10 Socks & Sandals Pairings That Will Have You In Love With This No-Longer-Taboo Trend

Wearing socks with sandals has long been a fashion faux pas. But not anymore, my friends. The design houses of Hermes, Burberry, and the like have justified the socks and sandals combo on the runway. The thing is — even if you don't buy into trends, there are still plenty of reasons to try this once-taboo style. One being that it just kind of makes sense doesn't it? Why limit those cute sandals to the warm weather, when you can just wear socks to rock them in the colder months? And what's even the point of having all of those fun and fancy socks if you never get a chance to show them off? Well after all of these years, I'm finally game.

In case you are too, but aren't quite sure where to start, here are 10 socks and sandals combinations that will totally make an outfit. And yes, every type of sandal has an ideal sock pairing. So regardless of your preference in shoes (or socks), whether you like strappy sandals, platforms, or even Birkenstocks; frilly socks, knee-highs, or knitted socks; there's a combo that will totally convert you to the socks + sandals lifestyle. Yeah, I was surprised, too.

1. Chunky + Knee Highs

Knee highs paired with chunky sandals is a classic combo. So amp it up by opting for graphic prints and bright colors.

gx by GWEN STEFANI Overt Platform Sandal, $100, nordstrom.com; MUK LUKS Women's 3 Pair Cable Knee High Socks Purple, $24.50, target.com

2. Fringe + Patterned

A pretty pattern like florals or snake print peeking out through fringe is everything.

Steven by Steve Madden Rahrah Fringe Ankle Strap Sandal, $129, nordstrom.com; Xhiliration Women's Photoreal Ankle Socks Floral Snake 2 Pack, $8, target.com

3. Birkenstock + Crochet

The texture of crochet or knitted socks paired with the simplicity of a Birkenstock gives such a comfy-chic look.

Birkenstock Arizona Sandals, $125, madewell.com; Chevron Crochet Scallop Sock, $24, urbanoutfitters.com

4. Caged + Printed

Bright colors and fun prints are a playful juxtaposition to the sexiness of caged sandals.

Betseyville Stardust Rhinestone Caged Heels, $40, target.com; Happy Socks Triangle Sock, $12, happysocks.com

5. Bow + Netted

Dainty, netted socks pair perfectly with bow-accented sandals.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Gale Bow Sandal, $195, nordstrom.com; Netted Ankle Sock, $12, freepeople.com

6. Strappy + Plaid

Play with the lines of strappy sandals by adding a pair of plaid socks.

Madewell The Adler Strappy Sandal, $158, madewell.com; On the Rise Tall Sock, $20, freepeople.com

7. Flat + Frills

Frilly socks add a sweet touch to the more casual-nature of flat sandals.

ALDO Breitman White Cross Front Flat Sandals, $49, asos.com; Short Heathered Highland Boot Sock, $14, freepeople.com

8. Platform + Slouchy

Slouchy socks contrast the lift from platform sandals, and make this combo appear effortless.

Mad Love Sommer Slide Sandals, $30, target.com; Rib Slouchy Boot Sock, $14, urbanoutfitters.com

9. Slingback + Color Blocked

Color-blocked socks mean that a different color can peek out from each opening in slingback sandals.

Fergie Rowley Slingback Sandal, $120, nordstrom.com; Happy Socks Five Color Sock, $12, happysocks.com

10. Ankle Strap + Lace

Suede and lace are such a pretty pair. And little frills poking out from ankle straps is the cherry-on-top of this feminine look.

Jeffrey Campbell Holvey Suede Heel, $130, urbanoutfitters.com; Daisy Lane Ankle Sock, $16, freepeople.com

Now which combination to try first...

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