Walking the line in socks and sandals

Comfort trumps


By Wei Yeen Loh

Walking the line in socks and sandals

When you think of sandals and socks, the last thing that comes to mind is pairing them together in an outfit and at the same time. Unless of course, you have a debilitating dilemma that requires constant sock-wearing no matter the shoe type, or if you’ve always been a stickler for comfort over fashion. But surprise surprise, this sports-rooted, normcore trend has been mighty popular this SS16 season, spotted on the runways of Marni, Calvin Klein and Bottega Veneta during men’s Fashion Week where dressy shirts and slacks were thrown off-balance with the casual combo of socks and sandals.


Previously deemed as the footwear choice for the awkward dads and hippies of the world, the sock and sandal look is one of the many spurred from the ugly-chic shoe trend (others being the rise of the flatform and reemergence of the Tevas). Back during SS13 Milan Fashion Week, leather socks worn with flip-flop platform thongs at Prada caused major tongue-wagging about the future of this weirdly warm and cushy trend. Three years later, it’s still on a roll, and SS16 womenswear can attest to that with sheer, patterned, and textured socks paired with high-heeled sandals and flatforms—emanating a retro, kitschy vibe unlike any other.


While the jury’s still out with this trend, pull on your most luxurious pair of socks—cashmere, preferably—and wear it with the latest pair of flatforms you bought (presuming after you were inspired from all the flatforms you saw on the SS16 runway), because why not rock this look in the classiest, most comfortable way possible?

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