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Socks--can I wear them with capri's?

I don't want to look like a total dork, but I'm taking Rick's advice and bringing just 1 pair of Keen's (Mary Jane style) and 1 pr. of Teva's on our trip to France & Spain. No problem wearing socks while wearing long pants, but I know I'll want to wear the Keen's on occasion while wearing capri's. Do I HAVE to go bare-footed with them, or are there socks/peds/whatever that I can wear that won't get scrunched up down under my heel, and won't look too outrageous? Thanks!
Jan

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My roommate wears her Keen's without socks all of the time and she loves them that way. Personally, I wouldnt wear socks with them with capri's but if you must, I would recommend going with a shorter ped style.

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My mother-in-law, who is from Germany and lives in Switzerland, wears capri's with socks and hiking boots. I've worn capri's with socks and athletic shoes. I think it's more important to be comfortable (for me, that would mean socks with any shoe except Teva's) than to worry that you look like a dork.

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I agree with the other posters. It is far more important to be comfortable. Hardly anyone will notice whether you wear socks or not!
Do you think people look at your feet when they can gaze at your face or your jacket or your camera?

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I think women golfers wear short sox in their golf shoes. Try a golf shop.

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I bought some nude color footies with nice cushioning from Marshall's. I believe they're Liz Claiborne. They work really well .

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i LOVE Smart Wool socks of all kinds, but they have a low cut one that has a little extra cushioning on the heel just above where the heel of your shoe comes. This keeps them from sliding down like many low-cut socks do. i can't remember the style name, but i saw them on their website a week or so ago. They come in neutral colors. I wore them w/ fisherman style shoes w/ both skirts and capris as well as long pants---COMFORT is the name of the game.

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I'm an authority on this particular subject (ahem :) having spent what seems like hours in LL Bean picking out two pairs of Keens for my May/June trip. I got the black Keen Sydney Mary Janes and the Keen Venice sandal in blue. The LLBean saleswoman (acknowledged fashion expert of the department...I say this with humor, but I really do trust her) suggested I go with fun, colorful socks that will go with both shoe styles and all my clothes. (I brought them in!) I think the Mary Janes can be worn with socks or without, fashion- and comfort-wise. I'm also going to wear the sandals with socks sometimes. It took a bit of "attitude adjustment" to bring me up to date with these looks. I got 2 prs of colorful "Ultra Comfy Margarita" Smartwool socks and one pr of neutral grey low "micro mini adrenalins." The crew can be turned down with the capris. Think "funky-stylish!" You'll be comfy and look good! Be brave :)

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Hi again, Jan,
One more thought...I think that shoe is stylish and needs a sock that looks hip. Don't go with any kind of a nude or white sock. Just my opinion.

Glad to see someone else that has put this much thought into this subject! I, too, want to pack light, have total foot comfort, and to look decent!

Feel free to email me directly for further discussion or web links.

I'm going to France, too, (hence the importance of style!) and have been to Spain. Have a great trip!

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I would not wear socks with any sort of sandal. It marks you as a tourist and is never stylish. You wouldn't wear socks with sandals in New York, why would you wear them in Paris??

I would suggest a "kitten" (low) heel to bring style to your traveling wardrobe.

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Just returned from France yesterday, and my feeling is that you should wear what you're comfortable in. We saw all kinds of looks from tourists to natives. Not all French women are fashion plates. You'll blend in with the thousands of other tourists there anyway. Comfort, comfort, comfort.

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I think if anyone is going to be walking a lot on any kind of terrain, socks are essential. They protect your feet and keep them warm. Pack good walking shoes based on your comfort not appearance, sox, bandaids, and moleskin (see Dr. Scholl's supplies at your favorite pharmacy). I wear short socks (just above ankle)with my capris all the time. I have seen hundreds of women wearing socks and capris. Many people wear socks with sandals (Birkenstocks and Tevas are worn in Europe & the US with socks by all ages of people).

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Ah -- the good old "comfort vs style" subject 00 it never gets resolved..... If you will be touring around the countryside and smaller towns perhaps the look you describe will work, but it will not work in Paris, in my opinion. Sure, you will see many badly dressed tourists there, but Parisian women DO dress well. I have been there 5 times in the past 6 years -- all over and this is what I have experienced -- viewing women of all ages and economic statuses. If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb when there, make some adjustments to this look. If you do not care, then voila!

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Agree with those who put comfort first. Does it really matter if people see you wearing socks with capris? What is the worst that could happen? I've seen all kinds of fashion faux pas in my European travels (including my own!) and it may be amusing for half a second and then who cares?

Comfort all the way in my opinion.