All of My Friends Hate This Shoe Trend, But I Wear It All the Time

Socks and sandals aren't really one of those things you can quietly dip your toe into. You're either committing to it or you're not—you can't just wear it a bit like sheer sleeves on a blouse or a touch of leopard print on a bag. But I won't lie: It's quite the divisive dressing choice. I wear this combination often and my friends hate it because they say it looks "ugly" and like I've "just thrown on the first shoes at the front door." I have to insist that it really is fashion, despite the eye rolls I get in return.

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Elinor wearing pink socks with chunky sandals.

Delve into the history of the look and it turns out this combination is somewhat of a classic: Socks and sandals were first debuted by the Romans. That makes the trend something close to over 2000 years old. While dressing like a Roman doesn't sound too bad, the real negative connotations come from elsewhere. It's associated with dads and terribly dressed tourists and even hikers. But the reality now is that all those previously mocked groups are being emulated on the catwalk, street style and even by the A-list—especially when it comes to socks and sandals.

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Elinor wearing pink sandals with gold socks.

The only question that remains is knowing how to do this without looking like it's something you unintentionally put on as you dashed out to Tescos. My own personal take is to clash your sandals with your socks as much as possible—whether that's pink socks with black chunky sandals or gold mesh socks with metallic Velcro sandals. Other fashion editors opt for a similar take on this: The more jarring the combination, the better, so as to prove this is a real style statement. To see what I mean, I suggest you keep scrolling to see how everyone on the street style circuit is wearing theirs, then keep going to shop my favourite sock-and-sandal pairings.

How Others Style Socks and Sandals

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Style Notes: A guest attending London Fashion Week wears a pair of chunky black sandals with pink-and-white socks. 

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Style Notes: Mauve socks and brown sandals is a chic combination. 

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Style Notes: Chunky white sandals look incredible with a pair of black socks. 

Socks-and-Sandals Combinations to Shop

#3: Chunky White Sports Sandals + Black Socks

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