From Balenciaga and Vetements to Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian, here’s why the sock boot trend is here to stay
Walk walk, fashion baby
Ever since Georgian designer Demna Gvasalia popularised the sock boot (it was said to be created first by Tinker Hatfield for Nike’s Sock Racer in 1986) in 2016 for Balenciaga and Vetements, the fashion world ceased to be the same. While we’re not trying to be overly dramatic, it’s undeniable that the sock boot remains a hit among celebrities, models, and style influencers, having been spotted on the likes of Beyoncé, the Kardashian/Jenner clan, Chiara Ferragni, and basically every other self-respecting fashion persona.
Sock boot, as its name implies, combines socks and shoes into a unified design, consisting of fitted fabrics that hug all the way from the ankles to a pointed heel or sneakers.
Perhaps its versatility in design translates into versatility in styling — you can go dressy with heels or laidback with sneakers, and mix it up in your get-ups according to your feels — that lead to the endurance of the sock boot. Its persistence can also be attributed to its slimming, leg-lengthening silhouette (think of it as a bodycon dress or shapewear for the feet) that gives us supermodel vibes, no matter how far we are from the real deal.
Unlike most shoe styles that wax and wane with seasons and fickle fashion consumer preferences (such as the stiletto heel or platform sneakers à la the Spice Girls), this is one shoe you’ll be able to walk a thousand miles — and many years — in.
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