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Old 01-17-2010, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Who rides without socks?

I'm gonna ask this, because I normally don't wear socks riding. So I'm wondering whether anybody here does this also. If so, how long have you been doing this, what boots, and why?

It's pretty rare, I think I've run into two people total who weren't wearing socks with their boots.

My boots are 32 Lashed boots, and after a few days where they were really a bit too tight, they fit perfectly, albeit the Aegis stuff obviously didn't work and they have managed to get pretty smelly and disgusting. But warm and comfortable. I guess it's a matter of fit for me- the liners have really molded to my bare foot. I'll wear socks if the weather's really cold, though, like on some of those frozen days in CO.

I updated to TM-2 boots, which were a half size bigger, and my feet are somewhat colder.

Might be good to get a bunch of us together, that way nobody complains about smelly boots in the car, haha.
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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those boots have to smell horrible after a few days of riding
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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doesn't sound like a good idea.
you're feet will just make your boots stink like crazy and i dont see how your feet stay warm
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that can't be a good idea
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Old 01-17-2010, 09:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you using snowboarding / ski / athletic socks, or are you just throwing on regular tube socks in there? I can't imagine proper socks affecting fit that dramatically (maybe a LITTLE bit, but not to the point of foregoing socks).

Why not get some super thin socks? I know Superfeet sells some insanely thin socks that might as well not even be there as far as fit is concerned.

I see a lot of downsides to nixing socks. For one, boots are a pain to get on without socks... socks let you slide in there much more easily since bare skin is very "grabby" in comparison to nylon or wool. Two, you are more likely to get blisters without that one protective layer. Three, it's cold. Four, your boots must stink up a freaking storm.
I mean if it really, really is the only thing that works for you, then fine, but socks can get so thin I can't see how it'd be totally necessary.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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haha ive never heard of this. i go barefoot with my hockey skates but i cant imagine it with boots what ever works though
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I new one guy that did, a big stinky hippie with gross hippie feet. I feel gross just wearing my shoes without socks for any length of time never mind sweating the shit out of my feet for hours in a warm boot.
Hockey skates are not much better either.
The only footwear you shouldent wear socks with is flip flops and sandles...unless of course your German.
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Whatsa matter with normal crew socks?

I normally wear two pair of socks in snowboard boots. I stay out forever, and my toes get cold. Karate shoes and track spikes don't get socks though. They get RANK! If you can remove and wash your liners it might not get too bad...
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've worn my normal shoes for a couple days without socks and they were to the point that I couldn't get the smell out. I can't imagine what going without in my snowboard boots would do.
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