Matching men's socks and shoes: 5 special cases

Don't underestimate the combination of men's socks and shoes

Combining men's socks with the shoes you've chosen to wear often raises problems of no small importance. Color, type and length are just some of the key factors for this important choice.

If we talk about the combination of men's socks and shoes, we cannot underestimate the basic dress rules.

Do you have to attend an important ceremony? Do you want to be more elegant during the day for business meetings or meetings with clients? Or maybe the elegance and style of a gentleman is part of you and you want to present yourself at your best even on less formal occasions?

Today we will give you fundamental advice for choosing men's socks to match your shoes and always make a good impression, regardless of the context.

For a refined and unique look, there are many things to know especially if you have to combine socks with every model of men's shoe and for every occasion.

To avoid mistakes, follow our advice.

Men's socks to match shoes: the basic rules

It is not enough to limit yourself to choosing a pair of dark, long , solid- colored men's socks to acquire a true gentleman's look. If so, everyone could be.

And it's not even enough to match the socks to the color of the pants or shoes. To be truly trendy and chic, you need more. What? First of all, know the fundamental rules regarding the choice of men's socks and know what should really be avoided.

You can wear the most elegant dress in the world but if you lose sight of matching with quality stockings , of the right length and color , you won't look as good as you expected.

Good socks are able to enrich the lower part of your outfit and must be in full harmony with your look, especially in matching trousers and shoes .

Whether it's for an important event, for work or simply to create elegant outfits to use every day, if you follow these tricks, tips and rules you'll see that you'll be free to express yourself on every occasion.

The right length of socks

We often underestimate the importance of the length of the socks and this is a serious mistake, especially if we want to match them with the shoe we have chosen to wear.

In fact, to make the most of our outfit and make sure that it is perfectly consistent with the style we want to have, we must know that the shoe we will wear can only be ideal if we combine it with the right sock.

If we have to take part in a special occasion, for a ceremony or a business meeting, the stocking must be strictly long . It shouldn't go higher than the knee, so it's best to choose a sock that covers the calf.

If, on the other hand, we are looking for an ideal solution for socks to wear in everyday life and not for a special occasion, the short sock cannot be excluded and could be a good solution. However, we must be careful which shoe we will combine it with, as we will see shortly.

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Beware of the white color

With regards to colour, however, we are entering a complex field. We have already seen in the article dedicated to luxury men's socks that combining socks with our office outfit is a real Made in Italy art and as such needs to be learned, known and then applied.

Here too there is a fundamental rule to follow: for dark shoes, socks combined with trousers or even darker ; for light-colored trousers, socks matching the color of the shoes .

Another thing to know is which color to absolutely avoid: white. The use of white stockings is allowed only during sports but they must be strictly terry cloth (possibly short).

Stockings to match the French shoes (or Oxford model)

The Oxford or Francesina model is a men's shoe that must be worn strictly with the suit. Pairing with socks is relatively simple.

A very important thing to know is that the accompanying sock to worthily enhance this type of shoe should not be common lisle or a cotton sock matching the chosen dress. Better to opt for Filoscozia® stockings and play with colors that follow the chrome of the dress or with a range of colors in any case consistent with that of the shoes.

Stockings to match the Derby

The derby is considered a passe-partout or one of those shoes that looks good in any context, whether formal or not.

Thanks to this versatility, the derby can be worn with a suit but also with separates, for this reason even the matching socks can be more eccentric, daring with patterns and geometries.

The British personality of the derbies will make your look light without neglecting authority and eccentricity.

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Socks to match with Sneakers

For men's sneaker socks , for a dynamic and lively look you can opt for short socks with brighter colors, in order to create a strong contrast with the shoe. A nice effect is obtained by wearing jeans to match sneakers and colored socks.

A good solution could also be to use the classic ghosts. For those who love to wear low white or colored sneakers, you can also wear short socks up to the ankle, in order to give a touch of dynamism but without going overboard.

Socks to match the Monk Straps

The Monk Strap is a shoe much loved by metropolitan dandies and by those who want to be daring by exploiting eccentric combinations. The socks to wear with the Monk Straps are different depending on the objectives.

If you want to highlight the shoe, choose a sock that matches the dress you're wearing. On the contrary, if you want to surprise, opt for stockings with bold shades, such as a yellow stocking combined with a blue dress and a brown monk strap.

Finally, if you love the style of trousers that reveal the ankle, perfect for monk straps, then opt for dark socks that ensure the right elegance.

Socks to match the Polacco

The Polish also known as ankle-boot for many reasons resembles the amphibian. For shoes of this type, a casual look could be ideal and recall winter, the mountains or checkered shirts.

Alternatively it can acquire an urban and decisive touch and in this case the recommended socks could refer to the material, ideal for the width of the ankle of the shoe.

Playing on military tones or brown for the mountain style, black instead for the urban one.

Socks to match with Moccasin or Slippers

A topic that you divide and is always the subject of discussion. There are those who use moccasins and slippers without the use of socks and those who are indignant about this choice. Who is right?

Let's say, from a hygienic point of view, it is absolutely not the best not to use socks on a moccasin or a slipper. This is because the foot is not protected by the sock.

In this case, the use of an almost invisible sock that is not noticeable is recommended.


In this article we have seen together how to combine socks with the shoes chosen for your outfit. Remember that these are just tips to use as a starting point for your look.

Feel free to best express your personality by choosing socks that best suit your taste. After all, a true gentleman knows how to do just that: choose!

A noble choice

Our hosiery was born in Racale in 1982, we were little more than a shop. It was the golden age of Italian hosiery factories, and Racale was its capital. After difficult years (with the 2008 crisis, 90% of the hosiery factories in the town closed) we chose to give new life to the noble Italian yarns, from which Nobile was born.

Unlike other hosiery factories, the socks are not produced in an industrial way, but go through a quality control at each stage of production which combines the work of the machine with the manual work of the craftsman. Finally, each sock is inspected, ironed and washed by hand.


FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What socks to wear with elegant shoes?

Choose elegant long socks and absolutely avoid socks that are too short. Do not opt ​​for the white color and choose elegant socks that are in Filoscozia or Makò.

What socks to wear under men's suits?

Blue socks are the right choice for a navy blue suit and black socks are right if your suit is dark navy blue or a charcoal gray that is almost black. To look sophisticated and trendy, you can accentuate your feet with colorful socks.

What are the best socks?

The best elegant socks are those in Filoscozia, recognized by all as the best yarn in the world, designed to give maximum comfort. Makò socks, on the other hand, are an Egyptian cotton yarn with a particularly elastic fiber between 30 and 34 mm long, which adheres to the leg without leaving unsightly marks.

How should men's socks be?

If you are wearing a blue suit, the socks should be solid black or very dark blue. If the suit is gray, choose an anthracite gray model for the socks as well. If, on the other hand, you wear a separate suit with a casual blue men's jacket and light-colored trousers, always choose a dark blue.

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