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Forgoing socks could be ruining your feet

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The college of podiatry has warned that the trend for wearing shoes with no socks is leading to a rise in foot related ailments like athlete’s foot, bunions and blisters. Which is unsurprising, really, because if you’re wearing shoes with no socks at all, you’re doing it very, very wrong indeed.

With 250,000 sweat glands in your feet and most footwear being ill equipped to absorb it all, your shoes can quickly become a haven for fungal infections and bad smells.

Showing off your ankles might be divisive, but what shouldn’t be is how you go about it. Take steps against bad footfall and seek out socks that finish below the edge of your shoes, says Stuart Metcalfe, Consultant Podiatrist at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. “It’s a question of hygiene first. Lots of men will wear the same shoes, day in and day out, which doesn’t give the shoe time to dry out, especially if you aren’t wearing socks.”

(Related: is it ever ok to wear socks and sandals?)

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