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FASHION Best Foot Forward SOLID COLORS AND UNINSPIRED DESIGNS ARE THINGS OF THE PAST—TODAY’S SOCKS ADD A BIT OF EVERYDAY LUXURY TO THE MODERN MAN’S WARDROBE. BY BETH LIVESAY AND ESCAPES MAGAZINE STAFF Socks are no longer considered a utilitarian item. This article of clothing has moved into the realm of high-fashion accessory, with socks for men boasting exciting patterns and luxe fabrics that make them coveted items on par with designer shoes. Allen Edmonds, for example, has manufactured premium men’s shoes since 1922. Today, the brand offers fashionable, high-quality socks, along with other accessories and apparel items, that complement the style and craftsmanship that its footwear is famous for. “There are a lot of companies offering socks in fun colors and patterns now,” says Ini Iyamba, retail buyer for Allen Edmonds, who is responsible for sourcing the brand’s socks and clothing line. “Most use the same construction method. We found a great company, Ace & Everett, that does things a little differently. … They utilize the double cylinder jacquard knit, which results in pronounced texture and rep- licates the knits and purls from traditional hand-knitting techniques. Their patterns are really interesting too—they’re inspired by the intersection of fi ne arts, urban architecture and classic haberdashery.” PAUL SMITH is known for his fun twist on wardrobe staples, and these Gradient Multi-Striped Socks are no exception. Made of cotton and ribbed at the cuff to pre- vent slipping, you’ll come to expect the unexpected from this British designer, $30, at Diamonds aren’t just a girl’s best friend. The geometric patterns on the Men’s Faded Diamond Socks by HAPPY SOCKS really pop in bright, bold colors, $12, at ▼ Even if you’re nowhere near the waves, you can hang ten with these Italian- made Surfer Socks from BUGATCHI. Made from a soft, stretchy cotton blend, they are as comfortable as they are cool, $19.95, at FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Fashion-eV3-e.indd 14 | 14 | ESCAPES 9/20/17 3:27 PM