Whether you're doing it for style, comfort, or a little bit of both, going sockless is always an option — but it can get sweaty
fast if you aren't wearing the right shoes. To combat that issue, finding the best shoes to wear without socks is key. While shopping, you'll want to look for pairs constructed with natural, breathable fabric. Ventilation holes and mesh liners are also valuable for providing airflow, and antimicrobial sock liners are a bonus.
As a general rule of thumb, you'll typically want to
avoid shoes made of synthetic materials since they usually trap moisture. However, some of the picks on this list — such as these slip-on sneakers — are made with synthetic uppers, but they boast ventilation perforations to help improve airflow. Still, it's important to focus on shoes that are naturally breathable and made from cotton, canvas, linen, and even genuine leather — but the choice is yours, and style might impact your decision.
For instance, if you're in search of a delicate, floral ballet flat that'll pair nicely with the solid shades in your wardrobe, you might be intro these
mesh Sketchers. Or, if you're in search of a neutral leather sandal to pair with your favorite jeans, these ones can do the trick. And if you'd prefer a white sneaker lined with absorbent terry fabric, these Roxies are here for you.
As you can see, finding the best
shoes to wear without socks doesn't need to be stressful — and you've got tons of fashionable picks to choose from. 1 The Popular Slip-On Shoes That Are Offered In So Many Colors
slip-on shoes from Toms are basically geared for no-sock wear. Each one features a light canvas upper with a comfy suede footbed that helps prevent feet from sweating while wicking moisture away (should you begin to overheat). The V-shape design also allows for easy on and off with little to no hassle. These are available in tons of colors within the dropdown menu listed on Amazon. 2 These Basic Lace-Up Sneakers Lined With Cotton Canvas
Made with lightweight cotton canvas uppers, these casual
lace-up sneakers are both stylish and comfy to wear without socks. Not to mention, they're flexible and easy to slide into when you're on the go. This style is offered in four different color combinations and will look great with any outfit. 3 The Breathable Low-Top Converse With Elastic Backs
Chuck Taylor sneakers are sure to become your new favorite when it comes to comfy, sockless shoes. They each feature a low-top canvas construction with fixed laces that never need to be tied. The elastic collar makes them fit snug without rubbing on your ankles, and they're available in five colors for your choosing. 4 These Classic Perforated Boat Shoes With Cushiony Footbeds
Made with an Ortholite footbed and "cushion-soft technology" (per the brand), these
boat shoes are designed for comfortable wear. They're crafted with a breathable, perforated upper and a lightweight sole that makes them perfect for everyday day wear around the beach, pool, and more. They also come in eight different color combinations to mix and match with your favorite outfits. Available sizes: 5 - 12 (with wide sizes available) 5 The Canvas Slip-On Sneakers With Crisscrossed Elastic Panels
Thanks to the crisscrossed elastic panels, these
fashionable canvas shoes are very easy to slip on and off as needed. They feature cushioned footbeds and are accented with thick rubber outsoles. These shoes are perfect for everyday wear and come in a wide variety of patterns and colors for your choosing. 6 These Basic Tennis Sneakers That Customers Love: "No Socks. No Blisters."
canvas tennis sneakers offer a sleek and clean silhouette, and they can easily be dressed up or down. They feature a low-top, tie front entry — and many customers have written about how comfortable they are without socks on. One person wrote, "No socks. No blisters." Another person claimed, "I wear them without socks and my feet remain cool." Like others on this list, these shoes are offered in a large variety of colors and varieties. 7 The Woven Slip-On Sketchers With Floral & Mesh Designs
low-top, slip-on Sketchers boast cushy memory foam footbeds and breathable mesh panels along each upper construction for maximum breathability. They're super flexible, easy to slip on and off, and designed to fit like a glove (thanks to the pliable soles). Not to mention, the floral pattern would match anything from solid springtime dresses to wintertime leggings and sweatshirts. Choose from two floral colors: black and white. 8 A Pair Of Slip-On Sneakers That Customers Call The "Best I Ever Had"
Made with a synthetic, cotton-like upper, each of
these sneakers are soft and comfortable to slide into — and with almost 2,000 positive reviews, it's clear that customers love them. One person wrote, "I'm wearing these without socks instead of wearing sandals for summer and they are so soft and thin it feels like I'm walking barefoot." They come in a variety of colors and feature laces that can be left untied or tied; the choice is yours. 9 These Slip-On Shoes That Actually Feel Like Socks
Who needs socks when you have these sock-like
slip-on shoes? They're made of stretchy, breathable fabric that's fully ventilated — and they come with an airy perforated arch that's deodorized for cool and odor-resistant wear. They're easy to slip on and off and come with a non-slip outer sole that protects you as you zip around town. These are also offered in a variety of colors. Available sizes: 5.5 - 11 10 The Leopard Canvas Loafers That Also Come In Polka-Dots
Take a walk on the wild side with this pair of
casual leopard print loafers. The elastic side gussets make them easy to get on and off while the pull tabs offer a little extra leverage. They each feature a lightweight canvas upper and a breathable insole that allows for much-needed ventilation as you go sockless. Plus, the rubber sole prevents slipping while giving you a durable and stable grounding. This style is also offered in white with black polka-dots. 11 A Pair Of Ventilated Woven Sneakers Made With Leather
leather sneakers are stylish, breathable, and easy to wear sockless on any occasion — all thanks to the woven side constructions for maximum airflow. They each feature a lace-up design and have a platform sole that offers a durable, non-slip base. This chic style is also offered in black. Available sizes: 6 - 10.5 12 The Nautical-Inspired Shoes Lined With Soft Jersey Material
slip-on shoes are accented with soft, breathable jersey linings that make sockless wear extra-cozy. The durable rubber outsoles are flexible and lightweight while the memory foam footbeds provide cushiony steps. They're designed with nautical-inspired rope detailing and come in five different colors for your choosing. Available sizes: 5 - 12 (wide and narrow sizes available) 13 These White Leopard Sneakers With Fun Platform Outsoles
white leopard sneakers are made with lightweight canvas and offer classic lace-up designs. The thick platform outsoles make for comfy, non-slip support while soft insoles cushion your steps. This style is also offered in brown leopard and solid white. 14 The White Canvas Mules That Slide On Like A Slippers
Designed to be worn without socks, these
mule shoes slide on easily to provide the comfort of a slipper and the full functionality of a sneaker. Made with high-quality canvas, they're breathable throughout and equipped with durable, non-slip rubber soles. Great for pairing with just about any outfit, these shoes are offered in both black and white. 15 These Slip-On Roxy Sneakers With Canvas-Covered Memory Foam Insoles
textile Roxy sneakers are lined with terry cloth, and the memory foam insoles are covered with breathable canvas. They also feature elasticized openings and knotted shoelaces that are designed to remain untied, along with flexible rubber outsoles. This style is offered in quite a few color options, long with pairs with stripes and cheetah print. 16 These Casual Walking Shoes That Slip On Like Socks
After wearing these comfortable
walking shoes, you'll never think about wearing socks again. They're designed with mesh uppers that glide on and fit just like a socks, while the breathable, moisture-absorbent insoles give you soft and cozy support. These shoes are finished with anti-slip outsoles for maximum stability, and they're offered in a wide array of hues for your selection. 17 These Breathable Knit Ballet Flats With Extra-Flexible Outsoles
Who doesn't love a pair of comfy, yet fashionable
ballet flats? These ones feature airy knit uppers and extra-flexible outsoles that mold to your feet while allowing adequate air circulation. These are also marked with comfortable linings that eliminate the need for socks — and they're available in a few colors for your picking (black, red, and beige). 18 The Slip-On Sneakers With Ventilated Perforations
Despite their synthetic construction, these
slip-on sneakers are both cooling and comfortable. Made of faux leather materials, they feature mini perforations that keep feet from overheating throughout the day. The shoes offer dual-side stretch fabric panels to help them slip on easily, along with padded collars and rubber outsoles for stability. They're available in both black and white. 19 A Pair Of Platform Espadrilles With Leather Padding At The Heels
Made with canvas uppers, these
espadrilles are super breathable and comfortable to wear without socks. They feature fashionable jute trims and have durable, platform rubber outsoles. Not to mention, there are soft leather heels inside the shoes for extra comfortability. These come in three great colors: coconut, coral, and dark denim. 20 These Flat Canvas Espadrilles With Jute Toe Caps
flat espadrilles come with stretchy front panels that help them go on and off easily. They're made with canvas uppers and are accented with jute toe caps, and the rubber soles are also covered with jute along the sides. Offered in six colors, these are perfect for summer days by the beach. 21 These Espadrilles Lined With Beautiful, Breathable Canvas Lace
This pair of
lace espadrilles are extremely breathable, thanks to the canvas designs. Not only do they offer ultimate ventilation, but the flexible rubber outsoles are both durable and comfortable enough for all-day wear. High on style, these shoes are also accented with jute-covered toe caps. They're available in both black and white. 22 These No-Tie Sperry Sneakers With Memory Foam Insoles
slip-on Sperry sneakers are made with breathable canvas and feature cozy memory foam insoles along with rubber outsoles. They're also accented with no-tie laces that loop around the shoe opening. Great for day to day wear, they are available in various colors and designs. Available sizes: 5 - 10.5 (wide wide sizes available) 23 The Stretch-Knit Ballet Flats With Cooling Memory Foam Liners
These extra-stretchy, flat-knit
ballet flats will mold to your feet while allowing enough airflow for comfort on warm days. They use Sketchers' Air-Cooled Memory Foam insoles along with flexible rubber outsoles, and they're available in four colors: black, navy, red, and rose. You can dress them up or down with ease. Available sizes: 5 - 12 (with wide sizes available) 24 The Pointed Ballet Flats With Antimicrobial Sock Liners
Equipped with antimicrobial sock liners, these
ballet flats have all the features needed to combat overheated feet. They're made with suede uppers and moldable rubber outsoles that are both durable and non-slip. Easy to take on and off, these flats are available in an array of patterns and colors. 25 These Woven Leather Sandals That Let Your Feet Breath
Made with woven leather designs, these
sandals offer maximum ventilation to help prevent sweatiness. The outsoles make them flexible and comfortable to wear while being easy to slide on and off as needed. Plus, there are tree colors available — and they’ll likely pair effortlessly with any outfit for any occasion. 26 The Pointed Ballet Flats With Fancy Crystalized Buckles
Dress things up a bit with this pair of pointed
ballet flats. Although they're constructed with synthetic material, they're made to slip on and off (without socks) — and they have cushioned footbeds with soft linings to provide comfort while you're out on the town. Great for all occasions, each one is accented with a crystalized buckle for an extra touch of fanciness. 27 The Classic Ballerina Flats That Come In A Wide Variety Of Colors
Cozy and flexible, these
ballerina flats come with pliable rubber outsoles that mold comfortably to your feet. The uppers offer round toe boxes that leave plenty of room for your toes to move around, all while the soft inner linings provide smooth steps. Although they're made with synthetic fabrics that aren't as breathable as the others, these open flats are meant to be worn without socks. They're offered in a large array of colors and even come in a leopard print.
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This article was originally published on
Aug. 16, 2020