rest of my team's socks. So I'm wearing my own socks ( just cheat white tube socks) and I just slide on the cut feet soccer socks.

P.S. I know a lot of scrubs back in high school who wore two pairs of socks because they somehow thought it was cool but I think its fcking g@y. Also with the ankle tape crap. I think thats pretty g@y too. Just play the damn game! Enough with the accersories and nonsense. Wristbands, headgear, ankle accesories (I've actually seen people play with little bands like wristbands but for the ankle....when the f do you need to use ur ankle to wipe the sweat off ur face? Thats why u have a wristband). Play the game it was meant to be played and only wear stuff necessary. I remember seeing someone's picture they posted here I don't know who it was but they in the picture he...

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While layering, you need to make sure that you use proper layers. The innermost layer must be thin and breathable and the outer layer must be fluffy and breathable. Else you will feel uncomfortable and might regret wearing 2 layers of socks. Also, while buying your shoes, calculate for this extra space. I usually advice to carry a thick woolen socks to the shop to wear it to test your shoes. Remember, your shoe will also expand a little bit after uses the stitches will ease out slowly.

If you are layering in 2, do remember to carry atleast 3 pairs.

1 - > Trekking pair

2 -> Camping pair (change to camping pair immediately after you reach the camp. Dry the used pair )

3 -> Reserved pair for contingency

Advantages of using layered socks (as mentioned above):

An additional insulation layer to protect your feet from cold protects your feet against rubbing the shoe leather and hence protecting against shoe blisters ads to cushioning and comfort ...
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Do you rent boots? If so, try to get a pair that fits with a thin or medium ski sock, but if you own boots that you've been using with two pairs, maybe you should keep using the thick sock with liner, until you get a new pair. Try them on with a medium sock, but the boots may be too big to wear with less socks.

I skied several years in a pair that required very thick socks. While I knew that was not an ideal situation, I skied better those seasons than at any other time in my life, Despite the boots, not because of them.

Just wanted to say skiing in boots that require an extra pair of socks is not the end of the world, it can be very fun.

On the other hand, if your boots hurt, take them off. A bone spur or bunion can get started and cause problems the rest of your like. Ski boots have damaged my feet, but not that pair of too big Scarpas....

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There are a lot of unspecified variables involved here... type of socks, fit of the shoe/boot, type of shoe, conditions you are hiking in, etc.

But in general, double-socking may offer the following which may help prevent blisters:

reduced friction - assuming one sock is a thin slick liner sock which tends to stick to your foot while the outer sock sticks to the boot thus keeping the rubbing happening between the two. moisture control - a liner sock can help wick moisture away from your foot. Dry feet are happy feet. additional padding - can prevent hot-spots and pressure points (or can create them, depending on the fit of the shoe) can help take up space - shoes that fit too big can rub more leech control - two pairs of tight woven socks have served me well for 2 years in the tropics warmth - adds additional insulation (though if your boot is a tight fit, this can actually work against you as you decrease circulation/air space...)

If the question is whether...

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Whoever told you that you shouldn't wear socks during sleep was...wrong. To answer your question it is mostly a myth, but there is a lot of science to sleep.

Socks: good or bad?

After reading some of the answers here, it is obvious that some people are just sock haters. Others have treated core body temperature and skin temperature as being one in the same. Well, I am not going to do either of those things. Instead, I have researched this topic to provide this article for your interest and reading pleasure. Now if you will excuse me, allow me to sock it to you guys.

Jeff aptly identifies a few topics related to this question which I will address here:

Sleep science (Does heat = bad sleep? Is it related to feet?) Hygiene (do socks contribute to sweaty or gross feet?) Aesthetics (Socks can be a fashion statement) Procreation (Socks aren't an aphrodisiac, but they don't get in the way)


It isn't the socks, or even the...

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