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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 , 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 .
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.
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.