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Six ways to kill it in socks

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Words: Lindo Buthelezi | Photography: REX Features

Would you believe us if we told you that summer's ultimate accessory isn't draped over your shoulders or cuffed around your neck, but is probably on your feet right now? Sometimes the ingredients to creating killer style lie within the simple and often overlooked basics. So, if you haven’t already guessed it, socks are having quite a moment in fashion and are finally receiving the love and attention they deserve. Are you ready to dip a toe in?

From practical pieces to coveted accessories that are the focal point of an outfit, for the first time ever it might not be such a downer to find a pair of socks under the Xmas tree. 

It’s probably time to start re-thinking your sock situation and adding to your collection (or starting one), especially if you’re guilty of having neglected yours for some time.

Whether you’re planning your look for this years office party, a casual girls night out or even a wedding, there are pairing tricks to fall in love with.

We've served up six fresh ideas as inspiration for this fun summer trend –simply shop Superablist, add to cart and step into summer in style.

Sports socks and sneakers

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Think along the lines of Rihanna’s Fenty x PUMA sports collection and suddenly it comes as no surprise that sports socks reign supreme in fashion right now. More of a classic than a trend, these PUMA brand-stamped socks are here to stay. Pair your ankle or mid-calf socks with your favourite pair of sneakers, but whatever you do, make sure your socks take centre stage.

Mismatched socks 

Owning a pile of lone socks can be frustrating, especially when you can’t seem to figure out if it’s your washing machine that’s guilty of swallowing them up or simply just a horrible case of you misplacing socks. Well, there’s hope for you and all your lone socks lying unused since mis-matched sock combinations are huge right now. The single best thing about this trend is that you determine the rules, so have fun. 

Socks and platform sandals

A few seasons ago a combination of socks and platform sandals just wouldn’t fly on the fashion scene, no matter how cool or fashion forward you were. Thankfully that is no longer the case and now you can stylishly step out in your favourite platform-sandal-and-sock combination. 

Socks and heels


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Every now it then it’s acceptable to trade in your favourite sneakers with a pair of courts, because sneakers need breaks too. Slip on a pair of ribbed Vans sports socks (white or black) under your courts and without much effort your athleisure attire is elevated to new heights.

Socks and Birkenstocks

The very hot return of slides and Birkenstocks call for noteworthy pairing that is anything but boring. The winning combinations are made of clashing textures (cotton and satin), the brightest colours and outgoing prints.

Socks and mules

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Ready to show off your lust-worthy mules but not as keen to let the world see your toes and heels just yet? We know the feeling, it happens to the best of us. So keep it classic and simple with similar tones by matching your mules to a pair of Happy Socks and just like that you’re ready for some serious world domination.

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