Socks to Wear With Birkenstock Sandals

Creative pairings make socks and sandals shine.

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Before you freak about all the style laws you may be breaking and all the fashion faux-pas you may be making, give Birkenstocks with socks another look. Until recently, wearing sandals with socks was only for the fashion-challenged, but this look has hit the mainstream. As with anything fashion-related, have fun, play with color and texture and put your best foot forward.

Bobby Socks

Nothing balances out the chunky, rustic look of Birkenstocks like a cute and girly pair of bobby socks. These pretty socks are cut low and have feminine details like pompons or frills at the ankle. Fashion is all about contrast, and these sweet socks add a beautiful touch to your old, reliable Birks. This look does well for spring days on campus or hitting the mall with friends.

Knee-Highs

When you want sandals to look a little more feminine and a little less grandpma, pull on your knee-high socks. White knee-highs go well with brown leather Birks and a denim skirt while black knee-highs dress up your Birks for a night out on the town. Finish off the look with a flirty skirt of a pair of sporty shorts. For more texture and interest, go for ribbed or argyle socks.

Pretty Patterns

Play with patterns and contrast by pairing your Birkentstocks with pretty patterned socks. Polka-dot socks add flair and fun to any outfit while stripes are quirky and attention-getting. For a fashion-forward look, wear a pair of fishnet ankle socks with your Birks or pull on your favorite pair of checkered socks. The patterns pop and add drama to any outfit. Keep things stylishly relaxed by bunching the socks down around your ankle instead of pulling them up tight.

Thermals

Forget about fashion and focus on functionality. Sometimes a girl just wants to be comfy and kick around campus or town in her Birks. For days when you want that laid back look, pull on your thick thermal socks and push them down around your ankles. The look is easygoing, relaxed and timeless. Slip on your Birks and you're perfectly styled for an outdoor music festival, class or lounging around the house.

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