Now that winter is in full swing, it’s time to pack away your summer sandals and slides and trade them in for stylish yet snow-friendly ankle boots. The cold-weather shoes come in all colors, styles, and silhouettes, from classic black to optic white and from Western-inspired to skin-tight sock booties—so you’ll have no problem finding a pair that works for you.
The one thing to keep in mind when sporting boots, however? It’s best to avoid wearing them sans socks, as to keep them smelling their very best, for as long as possible (and, of course, to prevent freezing your feet off when the temps drop). As it turns out, though, pairing ankle boots with socks can actually look very stylish, and fashion girls have nailed the combo to a T. Ahead, see 10 ways to wear the duo, and then shop our favorite socks to pair with all your ankle boots this winter.
Let the boots stand on their own by wearing them with no-show socks. No-show socks are great with a pair of leather sock booties. Mix and match textures by teaming black patent ankle boots with fluffy white socks. Pick a super-fluffy pair to spruce up your edgy Dr. Martens. Add an unexpected pop of color to your look with your socks. Add a bold colors to a neutral look. Sleek black socks pair well with every type (and color) of ankle boot. Try black socks with some sort of fun detailing to elevate the look. Mesh socks add the perfect touch of cool to every ensemble. Try a taller pair of mesh socks with short ankle boots.