Summer Footwear Guide: Boat Shoes
Boat shoes are a popular summer footwear choice for both men and women. They are often worn sockless, which unfortunately can cause foot odor and blisters. Here are some tips to keep your feet healthy if you wear boat shoes or any other shoes without socks:
Excess sweat inside your shoes allows odor-causing bacteria to grow. If your feet are especially sweaty, there are several things you can do to help prevent foot odor. Many companies make powders and sprays that can you apply to your shoes in the morning to keep your feet dry. Others make insoles that you can put in your shoes to cut down on odor. In addition, try to let your shoes air dry completely before wearing them again, even if it means avoiding wearing them for a day.
Going sockless can also cause blisters. Your shoes should fit comfortably and should be broken in slowly to best avoid blisters. Putting a bandage on areas that take a lot of friction like the heel can help prevent blisters from occurring. Consider wearing “no-show” or “low-cut” socks that protect your heels but still give the effect of you being barefoot.