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All right, if you’re wearing boots, then you’re most likely also wearing socks (unless you’re wearing cut-out boots or, you know, have made the executive decision to just go sans socks—you brave soul). As we gear up this winter’s must-have boots, we mustn’t forget about the outfit-making powers a pair of chic socks can yield. The magic is in the details, people!

Imagine this: You stomping down the sidewalk in a pair of leather Chelsea boots, some sporty tube socks, and a fitted dress that makes you feel like a Bright Young Thing. It’s not Fashion Month yet, but street-style photographers have a sixth sense for the impeccably well-dressed. So there they are, jumping out from every corner just to snap a shot of you. And you? You’re still sashaying down the concrete catwalk like you’re the Model of the Moment and your boot-sock combo is what got you there. Own it. Rock it. Any moment can be a fashion moment.

Shop below for five chic ways to pair your winter boots and cozy socks.

Give your inner punk persona a sporty twist. Think Natalie Portman skipping gym class in Léon: The Professional .

Shop the combo : Topshop socks, $6; t opshop.com . Tod's boots, $318 (originally $455); matchesfashion.com .

How adorable are these tiny metallic dots? We see them peeking out over these leather boots, a blush satin slip dress, and a tough biker jacket for that sophisticated-cool vibe.

Shop the combo : Cos socks, $9; c osstores.com . Gianvito Rossi boots, $665 (originally $950); net-a-porter.com .

A little color clash never hurt nobody. Channel your inner Paris Fashion Week street-style star with this standout combo.

Shop the combo : American Apparel socks, $10; a mericanapparel.com . Zara boots, $139; zara.com .

Let these ruffled socks play peek-a-boo with this pair of heeled suede booties.

Shop the combo : Far Away from Close by Anthropologie socks, $15; anthropologie.com . Barneys New York boots, $395; barneys.com .

Go glam-rock with this metallic and velvet pairing.

Shop the combo : Free People socks, $12; lordandtaylor.com . Aquazzura boots, $825; mytheresa.com .