I haven’t been this excited about a new boot trend in years. We’ve all just been going round-and-round with short boots for almost a decade now, and while our favorite moto/lace-up/chelsea boots aren’t going anywhere, there is A New Kid in town.
Everyone, meet The Sock Boot.
I’m so excited about this style of boot because:
1. It’s flattering – yes, it cuts the line of your legs (if your legs are bare), but these boots also seem to balance hips better than the super short ankle boots. Also, the lines are really sleek, rather than chunky like other ankle boots, elongating the leg.
2. And SOFT – the best sock boots have butter soft leather (or even fabric) at the top, making them seriously comfortable to wear (with or without socks).
3. It solves the Cropped Pant In Winter Problem – slide these babies under a pair of cropped (or cuffed) straight-leg jeans and you’re all set. (Even some of my skinnies work.)
4. Hello, Warm Ankles – I wear mine over SmartWool Socks. And because of the higher shaft….The world will never know.
5. Oh-So-Practical – chunky walkable heels are the name of the game. (I personally wish more companies would stick with lower heels, but maybe that’s just me.)
top: Corey Holly Collared White Poet Top (size XS)
jeans: Blank Denim Straight Leg Jeans (size 24)
boots: Free People Marquis Boot (or try here as well)
ring: Soko Sasi Bar Ring
Sock Boots – What To Look For?
1. Free People Cecile Ankle Boot, $168
This boot is on backorder in most sizes, but for good reason: it nails the trend. I like the slightly lower heel, and the sleek, mod shape. I ordered these just to satisfy my curiosity. (And look how gorgeous under cropped denim.)
2. Free People Marquis Ankle Boot, $268
These are the boots I’m wearing in both pics. The leather is butter soft, they’re insanely comfortable with or without socks, the chunky heel is nice and stable. The only downside? That darn heed is 4″ high. I’m typically a flats-only kind of girl, so this is really, really hard for me, especially with all of the walking we do. Yikes.
3. Frye Patty Artisan Zip, $388
Has Frye ever led us astray? I think not. And these are typical Frye – gorgeous color options, chunky heel, and a totally on-point shape. [applause]
4. Vince Camuto Wedge Boot, $188
This boot has a seriously mod vibe I’m digging. Love that this trend is also available as a wedge.
5. Sam Edelman Reyes Bootie, $149
Every. Single. Color. of this boot is gorgeous. And there’s a model pic if you click though – you can see where these hit nice and high. Perfect.
6. Jeff Campbell Larice Booties, $195
Love the neoprene liner – gives the boot a super sleek look and is amazingly comfortable to boot!
Shopping: The Sock Boot
Since this is an emerging trend, many of these are expensive. (Trends tend to start at the top, then trickle down.) I tried to find some at every price point – and there were a few happy surprises! Many of my favs, though, are in the $300 – $500 range. IKNOW, but CPW*, maybe? In any case, justification for each boot is included in the notes below.
*CPW = cost per wear
Thoughts on this trend? And PLEASE: if you find a perfect sock boot with a low heel, LET. ME KNOW.