What Socks to Wear With Ankle Boots: Your Complete Guide

Choosing Socks for Ankle Boots

What kind of socks do you wear with your ankle boots?

When paired well with your short boots, a pair of socks add the perfect accent to your outfit.

A pair of perfectly matched socks will help you combat the cold weather, while keeping your look fresh and fun.

So, how do you select the perfect pair of socks to go with your ankle boots? 

Let’s take a look at some factors to consider.

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Do You Want to Show Your Socks?

If you don’t want your socks to peek out of your short boots, opt for a pair of short socks. 

If your short boots are very short, you might want to choose a pair of secret socks or ped socks instead.

Sock Length

Short socks, medium socks or long socks - it all depends on how much sock you want sticking out of your ankle boots. 

A pop of white from your socks against a dark-coloured outfit will show off a sense of brightness. While, a pop of bright colours like red or orange from your socks will give your look a playful and fun vibe. 

There is no right or wrong answer here.

It all depends on how much sock you want to show off. 


There are many different types of fibres available to make socks. But we will be discussing the most common 4 types as they make up 90% of the socks manufactured around the world. 

You’ll want to choose a type of material depending on what type of sock you are looking for. Something that is sweat-resistant? Or, something that is warm?


Cotton is a lightweight and breathable material, making it one of the most commonly-used fibres for manufacturing socks. 

However, it is very absorbent and will trap moisture easily, making it a less than ideal choice for sports. 



Polyester is a synthetic material that is warm and soft. It is arguably more durable than natural fibres, which makes this material another excellent choice. 


Wool is a great insulator. Socks made from wool are extremely warm, which makes it the perfect option for colder climates.



Nylon is a versatile material. While alone, nylon socks are water-resistant and not breathable, it is usually added to other fibres in blends. By adding in nylon fibres, the new blend will become stretchy and more durable. 



Socks should not be too tight or too loose. 

They should fit snugly but without jamming your toes tightly together or loose enough for extra fabric to fold and wrinkle. 

Check the seams at the toes. They should be flat, or else it may risk irritating your feet and creating blisters caused by friction from walking. 

If you have sensitive feet, a pair of seamless socks is the way to go. 

A seamless sock, as the name suggests, is a sock that is created without any seams at the toes. While some feet don’t mind the seams running across the toes of their sock, others do. 

The seam can be very uncomfortable and irritating for people with arthritis or sensitive feet. 

Seamless socks are knitted by spinning yarn from one starting point all the way to the end. This completely eliminates the need to sew separate pieces together and thereby effectively eliminating the seams. 


The weather is another vital factor for when determining what socks to wear with your ankle booties. 

Not only are we talking about comfort, just think about how strange a pair of fuzzy socks look on a hot summer’s day.



During warmer months, you might want to choose a pair of thin cotton-blend socks. Since cotton is lightweight and breathable, it is absorbent and great for sweaty feet on a hot summer’s day. 

However hot it may be, we don’t recommend wearing closed-toe shoes without a pair of socks. 

From keeping our feet from smelling (worse than it does) and protecting it from wounds, socks serve a wide range of protective functions for our feet (and nose). 



The moderate climate of spring mean wearing a wide range of different socks. 

On a warm spring day, you might want to choose a pair of ankle socks to go with your ankle boots. They’ll keep your shoes clean and your feet from rubbing against the soles of your feet.



Autumn is the season of reddish tones, forest green and brown hues.

Fall outfits - thick sweaters and scarves seem to always mimic the autumn colour palette.  

Accordingly, pick socks from this colour palette. 

It’ll add a sense of cohesiveness to your autumn look!



During cold winter months, you might want to opt for a pair of warm wool sock.

If you’re wearing a sweater dress, you could dress your ankle boots up with a pair of thick long socks or a pair of wool tights. 

Different Kinds of Socks for Ankle Boots

No-show Socks with Ankle Boots

If you don’t want your socks to stick out from your ankle boots, opt for a pair of no-show socks. 

Secret socks and ped socks are great options. 

Some people don’t like to wear these types of socks because they tend to slip off

But, knowing these two tricks will allow your no-show socks to stay on at all times.

Right Size

If your sock keeps slipping, it’s most likely because they don’t fit your feet properly. Wearing a wrong-sized sock is the number one reason behind no-show sock-slippage.

Check to make sure your sock size is the correct one. It shouldn’t be too loose or too tight, but it should fit snug.

Check Silicone Grips

You are certain your sock size is correct, but your no-show socks still keep slipping off? 

Check the silicone grip part for hair, lint dust, or other residue that can be preventing the grip from sticking to your heel. 

Also, make sure you don’t apply any lotions on your heels before you put on your socks.

Lotions can be slippery, which can be another key reason to sock-slippage.

Fuzzy Socks with Ankle Boots

fuzzy socks

Ah, fuzzy socks. 

They’re warm and so comfy - heavenly pillows for the feet! 

Need us say more? 

If you want to pair these with a pair of ankle boots, we recommend wearing ones that are a size up.

When it comes to matching colours, you can match the fuzzy socks with the colour of your bottoms or your shoes. 

Mesh Socks with Ankle Boots

Tulle sheer socks are the upcoming trend. 

Why you ask?

They are comfortable, lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking, while still looking great. 

There soft and dainty design will finish off your look with a little touch of femininity. 

Colourful Socks with Ankle Boots

colourful socks

A peek of bright bold colours can make an outfit look more captivating and refined.

Going out in a monotonous outfit today? 

Pair your look with some colourful socks, you might be pleasantly surprised.

v. Baggy Socks with Ankle Boots

Baggy socks, also known as loose socks or slouch socks, have been gaining popularity among teens and college students. 

With the loose sock look, the socks are worn pushed down around the ankles. 

It’ll give your overall look an effortlessly casual and relaxed vibe. 

vi. Short Socks with Ankle Boots

Short socks will peek out a little out of your ankle boots.

They’re a great option if you’re looking to add a bit of colour to your outfit. 

Colour of Socks with Ankle Boots

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Black Socks with Ankle Boots

The general rule of thumb: Match the colour of your boots with the colour of your socks. 

If you’re having difficulty finding a pair of socks to match your oxford brown ankle booties, opt for another dark colour, like black.

If you’re looking for a subtle sock pairing, black works well in most cases.

Grey Socks with Ankle Boots

Try going for a pair of grey socks for an interesting gradation effect. 

Imagine coordinating a pair of white skinny jeans to a pair of leather black ankle boots with a pair of grey socks. 

The grey socks will soften the stark contrast of the black boots and white bottoms, pulling your whole look together. 

White Socks with Ankle Boots

When in doubt, go with white. 

I rarely see white ankle boots. 

But, even with a dark pair of booties, white socks pair nicely because it gives a sense of light and buoyant look against your dark-coloured shoes. 

Red Socks with Ankle Boots

Red socks give off a stylish accent to any dreary and monotoned outfit. 

The red socks are only slightly visible between the leg of your pants and your sneakers, but it packs a powerful (fashion) punch to the eyes. 

Our Verdict

We love ankle boots. They’re great for warm weathers and cold temperatures too. 

But, we also know how difficult it can get to style them well.

You definitely won’t want a pair of socks to ruin your entire look.  

We hope you’ll keep our styling tips in mind the next time you pull out your ankle boots!

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