13 Sock-and-Shoe Pairings That Look Legitimately Cool

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13 Sock-and-Shoe Pairings That Look Legitimately Cool
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Socks are like the little fashion layer that could. These sweaty-feet protectors, which are usually thrown on mindlessly as the most basic of necessities, are soon to have their big sartorial moment this spring. Let the Urkel inside of you come forth because covered-up ankles are where it’s at this season.

The easy trick to making socks work as “fashion” is to think of these flimsy slip-ons as bona fide accessories that are worthy of being seen. This means wearing footwear that allows the socks to shine, for whatever inches they’re worth. Sheer hosiery socks can elevate a sneaker look to fancier levels, ribbed socks add a fun, geeky vibe, and ankle socks can make whatever strappy open-toed shoes feel more modest (and save you from an emergency pedicure).

For some under-the-knee inspiration, click through the slideshow above. It’s time to rethink your sock drawer.

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Simple ankle socks let these graphic platform Mary Jane heels shine.

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You can totally pull off dorky neon socks with palatable sneakers.

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Sheer black socks make jeans and flats look fancy.

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Pair "cute" socks intentionally with black-tie looks.

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Just a slight hint of sock is all you need.

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Socks with sneakers can make a miniskirt look more modest.

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We'd wear sequined socks every day if we could.

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A chic way to wear liner socks: throw them on under glitter slides.

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Proof that fishnets aren't just for Halloween.

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Ribbed gray socks look downright ladylike and demure when coupled with strappy sandals and a midi dress.

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Slouchy socks are surprisingly stylish.

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Never underestimate the subtle power of a bow detail.

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Ribbed socks add great texture in between open-toed heels and jeans.

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