Socks and sandals are so relevant that they have their own Wikipedia page. This page dates the trend back to Romans and then follows them to England. But there is merit in crediting the Germans and their country, home of the Birkenstock, for the institution of the marriage between leather and cloth, especially in the 21st century when such champions of the trend as Céline and Isabel Marant have modified them to reflect a high fashion point of view.
And, of course, with the perpetuation of a trend comes first infinite offshoots and then, the solution for unseasonalability. That’s not a word, but who cares?
In the case of Birkenstocks, which became slides and then turned into sandals at large, the solution is simple. It’s just socks. Where difficulty arises is in striking the appropriate balance — what do you wear inside chunky sandals? Dainty sandals? Printed sandals, or vice versa, what do you wear outside cat socks, or camp socks, or bright socks, and so forth. Here are some suggestions.
For your cat socks (though any print will likely do): try a dynamic (as in, featuring more than one strap across the foot) suede sandal that is winter inappropriate even in its dearth. Because the socks are whimsical, balance them out with a more serious shoe. This is like the equivalent of pairing a denim shirt with a silk faille ball gown skirt, or something.
For your bright socks — and here’s a PSA — if you don’t yet own red socks, get them: locate a shoe that reflects the color of your sock, which should be solid but doesn’t have to be. If it is solid, there’s more room for creativity where shoes are concerned, see:
But if it’s not, that’s fine too.
For your camp socks: Have a tassel? Does it come tricolored? That’s fine. These socks are like the Switzerland of the sock world in that they’re neutral. Wear them with anything! Or with nothing if you know what I’m saying.
Do you know what I’m saying?