Best Shoes for Hand Knit Socks

The good news:Β  I finished these socks. This means there are now three pairs of hand knit socks roaming around my sock drawer.

Bad news: my shoe situation is shameful. It’s been years since I purchased non-sneakers. YEARS. Apparently I am not a footwear addict. I have a strong, loving relationship with my cobbler. But it’s time.

My conundrum: which shoes to buy? I think I have mused on this topic previously and received several comments that Keen shoes were tops to pair with hand knit socks. I hate to say it, but the Keen shoes just aren’t doing it for me (although I do own a couple of pairs of Keen boots).

For some reason, I have my head stuck on loafers. Even though I don’t own any. (And, can you wear loafers with socks? Or is that dorky?) Last week, I ordered these loafers from Amazon in the color black. They were affordable and had two-day free shipping.

Ick. Return. Some things just aren’t worth free shipping and affordable prices.

I want shoes that will compliment my knitted socks and not overly wear away at them. Is that too much to ask?

I also haphazardly started a Pinterest Board for shoes for hand knit socks…but I didn’t get too incredibly far. And note, none of the shoe models are wearing socks with the shoes! Very loafer based, and many styles out of my price range…The cheaper the better, although under $100 would be nice.

Typically my non-sneaker shoes that I wear to work have a bit of a heal to mitigate the fact that I am SHORT. Lengthens the legs.Β Or so I hope.

So knitters, this is my query: which shoes should I buy??!?!?!?!!?!?

Linking up with Ginny.Β  Reading Wishes and Stitches. Might as well finish the cheesy knitting trilogy…




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  • Reply pumpkin sunrise January 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Well, I buy shoes up a half size because in the winter I wear two pairs of socks a super thin pair then my woolen hand knit ones. I know I need the extra wiggle room for that. Right now I’m wearing leather half boots that lace up. No one can see my socks but I know they are there.

  • Reply Karin January 20, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I have two pairs of older Keen mary jane style that I bought specifically for wearing with my socks (I just unpacked that box and have about 40 pairs!) I have seen them worn with Fluevogs and also with Miz Mooz – one of my favourite brands and depending on your taste, I’d bet you could find a style that works. the Flues and Mooz are pricey but IMO worth it for materials and workmanship.
    Happy hunting! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tina January 20, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I typically buy a 1/2 size larger in shoes so that I can wear my hand knit socks, which is pretty much year around for me. I love to buy Cobb Hill by NewBalance. They fit great and are perfect for showing off hand knit socks. Love your socks and you are sure to enjoy them πŸ™‚

  • Reply Alina January 20, 2016 at 6:45 am

    I am not a sock knitter, so I never even thought about it! I wear socks only with sneakers and boots, but in boots nobody can spot the handmade goodness, so what’s the point, right? Maybe this super fashion looks with below the knee skirts, shoes with sturdy heels and socks?

  • Reply Donna January 20, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I recently bought a pair from LL Bean that look like Keens. Very comfortable and they show off my socks well. I also have a pair of clear plastic clogs that you can totally see your socks – problem is they wear the heels of them away too fast.

  • Reply Gretchen January 20, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I love SAS (San Antonio Shoes). Great with hand-knit socks. I also have a pair of clogs that I bought from a yarn shop in Pennsylvania that I often wear with my knitted socks – same material as Crocs, but “see-through!” Awesome!!

  • Reply Hannah January 20, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful socks Andrea! I bought a pair of dansko clogs for work a few years back and they became my favorite shoes! They are so comfortable and ~stylish~ (ha at least to me) that I wear them everywhere. They also come in a variety of styles! Idk if you’re a clog person but they’re worth checking out. I also have high arches and most shoes would hurt my feet spending all day in them, but these are wonderful! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Reply katlriddell January 20, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Yay socks! I love wearing loafers with my trousers rolled up a couple of times-just to the ankle, to show off some sock πŸ™‚ I also have several pairs of Clarks and a pair of Danskos that I like as well, and the Danskos have the plus of making me a little taller πŸ™‚

  • Reply Stefanie January 20, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Someone’s suggestion of Mary Jane’s is a good choice I think b/c it has that little peep area. I tend to wear shoes w/no socks unless I’m wearing running shoes or boots. I usually wear my handknit socks at home to putt around in.

  • Reply thesoaringsheep January 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’ve never thought about getting shoes to show off my knitted socks. It’s a good idea actually. I love those socks in your photo, gorgeous colours

  • Reply smithsoccasional January 20, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I agree with the comments about buying a little larger. My favorite winter/rain boots are a 1/2 size larger and are perfect with my knit socks. I myself am looking for some affordable good looking clogs. Not found them yet, but I think they would show off the socks, especially the heel.

  • Reply carolinehauf January 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Well, I don’t know about the shoes, but I sure do love those socks – they’re a gorgeous colour!!

  • Reply soknitsome January 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I have three pairs of Clark’s Mary Jane style shoes. They show off hand knitted socks nicely. I have a blue patent pair(!) and two pairs of black but in different styles. I always wear hand knitted socks if I go shoe shopping to see how the socks look with the shoes.

  • Reply Heather January 21, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I absolutely love cute shoes, but they don’t seem to be practical for me in this season of life (chasing three little ones around), so I go with sneakers. But, as soon as it is warm I turn to bare feet πŸ™‚ I’m probably not the best person to ask I guess! Beautiful socks!

  • Reply caffeinegirl January 21, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    I love to wear my handknit socks with Birkie’s. Then you can really show off the socks and be comfortable! In the winter, I wear boots for outside and carry my Birkie’s to wear for inside events.

  • Reply Erica January 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, love your socks. Am hoping to get started on a pair myself, 1st pair! I’ve got the wool, needles and pattern, just need to jump in. Love your blog, come and visit mine if you have a minute

  • Reply Sophia February 4, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Any thoughts on knitting big toe socks to wear with birkies and other between-the-toe type sandals?

  • Reply Sharon February 23, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Sperry “Authentic Original 2 Eye Boat Shoes”. They’ve been around for a hundred years, but this is my first pair. They’re fabulous for comfort, I think the style is classic and they’re perfect with my socks. I got them in “Sahara Leather” for $95 on the Sperry site. Here’s the link: LOVE your socks. Good luck. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Stephanie March 10, 2016 at 5:19 am

    What about a pair of clear boots or clear converse? They are fairly inexpensive, and becoming increasingly popular with sock knitters. I am considering them for myself too. And depending on your shoe size, you may be able to get the youth equivalent for almost $30 cheaper.

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