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Image courtesy of Steve Madden.

I got excited a few years ago when I noticed that designers were showing slinky socks. Socks with flats, socks with ankle boots, socks even with pumps and platforms. Every season since then socks have shown up on the runways and in print ads, but not on the streets.

Until now. Steve Madden Legwear has designed a line of socks to cover every foot’s desire – print, lace, neon, footies, anklets, and my favorite over-the-knee.

I’m a sock gal from way back. In high school I sported anklets with 1940s-style wedge shoes and often I layered my socks combining colors like pink and gray or red and black. So I was over the moon when Steve Madden Legwear sent an array of styles from their new line for me to try.

Sheer Neon Blue Anklets: It’s all about color this season and what a simple way to add a bright hue. These are thin and easy to wear – perfect for summer. For a museum exhibit opening, I layered mine with black tights and paired with 1940s platform shoes. The unexpected bright color was quite the eye-catcher among the artsy crowd.

Over-the-knee in Gray:  Super comfortable these are made from a soft light cotton with ribbing. I like the fact that they’re warm without being too bulky.  They’re good with boots as well as with a walking shoe and I think they’d be super cute with a pair of Kork-Ease on those occasional chilly summer mornings. Notice the top of the sock is a thinner slouchy material. They tend to slouch down below the knee, but that’s kind of a cool casual look.

Sheer Over-the-knee: The design detail around the leg feels very 1920s and reminds me of something Daisy in The Great Gatsby might wear under one of her chiffon gowns. A sheer soft violet color these are dressy and perfect for a summer garden wedding or any festive event. The only problem is they fit very tight above the knee. That’s great for keeping them up, but a little painful. I rolled them down below the knee and that was fine, but of course they should be worn with a longer hem.

Fancy Anklet: My friend Lauren Devenney, who studied fashion design at California College of the Arts, wore these and likes the soft texture as well as the diagonal ladders in the knit. Lauren feels the ruffle at the top looks unintentional but she likes the casual feel of the design. “They haven’t been slipping or slouching at all and the lack of constriction is actually quite lovely.”  She also comments that they machine wash really well with no snagging or pilling.  

Multiple Ruffle Anklet in Oatmeal – The ruching detail is another unexpected touch. These are quite comfortable and fit nicely – not too thick and not too thin. Pair with bright-colored Capris and a pump and we’re talkin’ 80s retro. Love it!

I am impressed with Steve Madden Legwear. They are stylish, comfortable and fit well, which says a lot because most socks these days are too big for me. But I do have one disappointment – the selection I received were all made in China. Regular readers know that I prefer to support Made in America. I’m hoping as more and more apparel manufacturing returns to the U.S., so will Steve Madden Legwear.

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