The Sock Boot Trend May Make You Ditch Your Chelsea Boots (For Now, At Least)

The Sock Boot Trend May Make You Ditch Your Chelsea Boots (For Now, At Least)
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More than hoodies, bomber jackets, or pieced-together blue jeans, perhaps the most unlikely item Vetements has managed to elevate to designer-price-tag level in recent seasons is the lowly tube sock. For Fall 2016, the brand sent out stretchy, athletic-sock-inspired boots resting atop Bic-lighter heels—inspiring legions of copycats in the process, despite not actually negating the need for, you know, actual socks.

Vetements’ was a very literal interpretation, but elsewhere, the trend is more about silhouette than anything else: Some of the buzziest styles this season are slightly longer than your typical bootie, hitting around the lower calf, and fitted around the ankle, mimicking the stretch and slouch of a sock.

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You’ll find versions in leather, suede, cable-knit wool, and metallic jersey—though personally, I’m partial to the latter, in part because I’m currently wearing Zara’s silver version and they’re as disco-sparkly as I ever dreamed. While Chelsea boots aren’t going anywhere, this new trend has a few distinct advantages: For one, the longer shaft is ideal for pairing with cropped pants, extending the life of your new kick-flare jeans or wool culottes well into winter. Also, the slim-fit style is a feminine alternative to boots with buckles or laces, easily balancing out a chunkier (read: more comfortable) heel. The same concept can be applied to over-the-knee styles, too, subbing in for tights on chillier days.

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In the gallery, shop 15 of the best sock boots to buy now, at prices ranging from under-$60 to $2,000-plus.

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Sergio Rossi Sock Ankle Boots, $860; at Farfetch

Shiny Sock Ankle Boot, $59.50; at Zara

Charlotte Olympia Less Is More Metallic Jersey Over-the-Knee Boots, $595; at Net-A-Porter

The Clinger Bootie, $745; at Stuart Weitzman

Vetements Sock Boot, $2,230; at Nordstrom

Steve Madden Brisk Block-Heel Sock Booties, $99; at Macy’s

Mallon Leather Boots, $287; at Italist

Maison Margiela Cable-Knit and Leather Ankle Boots, $478 (was $1,195); at The Outnet

Zloty Stretch Leather Boots, $450; at Opening Ceremony

Glitter Sock Boots, $68; at Missguided

White Stretch Block-Heel Ankle Boots, $96; at River Island

Robert Clergerie Navy Suede Nerdall Sock Boots, $595; at Ssense

Senso Umar II Silver Stardust Stretch Sock Boots, $321; at ASOS

Abbie Jersey Sock Boot, $70; at Boohoo

Bless Eram Reflector Boot, $450; at The Celect

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