Stylish socks aren’t anything new to menswear, but they’re a trend that’s hitting the hardwood in increasing numbers. This shift in on-court style is pioneered by players including Kevin Durant, whose penchant for matching the right pair of socks with the right pair of sneaks has helped popularize hashtags such as #KDsocks. To up your own ankle game, here are some high-end socks paired with killer kicks (plus some advice on how to pull them off)—because white gym socks just don’t cut it anymore.
Adidas Originals Mutombo Black/White
Air Tech Challenge II Poison Green
Nike Air Max Lunar 90 Black Anthracite/Volt
The futuristic design and colourway of these Air Max Lunar 90 3.0s ropes together mesh panels, red accents and a volt green outsole and cuff liner for some great aesthetic appeal. Keying off its pixelated weave, we suggest throwing on a pair of fine green polka dot Happy Socks with them to complete a clean, modern look that balances packing a punch with staying true to the subdued anthracite undertone of the shoe ($13, Happy Socks).
Adidas A$AP Rocky All-Black Wings
If you’re going for the tonal look, A$AP’s signature shoe from Adidas does a number with black on black. However, it’s not easy on the larger-than-life flourishes, featuring wings and a subtle repeating star motif across the shoe. For a good pairing, keep it dark, but play with that pattern. Get your own star power with monochromatic Bugatchi socks livened up with the stellar shape up the ankle for a silent partner in crime ($25, Harry Rosen).
Under Armour Spawn Anatomix Steph Curry
Although argyle may seem like it’s more Russell Westbrook’s speed (it is), Steph Curry’s signature shoe from Under Armour, in its road-game colourway, complements these Happy Socks perfectly. While the shoe sports a decidedly more rounded-out motif on its mesh venting, the angular argyle sets up a baller contrast that adds a bit of tension to that closely-matching palette, something you should think about if you want to do something similar ($13, Happy Socks).