It’s barefoot season. But for those who may shy away from sandals due to foot or modesty issues, there are some fun, fashionable closed-up footnotes to fall back on.
Ballet flats and moccasins are versatile silhouettes that look their best worn sockless and work with everything from casual dresses to ankle-skimming trousers. However, they can come with their share of comfort challenges. Soaring temperatures inside a shoe, coupled with friction at the toes and heels, can cause blisters, among other foot problems. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on these styles completely. Instead, try a pair of sock liners or footies for some added protection.
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Just because these socks are hidden inside the shoe doesn’t mean you sacrifice on style. There are “barely there” looks in skin-tone colors and novelty patterns. Hue does a cotton mesh liner with silicone at the back to ensure the liner stays up, while Sof Sole does its version in lightweight nylon and spandex in a range of sherbet-inspired colors. Hot Sox keeps it neutral with footliners done in lightweight stretch microfiber.
Here’s a tip when it comes to washing care. Soak them in the sink with some mild detergent because they can easily do a disappearing act when thrown in the wash with bigger items.