Half a decade ago, novelty socks were considered as the ugly Christmas sweater of the feet. Because of their outrageous designs, super cheesy sense of humor, and sometimes vulgar statements, people in general only wore them at home when no one’s around. But that was then. These days, a pair of white sports socks and a classic pair of black dress socks are too plain to be worn in public. Now, more and more people are rocking a pair of novelty socks to add some pizzazz to their everyday outfit.
The novelty socks trend is believed to have originated from the start-up culture where formal traditional dress codes are not imposed. Eventually, the craze became mainstream, and business executives, celebrities, athletes, and even politicians have started to wear them on any occasion. As a matter of fact, the people’s love for novelty socks has inspired Jay Z, Rihanna, and Dwayne Wade, among many other celebrities, to release their own lines of novelty socks.
Marshal Cohen, retail industry analyst at the market research company The NPD Group, said last month that the novelty socks trend hit a peak in the men’s market four years ago, adding that as menswear became more casual, socks replaced the tie as a conversation piece. “Year after year we got more and more casual and the fun novelty sock became an opportunity of expression,” Cohen said. “As we got rid of ties, guys still wanted to be able to put some style to a navy suit or a black suit.”
So if you’re one of those who hasn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, let us help you pick your first ever pair of novelty socks by checking out the list below: