‘Flip Flop Socks’ Are a Thing Now and We’re Not Sure How to Feel About It

If you can’t stand the sight of socks and sandals, look away. Flip flop socks are a thing now. They look atrocious and I want to buy all of them. These socks may look like half socks that dancers wear, except knitted and exceptionally wacky. You may love crazy socks, but what about these glorified foot/leg sleeves? They could also be described as fingerless gloves but for feet.

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You may not be a dancer, but these socks are great for yoga. They allow you to grip the mat with your feet without feeling too cold. You could also wear them while getting a pedicure if you dare to wear these in public. Or wear them while dancing to your favorite jams in your kitchen at too late an hour. We’ve all done it. And most importantly, you could wear these socks with sandals and flip flops. Feel the grass between your toes while keeping your feet warm — if you ever wanted that.

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These Flip Flop Socks Are Crazy and Genius

These flip flop socks could come up to the ankle or up to the knee. Plus you could buy matching gloves or mittens! That’s perfect for when the weather gets nippy but you’re not ready for putting away your sandals just yet. Or you may find regular knitted socks make your feet too hot or sweaty. With the toes and heels cut out, it’s the equivalent of lying in bed with your leg sticking out of the blanket for optimal sleeping temperature. [1]

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Oh, and if you’re worried about the flip flop socks riding up, some come with a little hole for the big toe to keep them secure. These sock makers have thought of everything. It takes truly talented people to create a product that looks warm and cold at the same time. 

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There are many people who wear flip flops all year round and you may think they’re crazy. So buy them a pair of these socks so they could look even crazier. Or buy them for yourself and release the seasonal boundary on flip flops. After all, what should you wear after a pedicure in March? Are your feet supposed to just freeze while the paint dries? 

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I can’t be the only one who shoves my feet into whatever shoes are nearest when I take out the trash or get the mail. The shoes may be three sizes too big, old slippers, or sandals. Even in the winter. These socks don’t limit your ‘throw on shoes’ options. [2]

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And remember, you can’t scoff at these socks if you wear fingerless gloves. Yeah, the fingers and toes may be out in the cold, but these styles are still very useful.

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Socks and Sandals?

Only a few years ago, wearing socks and sandals was nothing more than a punchline. However, the fashion statement has somehow grown its way into “acceptable” footwear. Almost. Many people still balk at the concept, and no one could really blame them. But many celebrities and fashion designers seem to have shredded the memo.

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For instance, Steven Schelling, a Vancouver style writer, was once against the idea. However, the rise in popularity surprised him. “Many Vancouverites would be surprised to know that the Birkenstock went out of style because in certain neighborhoods it never did,” he said. “But now on the streets of New York, you see well-dressed celebrities and fashion people walking around in them.”

However, it doesn’t matter how many people start wearing socks with sandals and flip flops. He will not be convinced, and many people agree with him. “I don’t care what fashion guru says socks and sandals work, I refuse to believe it. I will die believing that you cannot wear socks with sandals,” he said. [3]

And he’s not the only one. Sophie Leen, Bookings Editor, is on the anti-socks-and-sandals team. “Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s no longer ‘white socks and dad sandals’ and people definitely look great in the trend, but does it really make sense? The sun is out, and your feet are warm, warm enough to grab the sandals out of the back of the wardrobe (hallelujah)… let them be free. We live in the UK after all, and the window where we get to have legs, arms, and feet out is a short and precious one. Let’s not mess that up with socks, guys.”

Meanwhile, Maddy Alford, Acting Shopping Editor, is all for it. “I’m pro socks and sandals all the way but only when the occasion calls for it. The humble sock (often, weirdly, a source of shame) plus a foot-baring sandal is a delicate styling combo meal to get right.” She describes the difference between different sandals and how people could pair them with socks and still look fashionable. [4]

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However, flip flop sandals are not mentioned and perhaps for the best. For those who like the odd design, they are going to wear them no matter what is in style. Maybe they will become the height of fashion in a few years, who knows? After all, who predicted that dad in white socks and sandals would become trendsetters?

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Sources

  1. “Flip Flop socks are actually a thing — in case you’re not ready to admit that summer is over.” Business Insider. Chelsea Davis. October 10, 2018
  2. “We can’t decide if ‘flip-flop socks’ are brilliant or crazy.” Today.Embry Roberts. November 10, 2017
  3. “Socks with sandals as high fashion: seriously?CBC. June 14, 2014
  4. “Okay, how do we feel about socks with sandals?Yahoo News. Sophie Leen. June 1, 2021
Sarah Biren
Freelance Writer
Sarah is a baker, cook, author, and blogger living in Toronto. She believes that food is the best method of healing and a classic way of bringing people together. In her spare time, Sarah does yoga, reads cookbooks, writes stories, and finds ways to make any type of food in her blender.
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