I Used to Hate This Boot Style, But These 21 Pairs Made Me Do a Total 180


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Normally, the first pair that comes to mind when I think of outdated shoe styles is sock boots—period. Once utterly ubiquitous, the ultra-fitted silhouette was deemed "out" a few years back and replaced by wider-leg knee-highs, cowboy boots, and anything with a lug sole attached. And yet, in recent weeks, I've found myself not only softening to sock boots again but actually wanting a pair (or two) to add to my fall wardrobe. Shocking, I know.

From tall takes to classic ankle boots, the sock-boot offerings on the market right now are aplenty and dangerously tempting, and that's coming from someone who six months ago would've likely scoffed at the idea of introducing a pair into my boot collection. But, hey, there's no need to blindly trust me. Instead, keep scrolling to make up your own mind about the second coming of sock boots. I have a feeling your opinion of them will do a 180 too. 

How to style sock boots in 2022:


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Leave it to Elsa Hosk to toss on a sweater and a miniskirt with sock boots and change my mind entirely about the shoe style. 


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Christie Tyler could be wearing PJs under this coat for all I know. But thanks to a cinched belt, an Hermès bag, and a pair of pointed-toe sock boots, the resulting look is an 11/10. 


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As summer transitions into fall, this look is all the push you should need to swap out your kitten heels for a pair of knee-high sock boots.


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Edge up a feminine slip dress by pulling on a pair of stretch-fit, sky-high sock boots. 

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.