Winter style calls for boots and thus far, glam thigh-high boots (preferably styled with a puffer jacket à la Rihanna) have reigned supreme. But sock boots, recognised for their stretchy, athletic shape and first popularised by the likes of Balenciaga and Vetements, have slowly made their way to LBD status thanks to their versatility.
We like to think of them as the the new skinny jeans:
They slip seamlessly underneath tights and slim-fit trousers, anchor hems and balance out voluminous skirts with ease. Best yet, their slim-fit style means that your legs look that much longer, making them possibly the most figure-flattering addition to your wardrobe this season. What’s not to love?
Styles range from disco-sparkle, perspex-heeled and full-on metallic, to cable-knit, leather and very subtle suede, so decide whether you want your boots to make a full-on statement, or to simply add a touch of glamour to your winter wardrobe. Our favourite way to wear them? Grab a glitter pair, and style with distressed denim (go with a cropped style to really frame your boots) and finish off with a cosy knit for a fun daytime look. To hit the dance floor, set the night alight by wearing a body-con dress for a head-to-toe svelte silhouette – the low heels will take you right through to the AM.
We’ve rounded up a set of sock boots that are sure to take your footwear game from ‘just okay’ to ‘queen, you slay!’
Boots R499, Daily Friday at Superbalist
Boots R799, Vizzano at Spree
Boots R1 299, Luella at Foschini