Loafers, boat shoes, low-tops – the shoe world is your oyster
Written by Jacob Sigala
There is no doubt that the temperature is rising. The sun is hanging around longer and the layers are coming off. Your jacket becomes a short-sleeve button-up, your pants turn into shorts, but what of your socks? Eliminating socks from your outfit could provide you with that much more ventilation. Problem is, though, no one wants to deal with the repercussions of going sans socks—i.e., sweat and odor. Fret not! Cue the no-show socks. No-show are the low-cut and essentially invisible answer to your footwear prayers, and we’re here to show you how to wear them.
With Dress Shoes
Staying sharp during the summer shouldn’t be a chore. Though there are those that will argue that showing ankle is not formal, so long as you’re not attending a career-defining meeting, there isn’t much reason to think so. Dress shoes and no-shows work best with tailored clothing–think tapered pants that end right at the ankle. If you’re going for a more casual look, show off more ankle by rolling up the cuffs on a nice pair of chinos or jeans.
With Boat Shoes
We’re sure your summer isn’t short on boat shoes. If you’re rocking them, no-shows are the way to do it. Any other sock would simply be out of place, and going sans sock is just uncomfortable. Chinos, jeans, and tapered shorts (just above the knee) are these shoes’ best friend. The boat shoe/no-show combo will make for a great look at the beach or meeting up with friends during the day.
Sneakers are are casual as it gets but there’s no reason to disregard style. A pair of nice kicks and rolled up pant cuffs will help you look summer-ready. Like with boat shoes, tapered shorts will look great, so save the cargo shorts for your camping trip. Keep in mind we’re not talking running shoes here; think more along the lines of Paul Smiths or a pair of stylish trainers.
Before no-shows were being rocked with any of the shoes mentioned above, they were worn exclusively with loafers. Loafers are the perfect balance of business and casual–easily dressed up or pared down. As a result, you can wear no-shows and loafers with everything from tailored pants to jeans depending on the occasion.
No-shows are your answer to summer style and heat. They’re equally stylish and functional, so go ahead, fellas, enjoy your summer and show off your ankles.
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SOURCE: THE GENTLEMANUAL