Sock and Awe: Five Ways to Upgrade An Overlooked Piece of Your Wardrobe
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Photograph by Shana Novak

There was a time when striped socks were considered bold, even frivolous. But as pant cuffs get higher and higher, up-start companies — even some online-only brands — are responding with a kaleidoscope of sharp looks. The fresh takes go beyond just color: Performance fabrics and fit-conscious construction mean they're more comfortable and sweat-wicking, too.