The summer is over as if it never really started — a tie-dye T-shirt and a pile of reusable face masks the last vestiges of 2020’s high season. Oh, and sandals.
The oft-ridiculed footwear style took a turn this summer, becoming an absolute must-have. From Birkenstock collaborating with Stüssy to the resurrection of Crocs and the explosion in popularity of hybrid sneaker/sandal designs, it was clear that this year was the year for freeing the toe. So much so, even, that we’re expecting the love affair to continue well into fall and winter.
Having long been considered a fashion faux-pas, the combination of sock and sandal is undeniably perfect. When styled right, you are met with a mix of breathability, comfort, and warmth. If you’re willing to put the thought into your socks, then socks and sandals becomes a more than viable option for the colder weather that’s incoming. To prove it, we’ve rounded up the socks and sandals that show the style is here to stay.
Browse the best socks and sandals for men below.
HOKA One One and Falke
There are few feelings better than finishing a long-distance run and then relaxing and recovering. This socks-and-sandals duo is all about that feeling. Not only is this one of the most comfortable duets in the game, but it’s also got serious technical-style appeal.
Marni and Jacquemus
From exercise gear to straight-up luxury. In complete opposition to our previous selection, this pair of furry Marni slides pairs perfectly with Jacquemus’ Jacques socks. The faux fur and brown color palette of the socks are ideal as we enter fall.
Havaianas and Maison Margiela
Havaianas are a timeless choice, and this all-black pair is proof. But, while socks and flip-flops sounds impossible — and most of the time it is — these Margiela Tabi socks feature the signature split-toe construction which will allow your toes to slide comfortably around your Havaiana straps. The off-white collar of the Tabi socks works perfectly in contrast to the black Havaiana, too.
Toga Virilis and P.A.M.
Toga Virilis doesn’t do things in half measures. This pair of heavy-duty leather slides contrasts heavily with the athletic flavor of the Perks and Mini socks we’re pairing with them. That contrast ensures that this combination has a strong visual impact.
Birkenstock and Ader Error
Birkenstock’s Arizona sandals are a timeless classic, and this pair has been outfitted with a fall-ready fur interior. Combine the soft fur lining with an equally soft pair of natural-color socks from Ader Error and you’ve got one very minimal, very stylish duo.
Visvim and Pantherella
Visvim’s new Christo sandal is a definite contender for sandal of the season. The padded, strapped slide features a sneaker-like sole unit making it super comfortable while a subtle polka-dot motif gives it the hand-crafted edge we’re accustomed to with Visvim. Don the pair of baby-blue Pantherella socks and you’re onto a definite winner.
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