You know a fashion trend has well and truly taken off when it gets spotted on the likes of Beyoncé, the Jenner sisters, Gigi Hadid, Hailey Baldwin, and even Emma Watson. The trend that we are speaking of, the sock boot, actually made its appearance back on the Dior Fall/Winter 2017 runway in the form of colourful patent leather.
It reappeared again in 2016 on Vetements’ Fall/Winter collection, albeit in a non-waterproof version made of actual sock material. Beyoncé wore it to a basketball game and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, the sock boot is seen to be the hottest trend of this fall, with more brands dishing up their own version of the boots, like Balenciaga’s jersey sock boots, Stuart Weitzman’s selection of stretchy leather sock boots (they also come in an embellished woven fabric version), and Fendi’s varsity sock-leather hybrid boots.
As its name suggests, the sock boot has a design and silhouette that’s designed to fit snugly like a sock, hugging the ankles upwards the shoes. A variety of fabrics are available for the sock boot, but the rule of thumb is that the material should be clingy. Brands like Vetements and Balenciaga have made theirs with actual fabric, rendering them basically non-waterproof and not made to withstand the elements — but hey, it’ll be ultra comfortable.
We can see several reasons why the sock boot is finally snowballing as a trend this season; its fitted silhouette makes for a pair of shoes that are easy to walk in without slipping off and also complements cold-weather outfits well: heavy coat on the top, fitted at the bottom. Plus, the sock silhouette gives off an illusion of slender legs, which we will take any time of the day.
If the boots aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that the sock trend has even spilled over in other shoe designs like the Balenciaga Speed Knit Sneakers and the even performance-wear Nike Sock Racer Flyknit.