View Full Version : Socks with sandals: yes or no?

02-23-2005, 08:47 PM
I just can't wait for summer, and I was looking at these sandals for DS (17 mos):


Here's my question to all of you: would you put socks on your boy with these sandals? I know that it is such a big fashion faux-pas with adults (unless they are really old men in who just don't give a damn), but with kids... well, I was thinking about their feet being protected and staying clean(er), as well as absorbing sweat.

:paperbag: I have been known to wear my tevas with socks, so I do not trust my own judgement.

02-23-2005, 10:37 PM
We put our DD in sandals with socks. For all the reasons you mentioned and others as well. Living in Japan we are always taking our shoes off in public places and I just don't feel comfortable with her going barefoot in a restaurant. I don't see a problem with it. I do shudder when I see my dad in white tube sock and Tevas, but I think its more that he has his tube socks pulled way up over his calves while wearing tacky shorts...

just my 2 cents

Jen in Okinawa
mom to my "I DON'T NEED REST!" preschooler

02-24-2005, 07:23 PM
We do it often, but with more of a closed-toe sandal. DS has super-sweaty feet, so that is where it started. He also HATES to have anything get between his toes, and everything must stop until he sits down, takes off his shoe and removes the offending piece of whatever. There are certain outfits it just never looked right with, but most others it is fine. They are his standard Sunday church shoes in warm weather. Can't find any pics in shorts, just long pants, though we do use them both ways.



02-25-2005, 04:36 PM
I wouldn't. But I'm firmly in the camp of no socks with sandals -EVER. Not as a fashion statement though, but on the principle that if it's cold enough for socks, it's too cold for sandals; and if it's warm enough for sandals, it's too warm for socks. :)

Last summer, I got DD fisherman style sandals, which are excellent for keeping the feet protected but cool. Something similar to this:

For a relatively new walker - I wouldn't get the sandals you linked to. I got something similar for DS at the end of the summer, when that was all I could find to replace the sandals he'd outgrown. And they just aren't very good for the playground. Even though DS will be two and a half this year, I plan on buying him fisherman style sandals again this summer.


This is one of the pairs I got for DS last year (in a multi-color):

mom to Neel, January 2003
dog mom to a PWD and a cocker(at the Rainbow Bridge)

04-19-2005, 12:26 PM
No. I never put socks on my boys when they wear sandals. And they practically live in sandals during the summer. That's one of the perks of summer- I never have to go searching for a pair of tiny socks that match!

Besides, sandals are much cooler- socks with sandals just seems extremely stuffy to me. Plus, I think it looks funny. So my boys go sockless- we pay the price with dirtier feet, but they're boys! They're going to get dirty regardless! :)

04-20-2005, 04:24 PM
Stride Rite told me to have them wear socks with their new sandals for at least a week, if not two, to help break them in without blisters, anyway. I have had Ds in his fisherman-style ones lately, on the warmer days. That way come summer I'll feel like they are ready to be worn without. With that style, I would just make sure the socks have grips on the bottom so that they aren't slippery in the sandal and make it hard for him to walk well.

---says the woman who wears her Birkenstocks with socks b/c they are the only comfortable shoes I have right now! Though I remember snickering at my High School Health teacher who would come in on cold and rainy days with birks & socks.


Expecting #2

04-21-2005, 02:39 PM
Remember when they start wearing new shoes they trip a lot for a couple of days. So you will be protecting those tender toes with socks. Dd only wears PINK socks with her sandals with ANY outfit she owns if she is wearing socks LOL!

Karin and Katie 10/24/02

04-25-2005, 07:34 AM
I prefer the no sock look myself, but my fashion forward, I mean picky, toddler has other ideas. He insists on socks, but I think that is for two reasons: 1. he hates getting dirt and sand on his feet 2. he is a real creature of habit, which makes the change in seasons hard (must wear socks with all shoes, always wear a coat on outside, no shorts/shirtsleave shirts, etc-by the time we get everything sorted out, it will be fall and will have to start the transition over again, lol)

Mom to Nick 10/01/01
& Alex 04/27/04

05-04-2005, 12:38 AM
>Stride Rite told me to have them wear socks with their new
>sandals for at least a week, if not two, to help break them in
>without blisters, anyway.

I was told the same thing at Stride Rite. I recently got 2yo DS a pair of Baby Guppy sandals (the other closed-toe styles they had weren't available in extra-wide) and he's been wearing them with socks the past few days. I plan to ditch the socks later on, but I'm not morally or fashionably opposed to them. :)


05-04-2005, 10:52 AM

05-04-2005, 10:53 AM
DS has these : http://www.zappos.com/n/p/dp/1429889/c/5404.html . The woman at Stride Rite suggested that he wear socks with them the first time out. He wore them to church on Sunday with navy socks and pants. It looked ok. He will not be wearing them with socks anymore...

I also would reconsider the style for your little one. You are going to want something closed toe and a bit more supportive. Check out the guppy style- very cute!!

11-05-2005, 02:47 AM
Me personally no.

12-03-2005, 11:45 AM
No, no, no, no, no, no, NO. Summer's over, I knmow. But for next year, when the sandals are out in March and April and you have to buy them now ... which I totally get, cuz that's me! ... I'd try to wait. I'm a big fashion person, and my son is always in Stylin' Baby mode. Socks with sandals are a fashion faux-pas for EVERYONE. Now, if it was a blister thing and his feet were not doing well in the sandals, I'd recommend finding a new pair of sandals, not putting socks on so he can wear them. If it's to protect his feet, I'd just forget sandals altogether and go with shoes. I haven't been to stride rite for my little guy yet (I really should, I know), so I"m not sure what the difference is in having them break in sandals with socks or having the sandals fit slightly looser to begin with, but I'm not an expert, so considering me as a total non-expert, I would never put socks on my little guy with sandals.

12-03-2005, 04:41 PM
It just looks so nerdy to wear socks with open toed sandals. Closed toe is a better look, though. I used to be the buyer for a upper end department store in the shoe department and just never got used to the look. Julie