So let’s talk about this sockless issue. I’m going to tell you my big secret. The summer time is the only time that I don’t wear shoes sockless. Maybe tennis shoes but not leather shoes.
There’s one very simple reason.
In the summer your feet sweat then they stick to the leather, then blister.
Actually the ideal time to go sockless is between 45 degrees and 66 degrees. At that point your feet are cool enough to keep from blistering but not too cold, and not too warm.
I know there’s always the option of that little footie thing but that never seems to work for me at any time of year.
A few of you made an interesting point that if it’s cold enough for gloves it’s cold enough for socks. Personally I don’t dress by those kind of mathematical equations. But what I will say is that you wear gloves to keep your fingers warm and you wear shoes to keep your toes warm. The only part that’s exposed is your ankles. Maybe I have insensitive ankles, but my ankles never seem to get cold, just like my wrists never seem to get cold. I can honestly say when that photograph was taken, my extremities were temperature comfortable.