The classic Sperry boat shoe we’ve come to know and love was first designed in 1935, specifically to combat slipperiness aboard sailing vessels. It was marketed towards boaters for the first couple of years until the U.S. Navy gained the rights to manufacture the shoe for its own sailors. Truly where functionality and fashion meet, it’s no wonder that the casual design, coupled with the distinct rubber soles and grooves has made its way into so many American wardrobes, especially for the summer. But what about socks?    

Unfortunately, due to the open top design of the shoe, traditional socks are not meant to be worn with Sperry’s, and they should not be worn without socks. And while leather on boat shoes might stand a chance against the water, your feet certainly won’t appreciate it! The leather is even less breathable than canvas and our feet tend to produce a lot of sweat. Without a good pair of moisture wicking socks, your feet will stay wet, damp, unhealthy, uncomfortable, and trapped in your leather shoes. Thankfully, we carry many great sock brands that feature breathable, moisture wicking socks that are great for the summer boating season. Here are the best socks to wear with your Sperry’s.                   

For Women

Smartwool Women's Secret Sleuth No Show Socks - $12.95

Smartwools lowest cut sock yet, with a "hidden" height. This "secret" in your shoe is a non-cushioned sock that's perfect for ballet silhouettes and other flat summer shoes. Also featuring an internal heel gripper and merino wool.

Smartwool Women's Sadie Swirl Hide and Seek Socks - $13.95 

This low-profile style helps keep feet comfortable with the power of no-stink, highly breathable Merino. Right at home in clogs or sneakers, this non-cushioned no show style sports an internal gripper at the heel to help keep the socks in place.

Smartwool Women's Dazed Dandelion Sleuth Socks - $13.95 / $9.77

Smartwool brought the power of flowers to this hidden silhouette style. Merino next-to-skin manages moisture and temperature, while a stay-put heel grip helps keep it in place. It's the best sock you'll never see.

Smartwool Women's PhD Run Ultra Light No Show Socks - $14.95

Get all the moisture and temperature regulation benefits of Merino in a no-show silhouette. Complete with Smartwool's 4 Degree™ elite fit system, women's-specific mesh ventilation zones for breathability and a virtually seamless toe.

For Men

Smartwool Men's No Show Socks - $13.95

When you want the look of no socks but not the stink, the Men's No Show comes to the rescue. Merino regulates temperature and sweat to keep feet fresh. Also featuring an internal heel gripper and no cushioning for maximum performance in close-fitting shoes.

Smartwool Men’s PhD Ultralight Micro Socks - $15.95

Smartwool's put all of their smarts into these new and improved run socks that feature Smartwool's 4 Degree™ elite fit system, ReliaWool™ technology for superior durability and a virtually seamless toe. Men's-specific mesh ventilation zones provide ultimate temperature and moisture regulation where male runners need it most.        

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