These are often used in dreams to represent the personal quality, cleanness or untidiness of the person. They therefore depict some sort of judgement about what sort of person you are, or how you see someone.
Socks sometimes are shown as protective in some dreams, perhaps stopping creatures from getting on your skin, or stopping shoes rubbing, so depicting the way you deal with irritating events. In some such dreams they represent defensive attitudes or thoughts with which you repress or avoid ‘squirmy’ feelings about things like blood and inside your body. Socks can also be associated with warmth or protection from a difficult situation.
Socks can deal with issues about coldness or heat, and so represent having ‘cold feet’ about a relationship or situation, or getting ‘hot’.
Putting socks on might suggest getting ready to go somewhere, making a change or trying something on.
Socks also can represent particular roles, such as a footballers socks, or special quality socks for business or social ritual. The strange idioms surrounding socks also show other associations, like ‘pull your socks up’ – knocked my socks off (suggesting a powerful experience.)
Looking at someone’s socks is usually about the judgement or impression of them we have from what they are wearing – or it may link with a memory of someone we know who had similar socks.
What surrounds the socks in the dream’s action – relationship, appearance, going out?
Do the socks connect with protection or warmth in any way – if so how?
What do these socks ‘say’ about appearance, role or status, and how does that apply to me?