Socks and heels (the more open, the better) are one of those trends that’s been popping up in street style circles forever, but most of the outside world ignores. "It just looks weird," I believe is what my mother said when I tried to explain it to her once. "I just don’t get it."
You will, though, after the 6 combinations work their outfit-making magic on your wardrobe. Stop worrying about how it will look, and start scrolling—you can do this, I promise!
1. Open-Toe Embroidered Mules + Gray Ribbed Socks
Does this combination soundly oddly specific? That’s because all the little details—namely ornate embellishment offset by soft texture—are key to getting it right. Bonus: Now you have a good excuse to buy incredibly impractical (but awesome) shoes.
2. Velvet Platforms + Tube Socks
If the finished effect feels like you’re channeling at least two Spice Girls, then you’re on the right track. (Unless one of them is Scary, in which case I say abort mission and move on to pairing #3.)
3. Graphic Slingbacks + Jewel-Toned Trouser Socks
4. Single-Sole pump + White Ankle Socks
5. Mixed-Media D’Orsays + Thin Textured Socks
6. Bejeweled Sandals + Marled Knit Socks
In a heavier weight material, like suede or satin, a barely-there stiletto is substantial enough to anchor another layer. Now choose one that’s extra thick and cozy—the bolder the contrast, the cooler the look!