Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wearing Socks With Boat Shoes

Quoddy Boat Moc for Women
This site receives many questions asking whether or not to wear socks with boat shoes, especially as cooler weather approaches.

Many have always done both.  When on a boat in spring or fall, it can be quite cold and the last thing one wants are bare ankles.   In addition, boat shoes are comfortable and easy to wear on land, and as long as there is not two feet of snow on the ground, one can alternate between these, camp mocs,  blucher mocs and newer Dawson Mocs.  (Some have several pairs of boat shoes and buy up a size for sock wearing.)

Quoddy Boat Shoe for Men
The right sock (and one supposes the left sock) is important.   Two  casual socks that work well, the Wool Ragg sock, and the old fashioned tennis sock.  Both styles were purchased at L.L. Bean and both made in the USA.


31 comments:

Squeeze said...

Pluperfect combos.

Bitsy said...

I agree that practicality and comfort should be the determing factors in when to wear socks and when not to.

Anonymous said...

No socks here. Boat shoes are the equivalent of flip flops for my kids, meant to be slipped on without untying the laces. Our family also wears them for summer dinghy sailing; our feet usually get wet and it is more comfortable without socks. I used to wear bluchers with socks but wore the moccasins out and did not replace them. Camp mocs are worn sockless too, and are retired for the cooler months. It is a personal preference, as with the author of the other article.

skiwithapro said...

In summer and warm weather, what old-timers in Bermuda call "Southampton Socks" (no socks). And wrapping your feet in some ragg before entering the 'boat'shoes on a cold day cruising the seven seas is a must... Why not?

Anonymous said...

"Lighten up Francis, they're just socks."

Anonymous said...

To sock or not to sock—is that a question?

I've always socked and not socked, with not socking as the summer standard.

Based on your recommendation, I ordered a pair of Quoddy boat shoes and have worn them now for a few months. Hands down, these are the best boat shoes I have ever owned.

I have always found boat shoes lacking in arch support, including the Quoddy’s. One thing that works for me in this regard is to use a ‘super feet’ orthotic. With this support, I can walk all day in them and not have tired feet. They fit perfectly in the Quoddy’s, or, for that matter in a pair of Sperry’s. You can find them in hiking/outdoors shops like Eastern Mountain Sports.

Cheers,
Gary

NEW Communications said...

Love cotton Ragg socks!

Glad to see the shoutout to An Affordable Wardrobe; I really enjoy that blog, which I stumbled upon when I found TDP. I have learned so much.

Like Gary, I go without sock in summer, but I gotta say, socks just feel better.

Greenfield said...

Thanks for sockin' it to us!

Anonymous said...

The Red Sox are the only socks for summer.

Mephisto boat shoes provide more arch support than Quoddys. Unfortunately they are not made in the US and are a bit more expensive and hard to find.

Joyce N said...

Muffy, the Cotton Ragg Socks must be from your previous "stacking" because I can't find these on the LL Bean web site. I am stocked on the Wool Ragg Socks due to your postings and love them!

I vote for socks with boat shoes when it's cold - without when it's warm.

Anonymous said...

Greenfield,
Thanks for the laugh.

Anonymous said...

Always go sockless...but cheat with these:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001E6OB8G/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1376532271&sr=8-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY190

They're terry cloth insoles ... and they're machine washable. Game changer!

So are the superfeet arch supports - I wear my insoles on top of them

Anonymous said...

Frequent fall attire: boat shoes, ragg sox, shorts and a chamois.

WRJ said...

I usually switch to Bluchers once fall hits, for some reason, but I don't find anything aesthetically wrong with wearing socks and boat shoes. Wool socks certainly make sense on the water, since wool is water-repellant, and even now in mid-August evenings on the boat are chilly. I find Bean's and Woolrich's ragg socks pretty interchangeable, and both are usually available at Bean's Milford, CT outlet for <$10. For old-fashioned tennis socks, I like Wigwam's, also made-in-the-USA. I buy them at Paragon Sports, probably my favorite store in the city.

Anonymous said...

My feet tend to get a little funky after extended periods of socklessness. However, there's a splendid solution: Sperry's "signature sock liners." I can attest that they really do provide a sockless look and are cleverly designed not to slip.

Anonymous said...

I wear socks with my Sperrys most of the time because my feet get cold easily. I'll go sockless if it's really hot, but I don't think wearing socks is un-preppy. It may look a little out of the ordinary, but it's a case of putting personal comfort ahead of following the crowd.

Anonymous said...

Muffy Bless you. I have been wearing top-siders for 50 years and its only the last few years that these twits have been talking about "you can't wear Top siders with socks." Have they never been on the Ocean in the spring or fall?

Anonymous said...

With all my shoes, I'm a sock wearer, appropriate socks, of course. I just don't like the feel of my feet in something without socks, and plus, I'm sort of a clean freak when it comes to certain things. With my tennis sneakers, I wear the very low white ankle sock that can barely be seen at the shoe opening. --Holly in PA

sara said...

One of the joys of getting older is not really giving a rip what most people think about certain things. Socks are a perfect example (especially when worn with sandals). It's much nicer to be considered slightly eccentric than being concerned about the fashion police's opinion about what I have on my feet.

jo baldwin said...

SOcks come off in late April or early May and don't go back on until late September.

Anonymous said...

Some of the sail/surf rats in Maryland this summer are wearing socks based on the state flag with their boat shoes. It's a pretty cool look, I must admit. (The Maryland flag consists of the heraldic banner of George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore; it's the only state flag in the U.S. to be based on English heraldry.)Check 'em out at http://www.shopsportsextra.net/maryland-flag-crew-socks.html

John said...

I, too, switch to Bluchers in the Fall -- that switch is one of the markers of the season. Boat shoes without socks in the summer, but the rag also makes intuitive sense. Perhaps if I lived further North . . .

Flo said...

Bass had nice cotton ragg socks last year, I got several pair. They looked great with my clogs, a little too thick for my boat shoes. Made in USA too :) Those who mock people who wear socks with boat shoes have to be people who have never lived somewhere with more than a couple of inches of snow!

Anonymous said...

Muffy, by any chance were you in Wash, DC yesterday?
I saw someone who looked just like you. I almost said something, but it wasn't the place. If it wasn't you, just know you have a twin out there.

--AJ

snowysailor said...

A.J, did you check to see if she was wearing socks...?

Anonymous said...

Snowysailor,
Ha ha ...I didn't notice socks, but the lovely lady was wearing a pink RL sweater and pearls.

--AJ

snowysailor said...

Hmmm... there must be two? Keep on looking!

Susan R said...

I have to agree with Anonymous@ 4:57PM. I would never wear a sock with boat shoes, however, I don't know that I would wear boat shoes anytime but summer, maybe early fall, so socks wouldn't be needed.
Purely a matter of choice here.

BlueTrain said...

I wear whatever socks that make the shoes fit the best and no matter that they are all the same size, nominally, they all fit a little differently.

Remember when we wore "sweat socks" that were wool? White, of course.

Anonymous said...

Where I live, most of the time they are worn with no socks, as it's 110 most days in the summer, no humidity. When it gets colder, they're usually worn with socks with long pants, though lots of people still wear them sockless. I generally do both, as the long socks with shorts look is pretty common at my school.

Anonymous said...

Muffy, LL Bean has discontinued the men's cotton rag socks.