The Age Old Question: Should You Wear Socks or Liners With Boat Shoes?

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of owning a pair of boat shoes, then you already know that over time and with regular wear and tear that they can become quite, well, how can I politely put this nicely… odorly?

Traditionally speaking, it is isn’t advised to wear socks with boat shoes for a variety of reasons. For starters, you risk the chance of looking a bit out of place or perhaps even unfashionable (see picture below).

Sperry Boat Shoes

Don’t do this, please…

Boat shoes are also very iconic and centered around nautical themes like the ocean, water, fishing, boats, etc., therefore it just doesn’t make whole a lot of sense to wear socks with shoes that are intended for use in and around water.

Now, listen, I consider myself to be pretty down to Earth, but some diehard boat shoe enthusiasts will swear that they have not and will not ever wear socks with their boat shoes.

But let’s be honest, at some point in our lives we have all contemplated wearing socks with our boat shoes. If your feet sweat a lot and you don’t want painful blisters to develop, then wearing socks is an understandable option. Or perhaps you don’t have the luxury of living in an area that is warmer and are guilty of wearing socks in order to brave the harsh elements from time to time.

Low-Profile Sock-Liners Are Your Solution

Fortunately, there is an easy solution that can gives the best of both worlds for fashion and comfort. Sperry’s Men’s Solid Canoe Liner provides a sleek, snug sock that covers your entire foot (so it doesn’t slip off!) as well as prevents sweat from accumulating. Other features of the sock-liner include the fact that they have an anti-microbial treatment and are machine washable. In other words, goodbye smelly feet and hello comfort. Ahh!

Don’t forget, your boat shoes can also become pretty weathered and gross if they are not cared for and treated properly. If they become wet or damp remember to simply place them in a dry area at room temperature. You should never place or leave boat shoes in direct sunlight or high-temperatures areas as this can severely shrink and damage the material of the shoe.

Who Should Buy

  • People who are tired of smelling their stinky boat shoes (or smelling someone else’s stinky boat shoes).
  • People who want to look classy and sharp, without the pain of blisters and/or athlete’s foot.
  • People who want to wear boat shoes in colder conditions.

Concluding Thoughts

In the end, the much divided debate over “socks or no socks with boat shoes” still rages on. As with most decisions in your life, go with your own personal level of comfort.

So, now it’s your turn, socks or no socks?

Post your thoughts below!