Street Style

How To: Wear Sandals and Sneakers with Socks and Skirts

As shoe styles from the resort season move over to make room for new spring arrivals—like these from Prada, the Alexander McQueen double-strap, Vince’s entire new suite and these Loeffler Randall slides (insert hearts-for-eyes emoji)—we’re really feeling the whole genre-mashing sportif angle. You know: socks and sandals all day long, and sneakers accessorized with anklets and slouchy knee-highs.

It works well with our Wellness Realness focus too, so we decided to hit pause on cold-weather boots and take a spin through a selection of street style snaps from our girl Crystal Nicodemus to examine how fashion’s best and brightest rock the look.

Rule #1: There are no rules. What’s happening with that extra bit of sock above the sock (left)? Honestly, we have no idea. But if you’re seeking some upper-level styling on par with this look, we’d suggest seeing what you can make happen with these Sigvaris numbers. Rule #2: Standard black socks always work, as do slightly updated, just barely fashion-tweaked versions of classic tube socks—like the ones above (right) or this colorblocked crew style.

Consider weight. These gorgeous maroon ankle socks would look totally different if they were thicker and woolly. For a sleek, chic vibe go for a sock that’s thin and streamlined.
Get this look with the Prada buckled platform sandal.

Go all the way—with a pair of opaque black tights—or go short and sweet, and do the slouch. It’s like the finesse required to get your boyfriend jeans rolled up just right: Careful practice makes it look like you didn’t try at all.
Oh, and sporty platform oxfords—like these silver ones from Prada—are utterly timeless.

Tone on tone? Totally works.
Get this look with our BP. wedge sandal and Maison Martin Margiela’s version of a slip-on action oxford.

There has just never been a better time to be a woman who wants to dress up and down in the very same moment.
Get the look with Halogen’s floral slip-ons, classic Chuck Taylors or these hot pink-accented white sneaks from Alexander McQueen.

What exactly does it take to get away with metallic socks and jewel-encrusted slides? The conviction that you can. Pure and simple. Equally doable if you believe that you can: working work-appropriate trousers with a flatform.

Black and white? Always. Never better. Robert Clergerie certainly seems to think so.

The only accessory you’ll ever really need: black nail polish.
Get this look with Alexander Wang’s Alisha, Topshop’s Fang slide, Robert Clergerie’s platforms or, of course, Birkenstocks.

The sneaker of the moment—and for all foreseeable moments—is the Stan Smith. Ours is offered in classic white as well as red. Yes, red.

Bottom line: Whether you’re baring a bit of ankle with a transitional cropped denim look or showing some real skin, have fun out there, Sporto. That’s what this trend is all about.
(And if you’ve got a pair of bright white kicks that you’d like to keep bright white, be sure to check this primer on Men’s Shop Daily: How to Keep Your White Sneakers White.)

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All Images by Crystal Nicodemus

—Laura Cassidy