Sock Revolution: From Hidden to Highlighted Feet

Last Updated: June 12, 2024By

Sock Revolution: From Hidden to Highlighted Feet

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Getting a pedicure this time of year can be tougher than snagging a table at a newly hyped restaurant. But why bother when the weather’s still chilly? Instead of wasting cash on freezing toes, many are embracing a new trend: statement socks.

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Once stuffed in drawers or lost in laundry, socks have stepped up from background players to the stars of the show. Look around—your colleagues, fellow commuters, or coffee shop regulars—they’re all rocking statement socks. These aren’t just any socks hastily grabbed as a last-minute gift; they’re carefully chosen for their fabric, color, and even length, sparking debates between Gen Z and millennials.

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Gone are the days of socks and sandals being reserved for your geography teacher’s weekend errands. Now, in 2024, it’s a mainstream style for many, from David Beckham to Bella Hadid.

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Inspired by the Romans but embraced by modern icons, like those who flaunt Crocs with sheer socks or tie-dyed socks with spiked Mary Janes, fashion is pushing boundaries. Gucci’s debut menswear collection under creative director Sabato de Sarno featured smart loafers paired with mid-calf white socks, while Keen suggests styling their sneakers with contrasting silky socks.

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Online, a new breed of sock connoisseurs has emerged, praising brands like Arket for ribbed versions or Cos for sheer metallic pairs. Colorful Standard offers socks in every hue, and Comme Si caters to those who see getting dressed as a daily ritual of self-expression.

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In Rome, even the liturgical vestment supplier Ditta Annibale Gammarelli has seen a surge in demand for its silk, merino wool, and cotton socks since Balenciaga featured them in its 2021 couture show. Despite their ecclesiastical roots, these socks have become a fashion statement, available in more colors beyond traditional black, purple, and red.

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So, forget the pedicure and let your socks steal the spotlight—because this season, it’s all about making a statement from head to toe.

 

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