Are you looking for the best no show socks money can buy in 2020? Look no further. You're in the right place!
No show socks are a must have for summer. They let you show some ankle and get that carefree “sockless” look without actually going barefoot.
I've been wearing no show socks regularly since 2014, and every year I try to find the best pair available.
You can use the table below to see all of the best no show socks brands for 2020, including the three I review in more detail below.
|Brand||Sizes||Price Per Pair||Notes|
|Falke||S, M, L||$18-20||Brock's favorite no show socks|
|Stomper Joe||S, M, L, XL||$10-14||Good for the price, but not the highest quality|
|Stance||S, L||$9-18||Some styles aren't totally invisible; high quality and durable|
|Sheec||7-16||$10-22||Thin, silky material compared to normal cotton socks|
|Ninja Sox||S, M, L||$6||Amazing socks for the price; won't slip off your feet|
|Mack Weldon||One size||$8||Extremely popular option for many style bloggers and YouTubers|
|Smartwool||M, L, XL,||$14||Available through Amazon Prime, which means free 2-day shipping and returns|
|Uniqlo||One size||$3.90||One of the cheapest options|
|Bombas||M, L, XL||$12||The Internet's favorite no show sock; lower price for multipacks|
|Darn Tough||M, L, XL||$14||Not cheap but extremely durable|
|Necessary Anywhere||One size||$12||The Sockateur's #1 pick for 2019|
|Lululemon No Sock Sock||M/L, L/XL||$14||A Men's Health top pick for 2019; very low cut|
|Gap No Show Socks||One size||$6-8||Highly rated option for anyone on a budget|
Why wear no show socks?
We all want to go sockless when it's hot out. It's a laid back, cool look, and it feels refreshing.
With some shoes and in some climates, your feet will start sweating, blisters start forming and your feet start to smell.
But this is just treating the symptoms. The underlying problem is having your bare foot inside a canvas or leather shoe for hours at a time.
Even if your feet are immaculate and your shoes are pristine, going sockless leads to sweat and odor.
Plus, let's be honest: no matter how many times you see some model going sockless in double monks for a GQ photoshoot, wearing shoes without socks is often very uncomfortable.
It can even be painful and bad for your skin.
What NOT to do…
So what's the stylish man to do when the weather turns hot? Wear socks, of course! But not just any old socks. You don't want to look like this:
Instead, you'll want to wear no show socks. Also called loafer socks, they provide just enough coverage for your feet without being seen above your shoe line.
Unfortunately, the majority of no show socks leave something to be desired. They usually end up slipping off of your feet after just a few minutes of walking around.
Or they come up too high, which kind of defeats the purpose.
There are, however, some solid sockless solutions out there, and I've taken it upon myself to hunt them down and test them out.
The Best No Show Socks for Men
I did hundreds of minutes of research to identify the best no show socks on the market. Then I bought a pair of each and wore them around for a few weeks.
Keep in mind, I looked at TONS of socks – way more than these four brands. I even looked at some non-sock options.
I also bought some Pedag washable insoles, but they started slipping and bunching in my shoe after a few hours of wear, so they didn't make the cut.
There were several other brands that actually looked promising, but they only sold “one size fits all” socks. I wear a size 7 (US) shoe, and one-size socks are almost always too big.
So for this competition, any sock companies that only make one size were automatically disqualified. How am I supposed to evaluate socks that don't even fit?
With that in mind, this was my criteria for brands that made the cut:
- No show (no ankle socks allowed)
- Available in smaller sizes (no one size fits all)
- Sold online (no leaving my apartment)
Each brand was evaluated on:
- Effectiveness (comfort, invisibility, slippage, etc.)
- Durability (integrity after multiple wearings and washes)
- Value (quality for price)
Using the scientific method and complex statistical analysis, I was able to form some very clear conclusions and recommendations for you.
Excited yet? Let's do this!
Falke Step Invisible Socks
Price = $11-16 per pair
These are my favorite no show socks. They're super thin, but they never slip off my foot. Plus, they've held up wonderfully through many washer cycles.
But they're the best no show socks I could find, period. They're durable, which means they keep their shape after multiple wears and washes.
They're comfortable, and they stay on your feet throughout the day with the help of built in rubber heel grips.
Plus, even though most no show socks are slightly visible beyond your shoe line, these Falke socks are virtually invisible.
You get buy them right here.
Stomper Joe No Show Socks
Price = $10 for 3 pairs
These are my top recommendation for ultra cheap no show socks, especially if you need smaller sizes. They do stretch out more than the Falke socks, but they're way cheaper, so you get what you pay for.
I found these on Amazon selling at $10 for three pairs, which is really cheap. Needless to say, I expected them to suck.
But they didn't! They're almost invisible (not quite as invisible as Falke). They stay on pretty well, as they also have the heel grips built in.
I should mention that they did feel a bit loose with certain shoes, but they never actually slipped off of my feet.
My Stomper Joe socks have held up after multiple washes, but they haven't kept their shape as well as the more expensive options.
But, for the price, you can't beat them. If you're working with a limited sock budget, Stomper Joe is for you.
Buy them right here.
Stance No Show Socks
Price = $8-10 per pair
These have held up nicely because they're pretty thick/durable. Because they're not as low cut as other loafer socks, I only wear them with certain shoes.
They're great if you want to wear higher cut sneakers (think New Balance tennis shoes) but still go “sockless”.
I've heard great things about Stance, so my expectations were high. My only problem with these socks is that they're visible in lower cut shoes (like boat shoes and loafers).
Don't get me wrong – these are way better than regular ankle socks, but I'd prefer a true no show sock.
That said, they are durable and comfortable. They're thicker than the other loafer socks I tried, which is great if your shoes are kind of loose, and they keep their shape after multiple washes.
Ninja Sox 4.0
Price = $4 per pair
I honestly don't know why Ninja Sox have less than perfect reviews on Amazon. They're my favorite no show sock for anyone on a budget.
Thicker and more durable than Stomper Joe, but more affordable than Falke, these check all the right boxes.
These are my go to for almost any type of shoe, unless I want something ultra thin (like if the shoe is a bit tight on my foot). In that case, I'll go with Falke.
You can buy Ninja Sox right here.
If you're still with me, congrats: you now know exactly where to buy the best no show socks money can buy in 2019!
If you skipped to the end, you missed a great read and lots of laughs, but hey…no hard feelings.
Did I miss any of your favorite brands? Let me know in the comments section below!