Photographed by Bek Andersen and Melanie Galea.

On our wardrobe wish lists, socks have historically been kind of an underdog. Even the most exquisite pairs were once relegated to just a few seconds of glory in the airport security line. But if recent street style is any indicator, the days of hiding your hosiery are long gone. Those who live in moderate climates can rock the fresh combo anytime, and for the rest of us, now is the ideal season to relish the style before winter’s long-haul of black tights. Added bonus? A pair of stylish socks allows us to creatively extend the wear of our favorite summer sandals, and maybe even give those stunners that dealt us those painful (but totally worth it!) blisters another life.

Our favorite pairings from ‘fashion month’ follow, along with some get-the-look ideas from Barneys.com to help you rock the trend on your home turf.

TEEN SPIRIT
Nod to the ‘90s with chunky lace-ups and eye-popping optic stripes.

lace upsNEW

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ON POINT
An all-black combo of point-toe loafers and subtly textured ankle socks is sophisticated and fun at once.

LoafsNEW

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SOLE OF THE SEASON
Our favorite ‘flatforms’ look even more cutting-edge joined with a pair of understated black or white ankle socks.

flatformsNEW

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GYM CLASS
  With expert styling, statement high-tops and simple grey athletic socks skew more Leandra than LeBron.

sneaksNEW

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SUCH A DOLL
Match—or mismatch—ladylike platform sandals with colorful polka dots, bright patterns, or slightly sheer anklets for some whimsical and feminine feet.

MJSNEW

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SCRUNCH TIME
No other shoe balances the volume of a weighty and scrunched sock like a streamlined, angular ankle boot.

bootsNEW

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