Barb Brown, the queen of knee socks, created these for an A-Z article in this year's Vogue Knitting Holiday issue. It will be on newsstands on November 6th.
When I asked her to tell me a little about the design, here's what she had to say:
Vogue was looking for patterns that would be fairly quick and easy; knee highs in a lace pattern. I had this stitch tucked away in my "ideas" file. I put in a purl st. to give a bit of texture (I'm sure the stitch in this form is in a book somewhere... this is why I love EZ's word "unvented") I didn't put it on the foot as the texture might not be comfortable inside a shoe. I added the eyelets at the top for a feminine touch, and also if they were knit as a gift. It's hard to get a custom fit when knitting without the leg to try it on, so this would allow a garter to be threaded through.. Icord, ribbon, etc. The heels are done in a reverse of the heel stitch, as i like the subtle texture.
I should also mention how much I like the yarn! It shows great stitch definition, the back pattern was done as eyelets on stocking stitch... in some yarns this would not have shown up at all, but the Lorna's Lace yarn gives exactly the subtle effect I was aiming for.
They're knit using two skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in 56ns Fjord but you could do them in Solemate too. I have no idea where they got the shoes, but I want a pair.