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Heatwave: if your DCs or teens are sandal refusers

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letsgomaths Sat 21-Apr-18 07:47:10

For kids or teens who don't like sandals, do you allow them to go sockless in their trainers or whatever shoes they wear? Some of my friend's children never wear sandals, but as soon as it's shorts weather they're all in trainers without socks. I asked them if they ever wear short socks or trainer liners, but they all say no, and they're not worried about blisters or smells.

I'm not sure what stance to take with any children of mine; I'm not looking forward to the battles with suncream and hats!

overmydeadbody Sat 21-Apr-18 07:48:56

No way, my teens have to wear socks with trainers or the smell would ruin them.

Trainer liner socks are fine.

Hoppinggreen Sat 21-Apr-18 07:50:27

Dd always wears trainer socks ( her choice) and DS wears sketchers that I chuck in the washing machine when they get too smelly

BlueCookieMonster Sat 21-Apr-18 07:51:01

I'd leave them to it, it's such a none issue. You can get trainer spray if the smell is that bad.

adaline Sat 21-Apr-18 07:54:43

I don't see it as being anyone else's business.

I wear liner socks with my trainers but if they get whiffy you can just bung them in the washing machine.

Dozer Sat 21-Apr-18 07:56:25

The teens should pay for replacement trainers when they are ruined due to smell.

Sketchers do wash, but it doesn’t completely get rid of the smell.

NoSquirrels Sat 21-Apr-18 07:57:55

Meh - it’s not a battle I’d fight! Small children, buy whatever you like (most small kids like Crocs in the way they like wellies - easy, comfortable, no socks required.) As they get older you can give them more choice but if they refuse sandals and want to lose socks too you explain about blisters or they learn the hard way! Older kids you can’t dictate, surely?

Dozer Sat 21-Apr-18 08:12:32

But trainers - especially branded ones - are expensive and will need to be replaced much, much sooner if they get smelly. Why should parents stump up?

I had a schoolfriend whose (well off) parents brought in this rule because she refused to wear socks, shoes all reeked, and wasn’t appreciating the value of money.

The rest of us did what we were told knowing that if the trainers got smelly people would make comments and there’d be no new branded ones.

formerbabe Sat 21-Apr-18 08:14:53

My ten year old won't wear sandals but he will wear sliders...think he sees them as more fashionable

TryingToGetFired Sat 21-Apr-18 08:17:21

I'm laughing at the thought of insisting that my teens wear socks, I don't know how they cope with the heat but I credit them with the brain cells to work it out themselves. I think if you have teens they need some space to make decisions for themselves and this is a pretty minor one.

keiratwiceknightly Sat 21-Apr-18 08:22:13

I can't wear trainer liner socks so go barefoot in all summer shoes except trainers for exercise when I wear short ankle socks. My feet are not smelly and washed every night. On v hot days I might spray a bit of anti perspirant but that wasn't necessary this week even though temp was high 20s at work.

keiratwiceknightly Sat 21-Apr-18 08:23:26

Oh and my teens have an allowance - they replace their own shoes (except school shoes) when they need or want to.

gamerwidow Sat 21-Apr-18 08:26:35

Re: smelly feet the guidance in the NHS website is to have 2 pairs of trainers for teens which they wear on alternate days to give them a chance to properly dry out between wears so they don't start to smell.
Teens (especially boys) have more smelly sweaty feet because of hormone changes.
I don't think you can mandate socks for anyone if they don't want to wear them.

LoniceraJaponica Sat 21-Apr-18 08:31:01

"I can't wear trainer liner socks"

Is it because they slip down inside the shoe?

LynetteScavo Sat 21-Apr-18 08:31:17

I'm obviously some sort of slack mother as my DS2 went to school in Reception for a whole winter not wearing socks...I made sure they were in his bag, told the teacher he wouldn't wear them, and she just laughed and said "well I'm not going to make him"

Now he's a teenager he chooses to wear socks, but I couldn't get worked up if he didn't. I do give trainers a quick spray inside if I think they need it.

AnnettePrice Sat 21-Apr-18 08:34:23

I think it’s perfectly acceptable when they are teens that if they don’t look after their stuff then they have to dig into their pockets to replace.

This includes ruining trainers with sweat and loosing gloves.

its amazing when this rule was implemented for my teen, gloves stopped getting lost hmm , fortunately dc hates wearing footwear without socks. The flip side is that if dc wore sandals it would be with socks, and dc doesn’t like liners and would pull up socks until their 1/2 way to the knee if I didn’t get him short socks. I suppose teenagers need their strange clothing phase confused.

keiratwiceknightly Sat 21-Apr-18 09:05:46

Lonicera - yes, I have long skinny feet and narrow ankles and every type I've tried slips down and gets trapped under the arch of my foot within minutes. Would be a real issue if I had stinky feet but as I don't it's ok.

letsgomaths Sat 21-Apr-18 10:51:07

Thanks all. Thinking back to when I was at secondary and university in the 90's, lots of my peers wore trainers without socks when the sun was out, even for PE, and that was before trainer liners were widespread. I was a sandal refuser until my late twenties, and I can't walk in flip flops - I don't know why they're so popular.

LynetteScavo Sat 21-Apr-18 20:27:37

In the 90's I wore Doc Martens without socks. No blisters.

Socks are over rated.

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