Some people hate the feeling of their bare feet rubbing against their shoe material. Others, either for comfort or fashion reasons, have a habit of wearing shoes without socks. And, while we can all agree that wearing cute espadrilles with large cotton socks that go halfway to your knees is a fashion “no-no”, there seem to be valid medical reasons against this trend.
So, here’s why you shouldn’t wear shoes without socks.
Sweaty Feet and Fungi Growth
If you thought that the only problem with wearing shoes without socks is the awful smell, think again. Not only can the rubbing of the skin against the fabric create painful blisters, but the combination of sweat, heat, and rough, unbreathable shoe fabric can create an environment in which a lot of fungi thrive.
We all know that moisture in the building can cause mold, and the same stands for our skin. Certain types of fungi (like candida) can grow quickly in moist areas, which is why doctors emphasize the importance of drying off properly after a shower. If you don’t have socks to absorb this moisture, you’re putting your feet at risk of different fungal infections.
Most Common Feet Fungal Infections
The most common fungal infections that affect the skin is athlete’s foot and onychomycosis (fungal toenail infection). And, while a different type of fungus causes them, damp shoes and socks are listed among the most common causes for both conditions. Both of these infections can be treated successfully with regular antifungal medication.
So, that’s why you shouldn’t wear shoes without socks. Avoid this trend whenever you can and if you really need to do it, make sure you buy shoes made from breathable fabric.