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Sports Socks Are The Most Affordable Accessory Of The Season

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Anwar Hussein

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So, you’ve read the headline and you think that Vogue is declaring that sports socks are in. But in a non-fashion sense, they were never really out, were they? For spring/summer 2022, sports socks have had a stylish rebrand.

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Miu Miu spring/summer 2022.

Balenciaga pre-in fall 2021.

Miuccia Prada made a serious sock statement this season: every single outfit at her 50-look show featured uniform-grey or black socks. For a sporty flourish, she teamed her scholarly socks with trainers from a Miu Miu collab with New Balance.

Boss joined forces with Russell Athletic for its spring/summer 2022 sportswear collection. Models, including Gigi Hadid, took to the pitch-cum-runway in logo varsity jackets and sporty separates, worn with branded sports socks pulled up to their mid-calves. Lacoste was another brand to go big on fashionable athleisure this season, teaming everything with colourful sports socks. 

Lacoste spring/summer 2022.

Tod’s spring/summer 2022.

Elsewhere, Tod’s showed high-top sneakers with ribbed-knit socks peeping over the top, while less conventional pairings arrived at Marni, where sporty striped socks and shoes became one. 

Balenciaga’s pre-fall 2021 collection featured sporty socks, too. Look seven comprised grey-wash trackies tucked into black socks and neon Runner sneakers, while later on in the lookbook a model is pictured wearing a dress, a hoodie, white Balenciaga sports socks and trainers. 

Bella has been pairing her Lycra with chunky sports socks.


Hailey has numerous sporty socks and trainers on rotation.


Off the catwalks, the LA set has made a case for no-fuss sports socks. We’re talking thick plush gym socks that many of us associate with our pre-teens; the kind emblazoned with swoosh or trefoil logos.

Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber have borrowed from Diana, Princess of Wales’s style playbook. Like Lady Di, who was a staunch wearer of pulled-up gym socks and trainers throughout the ’90s, the 21st-century It-girls have been wearing their sports socks high and on full show. Nike’s white Performance socks are a favourite, paired with trainers from New Balance, Balenciaga and Yeezy. 

Rejoice at the news that a hero spring/summer 2022 accessory is probably already in your wardrobe. If you’re keen to freshen up, see below for some pairs to add to your collection.

HommeGirls logo sock set


Nike cushioned socks


Balenciaga logo cotton-blend socks


Jil Sander logo organic-cotton socks


Deiji Studios pack of two organic-cotton blend socks


Arket cotton sports socks


Adidas Originals set of three cotton-blend jacquard socks


Adidas pack of 6 cushioned socks


Nudie striped socks

Nudie Jeans

Adidas by Stella McCartney intarsia ribbed recycled socks


Nike Everyday Plus tie-dyed set of two cotton-blend socks


Asics 3-pack crew socks