Socks are the most under-appreciated, and often least thought about, part of our daily outfits.
They are typically an afterthought for most people and not something we put much consideration into when choosing them.
For some people, socks aren’t an essential part of their outfit. We often forget the role that socks play in not only protecting our feet but also helping to maintain the condition of our shoes. They can help us recover from a blister or stop our feet sweating during warmer months.
Most of us get excited about buying a new pair of shoes, but we usually don’t put the same amount of thought into buying a pair of socks. After all, most of us barely give a second thought about wearing socks, just seeing them as a way to keep our feet covered.
However, socks are increasingly emerging as a fashion trend of their own. We have the perfect solution for you if you are sceptical about wearing traditional socks.
No show socks give off the illusion that you are not wearing any socks at all, while still giving you the health and comfort benefits of traditional socks. They are the best of both worlds.
Types of No Show Socks
There are various types of no shoe socks available, which are differentiated by their size.
To help you figure out which styles work best for you, we’ve broken down the types of no shoe socks according to their fit and coverage.
You can think of this style of no-show socks as being like a little hat for your toes. They are ideal for preventing blisters on your toes and can be worn with open-back shoes such as mules and slides.
We recommend these no show socks for women as they can be styled with sling-back heels or court shoes to protect your feet from blisters and improve overall hygiene.
If you want to improve the longevity of your favourite heels, then wearing no show socks are a great way to protect the interior of your shoes.
These are a must-have no show socks for women as the ultra-low cut style can be worn with ballet shoes and high-heels for ultimate versatility.
As this style provides a low level of coverage for your feet, it’s important to pick up a pair with a silicone grip to prevent them slipping or bunching up on your feet throughout the day.
These no show socks are ideal for helping you to wear in a new pair of closed-toe heels as they can help prevent blisters.
The low cut style is ideal for those who want to experiment with no show socks. They provide medium coverage and can be worn with sneakers, loafers or Mary Jane shoes.
This fit gives enough support to protect the soles of your feet without being too visible through your shoes.
While the mid-cut style is unisex, we particularly suggest these no show socks for men as they can be styled with loafers and boat shoes. They provide a high level of coverage but are low enough in the front to not show through on most men’s shoes.
With this style, you’re less likely to experience slippage, but we still recommend looking for a pair with silicone grips to help the socks mould to your feet.
This cut is ideal for wearing with more formal shoes or sneakers and provide the most coverage of all the no show sock styles.
We suggest these no show socks for men as a great way of experimenting with the style, and the extra coverage means they are least likely to slip from your feet. If you intend to wear this high cut style with sneakers, then we recommend picking them up in a breathable material like cotton or nylon to prevent sweating.
This style can also be worn with high-top sneakers or ankle boots, as they most closely resemble the shape of traditional socks. These no show socks are also perfect for wearing around the house to protect your feet from cold surfaces.
If you’re a runner or regularly exercise, these high-cut socks are ideal for wearing when running as they can help prevent blisters and provide cushioning for your feet against the impact of exercise.
Why Should You Wear No Show Socks?
No show socks are best for wearing when going for the ‘bare sock’ look, or when you want the comfort of socks without the ‘geeky’ aesthetic that they can sometimes create.
Some people choose to go without wearing socks, mainly because they have no idea that no-show socks exist, or they haven’t found a quality pair of socks to wear every day.
The problem with not wearing socks is that it is not hygienic and leaves your feet unprotected against the elements, increasing the risk of damage to the soles of your feet.
Socks have to be worn with shoes as they protect your feet from absorbing sweat and they prevent friction occurring between your skin and the shoes, which can result in blisters.
Regularly wearing shoes without socks can result in a build-up on bacteria that will deteriorate the condition of the inside of your shoes.
Socks are not only needed for your own benefit but also to maintain the condition of your shoes.
Wearing no show socks are an easy way of preventing odour gathering in your shoes and can keep both your feet and the inside of your shoes clean.
When Should You Wear No Show Socks?
Often socks can be difficult to style with outfits. Sometimes they can create an ‘ugly’ or off-putting look to the rest of your outfit, and for years they have been considered a ‘dad’ trend.
Socks can make or break any look. No show socks give you the appearance of bare feet while still protecting both your feet and your shoes.
When thinking of how to style your no-shoe socks, its best to wear them with outfits where you intend to show your ankles. Consider the outfits you would wear with high heels or low sneakers, as well as the type of trousers you wear that cut off above your ankle.
Here are some of the types of pants and shoes the no show socks are most often paired with:
Pants: Shorter hem pants, shorts or when cuffing your chinos or jeans
Shoes: Loafers, boat shoes, moccasins, low top sneakers, running shoes or canvas shoes
Or you can also pair no-show socks with dressier shoes:
Dress shoes: Oxfords, monks or penny loafers
What To Look For in No Show Socks
The main reason we wear socks is for the added comfort they provide for our feet.
Socks are usually one of the first things we put on in the morning, and one of the last garments we take off at night.
Your socks are as important as your shoes. After all, you are going to be walking around in them all day.
Find a pair of socks that are a comfortable fit for your feet and don’t slip down or bundle up while you walk.
There are different types of materials to consider when choosing socks such as cotton, wool, silk, or polyester.
The fabrics differ on factors such as breathability, softness, durability, or antimicrobial properties. Wool socks are ideal for winter months for added warmth, while cotton socks are more breathable and ideal for wearing over longer periods.
Does It Show
The point of no show socks is that they should be hidden inside your shoes to give the appearance of bare feet. Therefore, it is essential to check if no show socks work with the typical style of shoes that you wear every day.
Different fits work better with individual shoe types, and we have more information about this below.
Even though they are called ‘no show socks’, some sizes can still be slightly visible when wearing shoes such as your loafers or ballet flats if you don’t purchase the correct fit.
So it is essential to think about how the style of socks would work with the type of shoes you wear every day.
When it comes to any garment, you get what you pay for.
No show socks are available in various styles and at different quality levels, with something on offer for every budget.
The affordability of no-show socks is usually determined by the material of the socks and the brand. Socks made out of modal or cashmere are on the pricier side while those made out of cotton or polyester are more affordable.
Do They Slip?
One of the biggest factors that affect the overall experience of no show socks is their slippage.
If the socks slip down when you’re wearing them, you’ll have to keep taking off your shoes and on continuously to adjust your socks back into place.
Thankfully, we have a few tips for you to keep in mind to find the perfect pair of no-show socks that won’t slip while you’re wearing them.
How To Keep No Show Socks From Slipping Off the Heels
Check The Silicone Grips
The silicone grips are usually found at the heel of the socks, allowing the material to grip better to your feet.
Silicone grips are essential for preventing no-show socks from slipping down your feet and the better the silicone grips are, the easier it will be for your socks to stay in place.
Keep The Silicone Grips Dry And Clean
Several factors can impact the efficacy of the silicone grip on socks.
It is vital to keep the silicone grips dry and clean because if dust or hair gets stuck on them, the grips will become less effective and your socks will start slipping off.
Normal wear and tear, such as your body’s natural oils and water can impact the silicone grips. To return the silicone grips to their original condition, you can clean them with an alcohol swab or baby wipes to help remove dust or oil from the fabric.
Find The Right Fabric And Coverage For Your Shoe Type
There are different types of no show socks that work best for different styles of shoes.
For dressier shoes, such as penny loafers, it is better to wear a thinner sock with a smooth fabric as it will reduce friction points and prevent slippage. For casual shoes, like low top sneakers, it is better to invest in more durable socks that can last through daily wear.
While it is important for the socks not to show, socks that provide very low coverage tend to slip down more as there’s less fabric to cling onto your feet. Also, your no show socks can bunch up underneath your feet if they are too small for the type of shoe that you’re wearing. For example, we suggest not wearing this style of socks with boots as they are likely to slip and gather in your shoe.
This is why choosing the right size of no-shoe sock matters because you need to find a fit that is small enough to not show through your shoes, while not being so small that they slip throughout the day.
Hack For No Show Socks
This hack for no show socks was shared by the online clothing retailer ASOS specifically for those who do not own a pair of no-show socks and don’t want to invest in a pair just yet:
- All you have to do is to stretch your socks and fold them back under your foot.
- When pulling your socks down, take the extra part of the sock that’s dangling, and wrap it down under your foot.
- Then hook it behind your heel.
Some people may choose to use this hack instead of buying a pair of no-show socks, especially if they want to experiment with the style without purchasing a pair of no show socks.
However, we do recommend that everyone should invest in a pair of no-show socks as a practical piece that you can wear every day. No show socks can be worn when you’re at home and not wearing shoes.
If you don’t typically wear socks and you are trying to improve the condition of your feet, then we suggest trying out a pair of no show socks.
What do you think? Are no show socks a must-have for your wardrobe?