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Science Shows How Wearing No Socks With Shoes is Bad for You

Date: November 19 2018

By: Sebastian Bugeja-Drinkell

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Sneaker retailer size? have put on their lab coats to discover if wearing no socks with shoes is actually bad for you. 

We all know that wearing no socks with shoes has the potential to be disgusting, and now we have research dictating that rocking your kicks without socks can allow germs to thrive three times more than if you were wearing socks! In order to see how bacteria grows, size? ran swab tests on the soles, insoles and uppers of sneakers. The swabs were transferred to a petri dish and allowed to grow for five days, the results are frightening to anyone who likes to go sans socks. 

Canvas With Socks

Canvas shoe with socks

Canvas No Socks

Canvas shoe with no socks

Canvas shoes, with and without socks. If you compare both petri dishes you can see that wearing no socks produces a larger amount of bacteria.

Adidas Originals Munchen Night Out

adidas Originals Munchen worn on a night out

Nike Run All Day Used At The Gym

Nike Run All Day worn to the gym

After a hard gym sesh you would expect that your kicks would be riddled with bacteria because of how smelly they would get. However, the tests show that, when compared to a pair of shoes you wear on a night out, there is far less bacteria than you might have thought.

Black Af1 No Socks

Black Leather Air Force 1 worn with no socks

White Af1 W Socks

White Leather Air Force 1 worn with socks

Leather Air Force 1s worn with and without socks, and of course wearing no socks produces the largest amount of bacteria.

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