A little over a year ago, I wrote about going sockless and my disdain for “footies”, a.k.a. no-show socks. I really didn’t like them before, but have since changed my mind… sorta.
Wearing leather shoes (loafers, boat shoes, or driving shoes) with shorts and regular white athletic socks—even the low-cut version—just doesn’t work. Don’t even try it.
At the same time, sweating profusely in your shoes sucks. It ruins your shoes, and in most cases, doesn’t smell very pleasant.
I’ll get to examples of the no-show socks I don’t like, but first…
A version I do like
Editor’s note, 6/5/2015: There are plenty of options for no-shows nowadays. A few of my favorites:
- Low cut socks from Uniqlo (these may or may not be truly no-show, depending on your shoes)
- No-show socks from Taft (they claim these will never slip)
- No-show socks from Lorenzo Uomo via Nordstrom
- No-show socks from Cole Haan via Nordstrom
- No-show socks (No-See-Ums) from Pact
Why do I like them? They’re a true no-show (can’t see them when I wear loafers), they’re a thicker cotton, and they don’t look like women’s stockings.
A better alternative
One thing I must mention: I have a hard time keeping these socks on my feet. Sometimes, I’m lucky, but for the most part, many of them tend to slip off within minutes of walking out the door.
This may depend on the type of shoe (a looser loafer = more potential for sock slippage, vs. a laced brogue that’s secure on your foot).
To completely avoid all that, I started wearing these washable insoles from a brand called Pedag. I wear them a few times and then throw them in the wash.
When I’m using these, I never have to worry about the heels of my no-show socks slipping off, which is super uncomfortable by the way, if you’ve never experienced it.
I still own several pairs of no-show socks, and I do wear them from time to time, but the more I use these insoles, the harder it is to go back.
Check out the Pedag washable insoles here.
A version I don’t like
Why don’t I like them? They remind me of women’s hosiery. On top of that, they don’t seem too absorbent since they’re so thin. I never gave them a chance, and if they were still the only option out there, I’d much rather go sockless.
They all differ
Try them on first if possible; at the very least, recognize that not all no-show sock silhouettes are the same.
For example, I first bought a pair of Lorenzo Uomo No-Show socks, but they’re not cut as low as the ones I mentioned above. They’d work great for a blucher, but not so great for driving shoes, unless you don’t care about a bit of color peeking out. If I’m going low-cut, I want it to be completely invisible, but that’s just me.
I saw these Cole Haan no-show socks in the store as well, but I couldn’t tell if they would be completely no-show. You can see that the silhouette looks a bit taller at the top of the sock than the Pact ones I purchased.
Try out some of the options I listed above, under “A version I do like”, and see what works best for you.
Some benefits, in case they’re not completely obvious
You get the sockless look without the swamp foot. Sweaty feet + leather shoes feel gross. White athletic socks + leather shoes look gross. No-show socks help solve both these issues.
These socks grip your heel. Literally. There are little rubber grips on the socks’ heels so they don’t slide off into your shoe when you walk. Sometimes it still happens, but for the most part, this holds up well.
Comes in great patterns and colors! Like I mentioned, when I first started seeing no-show socks on shelves, they all resembled women’s stockings. Not cool. Now you can find awesome no-show socks in a thicker cotton and adorned with color and pattern like the regular cotton socks I always recommend.
Just a quick tip to keep your feet dry this summer. It’s already starting to warm up in my end of the world; hopefully the sun is shining where you are as well.
Have you stumbled upon any other great no-show socks? Are they truly invisible when you put on your shoes? Let’s hear it in the comments below.
[photo via Nordstrom]