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Fashion's Sock Shoe Trend Just Keeps Getting Better And Better, And These Are The Pairs To Own

It's not time to put a sock in it yet (pun intended).

The Japanese cotton socks called Tabi, originally worn with slippers and in vogue in the 15th century, have gone through a fashion Darwinian cycle that’s hard to ignore. Through the years, there has been the popular sock boots rendition called Jika-Tabi that took off in Japan as sneakers became produced on a mass scale at the turn of the 20th century — but it was Martin Margiela‘s split toe sock boot from his debut 1988 show that sealed its status as a cult fashion item.



Fast forward to today, sock-like hybrid shoes have become a street style magnet, thanks to brands such as Balenciaga the Pantashoes (a spandex boots-pants onesie) and Fendi, with their tube sock-booties.

This season, the sock shoe designs hit a crescendo as many other designers have riffed off the trend with their creations; there are seamless sock sneakers at labels like Salvatore Ferragamo, Furla and DKNY, to never-seen-before loafer versions at Hermes and Bally. When classic leather goods houses like the latter are in the game as well, you know this trend is more than just a passing fad — instead, it’ll become the new normal.

Browse our favourites above.

Polyamide-blend, $1,830 Balenciaga
Calfskin, $1,600, Hermes
Polyester-blend, $280, DKNY
Malone Souliers suede and leather, On Pedder
Eco fur, $570, Furla
Polyester-blend, Dries Van Noten
Elastene-blend, $450, Sandro
Polyester-blend, $425, Marc Jacobs
Samuele Failli velvet, 920 euros (S$1,460),
Calfskin and suede, Loewe
Patent leather, $1,440, Roger Vivier
Leather and polyamide, Giuseppe Zanotti
Suede and calfskin, $1,290, Bally
Valentino Garavani suede, Valentino
Leather, Marni
Gianvito Rossi polyester, 850 euros (S$1,350),
Polyester-blend, $,1090, Salvatore Ferragamo