It has been perhaps the most controversial - and maligned - men's styling trend of the twenty-teens. Simply a few centimetres of skin on show between hemline and shoe, the mankle has come to signify membership of a certain tribe (fashion aware, possibly a fan of Wes Anderson).
To the wider world, the mankle has often been a source of derision, a signal of affectation - a sign the wearer is making too much of effort, rather than simply getting dressed.
But at the latest round of menswear catwalk shows - London Collections: Men, currently taking place in the capital - something is afoot. Mankle flesh is nowhere to be seen. Though trousers are often cropped, the ankles underneath have so far been clothed, by ankle boots or statement socks.
The statement sock—whether distinguished by a bright hue or a bold pattern or both at the same time—has become the go-to fashion accessory for guys from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.
Statement socks are like a stylish man's best kept secret; they represent a level of personal care and sartorial interest that deserves nothing but respect, says GQ.