“Do you wear socks with Hey Dudes? Do you wear socks with shoes that don’t cover the entire area of the upper foot? Also, do you wear socks with shoes that are lightweight, breathable, and loose-fitting?” We can only assume these are the questions that people who hate socks ask all the time.
We understand that, and we understand that not everyone appreciates the hard work that socks do to keep our feet happy and healthy.
Whether you’re looking to keep your feet dry during the sunny days or keep your feet warm during the snowy, freezing cold weather, socks are designed to have your back.
We know there’s a time and place for socks (we still can’t get over dudes wearing socks with sandals), but we’re pretty bummed when men don’t see the beauty of wearing high-quality, eye-catching socks with shoes that need the added comfort and cushioning.
Hey Dudes or otherwise, shoes are almost always more comfortable when you wear them with socks. But, you’re wondering about Hey Dudes specifically and we’re committed to answering your questions, starting with the one that brought you here.
Do you wear socks with Hey Dudes?
First off, Hey Dudes are lightweight, breathable, and affordable slip-on shoes made for both men and women. Now, we were graced with the first Hey Dude shoe during the summer of 2008, by two Italian footwear experts Alessandro and Dario.
By the time 2009 came around, the first Hey Dude shoe had already reached the market. After only one year of business, the Hey Dude company was fortunate (and ambitious) enough to open a USA branch and welcome a new member to the team, Daniele.
Shortly after that, Hey Dude shoes became sought-after across the world and managed to expand markets across Europe, eastern Asia, and South America.
Oh and, to answer your question, you can wear Hey Dudes with or without socks depending on your preferences. Hey Dude shoes are made with high-quality, breathable, and lightweight fabrics and they’re loose-fitting which means they’re comfortable even without the added layer of protection (a.k.a. socks).
However, there are a couple of things to keep an eye on when you’re wondering whether you should wear socks with these planetarily popular kicks. Read more down below!
Reasons why you don’t need to wear socks with Hey Dudes
1. Hey Dudes are lightweight, breathable, and loose-fitting
Starting with a bang, Hey Dudes are lightweight, breathable, and loose-fitting which makes them the perfect shoes to wear when you don’t want to wear socks. Whether you’re too warm to wear socks or you don’t want to bother with matching your socks to your shoes, Hey Dudes have got your back.
First off, most Hey Dude shoes don’t weigh more than hundred and fifty grams because they’re made with EVA outsoles, lightweight memory foam midsoles, and textile uppers. Leather uppers and rubber outsoles, for example, weigh a lot more and require socks to prevent blisters and bruises.
Other than that, the textile upper provides the same sensations you would get when you’re wearing socks and the signature design ensures that the shoes aren’t tight-fitting.
2. Hey Dudes are made with a flexible upper
That’s right, most Hey Dude shoes are also flexible. Now, that’s something most men would want when they’re searching for workout sneakers, running sneakers, or sneakers to wear over an extended period of time (for comfort).
However, Hey Dude shoes aren’t meant for pretty much any of those things. This begs the question of why you would need them to be flexible. First things first, Hey Dudes are made with a flexible, textile upper that provides breathability, freedom of movement, and protection.
Other than the fact that these things would provide you with comfort, they also provide you with the possibility to wear Hey Dudes without socks – because Hey Dudes already have the same weight and the same sensation that socks have.
3. Hey Dudes are padded for added comfort
We saved the best for last because we wanted to spark your attention with the fact that Hey Dudes already have socks (kind of).
We brushed over the features that promise comfort and that’s why we need to mention them once more. From memory foam insoles to memory foam lining around the ankles, Hey Dudes couldn’t be any closer to the type of comfort socks offer.
And, to make matters even better, memory foam areas aren’t even the only padded areas. That’s right, other than memory foam, you can also look forward to the fact that Hey Dude shoes are lined with a soft cloth that gives off that “sock-like feeling.”
Do you wear socks with Hey Dudes, then? You don’t if you don’t want to!
Reasons why you do need to wear socks with Hey Dudes
1. Hey Dudes without socks might cause blisters and bruises
We’ve talked your ears off with how comfortable, breathable, and lightweight Hey Dudes are, but there’s another side to that story.
While you don’t have to wear socks with Hey Dudes, that doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get blisters, bruises, and other health niggles when you’re wearing them without socks. Hey Dudes are comfortable, but they aren’t high-and-mighty.
One of the biggest risks of wearing Hey Dudes (or pretty much any other shoes) without socks has to be the increased possibility of getting blisters. Blisters typically occur when your footwear starts rubbing against your foot, creating friction, and irritating sensitive skin.
Blisters are super, super uncomfortable, but they’re also one of the reasons why you might get an infection, too. Now, Hey Dudes are flexible and made with a textile upper which means they should offer more protection against blisters than regular shoes. But, you can never be too safe.
2. Hey Dudes without socks might cause athlete’s foot
Other than blisters and bruises, you might need to worry about the athlete’s foot, too. Of course, nobody’s stopping you from not wearing socks with Hey Dudes. We’re only suggesting you test the waters before wearing them without socks for a long, long time.
On the off chance that you’re not familiar with the health niggle we’re talking about, athlete’s foot happens to be a fungal disease of the foot that causes itching, flaking, and burning sensations you don’t want to experience, ever. Athlete’s foot occurs when your feet sweat, get wet, and stay wet while you’re still wearing your shoes.
Here’s the thing, Hey Dudes are lightweight and breathable which means they aren’t the worst shoes you can wear without socks.
But, Hey Dudes aren’t made with moisture-wicking fabrics which means you’re stuck with soggy feet. Wearing socks underneath means that you can take them off and change them once your feet start sweatin’ – but, you do you.
3. Hey Dudes without socks might cause bad odors
And, we have to end the conversation on the worst note ever which happens to be the fact that wearing Hey Dudes without socks might cause bad odors. Sure, we could argue that bad odors appear whether you wear socks or not.
However, when you’re wearing socks you can take them off, swap them for fresh ones, and prevent bad odors from grabbing onto your shoes. Before you say something along the lines of “there’s no difference between washing your socks and washing your shoes,” getting bad odors out of your shoes can be quite a difficult task.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that machine washing your shoes can damage them, tear them apart, or even stain them. When you’re wondering “do you wear socks with Hey Dudes,” don’t forget to consider the risks before you decide to go sockless.
What styles of Hey Dudes are best worn without socks?
1. Hey Dude Wally Sox Loafer – for men
While most Hey Dude shoes can be worn with or without socks, the Hey Dude Wally Sox loafers feature characteristics guaranteed to make the entire experience much more comfortable.
On one hand, these Hey Dude loafers are one of the company’s best-selling styles. They’re comfortable, breathable, and lightweight (as you might have guessed), and they’re made with super soft fabrics for added comfort.
On the other hand, they feature removable insoles that make the fight against bad odors that much easier. They also feature two lacing options to ensure everyone’s happy with the amount of support they’re getting. Oh and, they boast excellent reviews online.
2. Hey Dude Wendy Chambray Loafers – for women
We haven’t forgotten our ladies, either! Now, Hey Dude Wendy Chambray loafers are as breathable and lightweight as the ones we suggested for the guys – even more so, considering that you can’t even sense how much they weigh while you’re moving.
Other than the features we mentioned beforehand, Hey Dude Wendy Chambray Loafers also employ cut-edge technology such as the Flex & Fold System which makes them one of the most comfortable shoes on the market. Whether you wear them with or without socks, we’re sure you’re going to adore them.