Forget that awful, sweaty trend of wearing no socks with your fashionable shoes. Paul Smith is a British fashion designer of exquisite men's wear, and he tops everything off with socks that are daring and eye-catching. In fact, cult film director John Waters specifically recommended Smith's socks to us when we interviewed him a while ago. With that kind of endorsement, it would have been crazy not to indulge. At the bright pink Paul Smith store on high-end Melrose Avenue, the socks aren't cheap, but they are made to last. Here are bright pink socks, striped socks of various shades of blue, red socks, sparkling winter socks in green, black and maroon, and numerous others. Would John Waters steer you wrong? 8221 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove, 90046. (323) 951-4800, —Patrick Range McDonald

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