It’s that time of year again, when the thought of donning excess hosiery seems all but preposterous. Magazines like GQ have conditioned us to believe that the so-called ‘sockless’ look is stylistically standard come summer, but from a practical standpoint, as well—it just feels right. (Once you’ve experienced a cool breeze caressing your ankles on a 100-degree day…you’ll never go back.)
The question, then, is how to cool your jets without a) developing some wicked blisters and b) wrecking your wingtips with the sweat (and stank) of a thousand sweltering steps to and from your air-conditioned office every day. The answer is no-show socks. It turns out that even the men of GQ, progenitors of the sockless look, feel good about pulling on a little protection:
Personally, we’re fans of rocking Chucks sans socks. But for dress shoes, loafers, monk straps, and any footwear you’d like to hang on to for more than a single summer—an extra layer goes a long way.
Tip: Don’t confuse these with ankle socks—which are great for the gym, but not for the illusion of socklessness you should strive for elsewhere. The no-shows shown here are cut extra-low, so no one but you (and whomever you allow behind the scenes) will know the secret pattern or pop of color of your summer sock game.
Spotted in the Wild:Fashion Week having just wrapped up, the usual cavalcade of mesmerizing street-style images is in—and no one does it better than photographer Tommy Ton. Below are a few ankle-baring examples from his recent trips to Milan and Florence (for Pitti Uomo). Are these gents going commando? Or are they protecting their footwear and feet with no-show socks? The world may never know. [Click images to enlarge.]
Inventory is running low, but there’s still time to grab some of our GQ Selects from the December issue—or something similar—as seen in action below on rising R&B star Frank Ocean, photographed by Peggy Sirota for GQ. Read the full interview with Ocean here.
“Nothing Odd About It. Breaking news: Sportcoats aren’t for fogeys. Whether you go with a banging plaid or charcoal grey, it’ll make you stand out among your doughnut-hoodied friends.” —GQ
One of our resident music gurus, Sonya, suggested a few favorite tracks off Ocean’s recent album, Channel Orange. (His performance on the season opener of Saturday Night Live was amazing, but we dig the album version of this first song even more):