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School may be starting soon and although that means autumn is coming, it’s still warm enough to be rocking sandals (though I will admit, here in Portland we’ve barely hit 80°F enough to count). We may be biased when we suggest wearing socks with sandals, but they do help alleviate sweaty feet and chafing. And there are some good options that hide away in your shoe, if you’re not into the anklet and strappy sandal look, or just want something with a lower profile than the shorter socks for summer I blogged about earlier.
Okay, let’s start with the barest minimum, the Gracel Foot Ring. Perfect for open-toed slides, it’s just enough sock to keep a shoe from rubbing uncomfortably. And if you wear wider slides, then you can’t see the sock at all.
They also work pretty well with flip-flops, though they don’t protect that area between your toes. (also what do you call these shoes? Most people I went to school with called them slippers, but I went to school with a lot of native Hawai’ian folks). For better protection between the toes that’s still lightweight, the Silk Toes Half Sock or the Silk Ballerina Toes are perfect.
Now half socks we have a category for, though it’s not very populated right now. Some of our favourite barely-there sock styles have been discontinued, but we are always on the lookout for more. Luckily, two great basics, the Civo Mule Slide Socks and the Cotton Half Socks have stuck around. They’re perfect for closed-toe sandals, clogs and slides of all sorts. The Cotton Half Socks come two pairs to the pack, one black and one white, both with fun dots at the toes. The Civo Mule Slide Socks, pictured in the middle below, come in the same great range of shades as the Gracel Foot Ring.
Speaking of barely-there, the Extreme No-Show Liner is the minimum amount of sock that still covers your heel and toes. The skimmers and flats I’ve been seeing all over are perfect with these little socks. They still show a little over super-low cut shoes, but are covered up by most flats. What I love about the Extreme No-Show Liners is that they also come in packs of two pair, more bang for your buck!
Do you wear these kinds of socks with sandals? Are your feet tough enough to stand up to rubbing or do you need a little bit of sock to keep you comfy?
9 soxy thoughts:
Growing up, we called flip flops “zories”.
I love the IDEA of the super low no-show sock, but they never stay on my heel. I’d like to try out some of the others, though. Got an international shipping discount lying around anywhere? 🙂
Need more colors of these: http://www.sockdreams.com/products/socks/toe-socks/toesox-toeless-ankle-socks-with-grips
And maybe some without the rubber on the bottom. They are the only socks that work with Vibram Five Fingers and I love them, but would like more variety. 🙂
Sharon—Zories! That’s a great word! May I ask where that was? I love regional dialect and vocab.
Robin—How well a no-show stays on depends so much on the shoe too! It’s like trying to figure out how well the average sock will stay up on your leg, too many variables! Most of us have had good luck with the Extreme No Shows though. We don’t have any discounts lying around right now, but if you get some friends together, it takes the edge off of shipping costs for sure.
Bel—The colours of the ToeSox Toeless styles we carry are the only colours they offer right now, sorry. 🙁 Some of our customers find that the grippies don’t bother their shoes, but I can see that within the closer confines of the Vibrams, the grippy bits would be too much. Like colour options, ToeSox only offers that style in a grip-bottom right now. But more toeless options are definitely something we keep an eye out for.
Brenna not sure how that name came about maybe it was a brand name like kleenex instead of tissue? …isn’t it funny how you grow up saying one thing and then have to change your language to adapt to others around you…for instance my mom used to say that fermented milk drink kefir “kah-fear” and here everyone pronounces it (kee-fir) they look at me strangely when I say kah-fear. LOL!
Ooh, where on Earth did those beaded flats in the last picture come from? Anyone know? *crosses fingers*
@Sharon & Brenna – Ooh, I wonder if it came from the Japanese word “zori”?
@Robin – You can either turn around the Extreme No-Shows (toe side on your heel, heel side at your toes) for a little more stay-up height in the back, or try one of reception’s tricks for this style: sock glue!
Jess, you are so smart!
My mom always calls flip-flops “thongs,” which made me mighty confused when I started growing up. She’s from Montana.