When my grandparents picked me up for our weekly Saturday outing, I could be found running amuck in our front yard with no shoes and absolutely NO socks. Ever. Typically, my parents shrugged it off as “typical wandering child syndrome” (a made-up diagnosis intended to describe those footloose and fancy free types of children…i.e. me). So, the truth? I loved bare feet! In the sand, sun, and snow I relished the ground beneath my toes.
Fast forward to my late twenties and life as a newlywed. I had no idea what to expect from a male roommate! The day after our wedding, while packing for our honeymoon, I noticed something extremely unusual about his “around the house” dress code. Regardless of what he wore (shorts and a t-shirt or long pants and a sweater), he always had on socks! The never ending “why aren’t you wearing socks” question (which I thought was a part of my past) found its way back into my daily conversation. Curious about all these sock lovers in my life, past and present, I have questioned the need for socks all the time. Five years into marriage, here’s what I’ve learned:
1. One pair of socks does the body good!
By wearing socks throughout the day, your body is 50% warmer. Wearing them around the house is a quick and easy fix to temperature changes…in any season!
2. Trouble sleeping? Cozy socks will do the trick.
I learned early on from my husband that a night without socks leads to some restless sleeping. Wearing socks to bed has proven benefits in individuals who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep!
3. Have socks. Will travel.
I love traveling, so much so that I keep alerts on my computer for special travel deals…just in case an irresistible opportunity comes along! After enough plane flights early in my career, I learned the importance of traveling with great compression socks. These beauties are now my staple socks for daily use!
4. No socks? No shoes.
Another learning out of marriage: no socks = stinky shoes! Socks absorb sweat and keep your shoes from developing (highly questionable) bacteria. Avoid the shoe cleaning and grab socks instead.
5. Socks make for pretty feet!
Something else I received from my grandmother? Circulation challenges in my feet and legs! Socks support circulation and lead to brighter, healthier feet (often a smidge rosier in color than feet that traverse life without socks!)
Start the New Year off sweet to your feet…and get socked!