From a fashion don’t to a fashion do (and do right now I might add), the tumultuous relationship of socks and sandals has come a long way since its inception as a faux pas. This tricky trend has finally made the leap onto fashionable feet off the catwalk as the street style set outside the spring shows put their best foot forward in ultra-chic sock and shoe pairings. Though it may sound more than a little uncool-for-school, it’s a runway staple that has been doing a slow burn for several seasons and it finally appears as if the fire may have spread.
There was once a time when sandals only had an annual shelf life of just a few short months, or if they were lucky enough, they would get the chance to be dusted off during resort season for a tropical jaunt. Now, not unlike the once hard and fast sartorial ruling where white could not be worn after Labor Day, the laws for footwear have been amended thanks to socks coming into the equation. Whether you are hoping to prolong the wear of your favorite open-toed summer sandals or elevate an otherwise simple pair of ankle boots, the sock and shoe combo is fashion’s answer for practical and playful dressing for the increasingly temperamental transition between seasons. It’s high time to embrace the formerly taboo partnership.
Go ahead, get your feet wet and dare to wear these perfect pairs of shoes and their sock partners.