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Go Sockless in Style!

Taft shoes - awesome!

Taft shoes – awesome!


In 2011, MenStylePower wrote a story when the first sighting of this trend stepped onto the pavement. Gents wearing cool shoes with – No socks. We had a running joke around the office, that this look seemed half-worked and well, kinda stunk! But with plenty of Gents taking up the trend, we can’t ignore the now permanent category that is a staple in our men’s wardrobes. But let’s recap on our 3 year old story. Because we think it’s a good insight into how it started. And then we’ll show you some uber-cool men’s no-sock shoes from Mr Porter.

For many, the thought of sliding their feet into a pair of brand new shoes with nothing but a smile and a shoehorn is repulsive. In fairness, there are more disgusting habits that a man can pick up in the dirty streets of the world’s finest cities and unlike the aforementioned dirty habits, sans sock aficionados say don’t judge it until you’ve tried it. Of course, if you ain’t into it, you aren’t subjected to ridiculous peer pressure to adopt styles popularized by Miami Vice and other atrocities of the eighties.

The ability to destroy a pair of shoes with nothing but a thousand sweats glands is a status symbol more than it is a comfort choice.

Sockless Italian loafers are akin to standing outside Goldman Sachs’ headquarters and screaming “I just cashed a million dollar bonus check!” ~ Of course they never would, so they let bare ankles do the talking under their perfectly tailored suit. A quick glance around Madison Ave, Lexington Ave, Fifth Ave and the men’s department of Bergdorf Goodman will reveal them as playgrounds for the sockless masses. A word to the wise, steer clear of Japanese restaurants that require patrons to remove their footwear if you want to avoid the pungent smell of old money at lunch!”

Now to the cool shoes…

Converse-no-sock-mens-shoes

Converse


Worn by everyone from athletes and to army soldiers, Converse further cemented the ubiquitous appeal of its Chuck Taylor sneakers when they became a punk rock essential. Kick out the jams and embrace underground cool by wearing this white canvas pair with faded jeans and a worn-in leather jacket.

Tod's Gommino

Tod’s Gommino


Tod’s‘s borrows penny loafer detailing for this pair of driving shoes. Handmade from smooth storm-blue leather with exposed stitching, they offer the same flexible comfort with their rubber pebble soles.

The very cool, Valentino's

The very cool, Valentino’s


Valentino‘s sneaker offering never fails to impress and these slick white low tops are no exception. The bold stripe and segmented lace-up front sets them apart, while the flawless Italian construction keeps the effect sharp. Complete with signature pyramid studs, they exude contemporary attitude – wear them to shake up smart tailoring.

AMI runners

AMI runners


Paris-based label AMI is known for casual cool mixed with contemporary energy. Flawlessly crafted from suede and mesh panels in a strong palette, these low top sneakers aptly capture the ethos. Featuring striped tongues and contrast soles, they can’t help but stand out. Go for broke and add clashing socks for assured flair.

John Lobb's

John Lobb’s


John Lobb has produced the finest men’s shoes and boots since 1849. The shoes are still handmade the traditional way, with 190 steps and several weeks involved in the production of each pair. A pair of John Lobb shoes is the ultimate finishing touch to any smart outfit.


Adidas Originals, the best.

Adidas Originals, the best.


Proving you can’t beat the classics, these adidas Originals Gazelle OG sneakers are based on a 1968 model and have been a hit with athletes and aesthetes alike ever since. Upgraded in sky-blue suede with the iconic stripes in white leather, this pair is bold but fuss-free. Don’t reserve them for weekends – they’re the coolest way to shake up tailoring. This item is small to size, take the next size up.


Super Cool, Saint Laurent's

Super Cool, Saint Laurent’s


Saint Laurent recently moved its design centre to Los Angeles, and the Californian aesthetic shows through in these sneakers. Printed with palm trees and surfers in black and white, this slip-on pair has nonchalant cool down to a tee.

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