Slip into a classic, yet modern Park Ave 2 Loafer by Marc Joseph (center). In buttery soft perforated calf leather with cushioned footbed, leather and 3/4 inch stacked heel, it looks spiffy with tailored casual clothes or jeans. In Ash and other colors. $185 at Marc Joseph. Paired with Hue’s Ultrafine Cotton Sock in white or grey, $7.
…OR CHUNKY HEELS
Casual shoes with a chunky heel look great with ankle socks. Happy Socks Parrot Sock, $14 (left). Stay down to earth in Pikolinos Elia (center). This hand-stitched, flexible, calf leather shoe comes in natural or navy, $145. Pikolinos is an ethical, environmental Spanish shoe company that uses vegetable-tanned leather, water-based inks, dissolvent-free glues and biodegradable soles. Tip Top Shoes in NYC carries additional Pikolinos styles. Pair them with Ozone’s Floral Wave Sock, $14 (right), see here for similar styles. Sewn with long-fiber, Fair Trade cottons. Read more about Ozone’s interesting history.
CLOGS OF COURSE
Clogs were made for socks—there’s even a Pinterest Board celebrating it. Above, Leather Peep Toe Clogs, $165 by Lisa B. who’s headquartered in Honesdale, Pennsylvania and “brings to the marketplace a responsibly sourced, quality product that is lovingly crafted in small batches.” Their Diamond+Birdseye Cotton Shortie Socks (See here for similar) are lovely too. In many colors, $15.
The good news about platform sneakers? They put an extra inch of rubber between your feet and the pavement, taking pressure off your knees and back. They also add height without the instability of heels for a longer, leaner look. (Above) Vans Ward Platform Sneaker, a classic canvas kick for $65, paired with the Pepperland Sock $16 at Happy Socks.
The bad news? Your old running shoes don’t cut it anymore. The higher the platform, the better. For instant comfort try the Nike Air Force 1 Sneaker (below right) with a sophisticated street look. $100 at Nike. Stance makes quality socks and during a collaboration with Disney’s The Lion King, Simba was born (below, top right). $18. More Happy Socks below left, Filled Optic Sock, $14.
Casual Cotton: Add a pop of color to your daytime footwear with Strawberry Fields Socks in red, green and white cotton blend. $15 at The Sock Drawer. Or be the cat’s meow in multi-colored, feline festooned Kony Socks. Five pairs for $12 at Kony Socks. One last word about cotton socks. They prevent blisters!
Note: If you love sandals, wedges and heels from years past with worn soles or loose straps, take them to a shoemaker to update—and have a healthy, happy summer.
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Stacia Friedman is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes for regional and national publications.
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