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A Lesson in Socks and Heels

How to pull off a look that’s really not that hard to pull off.

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There are plenty of runway trends that are strictly runway trends — things we can all unanimously agree should never infiltrate normal-people wardrobes. See: Rick Owens’s human backpacks.

Up until a few weeks ago, I applied that line of thinking to wearing socks with heels and open-toe sandals. I’m here now to tell you that I was wrong.

Socks with open-toe shoes specifically has long felt like a tough look to pull off, but it’s honestly a lot easier than you might think. If you’re still intimidated, or just need to see it to believe it, here are six ways to give it a go, day or night.


Loeffler Randall Clo Tassel Mule, $395; Out From Under Crew Sock, $14; Topshop Jeans.

Aquatalia Libby Clog, $315; Hue Socks, 4 for $16.

Aldo Heeled Loafer, $63; Darner Mesh Socks, $38.


Rachel Comey Kinzey Sandals, $391; Hue Socks, $7.

Topshop Radiant Patent Sandals, $90; Pan & The Dream Socks, $109, Topshop Trouser, $68.

J.Crew Dulci Kitten Heels, $190; Born Pretty Socks, $5.

Set design by Chloe Daley.