Streetwear continues to make major inroads into fashion, and it’s showing no signs of letting up. Last month we talked about how streetwear boots are becoming all the rage. Did you know that socks are also receiving the full streetwear fashion treatment? Believe it or not, the answer is yes. You might think that they’d be an afterthought, but that’s not the case at all. And there are some interesting ways in which this trend may influence the fashion collections and designers you follow.
Stance Socks has rolled out a wide variety of different, colorful special edition socks for both men and women, including Star Wars, NBA, MLB, and Disney versions. This being the holiday season, Christmas-themed sets are also available. The women’s collection includes a collaboration line, Fenty for Stance, which fuses traditional Japanese themes with sweetwear and punk attitudes.
Kith has also partnered with Stance on a collaboration line of Crew and Super Invisible, Crew, and Ankle Fusion Performance socks designed for everyday and athletic use. These stockings, subtly decorated with the Kith logo, appear in black, navy, grey, white, and red. Back in the Land of the Rising Sun, Japanese streetwear brand Cav Empt (aka C.E.) creates clean and simple color-blocked socks with contrasting graphic designs throughout.
Throwback looks are definitely a major theme. Anenberg, for its part, is pulling no punches. It sells some striking crew socks in a variety of colors that evoke an earlier era of street style. If skater gear is more your preference, Huf has some familiar designs—including the old Thrasher magazine logo and marijuana leaves—as well as some cute Peanuts socks.
The nostalgia trend is even global in nature. Russian-born designer Gosha Rubchinskiy, known for creating looks that harken back to Soviet-era imagery, has a pair of bright red socks with a blue sunburst pattern available for a cool 30 euros. R-SSA, meanwhile, promotes similar USSR nostalgia with pink socks for women reading “Russian Princess” in Cyrillic.
As with other streetwear trends, you can wear street-inspired socks any number of ways. Some are meant to be prominently displayed; you can imagine Rihanna’s Fenty for Stance socks being paired up with open-faced high-heeled shoes for a sexy, daring look, for example. Huf and Anenberg’s socks are loud and proud, daring those they encounter to engage with their bold statement. Others are more low-key, like the Cav Empt versions, which reflect a subtle sensibility on the part of the wearer. The appeal of streetwear socks is that they truly offer something for everyone. Whatever your outlook, mood, or state of mind, there’s a sock for you, and you can rock it according to your own personal style.