Melbourne: No one could have foreseen it, but the once-odd socks-and-sandals combo is now ruling the ramp.
Top fashion houses Burberry, Dior, Prada and Armani promoted the trend – previously associated with elderly men - in their autumn-winter 2010 runway shows.
Even celebs like Chlo adi Sevigny, British telly host Alexa Chung and model Agyness Deyn have been snapped sporting the style.
According to Marisa Fontana, the editor of fashion website Fab Sugar, socks-and-sandals were very popular this winter and would soon make it to chain stores.
Fontana added: "[But] they have to have a bit of weight to them," the Daily Telegraph quoted her, as saying.
"You wouldn`t go teaming [socks] with a stiletto or evening shoe.
"Any of the wooden-heeled shoes out at the moment, definitely - ankle boots, too. I`d probably avoid white socks and go for grey or neutral."