Socks or Not?
To wear socks or not to wear socks, that is the controversial question that many G.H.BASS Weejuns wearers have been asking themselves for years. Read on to find out what our thoughts are on the topic.
The Weejuns are a footwear design adopted from the traditional penny loafer slip-on and can be traced back to the 1930s in Norway when it was worn by fishermen. Hence, the name Weejuns is actually abbreviated for Norwegian. This footwear design rose to popularity in 1960, and since then, has evolved over time in the way that it is worn.
However, traditionally, this minimalistic footwear design offered a sophisticated simplicity to an outfit. Mainly, gentlemen would wear it together with slacks that exposed the ankle, a button-up shirt and a blazer. Because it was worn with trousers that allowed the ankles to be exposed, there was an unspoken rule that socks should not be worn as it might take away from the overall minimalistic look.
On the other hand, according to research on healthy footwear practices, it is always recommended to wear socks with such footwear styles. Especially since the material used for these styles is often leather, or suede, and when wearing them throughout the day, it is likely that your feet may perspire, leading to unpleasant odours arising in your footwear.
For hygienic purposes, socks are always recommended for such footwear as they can help absorb moisture, prevent odours, and prevent bacteria from growing which in turn, ensures that your footwear lasts longer. Moreover, we are all familiar with that unpleasant feeling of perspiration and leather, and in terms of footwear, this warm environment leads to chafing, which results in rashes or blisters.
However, that does not mean one has to forgo the sockless look completely, since a good work around this, would be to wear secret socks, that way your ankles are still visible, and you do not have to worry about the clumsy look of a sock with shorts.
We've spoken about how these footwear styles were traditionally worn, and we've discussed what scientific research had to say on the matter. So, the next step is to identify what fashion has to say on the matter.
The overall consensus is that you can do whatever you want. The Weejuns have become so much more than a simple footwear style for the classy gentleman. Presently, it is worn by a wide variety of people, each encompassing different and unique fashion styles.
Consider the current trend of wearing bright, bold socks with whimsical prints. Many enjoy this addition to their outfit as it adds a touch of uniqueness. On the other hand, if you still prefer classic formal wear socks, then you do you. The main idea is that your choice of socks should suit your overall style and the outfit as a whole.
So, now that you have the history, and where fashion stands on this topic, we ask you, are you wearing socks or not? Perhaps before answering the question, you should get yourself a pair of G.H.BASS Weejuns that suits your overall style.