It fits like a glove. It’s your second skin. It’s the boot that’s about to kickstart your winter wardrobe.

You’ve undoubtedly seen its silhouette all over your IG feed and you’ve decided you either love it or hate it. But have you slipped into a pair? You’re bound to fall head over heels for the ultra-flattering silhouette and comfortable stretch fabric.

A sock-boot hybrid with the slouch of a sock and the structure of a boot that’s available to us in a myriad of fabrics and lengths – ankle, knee, thigh-high and beyond. Our goal? Finding you the perfect pair of ankle boots this winter.

On the runway

We first saw it in patent leather at Dior:

Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2015/2016

Then came the BIC-cigarette-lighter heeled version at Vetements that truly ignited our fascination:

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Vetements Spring/Summer 2016

We saw neutral knit iterations at Yeezy season 2:

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Yeezy Season 2

Céline had their own spray-on leather rendition:

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Celine Fall/Winter 2017/2018

And then we fell for Balenciaga’s striking over-the-knee take in skin-tight stretch fabric with an extreme pointed toe, sent down the runway in a variety of hot hues:

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Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2017/2018

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Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2017/2018

On the streets

The street style set cemented this style as the it boot of the season, adopting it with the kind of enthusiasm we haven’t seen since the Stan Smith invasion.

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Sock boots

One of the most popular styling choices? Pairing them with a flowy maxi/midi dress/skirt. Some took advantage of the style’s tight fit, slipping them under jeans or trousers. We recommend balancing out the skinny silhouette with lots of volume on top, letting them peek out from beneath a flowing maxi dress:

ON YOUR FEET

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Sock Boots Blue | STYLE REPUBLIC

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Sock Boots Magenta | STYLE REPUBLIC

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