6 Socks & Sandals Pairings, Because We Haven’t Worn Shoes For Weeks

Much like kitten heels, bumbags and Crocs, the pairing of socks and sandals – once derided as a sartorial sin – has slowly made its way back into fashion. Now the epitome of comfort and cool, there's nothing more chic than donning grey cable knit socks with your Birkenstock Bostons, and nothing more zeitgeisty than teaming your tie-dye Aries with your Tevas.

Once the preserve of tourist dads, the rise of the ugly shoe and the death of the heel ushered in a new set of priorities for our feet: comfort first. The catwalks of SS20 reflected the so-bad-it's-good pairing, with everyone from Burberry to Fendi and Gucci getting in on the action.

Now is the perfect time to embrace the best-foot-first look, as being on lockdown has made us forget what wearing shoes feels like. Slippers are the coziest option, sure, but in order to maintain some semblance of reality, we take those off when our working day begins and slip them back on when we log off.

While Birkenstocks, Suicoke, Tevas, Arizona Love and Crocs may get the most airtime, there's a whole host of sandals that make the best companion for your socks – whether they're hand-knitted, tie-dye, checkerboard or striped.

Click through to see the seven sandals and socks tag teams we're wearing on repeat during lockdown.

We’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. 

Turbo Tie-Dye

The tie-dye trend moves in and out of favor but for now, thanks to Aries and Proenza Schouler, it's back on top, and what better time to do a DIY job on some old white socks? Team with sliders for Cali cool.

Vans Sk8 Hi Forever Sock, $, available at ASOS

Zara Flat Padded Leather Sandals, $, available at Zara

Weekday Eleven Tie Dye Socks, $, available at Weekday

Charles & Keith Croc-Effect Slide Sandals, $, available at Charles & Keith

Aries Purple Tie-Dye Socks, $, available at SSENSE

Ugg Cozette Slide, $, available at Ugg

Sweat It Out

Ah the humble grey marl trackie bottoms, our lockdown lord and savior. Go head-to-toe grey for comfort-first WFH style; a knitted grey sock and pair of Birkenstock Arizonas will elevate your joggers and make you feel less like it's freshers' week and you're eating noodles in bed (even though that's exactly what we're doing).

Smartwool Hike Light Crew 3-Pack, $, available at Zappos

Birkenstock Arizona Eva Sandal, $, available at Urban Outfitters

French Connection Melange Boot Socks 2 Pack, $, available at French Connection

ASOS DESIGN Focus Chunky Sliders, $, available at ASOS

Richer Poorer Salem Socks, $, available at Richer Poorer

Dr. Martens Myles Sandal, $, available at Urban Outfitters

More Is More

Lockdown is an anxious, isolating and new experience for us all so why not inject some pure joy into your daily 'fit? Max out on color and serotonin-boosting embellishments, and crack a big smile every time you clock your tootsies. We're sorry but Crocs are the unofficial lockdown uniform – there's no comfier slipper.

Lazy Oaf In Bloom Socks, $, available at Lazy Oaf

Crocs Classic Clog, $, available at Crocs

Kule Fab Sock, $, available at Kule

Birkenstock Super-Birki Polyurethane, $, available at Birkenstock

& Other Stories Glitter Lurex Ankle Socks, $, available at & Other Stories

Wal & Pai Day Break Mule, $, available at Free People

Fancy Feet

We wore pearls everywhere from our earlobes to our hair last year, so it's no surprise they've made it to our feet. Taking the humble foam sandal and giving it some oomph, the embellished sandal looks as good with sparkly socks as it does a stellar pedicure.

Topshop 3 Pack Black Glitter Socks, $, available at Topshop

Arizona Love Pearl-Embellished Sandals, $, available at Farfetch

swedish stockings Stella Lurex Socks, $, available at Matches Fashion

Area Crystal Fringe Platform Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom

& Other Stories Metallic Socks Gift Set, $, available at & Other Stories

Cecilie Bahnsen X Suicoke Maria Beaded Velcro-Strap Sandals, $, available at Matches Fashion

Sporty Separates

If cutesy Crocs and sleek Birkenstocks aren't your jam, turn to streetwear and athleisure to decorate your cloppers. The chunkier the sandal and the bigger the logo, the better.

Nike Crew Essential Stripe 3-Pack, $, available at Zappos

Prada Logo Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom

Vans X Sandy Liang Crew Sock, $, available at Vans

Ganni Hiking Sandal in Ermine, $, available at Need Supply

Carhartt WIP White Chase Socks, $, available at SSENSE

Charles & Keith Two-Tone Grosgrain & Rope Flatform Sandals, $, available at Charles & Keith


Whether you're a cult piece collector or brand loyalist, logomania has reigned supreme for some time now. Marine Serre? Gucci? Louis Vuitton? This is no ordinary WFH walk.

Gucci Lamé GG Socks, $, available at Gucci

Suicoke Moto Cab Platform Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom

Burberry Logo Intarsia Short Sport Socks, $, available at Neiman Marcus

Simon Miller Coaster Platform, $, available at Simon Miller

Aries Logo Embroidered Tie Dye Socks, $, available at Nordstrom

Zara Satin Effect Bow Sporty Flat Sandals, $, available at Zara

Jazz It Up

A 'personality' sock used to be the height of uncool – akin to a novelty tie – but we're using them to express creativity in lockdown now. A slingback slipper is the perfect canvas for a funky pair, and everywhere from Arket to Paul Smith has stellar prints and patterns.

6 Socks & Sandals Pairings, Because We Haven’t Worn Shoes For Weeks 6 Socks & Sandals Pairings, Because We Haven’t Worn Shoes For Weeks Reviewed by streakoggi on April 08, 2020 Rating: 5
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