It’s not the worst fashion faux pas, but it’s enough to ruin a look – a long sock with a low-cut shoe.
As loafers, casual sneakers and flats seemingly in footwear vogue, socks are struggling to keep up – or down, as it may be.
Whether the sock drawer is scant of a no-shoe sock, or you’re suddenly caught out with the wrong sock and the right shoe, Instagram has the answer.
UK-based clothing retailer ASOS this week shared a “hack” on its account, to great reception – views and comments that grow by the hour.
Rather than the desperate fold-and-push down that some people employ to try and convert a crew sock to something more svelte, this technique involves a bit of roll, a bit of a flip, and a bit of a tuck.
Just like this.
We tried it in The New Daily office. This is how it went down.
Firstly, it took three journalists and one graphic designer to follow the video instructions.
The shoe in question was a low-cut Dr Martens; the sock a standard crew.
After the gang finally figured out how to put on a sock, we reached a verdict: “It works – it’s just not that comfortable. In a pinch (like if you’re on holiday or you have neglected your washing) it would suffice. It’s better than the alternative of having your socks show, or not wearing socks at all.”
We also decided the under-foot sock bunch might be a bit too much to bear all day, and the longevity of the heel padding was a heated debate.
It’s reminiscent of last month’s garlic peel hack, which has had a few reincarnations.
This video hack was peeling garlic by effectively stabbing the clove with a knife. Just, do it carefully.
It stirs up some memories of the avocado pit removal method, also with a sharp instrument. A “hack” that’s gone wrong so many times it now has a name among surgeons: Avocado hand.
It’s gotten so common in the UK that one of the country’s associations for surgeons wants a warning label placed on avocados, urging people not to try this at home.