Last week I showed you my lovely Hedera socks, a brilliant Cookie A design as part of the blog week challenge. I promised to deliver a solution to their quest to find the perfect partner, and here it is.
I have to start this piece with a caveat. I like shoes, but I also like to be comfortable. I walk a lot and frequently carry a toddler on my back. All of these factors contribute to the fact I can usually be spotted pounding the pavements of Edinburgh in my trusty (and rather old) North Face walking shoes. They are not pretty, I bought them in Australia, they have travelled across the world with me, spanning four continents, they are my trusted and faithful companions.
That said, I did not come here to talk about my old walking shoes. I came here to dream my friends! To dream of the magical combinations of hand knit socks and beautiful shoes.
As an avid sock knitter I think the discussion about how we show off our beautifully crafted items is an important part of sock knitting. I have scoured the internet and Ravelry to find some inspiring examples of sock and shoe combinations that will hopefully make your heart sing.
Prepare yourself for a smorgasbord of delightful hand knitted socks and some spectacular shoes.
Flats, heels, brogues, loafers, trainers, plimsoles … the choices are endless when it comes to finding the perfect match for your knitted socks. Here is a selection of my favourites found on Ravelry. The boundless talent of knitters never ceases to amaze me.
Mary-Jane style shoe fan? Comfortable, practical, and simply brilliant at showing off your favourite socks.
Thanks to the Ravellers Peaknits, Kinara, Coopknits, SA Knitter and Dussaultnbattery for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.
Loafers and brogues more your style? How about these examples for some inspiration.
Thanks to the Ravellers Coopknits and Nina 90 for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.
If you are looking for some irresistible sock patterns to complement your fabulous shoe selection look no further than Rachel Coopey. This utterly brilliant British designer has a phenomenal talent when it comes to designing socks. She has a number of sock books and clubs available and the patterns are exceptional. Additionally, she has just released an accessories collection Toasty (in case you fancy a change from hand knitted socks).
Ballet pumps and lace ups dominate your shoe collection? Whether your socks are patterned or plain, you can’t go wrong with the flats and hand knit sock combo.
Thanks to the Ravellers Evilcb, Leah and Hildegunn for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.
Comfort your main priority? If you are like me and love trainers, I think (though I may be biased) that nothing, and I mean that, absolutely nothing beats some hand knit socks and a pair of Converse. I am biased, and I did spend my teenage years in the 90’s try to scuff up my Converse (much to my mothers disgust). I may be a little older but I still have a big place in my heart for some well worn canvas plimsoles.
Thanks to the Ravellers Leah and Pixisis for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.
If you really want to let your socks shine you could opt for the clear Converse. They were released a few years ago and I am not sure how easy they are to find in the shops but they are, without doubt, a spectacular option for the hand knit sock show off in you.
Used with permission. Copyright: Sundogstudio
Thanks to the Raveller Sundogstudios for the use of her gorgeous sock and shoe combination.
I am not very good at walking in heels. I think it is a combination of lack of training and being seriously clumsy that have meant I am very rarely seen in heels. That said, I was in awe of some of the sensational hand knit sock and heels combinations I found on my Ravelry hunt. Here is a small selection of those gorgeous combinations.
Thanks to the Ravellers AnnikaAlmgren, What the Hay, Pneuma, Peacethrufibre, Knittymuggins and BrittanyLaine for the use of their gorgeous sock and shoe combinations.
That brings me to the end of favourites from Ravelry, but I felt it wouldn’t be fair to leave you there. In my typical enabling fashion I thought I should at least show you some options to fulfill all your shoe shopping desires. Admittedly I may have a rather eclectic taste, and I am certainly not a fashion expert (ahem, scruffy walking shoe alert) … however I do love to dream a little sometimes. This is my selection of dream shoes to show off my socks.
I have paired each shoe with a sock from my Ravelry pages. I highly recommend knitting these sock patterns too!
These bright striped socks knitted from Trailing Clouds would be the perfect match for these clear Jelly boots from Office.
Trailing Clouds Self Stripe – Mind the Gap
Juju Jelly Mega Glitter Boots from Office.co.uk
How about all the metallics? Silver socks and copper shoes, a match made in heaven? I think Dr Martens has a brilliant selection of shoes worthy of your favourite socks.
Thelonious Socks by Cookie A
Dr Marten – Jocelyn in the colour Copper
Spring Socks need spring sandals – I love these socks and think that these Irregular Choice shoes are the perfect match. I know technically people say socks and sandals don’t go, but I think fabulous shoes and hand knit socks are an exception to the rule.
Zig-Zag Spring Socks by Judy George
My Cup of Tea by Irregular Choice
A well documented love of mine is bright socks. I love that you can wear something out of your colour comfort zone on your feet a little easier that you would around your neck. Funky white Converse are the perfect showcase for these socks by Fiona Bennet, a FAB free pattern on Ravelry that I highly recommend knitting.
Scylla by Fiona Bennet
White leather Converse from Office.co.uk
Last but not least, the real dream shoes. I can see myself wearing these and I think they would go perfectly with my Hedera socks. I might need a little cash windfall before I can splash out on a pair of these, they are beautiful though. Fluevog make some pretty spectacular shoes.
Hedera by Cookie A
Simon by Fluevog
And there you have it folks. Think of yourselves as ‘enabled’ … go forth and match your socks with fabulous shoes.