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Here's How To Keep Your Feet Stylish Without The Sweat This Summer

Pull your socks up.

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Some people are able to make it from May to October without putting on a single sock. For those people, the sock is a means of insulation from the cold of winter; but for others, it’s a summer life-saver. While mesh and fishnet designs are taking over our IG feeds, it’s the classic cotton crew cut that can be the difference between cool and collected and wilting in the heat. 

Among those of us for whom just the idea of putting a naked toe into a leather loafer is unthinkable, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sweat-absorbing, odor-busting socks of the moment. It may sound counter-intuitive, but wearing certain types of socks can actually prevent sweaty and smelly feet through a combination of absorption, wicking and prevention. Look out for cotton blends that will simultaneously absorb and wick the moisture away, or even synthetic designs with athletics in mind that will be purpose-made to allow the foot to breathe. 

Our advice for rocking a sock in summer? Embrace it. Don’t try to hide the fact by wearing ankle-height liners that are supposed to give the impression that you’re bare-footed – they will inevitably draw more attention to themselves. Choose a design that sits comfortably and confidently on your calfs – that way you can incorporate it into your outfit as you would any other accessory. 

The easiest aesthetic for the summer sock is athleisure: choose a style with some go-faster stripes around the top, or the name of a sportswear company stitched on the side (bonus points if it matches the brand of your sneakers). If you’re not into the logo look, why not opt for a pair that riff on the style with a non-brand-specific graphic or slogan? 

Perhaps you’re not angling to wear sneakers all season, instead you wanted to slip into a stylish mule or slingback: look out for more fashionable features like fringing and gemstone embellishments. You can’t go wrong with a frilly, pastel-colored sock, either. 

From all-over avocado prints to on-trend gingham frills, check out our selection of socks for summer to keep your feet feeling fresh: 
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Out From Under Placed Icon Crew Sock - $14
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& Other Stories Rhinestone Socks - $9
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Elle Plain Bamboo Fibre Socks - £9
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Monki Frill Socks - €6
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5/23
Stance Fenty Crew - $16
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6/23
Topshop 5 Pack Patterned and Plain Socks - $20
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7/23
Vans Rally Crew Sock - $10
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River Island White Gingham Frill Socks - $8
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9/23
& Other Stories Eye Socks - $12
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10/23
Vans Double Play Crew Sock 3-Pack - $20
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11/23
Monki Sport Sock - €6
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12/23
Pierre Mantoux Fringed Socks - $23
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13/23
Classic New Balance Sock - $12
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Topshop Star Print Ankle Socks - $6
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15/23
& Other Stories Frill Socks - $10
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16/23
River Island Black glitter Crochet Ankle Socks - $8
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17/23
Yeah Bunny Double Time Crew Sock - $18
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18/23
Out From Under Verbiage Ribbed Athletic Sock - $14
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19/23
Monki Avocado Socks- €4
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20/23
& Other Stories Sporty Socks - €10
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21/23
River Island Light Pink Rose Detail Socks - $8
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22/23
Free People Bryant Heather Ankle Sock - $12
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23/23
Monki Sporty Socks - €6
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