12 Coolest Socks For Upgrading Any Look

Long gone are the days of staid socks. Now, it's a bona fide under-shoe renaissance—snappy colors and snazzy patterns and seriously suave designs. Herein, our picks for navigating this colorful new world. You may want to take it one foot at time.

Navy, black, and gray socks that feature both black polka dots and gray stripes. photo

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Club Monaco Dot Stripe Sock

These socks are an exercise in clandestine style: Above the ankle, it's all dots. But below, it's all stripes, meant only for you—and anyone who might catch you sans shoes. ($19.50; clubmonaco.com)

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Gap Rugby Stripe Crew Sock

With a reinforced heel and toe and a design lifted straight from the rugby field, these striped Gap socks bring sports style to the streets. ($6; gap.com)

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Ted Baker London Ronimow Herringbone Socks

We're head over heels for these herringbone knit socks from Ted Baker, which are incomparably comfortable and just the right amount of wacky. ($15; nordstrom.com)

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Bar III Men's Colorblocked Space-Dyed Socks

For pure comfort, look no further than these ocean-inspired socks from Bar III, which come equipped with serious arch support. ($10; macys.com)

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The Men's Store at Bloomingdales Cashmere-Blend Socks

Some days call for an above-and-beyond approach to your outfit. Enter: These luxe cashmere socks, which, in all these fresh light blue glory, elevate any outfit into the sartorial stratosphere. ($28; bloomingdales.com)

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Boss Hugo Boss Combed Cotton Stripe Sock

The top billing on these socks is twofold: Soft cotton and a sophisticated subtle stripe. Perfect for any all-gray outfits in your repertoire. ($15; bloomingdales.com)

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Navy, orange, and green striped socks. photo

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Paul Smith Multicolor Striped Sock

For an infusion of fun, look no further than these jaunty striped socks from Paul Smith. Pair them with a tailored conservative pant to show them off best. ($30; bergdorfgoodman.com)

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Maroon and gray striped socks. photo

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Marcoliani Shaded Stripe Crew Sock

Thanks to inimitably luxe pima cotton, slipping your feet into these is like stepping into a cloud. Oh, and speaking of slipping, these socks come equipped with a ribbed cuff that prevents unwanted down-to-the-ankle slippage throughout the day. ($35; bergdorfgoodman.com)

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Orange, light blue, and navy colorblocked cotton mid-calf socks. photo

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Corgi Colorblocked Cotton Mid-Calf Socks

Fact: Color blocking works everywhere, including—and especially—on your feet. Spring for a subtle combo, like these socks, which feature an deep navy, a light blue, and a pared-down brown. ($35; barneys.com)

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Barneys New York Checked Cotton Mid-Calf Socks

Check out this footwear triple threat: soft cotton construction, soft olive coloring, and a soft check pattern. ($45; barneys.com)

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J.Crew Diamond Weave Socks

Simultaneously evocative of a vintage sweater and cerulean seas, J. Crew's socks are perfect for this time of year, when the weather warms up and we all keenly await beach season. ($14.50; jcrew.com)

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Navy and light blue striped socks. photo

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Michael Kors Striped Cotton Sock

A snappy blue stripe steals the show with these highly comfortable socks from Michael Kors. ($25; michaelkors.com)

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