God Save Your Toes: 11 Pairs Of Socks To Keep You Warm & Chic

When it comes to accessories, flashy ones like bedazzled minaudières and embellished clutches get all the hype. Well, what good will those do you when temps nosedive and snow starts coming down in sheets? Zilch. Hey, nothing against the bling, but these accoutrements just can't keep our toes warm when we're trying to walk through a foot of snow slush. That's why we're taking a closer look at the underdog — socks. Yes, socks.
Seriously, don't discount the little guys! Not only do they keep our toes from falling off in the middle of winter, but an unexpected set can add a quirky pop to any outfit. That's why we culled 11 sock-and-shoe pairings that'll keep your style and toes in check all season long. After all, it's the details that matter, right?
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White, Black, And Rad All Over

Just because you're wearing tough moto boots doesn't mean that your feet should freeze when temps drop. Keep 'em toasty with a sock that ends just an inch or two above the top of the boot for biker-chic done right. And, bonus! Since the boot shaft covers up most of the sock, a fun pair like this leopard style will cheer you up every time you look down.
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Cold Toes Need Not Apply


Are peep-heel shoes the new peep-toes? Eh, probably not, but they're cool nonetheless. Sick slingbacks deserve an equally rad pair of socks to match, and this cutout set of knee-highs is perfect. Don't worry — you can wear 'em with just about every other shoe just as well.
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Photo Courtesy of Hansel From Basel.
101 Dalmations — On Your Toes

Liven up a classic stepper with a pair of quirky bouclé dalmation-print socks. You can totally joke that your dogs are barking!
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One-Two Step

Black tights and booties are a go-to combo, but that's just too expected by now. Since skimping on socks is outta the question during the winter, choose a patterned pair and just scrunch it down so it hits above the footwear. Warm toes for the win!
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Sk8r Girl

Hey, when a classic looks this good, let's not change it. Couple those trusty white-and-black-checkered Vans with raven socks, and just call it a day.
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Birkensocks

It's been a long time comin', but the 'stock is back and better than ever — no, seriously. If you're like our style director, Connie Wang, and choose to live in trusty Birkenstocks all year 'round, pair them with a set of slightly frilly socks for maximum quirk and warmth. Rules were made to be broken anyway.
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Photo courtesy of Ace & Jig.
Shine Bright Like A Diamond
Let metallic oxfords stand out even more with a pair of transparent socks that let the stepper shine. Or, if you feel extra daring, try a chambray style. Yep, never knew they came in chambray, didja?

Cole Haan Gramercy Oxford Cap, $138, available at Zappos; Dorothy Perkins Denim Lace Top Ankle Socks, $5, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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That '70s Show

Go retro with ankle-strap heels and scrunched-down, calf-length socks for a perfect '70s silhouette.
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Photo Courtesy of Nasty Gal.
Back To Basics — Kinda?
Sure, plain socks could work with an animal-print stepper, but why be basic when you can be bold? Try a pair of fishnet socks with fun loafers for a quirky — not over-the-top — look.

Shoe Cult Instinct Loafer, $68, available at Nasty Gal; American Apparel Fishnet Sock, $8, available at American Apparel.
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Hey, Guys

Instead of pairing a dress with the usual tights and heels, add a dash of dude with black creepers and matching trouser socks. The combo tones down an otherwise super-feminine look and nails that perfect girl-meets-boy look.
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