The “socks vs. no-socks” feud is one that seems destined to rage on as long as the one between the Hatfields and the McCoys. No matter what’s going on with trouser silhouettes — skinny leg, wide leg, shorter break, broken break, cuffed, shorts of all lengths — some guys are gonna want to wear a sock either for functionality, a splash of color, or an expression of personality. Some guys, on the other hand, just like that “toes-gone-commando” feeling … or maybe they want to show off their perfectly toned and tanned ankles. While we support both camps here, we do worry about the long-term health (and the stink factor) of shoes worn without socks.
We have one friend who swears that he always wears high-quality leather shoes sans socks and has no problems. But for the rest of us — with our fetid feet, stinky sneakers, noxious oxfords, and loathsome loafers — wearing a pair of no-show socks can not only dramatically extend the life of shoes that are otherwise destined for the dustbin, but they can also offer a bit of pampering to our soft soles. Read on for some suggestions for the best no-show socks for men in 2020.
Mack Weldon Stealth Sock Two-Pack
Mack Weldon is a favorite go-to for underwear, socks, sweats … well, just about everything the brand makes because they know how to fuse the latest in tech with reliable luxury. Here, the Stealth Sock maintains our requirement of an extra-low profile, while including X-Static silver to naturally control foot odor, as well as yummy Pima cotton for a touch of luxury. Mesh zones are knit into the sock for increased breathability, and there’s a cushioned footbed for extra comfort.
J.M. Dickens The No Show Solid Sock
J. M. Dickens is brought to us by, who else, the British Apparel Collection, importing these socks to the United States directly from London. A luxurious blend of Peruvian cotton and a nylon-spandex combo for wear and stretch, these no-shows come in seven colors so you can coordinate them to your perfectly tailored Savile Row outfit or with the chinos you plucked out of the laundry basket this morning.
Smartwool Curated Compilation No Show Socks
Add a little sass to your hidden socks with this brightly patterned pair from Smartwool. Best of all, because of a unique printing process, each sock’s pattern varies, providing a little bit of extra personality. They’re a made-in-USA blend of naturally wicking merino wool with nylon, elastane (for stretch), and polyester. Smartwool’s Virtually Seamless toe design adds extra comfort and an internal silicone gripper keeps socks in place.
Lululemon No Sock Sock
You know Lululemon knows how to handle it when you sweat. These no-shows offer that no-sock look while saving your shoes with sweat-wicking yarns that keep feet dry. They’re perfect to slip on for the office, traveling, or commuting, offering mesh construction to help feet breathe and an interior grip to keep ‘em in place. Special seamless construction at the toe helps keep them from bunching up in your shoes, too.
Feetures Hidden Colorblock
While you could keep things conservative with Feetures charcoal or denim colorways, we like the little shock of lime from this pair. Beyond great hues, Heel Hugger technology keeps socks from slipping and synthetic iWICK fibers handle moisture management for all-season comfort and durability. The sock even provides targeted compression areas to ensure support and performance.
Richer Poorer Walden No Show Socks
These gnarly, marled socks from Richer Poorer offer just a bit of ribbed texture for extra comfort while staying light as a feather — you’ll barely know you have them on. A double cylinder knit construction makes the pattern complex, while allowing room for stretch. They’re mostly combed cotton and include a silicone heel grip.
FITS Invisible Sock
FITS proprietary knitting process builds its Heel Lock in from the ground up, preventing heel slippage without the need for a silicon grip. The sock is fully knitted, featuring seamless one-piece construction; including its Dynamic Toe Cup that allows toes to wiggle without tugging the rest of the sock. Made in the United States, the Invisible also includes super-soft Supima cotton. Be sure to check out the brand’s size guide to ensure a perfect fit.
Stance Gamut 2 No Show Socks
The Gamut 2 is now available in nine outstanding colors and features a super comfy terry loop construction — like a little towel for your toes — in the toe and front area of the sock. It also features super-light cushioning and arch support for added comfort.
Pair of Thieves Prism Cushion No Show Socks
Available in seven fun color combos, Pair of Thieves mostly solid sock is minimalistic without being boring. The Prism Collection is made from a breathable cotton/nylon combination, including four-way stretch, a reinforced toe and heel, and sport cushioning for comfort.
Uniqlo Low-Cut Socks
The very definition of Japanese simplicity, these no-shows from Uniqlo come in seven colors and you can get three pair for 10 bucks. They’re 100% cotton with a self-deodorizing feature, anti-slip grips, and contoured, wide-heel construction for a snug fit. The brand also makes available a version with a bit more pile for comfort, as well as several others that come up a bit higher on the foot if you’re not comfortable going (almost) completely naked.
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