By Steffi Lee
Updated Feb 24, 2015 @ 3:29 pm
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Street style sock and shoe pairing
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Once just a practical necessity, socks have evolved to the latest and greatest accessory. Similar to a statement necklace or beautiful bag, they lend a dose of unexpected flair to your outfit, thanks to bright colors and unique patterns. And not only can they elevate your style, but—with the right shoes and clothing proportions—they can also elongate your gams. See below for five of our favorite leg-and-footwear combos.

Blue Ankle Boot + Striped Sock

Blue Ankle Boot + Striped Sock
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Similar styles: Acne Allea Leather Ankle Boot, $260, matchesfashion.com; David Van Hagen Vertical Striped Socks, $16, kjbeckett.com.

Black Platform Oxford + Marled Sock

Black Platform Oxford + Marled Sock
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Similar styles: Rachel Comey Reeves Creeper Oxford, $338, shopbop.com; Wigman Cypress Socks, $13, amazon.com.

Yellow and Grey Color Blocked Heel + Anklet Sock

Yellow and Grey Color Blocked Heel + Anklet Sock
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Similar styles: Jimmy Choo 'Mutya' Pointy Toe Pump, $775, nordstrom.com; Solid Color Anklet Sock, $7, absoluteties.com.

Cobalt Strappy Sandal + Lilac Sock

Cobalt Strappy Sandal + Lilac Sock
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Similar styles: Victor & Rolf Sandal, $515, 6pm.com; b.ella Solid Sock, $15 for 2, sierratradingpost.com.

White Slip-On Sneaker + Fuzzy Black Sock

White Slip-On Sneaker + Black Fuzzy Sock
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Similar styles: Opening Ceremony Slip-On Platform Sneaker, $195, openingceremony.us; Falke Cashmere-Blend Cozy Ruffled Bedsocks, $36, neimanmarcus.com.