Saturday, January 6, 2007

At The Shows……Sockless, Calvin Klein Show

The temperatures have been in the 50′s and 60′s in New York the last couple of weeks which seems to be a perfect temperature to do a sockless shoe look. I love the way that Robert ,from L’Uomo Vogue, has done it here.


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  1. jpunk

    January 6, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I like this sockless man. I am not much for men in little shorts and cutesy sandals OFF the beach or trail, that is a turn off, but this sockless man is a turn on– he is elegant.

    also men on sailboats in skinny jeans & sockless in real shoes look stylish.

  2. tom

    January 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Silly question maybe, but doesn’t going sockless lead to smelly shoes and smelly feet pretty quickly?

  3. positive_negative

    January 6, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I know it’s odd to bring up, but I wonder what they’re talking about?

    And with the way the weather is now, I picture Robert saying, “God! Aren’t you hot in that get up?”

  4. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I lived in Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and Sanibel Island (all in Florida) for some years of my life. Love that warm weather.

    Sockless with Johnson’s baby powder, pure cornstarch, sprinkled lightly into the shoe before wearing, or dusted on the foot, is the way that worked best for me…keeps things dry and comfy.

    But in NYC, I never go sockless…it seems too affected for my taste here…and not very urban. Guess I’ll reserve sockless for the more tropical climes…but that’s just me.

    - JCH

  5. Nia

    January 6, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Is he really not wearing socks? Or is he wearing those tiny socks that fool you into thinking he’s going sockless? That’s what I do with sneakers in the summer–there’s nothing I hate more than seeing a sock peeking out of a sneaker.

  6. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I know the other guy’s pants are light grey, but the white socks still make me wince a bit.

  7. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    I tried going sockless once and lasted about 10 minutes! It was sticky and just plain uncomfortable.

    There are socks called peds that one can wear and still look sockless.

    I don’t recommend going sockless unless your feet never sweat.

  8. herringbonekid

    January 6, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    that’s quite a timeless look to pair turned up dark jeans with traditional brown brogues and a white shirt… has a 40s/50s nod.

    helps if each item is gracefully distressed, otherwise could look bland.

  9. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    Hi, I´m from Spain and love your blog! sockless seems to be cool and lazy, i like it!

  10. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Isaac Mizrahi seems to always be sockless; it’s amusing.

  11. Butch

    January 6, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Well, one wants to disassociate oneself–or this one does–from WASP-y socklessness, which seems always to involve slip-ons of the Weejuns sort.

    The key here, I think, is the short-ish (though cuffed) trouser length, and the shoes, which are lace-up.

    Weather permitting, I think socklessness on men can be great, as in the photo.

    (Now is it time to discuss venturing forth sans underwear?)

  12. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    Eww. Hate the sockless look. It looks so affected. Moreover, it is incredibly unhygenic.

  13. tartanscot

    January 6, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    I LOVE when this thread gets going . . . . I remember one from last summer with VERY heated and with firmly cemented beliefs on one side or the other . . . .

    for those of you who prefer not to go sockless, please wear socks to your heart’s content . . . .

    for those of us who DO like the casual, informal attitude that wearing shoes “commando-style” offers . . . please don’t infer that we’re “filthy” or “smelly” or “uncivilised” in any way . . . lol . . . . we just have adopted a more casual way of wearing our footwear. . . . . and I DO own dozens of pairs of wonderful socks that I DO wear on formal occasions . . .

    NOW, let’s see if we can get some strong opinions going about wear jeans WITHOUT undergarments . . . . . THERE! that otta get something started . . . .

    SMW if SF

  14. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Ok, so, is that white socks with black shoes that I’m looking at here? Sorry, but I can’t seem to tear my eyes away to look at the no-socks man.

  15. miss bossy

    January 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    If the shoes were any more dressy they would look wrong. I think he looks stylish and elegant.

  16. Jenn

    January 6, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I noticed this sockless trend just yesterday on a flock of St. Louis catholic schoolgirls. The plaid skirts and button-down oxfords I was familiar with, but the penny loafers and top-siders I wore have been replaced with worn and dirty nike running shoes – and no socks. Makes me wonder what the nuns are wearing these days…

  17. Dutch

    January 6, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    That’s a good look. To the poster who wondered what they were discussing, it wasn’t just you. I wondered the same thing. LOL

  18. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    I thought Don Johnson was so unbelievably hot on Miami Vice with his naked ankles!

    Bring back the big pastel suits, naked ankles, and slip ons!

    Yum city. :P

  19. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Sart, I have a question that’s totally unrelated to this photo…is it really THAT “warm” in NY now? I will be in NY from the 18th to the 29th of this month. It’ll be my first time to visit NY. I still don’t know what clothes to pack, but your site has been very helpful. I’ve been visiting your blog for more than a year now…just to see what New Yorkers are wearing. I hope that my winter coats will serve its purpose when I get there. Lovely pictures by the way. Keep up the good work!

    x Asia

  20. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    he should wear socks…

  21. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    He probably wearing ped-socks. That’s my secret when I want a ‘sockless look.’

    Sockless can be sexy on both guys and girls, but I dig cute, unusual or just nice socks and hose.

  22. janvangogh

    January 6, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    These temps have made me want to go sockless. Then I just stop and think “Why dont I just wear sandals?”

  23. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    i think it’s funny how people are so against the sockless look…for me personally, i usually only go sockless with topsiders (i have two pairs, one white leather and another brown leather with a tannish mesh and when it’s between 40-75 degrees they’re pretty much the only thing i wear). it’s also necessary to be very careful about the length of the pants: a little high looks good, especially when you messily roll chinos or denim, but if you go beyond thom browne highness it can look a little funny. the key is to really only do it with shoes that are decently breathable and not too dressy. trying to attempt it with nice wingtips is too uncomfortable and looks odd, in my opinion. nothing against thom browne wearing dress shoes without socks, but socks are another accessory to add a little color or design to your outfit– why not use them?

  24. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I love this sockless look, its not unhygenic at all unless your feet stinks, me I wear this gorgeous prada oxfords a lot sockless, and always tell my husband to wear sometimes sockless shoes, they look so chic, I think it is very european.. I just love it! you see it more and more in all the magazines..

  25. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    in spirit of the air tie, is this the ‘air sock’?

  26. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    I think the ideal is to do this with a pair of distressed brown wing tips (kinda like what John Varvatous has been doing in past seasons) with a pair of dark Helmut Lang straight leg jeans, a crisp white shirt and a navy blazer. Throw on a vintage Hamilton and well, it just makes me smile to even think about that get-up. Thanks again Sart for adding a smile to an otherwise blah day. (Note:I know I spelled Varvatous name wrong…I just spent 20 minutes looking thru the Jan. 1 issue of DNR to find his name and wouldn’t you know it…it is the ONE issue in which he isn’t mentioned!Forgive me fashion fans!)

  27. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I’m generaly pro-sock (or more accurately, anti-no-sock, if you catch my drift.) But I guess I’m coming around a bit … heck, I even used to wear socks with sandals.

    Beyond issues of sweat and smell which may or may not be wafting your way, I find socks comfortable in a practical sort of way (especially if a fair bit of walking about is involved) which makes me think this is an effort at casual discomfort. I am reminded of “those kids” in highschool who were “too cool” to properly bundle up on cold winter days, shivering away insisting they’re not cold …

  28. Anonymous

    January 6, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    Sorry, leather shoes without socks is never attractive. At least not to me. Gross actually.

  29. rudeboy

    January 6, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I say, just think of the stink!

  30. Phoebe

    January 6, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    I think Robert pulls it off fabulously, but I’d say that the majority (oh, by far at least 90%) of men can NOT go sockless. Unless they’re wearing Topsiders. Then it looks fine.

    Oh, I suppose it’s the air and surroudings of a situation, I know. But somehow, in NYC…it’s a bit odd.

  31. Tara

    January 7, 2007 at 2:43 am

    I know this week has been pretty nice with the weather. Just not for walking around sockless. Funny enough I have to say I do like what I see. However, baby powder does do the trick :-)

  32. Sara

    January 7, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    Love the shockless look…I always do! And have everybody getting at me becuse of the cold! :(

  33. fastred1

    January 7, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I go “sockless” with a pair of distressed black oxfords and jeans. What I actually do is take a pair of black tennis socks (those ones that just barely stick out of sneakers) and cut about an inch off the front. The back naturally stays beneath the shoe. I can’t stand the heat you get with bunched up socks and jeans.

  34. Anonymous

    January 8, 2007 at 2:22 am

    How interesting! If I had to pick between the two, I’d go for “sockless man” as the black shoe/white gym socks combo is, umm, not working.

    Gym socks are for the gym or for knee high boots with killer heels. Period.


  35. EffingB

    January 8, 2007 at 10:51 am

    butch wrote:
    “(Now is it time to discuss venturing forth sans underwear?)”

    Send me a head-shot and maybe we can discuss it next time I’m up there. ;-)

    As I was flying in to NY last Saturday yahoo weather said it was 70 degrees in Manhattan. (But of course that’s no guarantee for the weather in two weeks’ time, anonymous.)

    I agree there IS a time and a place for the sockless look, but it seems to me NY in January is neither the place nor the time…

    By the way I have a bone to pick with L’Uomo Vogue, they published an awful interview, riddled with mistakes, with Rufus Wainwright in the December issue. The shots are great, though…

    Also I’ve been trying to find a color picture of the printed Carlo Pignatelli – Outside – blazer he’s wearing on the last spread of the article.

  36. Kayla

    January 9, 2007 at 3:35 am

    When I go sockless, I put ONE drop of tea tree oil on the sole of each foot before I slip into my shoes. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic properties so there is no foot odor.

  37. Anonymous

    January 10, 2007 at 5:23 am

    I tend to go sockless in the summer months when wearing Todd loafers and linen slacks (sometimes rolled up to show a little ankle). I’ve never had any of the ladies complain to me about foot odor. Airing the shoes out and maybe sticking in a wooden shoe tree should absorb any moisture and the leather smell should return to the shoes.
    I’d think that with brogues or oxford lace-up shoes, the leather would chafe my ankles too much to wear without socks.

  38. Anonymous

    January 10, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Both these guys look good. Although I’m not sure about the white/cream socks!!

  39. Lit

    January 11, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Lets go sans everything: socks, underwear, ties!! Sockless is awesome, seriously, and there’s nothing gross about it. But you have to be careful to wear the right shoes.

    Most of you would’ve noticed that the trend, like at D&G Summer 2006/07 (was it?), is to wear a shorts suit with very smart, pointy shoes, obviously without socks. I think it looks amazing!

  40. Anonymous

    January 13, 2007 at 12:44 am

    Sockless is very unappealing, and now I’ll also be thinking about those little fawn sockettes. Much better to wear what I think are called Flip Flops in the U.S.You can get them in black or navy.

  41. Dan

    January 13, 2007 at 5:50 am

    I also tried the “Sockless” but didn’t work out for me.

  42. Anonymous

    May 4, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    sockless looks really sexy, but i find it more comfortable in my chucks than in oxfords…i’ve even tried not-socks and still a bit uncomfortable

  43. Anonymous

    October 5, 2008 at 2:22 am

    i love going sockless. It has always bothered me why women’s shoes are sometime intended to be worn sockless yet men don’t have that option. in cities with hot summers it’s funny how women can have their arms and legs showing yet mens fashion requires you to be covered from the neck down.

  44. Anonymous

    November 15, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    I’d propose this summer sockless dress: Shorts, slightly tan legs and those low-cut moccasins (leave bare uncovered most of the back of feet but the toes), apparently similar to lady shoes, they actually a very regular man hot outfit. What fo you think about it. I’d love it.

  45. Jon

    May 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I like going sockless, mostly because I don’t like doing laundry. I use insoles and rotate my shoes so they have at least one day to air. I also shower every day and moisterize my feet with vaseline. I haven’t had a problem with oder.

  46. Anonymous

    December 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Sockless is the way I like to roll in the warmer weather. I see no need for socks. Hey if you like wearing socks, that is fine too, but don't criticize me for not wanting to wear them. My feet don't sweat much and don't smell so I don't need to wear socks. It is way more comfortable to go sockless for me.

  47. Anonymous

    February 20, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I've also gone sockless. I like the look. And my girlfriend likes the look also. We both don't wear socks. The key is to wear good leather shoes that keep odors down. And always keep your feet clean. Everyones feet sweat, some not as much. I have to rotate my shoes at least every other day so they can have a chance to dry out.

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