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Socks and Loafers Are the Best Shoe Recipe for Spring

Take the guesswork out of picking your shoes for the day.

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One shoe continuously stands the test of time: the loafer. It’s undeniable that a practical shoe is essential, one that you can walk in easily, and dress up or down. A loafer not only serves as a comfortable and stylish everyday option, but it’s incredibly versatile and comes in a plethora of different iterations from functional boat to nostalgic penny loafers. Styling loafers is almost foolproof since they come in a range of colors, textures, and even heel heights.

There’s one go-to combo that never fails when it comes to styling loafers, and it’s something you already own. Socks and loafers! Socks and loafers make for an instantly more interesting outfit. The combinations and styling moments are endless when it comes to pairing socks with loafers. We’ve put together a list of our favorite loafer and sock styling combos to inspire your next outfit.

Get Matchy-Matchy

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Whoever said being matchy-matchy was wrong never saw this luxe sock and coat situation. Recalling colors you’re already wearing by matching your socks to your outwear is a seamless way to make your fringe loafer look instantly more cohesive, not to mention foolproof.

Wear More White

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Sometimes busier is actually better! Try adding a white cotton sock to an otherwise pattern heavy ensemble for a refreshing way to break up a colorful horsebit style loafer. Think of a white sock as a palette cleanser for any loafer style you have, even if it’s multicolored and patterned.

Pair Black and Brown

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Black and brown definitely belong in outfits together, and this look proves it. A pair of cognac brown heeled penny loafers and black socks feel polished, and is an unexpected match that creates contrast while simultaneously feeling classic.

Go Monochromatic

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The penny loafer got its clever name in the ‘30s when a phone call would only cost two pennies. The pennies would be stored in the slot strap on the front of loafers that we still wear today. They’re just as cool now as they were then, and styling them in monochromatic colors feels like a sleek update.

Add a Textured Sock

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If you want to instantly highlight your favorite chocolate Belgian loafer, try adding in a high calf textured sock in a similar color brown. Not only does it draw the eye to your chic slip ons, but it makes a simple suiting look that much more sophisticated.

Play With Patterns

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While loafers are known for being a classic sophisticated shoe staple, they can be playful too. Pairing a colorful patterned pink sock to a brogue black loafer still looks elegant, but adds whimsy too. This is especially fun if you’re wearing multiple colors at the same time, in similar tones.

Depend on Black

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Who knew that a pair of sparkly rhinestone loafers could be so versatile? Layering polka dot tights and black crew socks make this pair of loafers party ready for any dress or skirt option you throw it’s way.

Go Logo Crazy

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The party’s on the bottom when you pair designer logo patterned tights and chunky white socks with loafers. It might feel like an unexpected coupling, but this layering gives serious street style edge to an otherwise simple brogue loafer look.

Opt for Colorblocking

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Create your own outfit serotonin with a surprising color combination of red loafers and yellow socks. Maybe you normally wouldn’t wear two primary colors together by mixing solid yellow socks with a cherry red slipper loafer, but then again- it works so well here that we are inspired to stock up on bright solid socks.

Layer Socks and Stirrups

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Stir things up in the best way possible with socks and stirrup leggings. The equestrian style legging feels like a match made in heaven for a horsebit loafer- pun intended!

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