Crime of Fashion: Tie up ballet peds – “footie socks” with a bow


OK, would someone care to explain this to me? Hello? Someone? Anyone? I mean, I know there has to be a reasonable explanation why you’d want to buy yourself a pair of "footie socks" (and is it just me, or does that phrase make you cringe, too?) with bows at the ankles, but I’m darned if I know what it is. Bear in mind that these aren’t cotton socks – no, they’re actually nylon, like tights. And while I can almost  understand why people wear those little "pop sock" things that are designed to look like you have bare feet in your shoes (I’m not saying I’m down with them, you understand, just that I can see why people might think they were a good idea), I have absolutely no idea why you’d want to draw attention to your pop socks by putting an ankle strap on them, can you?

Tie-up ballet peds at Urban Outfitters


  • August 23, 2007


    the idea definitely comes from Japan
    Japanese learn from the cultures of other countries
    after all these yrs, they combine n’ develop their own style n’ fashion
    they’ve got many different styles (can be very exaggerated)
    still they accept n’ respect others’ choices
    these “footie socks” may represent the fashion of Japan
    i mean, they’re willing to try on new things n’ not afraid to be themselves
    everyone has an unique style tho some may find it strange
    i’m not going to discuss whether Japanese hv good taste or bad taste, hv taste or no taste –
    but i appreciate their excessive interest in clothes n’ creativity in styling
    well these socks may look more “reasonable” when they appear in a total look
    but most likely u’ll send it straight to fashion hell
    u knw being good taste every day can be very boring
    so why don’t we look from another angle?
    at least we can get a laugh
    here is a website abt Tokyo street fashion
    the styles in those snapshots r not very extreme
    they’re wht normal Japanese wear daily

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  • August 24, 2007


    I’d actually think they’re kind of cute if they were thick cotton and padded on the bottom. I LOVE slipper socks. They’re awesome for around the house and more comfortable than actual slippers.
    Sadly, they’re not, so I have to agree with your verdict.

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  • September 21, 2007


    Actually, I thought the very same as you till just a few days ago. I happen to go to from time to time, and stumbled upon this use of the mysterious tie up socks.
    Kinda cool if you ask me, and certainly not something I would have thought about.
    Tell me what you think.

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  • February 10, 2010


    its so the socks dont slowly slip into the shoe, the bow holds the sock in place. its more practical than fashionable

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  • July 27, 2010


    I think they are extremely cute with flats and maryjane type shoes. I wish I had stocked up on more when I visited Japan because you can’t find nice ones here.

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