Of all the great fashion faux pas, none have endured quite like socks worn with sandals. Trends come and go—even “ugly sneakers” have had their moment in the spotlight—but our collective distaste for this particular look seems to transcend periods and cultures. But what is it about socks and sandals that jars so? It’s not as if wearing sandals by themselves is particularly controversial (unless you’re attending a business meeting or have been summoned to court), and the addition of socks is a practical solution when it’s hot and you expect to be walking long distances. It seems we are suffering a hangover from the Victorian era; we’ve inherited a horror of seeing underwear—that which should be hidden from view—displayed so This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 Last Night What did New York stylist Beverly Nguyen do with her evening? Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 46 Emanuele Coccia An interview with fashion’s favorite philosopher. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 35 Soft Strokes Fashion often looks to art for inspiration, so why not the other way round? Arts & Culture Partnerships Issue 29 Phillip K. Smith III How public art can create community and prompt personal reflection. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 26 Mona Omar A discussion about diversifying body standards and the power of visibility in fashion. Arts & Culture Issue 26 The Sporting Life An American fashion editor swaps New York high-rise for British pastoral.