This summer, more than most for men, we see a come back of 'shoes with no socks'. But before you try this trend, organise yourself by asking the following questions.
Before you head off into the night, always ask yourself whether it's the right time to be going sock-less. Attending your boss' award ceremony without a pair of your finest cotton slip-ons may not be the best choice in attire. Save your sock-free evenings for casual occasions - Braais, garden parties and beach parties.
Check the forecast before ditching your hosiery - the last thing you want is to catch a chill with your naked ankles exposed to the elements. If you so much as sniff the chance of a cool, damp day, always avoid the sock-less look.
Do you really want to stick stinky feet into your brand new canvas shoes? Probably not, if you don't want nearest and dearest running away! Have a good soak in hot water a few hours before attempting to go sock-less. Try applying a little talcum or baby powder to avoid any damp, but don't go overboard.
With your feet ready to insert, ask yourself whether you've got the right pair of shoes. Those stiff Oxford brogues aren't going to be your friend, that is unless you're a fan of large blisters and sores around your ankles. Grab 'low profile' slip-ons that won't shred your joints to bits. Loafers, espadrilles and canvas sneakers are all good potentials, especially those crafted from soft, supple leather or breathable cotton fibres.
Top Tip: Try wearing in your shoes for a couple of weeks before ever going sock-less.
Naturally, the most apt answer is go with shorts wherever possible for the cleanest look. That said, sometimes it simply isn't practical; in these cases, you need to roll up your jeans or chinos. While there's no set minimum for the number of 'turns' you need to make, I'd advise rolling it up twice and measuring it by folding it thumb width. This will give balance to both legs.
You can certainly turn up your game with a full three-piece suit added to the mix. A beach wedding is perhaps stretching things, but don't try the look at an upscale restaurant. Remember, you don't automatically achieve a formal wear look just by throwing on a jacket and dress shirt.