The Surprisingly Controversial Sneaker Rule

Aemilia Madden

Sneakers may have humbly begun as shoes for the tennis courts of the early 20th century, but today, the comfortable shoe has weaseled its way into the hearts and wardrobes of even those who find themselves exercise averse. 

Still, a question lingers for those who choose to wear the wardrobe staple: Must you pair them with socks? For some, going without socks is a style statement, while for others, sliding into sneakers barefoot feels just plain wrong. But who is right? We consulted a range of experts, sneaker designers, podiatrists, and fashion editors to get to the bottom of it.

Read on to read what each expert had to say; then shop socks and sneakers that can (but don't have to) be worn together!

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