Why Socks Are the Most Underrated Summer Accessory

The idea of wearing socks in the summer might seem counterintuitive. Every inch of you has been cloaked in fabric over the course of the winter and early spring, so by the time pleasant weather comes around, it makes very logical sense to indulge the impulse of baring as much skin as possible. The euphoria of slipping your naked foot into a pair of strappy sandals is pretty much unparalleled…

Until you get your first blister of the season or ruin your first pair of sneakers-intended-for-leisure by exposing them to the stench of your clammy, un-socked foot for a seemingly innocent stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge, that is.

Though protecting your feet from the sting of the elements is the main occupation of socks during the winter, that is far from their sole purpose (pardon pun). They also provide a very useful barrier between your foot and your shoe that prevents all kinds of mayhem from occurring, blisters and B.O. among them. It is therefore unwise to neglect them once May rears its floral-scented head on your Google calendar.

I know practicality is a bore, but I’m about to cushion it with some good, old-fashioned aesthetic pleasure. While the utilitarian aspect of socks doesn’t go away in the summertime, their utter lack of exposure opportunity most certainly does. In other words, they actually have the chance to be SEEN. They’re not hiding away inside of boots or underneath pant legs. Their modus operandi doesn’t stop at functional — it can be fun, too.

If you’re still unconvinced, allow Elizabeth Tamkin to hype you up by way of a highly convincing market report that features fun (and functional) socks galore. I’m no fortune teller, but after one flip through the slideshow, I predict you’ll experience a strong urge to slip your toes inside a sheer floral ankle sock, or your shins inside a chestnut knee-sock. I’m also fairly sure you’ll come to suspect that socks might actually be summer’s most underrated accessory. Not only do they prevent blisters and clammy feet, but they also supply a dependable pop of color or pattern or just-plain-delight in the same vein as a great necklace or pair of earrings without impeding your ability to stay cool.

Last but not least, it is my personal opinion that nothing is more charming than a well-established sock tan.

Styled by Elizabeth Tamkin; Photos by Edith Young; Modeled by Yohana Zecarias

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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