The Best No-Show Socks Will Save Your Feet—and Your Shoes—This Summer

Photo of Lululemon; art treatment by Elaine Chung.

Remember a while back—we’re talking #menswear-era, here—when seemingly every guy on the planet decided every other guy on the planet needed to see his ankles? It was the dawn of the sockless look, and it was, at least at first, a bit masochistic. Do you have any idea how many dudes just straight up destroyed their feet by shoving them, entirely unclothed, into brand new Aldens? Amateur hour. The real heads know: No-show socks are the only way to go “sockless” when the weather heats up.

Yeah, I’m talking about those low-cut socks that look absolutely ridiculous on their own but disappear entirely under a pair of lace-ups or sneakers. Some folks call ’em loafer socks, because the lowest-profile versions of them are cut so that they’re invisible even under your Weejuns. Others (we’ll call them “no-show running socks”) can’t pull that particular parlor trick, hitting a little higher on the foot to protect from abrasion while leaving your ankles blissfully free to feel the breeze as you put in your miles. All of them are an essential if you’re planning to ditch the crew socks and bare a little shin this summer.

Best of all, today’s versions are even better than the ones you hunted down all those years ago. They’ve got high-end technical fabrics and grippy bits on the interior so they won’t slip down your heels. They’ve got the kind of smart construction that keeps them snug at the midfoot, so they’ll support your foot while protecting your shoes from sweat (which, by the way, is absolute murder on footwear, especially anything made of leather). They’ve even got features like extra-light knitted panels at the top of the foot and extra padding below, so you’re free of unnecessary bulk while staying comfortable all day long. Go ahead and stock up. The world deserves to see those ankles, and your feet deserve a little kindness. Best of both worlds.

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Low-Cut Socks

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$4.90

Even if no one else is going to see them, a little pattern and color are a nice treat for you and you alone. Plus, at this price—along with a discount when you buy three pairs—you can fill your whole sock drawer without blowing your budget.

Invisible No-Show Liner Socks (4-Pack)

Fruit of the Loom amazon.com

$8.99

Speaking of “stocking up” options, Fruit of the Loom makes a super-light liner sock at a price that just cannot be beat.

No-Show Socks (6-Pack)

Closemate amazon.com

$12.99

Two each of all the truly classic colors: white, black, and good ol’ heather gray. 

Performance No-Show Socks (6-Pack)

Saucony amazon.com

$13.99

Cut a little higher, but still low-profile enough to count as a no-show, Saucony’s performance sock design is perfect for running a few miles—or just to the coffee shop down the block.

Essentials No-Show Sock

Rhone rhone.com

$14.00

Rhone’s speciality is gear that works as well for everyday hanging as it does for a workout. These socks certainly fit the bill.

No-Show Socks (2-Pack)

Gap gap.com

$15.95

Classic clothing without any bells and whistles? Stuff that just works and works well? Yep, gotta be the Gap. 

Loafer Socks (2-Pack)

Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com

$16.50

The ribbed bit at the middle ensures these won’t bunch up and slip down. Wear ’em all day.

2-Pack Everyday No-Show Sock

Mack Weldon mackweldon.com

$18.00

Speaking of “all-day” socks: Mack Weldon makes them in a two-pack and decks them out with the kind of zany designs that are perfect for a no-show (i.e., you can see them, but others don’t have to).

Gamut 2 No-Show Socks (3-Pack)

Stance endclothing.com

$25.00

Stance makes some of the most comfortable socks on the market. The brand’s no-shows are no exception.

No-Show Extra-Low Socks (3-Pack)

Nice Laundry nicelaundry.com

$29.00

Ditto that for Nice Laundry, which has built its entire business on easygoing essentials that don’t look like performance wear but feel like it nonetheless. 

Three-Pack Mélange Cotton-Blend No-Show Socks

ANONYMOUS ISM mrporter.com

$55.00

Ready to make the jump to no-show socks with a little something extra? Anonymous Ism, Japanese purveyor of all kinds of cool socks, brings its slightly gorp-y vibes to a trio of mélange socks that look so good it’s almost a pity to hide them under your shoes. Almost.

Daily Stride No-Show Socks (3-Pack)

Lululemon lululemon.com

$38.00

Seamless toe construction isn’t the only thing that’ll keep your feet happy in Lululemon’s no-shows. The brand also built these with an interior grippy bit, so they won’t slide down under your heels in the middle of the day.

No-Show Stretch-Knit Socks (3-Pack)

Mr P. mrporter.com

$50.00

Mr Porter’s in-house label specializes in crafting low-key, high-end items that feel like luxury products but cost a lot less than their contemporaries. Like, for instance, this three-pack of no-show socks.

Cool Kick Stretch-Knit No-Show Socks (3-Pack)

FALKE mrporter.com

$60.00

You want to be a cool kid? Start with a cool kick. (I’m sorry. I really am. These are great socks. Just know that.)

Invisible Touch Pima Cotton-Blend No-Show Socks (5-Pack)

Marcoliani mrporter.com

$95.00

Go ahead and treat yourself.

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Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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