The Trend: Flat sandals with socks
The Old Way: As anyone with a coveted spot on Delias' catalog mailing list 15 years ago knows, the only way to wear your Birkenstocks/Adidas slides/Tevas was with printed and rainbow-colored socks—bonus points if you had the kind with individual toes!!—and a good pair of bootcut jeans.
The Update: It's all about pairing irreverent footwear with something more fancy. You don't want your feet to be too distracting, though, so while you can keep the same '90s-inspired sandals, it's better to stick with solid black, white and grey socks this time around.
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Vivienne Tam Spring/Summer 2014 (George Chinsee for WWD), Creatures of Comfort Spring/Summer 2014 (Getty Images), Band of Outsiders Spring/Summer 2014 (Giovanni Giannoni for WWD)