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Ask The Budget Babe: Feet and the Friendly Skies

Dear Budget Babe,
Just got back from a weekend trip and air travel is getting nastier by the day. Anyway, due to 'heightened security measures' we now have to take off our shoes, right? In summer that means walking barefoot where other people's feet have been. Eeeeeeewwwww
Budget Babe, is it ok to relax the fashion standards a bit and wear socks for that dreaded walk down the security aisle?

Answer: It is perfectly acceptable to wear socks or nylons after removing shoes at security checkpoints—in fact, we highly encourage this. However, it is not acceptable to wear socks with sandals (sorry, Mum!). The solution? Don't wear sandals when flying. Closed-toe shoes worn with socks protect your tootsies from fungus and rogue luggage carts in the airport, and keep them warm on the plane.

Common sense dictates that you also pick socks that aren't too slippery, in dark shades that wont show dirt. No holes. If you're minding your fashion Ps & Qs, you'll probably be wearing dark jeans or slacks, so socks should be a similar hue to create the most pleasant visual line.

Young'uns or the young at heart can wear cute, colorful or patterned socks, too. Nothing wrong with that.

As for shoes, opt for ballet flats, fashion sneaks, even fashionable clogs. If you're worried about the heat, wear socks that breathe and shoes made from real leather.

If your funky foot odor is so toxic that agents from the Department of Homeland Security get called in when you remove your shoes, consider this remedy: Brew up some iced tea and soak your feet in it for about 30 minutes a day for a week. The tannic acid in the tea will cure what ails you.

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I was hoping you would say it's ok to wear socks and sandals for that retro Euro look.
Oh well, clogs it is then.
#1 maggie z on 2007-06-27 08:22 (Reply)
Ok, we have a confession to make: The Budget Babe is guilty of having worn socks with Tevas before, on a plane.

However, bear in mind our destination was Portland, Oregon. (When in Rome...)

We're not one to point and laugh, (judge not lest ye be judged), so if you feel comfortable pairing socks with sandals, by all means, please do.

Just know that not everyone is as lenient as we are when it comes to crimes of fashion :-)

Happy travels!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-06-27 10:25 (Reply)
I find some of the comfiest things are structured yet comfy matte jersey dresses, with a pair of leggings underneath the dress to keep you warm. I like comfy balllet flats too. I carry a pashmina as a blanket. Way comfy, and can be folded and tucked away.
#2 anna on 2007-07-10 13:31 (Reply)
We love that look--and the pashmina is almost a necessity for us too...see our post on what to wear on a plane:
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-07-10 23:35 (Reply)
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