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Sock It To Me, Baby

Remember toe socks? Check out these footwear trends from the past to warm your lil’ tootsies.


Fashion can get pretty weird sometimes (remember that one runway show from 2015 where the models wore other models draped over their bodies as clothing? Yeah, me too, because it’s indelibly inscribed into my brain now as something that people actually took seriously.) Well, footwear is no different. I remember some really weird sock trends growing up in the 90s and early aughts… let’s take a moment to reminisce.

5. Socks with high heels

Okay, so this is actually more of a current trend, but fashionable femmes everywhere are sporting decorative and colorful socks underneath their high heels. Formerly a sartorial statement reserved for only the most confident five-year-olds, socks with heels is now a bonafide trend.

4. Socks with sandals

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, socks with sandals just isn’t my thing, but it is a thing in the Pacific Northwest, and I will tolerate it due to its utilitarian purpose. Sandals year round! Fortunately, here in Orlando, we can get away with sandals year round without stooping to this.

3. Knee socks

Think Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice. When I rocked knee socks, they had to be striped, brightly colored, and most likely purchased from Spencer’s or Hot Topic. I had purple ones and red ones, and I definitely looked like the Wicked Witch of the West.

2. Character socks

Character socks have been a thing for a while— I had a pair with Beauty from Beauty and the Beast when I was about four years old. Bring your boring, neutral-colored wardrobe to life with some funky character socks! Ninja turtles, Superman, Elsa from Frozen, whatever your taste!

1. Toe socks

Another Goth classic from the early aughts, toe socks are by far the weirdest sock trend in my humble opinion. They are difficult to put on, they make your feet sweat, and every time I’ve worn them they have made my toes feel numb and oddly squishy. Some people must be onto something I’m not though, because this trend seems like it will never die.