- TFH wondered, how do I keep my feet from stinking?
- Vava accused me of disrespecting my shoes and feet.
- Spike asked if I followed my run with a Natty Ice. (Not sure what that's supposed to mean.)
- Jess assumes my feet are a hot sweaty mess and can't see how I didn't get blisters.
- And joyRuN, well, she doesn't think it's all that strange, actually.
This is not the first time I have run without socks. But for some reason, I decided that no socks would be my thing this year. As long as the weather is suitable.
No, my feet don't sweat so exceptionally. In fact, I figure that my socks are actually keeping them wet. As you might have noticed, running shoes are made with technical fibers and mesh. They breathe pretty well and keep my feet dry and cool.
If I do happen to catch a whiff of stench, I have Target's version of Gold Bond medicated powder to take care of the odor and dampness.
The insoles do tend to stick to my feet upon removal. I have to unlace each shoe a bit more than normal or the insole will come out with my foot.
My feet so far have not blistered. Most running shoes are pretty foot-friendly and are virtually seamless. Even if my feet did blister, then they would form a callous when healed. So I'm not too worried about that.
To further persuade you that I didn't drink the purple cocktail, allow me to present Exhibit A: Brian Sell, 2008 Olympic marathoner.
Brooks modified its T6 Racer specifically to accommodate Sell's preference to run minus socks.
However, you do have to be smart about running without socks. After the Beijing Olympics, Sell's feet were ravaged because of the humidity. Those shoes don't look so pretty now, do they?
Sell talked about the weather and his feet after the marathon in an interview with Flotrack: