Gone are the days of stealing and folding down your dad’s white crew socks; you know, the ones with the grey toe and heel patches? You’re an adult, and luckily for you, sock trends have come a long way since the mid-90s. Socks have been slowly getting shorter over time. After the crew, there was the quarter and then the ever-popular ankle sock. Even though we kept, and arguably repopularized the crew sock in recent years, we now know that no-show socks are what we’ve needed all along.
Let’s face it — ankles are in right now. And for shoes like the Vans Slip-On, the Common Projects Original Achilles Low and basically any loafer or boat shoe, the no-show sock adds a clean, refined look to a casual or dressed up outfit without adding visual distractions.
Aside from fashion, no-show socks help protect feet while increasing the life of your shoes. Prior to this trend, some people wouldn’t even wear socks with low-cut shoes. Skipping the sock can lead to bacteria build-up, blisters, horrible odors and accelerated deterioration of the shoe’s innersole.
However, if you already wear no-show socks, you know these accessories have a major problem: slippage. Low-quality no-show socks have a tendency to fall down inside a shoe. There’s no polite way to pick your sock out of your shoe in public, which is why this can be a major nuisance. If that sounds like you, it’s time to look for new brands and new sock tech. After scraping the net, here are some of the best no-show socks you need to know to find the silver lining of your sock game.
1. Bombas Cushion No-Show Socks
BEST OVERALL NO-SHOW SOCKS
Bombas has been disrupting the sock industry since its founding in 2013. Bombas socks are constructed with cushioning in the footbed and a seamless toe, which means better support and superior comfort all day long. Each no-show sock also includes Bombas’ stay-put heel grips, to ensure they don’t fall down when walking around. We can tell you that when they wash and dry, they feel brand new again. As if that isn’t wonderful enough, Bombas’ mission is to help those experiencing homelessness. For each item sold, be that a sock or shirt, the company donates an item to organizations that help the homeless. To date, they’ve donated nearly 35 million items. Their new three-pack is available in four different colors.
2. Jurgen K No-Show Socks for Men
With six pairs included in the pack, and black and white mixed colors available, the Jurgen K No-Show Socks for Men are a solid, cheap no-show sock choice. For comfort, they sport a breathable fabric and soft cotton fabric while the non-slip heel ensures the socks stay in place during use. Their versatility also makes them great for a range of activities including mountain climbing, cycling, traveling and general day-to-day use.
3. Under Armour Run 2.0 No-Show Tab Socks for Men
BEST FOR SPORTS
The Under Armour Run 2.0 No-Show Tab Socks for Men are a comfortable and stylish answer for sports players who prefer no-show socks. They are constructed from a mix of nylon and elastane to provide a secure fit and remain in place on your feet even during the most rigorous activities. The socks also include anti-odor technology, and the advanced material helps to wick away sweat quickly, preventing any discomfort during physical activity. These foot coverings come in a range of attractive colors, including red, pink and green.
4. Nordstrom Men’s Shop Loafer Liner Socks
BEST SOCKS FOR LOAFERS
A common problem with no-show socks today is that they peek above the vamp of a loafer. It looks untidy and there isn’t any type of sock that necessarily matches leather. The only solution is to find a sock that is low enough to protect your foot while not showing at the same time. Nordstrom designed these liners specifically for loafers. They’re cut a hair lower than typical liners but still have an elastic trim and a rubber grip in the heel for fall-down security. This two-pack features black and grey no-show socks that will look great with black and brown loafers should occasional peeking occur while in stride.
5. Calvin Klein Micro Cushion No-Show Socks
BEST STARTER PACK
For those who are still wearing crew socks, here are the best no-show socks to start your journey with. Calvin Klein, an American institution for all things undergarment-related, makes some of the softest, most satisfying socks on the market today. These socks are designed with a sub-ankle elastic band, rubber heel grip and added cushion for long-lasting comfort. These are best worn with casual sneakers, like a Nike Air Force One or Adidas Stan Smith as opposed to something lower cut like a Sperry A/O Boat Shoe or a Converse All-Star low top. This multi-pack is available in all white, black or a tri-color with grey.
6. On Running No-Show Socks
BEST RUNNING NO-SHOW SOCKS
Officially breaking into the mainstream footwear spotlight is a Swiss brand called On Running. Their “Cloud” series running shoes are beginning to take sales away from brands like Nike and Adidas as people opt for technological improvements in lightweight running over fashion. The socks are no different. On’s no-show socks are engineered with optimal arch support and ventilation to keep feet cool while running. This helps prevent injuries and blisters that may occur otherwise. Each sock is anatomically designed, meaning you get one left sock and one right sock.
7. Pair of Thieves No-Show Socks
SoCal-based Pair of Thieves makes super comfortable men’s basics and loungewear, including some highly artistically driven socks. Each pair undoubtedly shows the fun side of graphic design. This pair of no-shows was developed with a no-shift grip panel, all-day ventilation and comfortable four-way stretch. The designs are perfect for a wacky pair of Vans, Converse All-Stars or even a plain white sneaker you want to juice up.
8. Stance Gamut No-Show Socks
THINNEST NO-SHOW SOCKS
In some shoes, normal no-show socks can feel bulky and uncomfortable as you continue to walk throughout the day. Sneakers like Greats or Common Projects, for example, are constructed with a smooth, cushioned leather lining. The best no-show socks for these types of shoes are very thin, like these ones made by Stance. The Stance Gamut No-Show Socks are so thin you’ll hardly even feel them inside your shoes. They’re made of a lightweight, somewhat stretchy cotton-knit blend. This pack has three different colors to match your favorite sneakers.
9. Gildan Men’s Stretch Cotton No-Show Socks
ALSO GREAT VALUE
We’re men, just give us a big, cheap, value pack of no-show socks and we’re good to go. That’s what you can get with Gildan’s Men’s Stretch Cotton No-Show Socks. You get 12 all-black or all-white pairs for about $10, and they’re moisture-wicking and stretchy with a blend of cotton, polyester and spandex. Are they sexy? No, but will they get the job done and serve as all-around great no-show socks? Yes. And when it comes time for the occasional restocking on socks, it’s a heck of a lot easier to just pick up one great value pack with a ton of socks.
10. Adidas Men’s Superlite Super No-Show Socks
LOWEST-CUT NO-SHOW SOCKS
Looking for a super-light, super low-cut sock? You can’t do better than the Adidas Men’s Superlite Super No-Show Socks. They’re 97% polyester for lightness and moisture-wicking, with 2% spandex for some stretch and 1% rubber for additional resilience. The choice of polyester and the absence of cotton keeps these socks thin and light, and Adidas cuts the sock so low that it basically just clings to the back of your foot instead of just under your ankle.
11. Saucony Men’s Ventilating Performance No-Show Socks
Moisture-wicking fabric is a great way to keep your feet dry and feeling sweat-free, but socks designed for ventilation and breathing can help even more. That’s what Saucony can promise with the Saucony Men’s Ventilating Performance No-Show Socks. Polyester helps with moisture-wicking and spandex helps them stretch and retain their shape, but the air mesh venting helps create additional airflow to keep your feet even cooler and drier so you can keep exercising in comfort.
The arch is also engineered to support your foot’s arch, prevent bunching and keep your sock from slipping, so no matter what you get up to, you’ll have an all-around great no-show sock.
12. TravisMathew Magic Man No-Show Socks
BEST SOCK SHAPE
The TravisMathew Magic Man No-Show Socks have one of the best shapes among no-show socks we’ve seen. One common problem among cheap no-shows is the way the sock can slide around. With more material on the top of the sock and a low-cut at the heel of the sock, you’re much less likely to have the sock slide, bunch up and expose your foot.
13. Darn Tough No-Show Light Sock
TOUGHEST NO-SHOW SOCKS
For any sock (or any article of clothing for that matter) durability always counts. That’s why we love the Darn Tough No-Show Light Sock. We’ve worn Darn Tough socks before and we can attest to their extraordinary durability. (We’ve got pairs going on three years with no sign of breaking down.)
Darn Tough’s no-show socks use a combination of materials to deliver on the promise of their brand. The socks incorporate mostly wool for comfort and breathability, nylon for added durability and spandex for stretch and shape retention. They’re cut below the ankle so you can wear them with anything, and they’ll last for as long as you take care of them. And if you don’t trust us, trust U.S. manufacturing in Vermont and the Darn Tough lifetime guarantee to replace your sock, no questions asked.
They are pricey per pair, but when you factor in how many times you will wear each pair, Darn Tough’s no-show socks are more than worth the price.