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6 sandals that look great with socks—really

Embrace the fad that was once a fashion faux pas.

Woman wearing pair of Teva sandals with white ankle-length socks sitting on a rattan chair, woman wearing blue jeans and grey Birkenstock socks, sitting down on a grey chair next to a pair of Birkenstock Arizona sandals. Credit: Urban Outfitters / Birkenstock

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There once was a time when pairing socks with sandals was an inexcusable fashion blunder. In 2021, however, it’s become a trend embraced by singer Pharrell, actor Pete Davidson, musician Tyler the Creator, and model Kendall Jenner. Following the rise of normcore fashion and “ugly-chic” basics like Crocs, people have begun embracing a clean looking sock underneath the trappings of an open-toed shoe.

Pulling off socks with sandals—or a pair of slides, if you’d like—takes nothing more than confidence and the right footwear. If you’re eager to try the trend for yourself, these six pairings could be a good place to start.

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1. These Teva sandals with colorful socks

Teva Hurricane XL2, red maroon Uniqlo socks.
Credit: Teva / Uniqlo

Hop on the Teva train and pair them with a pair of colorful ribbed socks.

Teva sandals are a summertime hit, as their secure velcro straps and padded footbed let you wear them on any outdoor adventure. The Hurricane XLT 2—which is one of the brand's top-selling sandals—has a high midsole and a padded heel that provides extra comfort and makes it taller than most flat sandals. It comes in women’s sizes 5 to 12 and men’s sizes 7 to 14.

For days that require a little more coverage on your feet, don’t be afraid to wear your Tevas with some bright and bold socks, like these 50 Color socks in men’s sizes from Uniqlo or the ruffled ankle socks in women’s sizes from Urban Outfitters. Pairing a brighter hue with the minimal design of a Teva can perk up an otherwise plain outfit.

2. These Chaco sandals with tie-dye socks

White Chaco Z1 sandals, blue tie-dye socks from Old Navy.
Credit: Chaco / Old Navy

Embrace nature with a pair of Chaco hiking sandals and psychedelic tie-dye socks.

Similar to Teva, Chaco is best known for its hiking sandals. Unlike Tevas, however, Chacos uses a webbed system of various straps instead of velcro, which makes these a little more technical than other outdoor sandals and provide a precise fit. The Chaco Z1 comes in women’s sizes 5 to 12 and men’s sizes 7 to 15.

With its thick lug sole and tough polyester, it’s a funky twist to dress these chunky sandals with a pair of tie-dye socks, like these gender-neutral ones from Old Navy. Available in one size, they give your hike-ready outfit a psychedelic outdoor-loving vibe, whether you wear them with jeans, chinos, or above-the-knee shorts.

3. These Birkenstock Bostons with cozy knit socks

Person standing in grey shirt, blue jeans, and Birkenstock mules, pair of grey Birkenstock socks.
Credit: Birkenstock

Capture a cozy look with a pair of Birkenstocks with matching warm socks.

Though technically not sandals, the closed-toed Birkenstock Bostons are some of the most laidback shoes you can slide into and are often worn on bare feet. Their cork footbeds are known for comfort, while the simplicity of slipping them on and off makes them a go-to pick for easygoing outfits. They come in women’s sizes 4 to 12.5 and men’s sizes 6 to 13.5.

To stay on-brand, you can pair them with Birkenstock’s textured wide-ribbed sock, which is made from a blend of cotton, polyamide, and elastane. Each sock comes with a reinforced heel and toe for extra cushion. They come in two women’s sizes and two men's sizes and pair well with the texture of the Bostons’ suede. Style them with jeans or wear them over leggings like supermodel Kaia Gerber.

4. These Crocs Clogs with white crew socks

Chili red Croc clogs, beige socks from Gap.
Credit: Croc / Gap

Colorful Croc clogs and all-white crew socks are a trendy, modern look.

Crocs have been synonymous with ugly ever since their debut, but everyone from Ariana Grande to Justin Bieber has embraced them in recent years. The omnipresent shoe is so popular it now feels trendy and timeless at the same time. The waterproof clogs come in women’s sizes 6 to 12 and men’s sizes 4 to 13.

You can lean into the effortless style of Crocs clogs by keeping your pairing basic, with athletic crew socks. They'll coordinate with any color of Crocs you pick, whether the clogs are pistachio, army green, or orange sorbet. These ones from Gap feature a ribbed collar and minimalist vertical lining. You can snag them in white or match the color of your socks to the color of your Crocs. The socks come in one gender neutral size and 11 colors, including basic white.

5. These Adidas slides with matching Adidas socks

Adidas Adilette Aqua Slides, three pairs of Adidas crew socks.
Credit: Adidas

Try this pool-ready Adidas slide with a pair of matching Adidas crew socks.

This Adidas slide is a staple in poolside attire, post-gym athleisure, and comfortable loungewear alike. They boast a flexible EVA footbed and signature Adidas three-stripes design, making them feel laidback yet sporty. The slides come in women’s sizes 5 to 14 and men’s sizes 4 to 13.

Matching Adidas slides with Adidas-logo socks may be a simple move, but it's a cohesive one that feels almost like tradition. These crew socks provide slight compression around the leg, and cushion on the heel and toes for a snug fit. They’re sold in a three-pack in one unisex size.

6. These Yeezy knock-offs with slouchy socks

Grey Litfun pool slides, slouchy Universal Thread socks for women.
Credit: Litfun / Universal Thread

Since Yeezy slides are too expensive, this alternative from Amazon makes a solid impression.

The Kanye West-designed Yeezys from Adidas are so sought after, they sell out in minutes and hit the resale market at nearly triple their retail price. Celebrity branding aside, the slides look comfy, clean, and so squishy. If you’re looking to try this oversized style out, this dupe from Amazon gives the same ultra chunky and comfortable vibe at a fraction of the price. They have a 4.3-star average rating from more than 1,300 reviewers and come in women’s sizes 5.5 to 13 and men’s sizes 4 to 11.5.

Take a cue from the many celebrities who have real Yeezys and wear your knock-offs with a slouchy sock. These ones from Target’s Universal Thread are warm and droopy, and come in one women’s size (in men's sizes, opt for Target’s Goodfellow & Co Waffle Crew socks, which are a stretchy lightweight waffle-knit).

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