As soon as an incongruous pairing, socks and sandals are having a second within the sunshine. I turned a convert throughout lockdown, once I couldn’t be bothered to vary my Socks and ‘Stocks for the day by day stroll. Quickly, the mighty Birkenstock caught on and began promoting the 2 gadgets collectively. By which level, I used to be rifling by way of my sock drawer on the lookout for attention-grabbing, hole-free choices. So, final week, on experiencing the primary case of Sandal Rub this summer time, I knew precisely what to do. Slip right into a pair of soppy cotton socks to take the strain off. Like corduroy and retro sportswear, this coupling is a Wes Anderson trope, so geeky it’s cool – and now not a contentious mixture.
It’s a contradiction of kinds; socks are designed to maintain toes heat and sandals to do the alternative. However in addition to perking up a pared-down outfit, the mix is extremely snug. Protecting toes clear, blister-free and safeguarding the pores and skin towards sunburn. Yep. Socks and sandals have gotten you lined. How else to type out chipped nail vanish and cracked heels, till you lastly get spherical to reserving a summer time pedicure…
On a method degree, socks are a playful strategy to enhance a minimalist look; why not fill that clean area across the ankles with one thing attention-grabbing? Skirts, clothes, observe pants and rolled up denims all profit from this cool footwear mixture. Dip your toes in (sorry) by colour-matching fine-gauge ankle socks to cork-soled Birkenstock’s (as I’m doing within the second picture). Go for a post-modern, Accidentally Wes Anderson contact by teaming sporty socks with walking sandals. Make an affect in assertion socks and vibrant sandals (first picture). And, for some fancy footwork, select slinky, silk ribbed or glowing Lurex socks (Cos and Sezane are good for the latter). No matter you do, make it look deliberate and thought of, and never such as you’ve shoved them on to nip out to the retailers…
Now, sock it to me:
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SOCKS + SANDALS GRAPHIC
[Left to right – top row]
Socks, Tabio. Sandals, Expensive Frances
Socks, Cos. Sandals, Penelope Chilvers
Socks, Hansel from Basel. Sandals, Russell & Bromley
Socks, RosterSox. Sandals, Birkenstock
Socks, Nudie Denims. Sandals, Teva.
Socks, Socksss. Sandals, Hoff.