Socks or No Socks?
Just last week our local news media got all excited by the fact that a
woman was not permitted to visit a shopping mall because she was
Not only did it make our main television news, but Seven Sharp also
picked up on the story and extended it to a discussion on the
wearing of shoes but no socks. The poor misunderstood sock was
described as disgusting.
I have a feeling that the common sock would be most upset by this
failure to acknowledge its act of sanitation – in the interest of
protecting our olfactory sensitivities.
Yes folks, whether you like it or not, our feet sweat! The function of
the sock is to absorb the sweat. When our feet sweat bacteria is
formed and that creates the smell. Bacteria is fond of dark warm
places where air does not circulate too well.
The question is can shoes do the job instead? Well, yes they can, but
there are some problems:
Shoes are often made from synthetic materials that do not allow
circulation of air to combat the formation of bacteria, and so the
aforementioned insult to our nasal region remains considerable. The
solutions are as follows;
1. Spray the shoe with an aerosol especially marketed for this
process – but remember this is really putting one pleasant
smell on top of an unpleasant smell. You are not removing the
source of the smell.
2. Wash your shoes. This remedy is not really a remedy because it
will eventually ruin your shoes.
3. Wear high quality footwear using genuine leather to allow
maximum air circulation. Shoes with leather uppers, leather
soles and leather linings are the best for keeping your shoes
bacteria free (another good reason for buying shoes from 1800
Therefore if you have a serious problem with bacteria forming
in your shoes, wearing socks made of materials that will do
what leather does (i.e. breathe), along with high quality leather
upper, leather soled and leather lined shoes, is the best
protection. Alternating your footwear so that you do not wear
the same pair on consecutive days is also a major help.