The Perfect Match-Up: Sneaks And Stylish Socks


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

The African-inspired nubuck, leather and canvas Mutombos that Adidas dropped late last year use black and white to fearsome effect, pulling together tribal imagery, weave patterns and that classic shield. Paired with these high-impact socks from Alexander McQueen that come finished with his killer signature skull motif, it’s all about showing your warrior spirit out on the court and taking advantage of those complementary tight patterns. If you want to mix similar patterns of your own, make sure they’re separated by a bit of negative space—an oversized cuff and tongue do nicely ($85, Mr. Porter). 

Air Tech Challenge II Poison Green

Smacking of 90s nostalgia, these sample Air Tech Challenge II’s in poison green still have the same spray-on lava pattern Nike used when they first released it as part of their Hot Lava pack—and they’ll be out this spring. For an awesome pairing, the similarly old-school diamond pattern of these mercerized cotton Bugatchi socks gives them a renewed, preppy feel reminiscent of a time when short-shorts (for better or worse) were rife on the court, just perhaps not necessarily as loud ($25, Harry Rosen). 

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). 


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