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How to successfully rock socks with sandals

What was once considered a fashion “no-no” has turned into quite a fashion statement. Socks with sandals have traditionally been thought of as a “grandpa” move or an unwritten fashion rule, but in recent years it seems like this once-fashion emergency has become widely accepted. 

Sandals are cute and all, but sometimes they can cause blisters– especially if not worn enough. The weather is also getting colder, but one shouldn’t have to retire their favorite sandals just because of the weather. So, what’s the answer to these problems? Socks, socks, socks. 

How exactly does one successfully rock socks with sandals? Well, start with the type of sandal. 

Typically, sandals like the ‘Arizona’ style of the Birkenstock sandal work best. Don’t have the money to spend $110 on a pair of sandals? Fear not as there are plenty of dupes. Five Below sells a variety of sandals for– you guessed it– $5 or under. Walmart also sells both a gray and black pair of similar-looking sandals for under $10.

Teva and Chaco sandals would also be safe bets when wanting to rock socks as well. Try to stay away from sandals like flip-flops and any sandal that separates the toes in any way. This can make it difficult to simultaneously rock both sandals and socks. 

Now when it comes to socks, there are a variety of different styles of socks to choose from. There are ankle socks, low-cut socks that go up just past the ankle, mid-calf, also known as crew socks and knee highs. It can be an overwhelming task trying to figure out which socks to rock with your sandal of choice.

If you want to experiment with this whole idea of “socks with sandals” but are afraid the fashion police might come for you, consider starting with ankle socks. They still make the cut, but don’t go past the ankle enough to be that noticeable. Ankle socks can be found pretty much anywhere. Walmart and Target would be good places to start.

If you’re feeling comfortable with this whole sock and sandal ordeal, you could wear low-cut or crew socks. With these socks, it’s easier to find cooler patterns rather than just a solid color. Hot Sox has pretty much any and every pattern under the sun. Whether you’re looking for socks with corgi butts or pool floaties– you’ll probably find your desired pattern. 

If you’re feeling super bold, you could rock some knee highs. Like Hot Sox, Sockologie is a great sock resource. They have a better selection of knee highs and have just about any and every pattern you can think of– even socks with JFK’s face on them.

With socks and sandals, you really do get the best of both worlds. You get to feel cozy and warm with your socks, while also appreciating the convenience of a shoe you can easily slip on and off when in a rush and on the go. Socks and sandals can pretty much be rocked any time of the year, but peak “socks and sandal season” would be mid to late September when the August heat is still lingering but the crisp October air is lurking right around the corner. And though this may be the peak season, don’t let this stop you from rocking your favorite Birks and Hot Sox at any time of year and of course, at any occasion. 


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