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Socks aren’t just for foot protection or warmth anymore. They have become a staple for your wardrobe, a way to make a bold statement, or simply express yourself. Socks have become boundaryless. For example, Instagram influencers are wearing them not just with boots and sneakers but also showing them off in slides, sandals, loafers and heels. Sock styles range anywhere from glitter, polka-dots, sheer or athletic, and are an easy way to add your own unique touch to an outfit. When the temperature drops but you still want to wear those strappy heels while going out, a pair of stylish socks will come to your rescue.

Former President George H.W. Bush honors his wife Barbara Bush’s commitment to literacy by wearing socks with colorful books. Photo credit: AP/ Jim McGrath

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sporting Chewbacca socks at the Bloomberg GBF. Photo credit: AP / Mark Lennihan, left Photo credit: AP / Adrian Wyld

But it’s not just the fashion world that is catching on to this trend, politicians use socks to make statements – fashion or otherwise – too. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one such world leader. From maple leaves to the NATO flag, he is quite the sock enthusiast. Of course, no discussion of statement socks is complete without the late president George H. W. Bush. He was the original socks connoisseur, always adding color and meaning to his formal suits with an eye-catching pair of socks. At his wife’s funeral, he wore socks with books on them – a touching tribute to Barbara Bush’s advocacy for literacy.

Socks, believe it or not, can also be a source of controversy. When photos surfaced of the former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, wearing socks that appeared to portray policemen as pigs, there was a lot of backlash. Not long before this incident, Kaepernick chose to kneel during the national anthem, as a way to protest police brutality in the United States.

And sometimes, it appears socks can give away your hygiene habits. Just recently, British politician Boris Johnson was at the center of a media storm for allegedly wearing the same pair of socks during multiple interviews. While his team said Johnson owns multiple identical pairs, not everyone was convinced.

So, how do you express yourself with socks?

Colin Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback, wears socks portraying police officers as pigs during a training camp at Kezar Stadium. Photo credit: AP/Ben Margot

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