Are you looking for the best no show socks money can buy in 2021? 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 2021, including the five that I’ll review in more detail below.
|Brand||Sizes||Price Per Pair||Notes|
|Falke||S, M, L||$11-16||My favorite no show socks; premium pricing|
|Invisasox||7-14||$5.60||My top pick for more affordable no show socks|
|Sheec Active SoleHugger||S, L||$2.75||My top budget pick, these are high quality and low profile|
|Sheec Secret 2.0||S, M, L||$11||Thin, silky material compared to normal cotton socks; super low profile|
|Smartwool||M, L, XL||$14||Available through Amazon Prime, which means free 2-day shipping and returns|
|Stance||S, L||$9-18||Some styles aren't totally invisible; high quality and durable|
|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|
|Lululemon No Sock Sock||M/L, L/XL||$14||A Men's Health top pick for 2019; very low cut|
|Ninja Sox||S, M, L||$6||Great socks for the price; won't slip off your feet; thicker than other brands|
|Mack Weldon||One size||$8||Extremely popular option for many style bloggers and YouTubers|
|Uniqlo||One size||$3.90||One of the cheapest options|
|Necessary Anywhere||One size||$12||The Sockateur's #1 pick for 2019|
|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 barefoot inside a canvas or leather shoe for hours at a time.
Even if your feet are immaculate and your shoes are pristine, going sockless can lead 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 photo shoot, 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 or shoe liners, 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
When I originally published this article a few years ago, and I update it every year to include new brands and remove any that have been dethroned (or whose quality decreased).
I’ve even looked at some non-sock options. For example, some people love these Pedag washable insoles, but for me they started slipping and bunching in my shoe after a few hours of wear.
This is my criteria for brands that make the “best in show” list:
- No show (no ankle socks allowed)
- Available in smaller sizes (no one size fits all)
- Sold online (no leaving my apartment)
Each brand is 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 Invisible Step Socks
Price per Pair = $11-16
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.
These bad boys aren’t cheap. You can find them from $11-16 per pair on Amazon, which is expensive for a pair of socks.
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.
Sheec No Show Socks
Price per Pair = $2.75-11
These are my top recommendation for affordable no show socks, especially if you need smaller sizes.
They’re both great, and the
That said, I prefer the Secret 2.0 model for its extra features, including non-slip silicone grips on the heel and toe.
These are right up there with Falke, in terms of quality and profile.
If you hate feeling the seams of your socks around your feet, you’ll love these Sheec Secret 2.0 socks.
Of course, the Active SoleHugger (which feels more like a traditional no show sock) is a great choice too.
Price per Pair = $5.60
Invisasox aren’t as high quality as Falke or Sheec, but they’re more affordable and available in a wider variety of sizes (shoe size 7-14 US).
Plus, they’re guaranteed to last for at least one year of regular wear, which is awesome.
Made from a spandex/cotton blend, these are very stretchy and very thin.
They’re also available in a range of practical colors that will match whatever shoe you’re wearing.
I love this because it helps to blend your sock and shoe, which enhances the “invisible” effect.
Like the other no shows on this list,
Stance No Show Socks
Price per Pair = $6-8
I wanted to include these Stance no shows because they’re very durable and comfortable, as they’re thicker than most no show socks I’ve tried.
But keep in mind, because they’re not as low cut as other brands, I can only wear them with certain shoes.
They’re great if you want to wear higher cut
But they’re definitely visible in lower cut shoes, like boat shoes, loafers and some types of
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 per Pair = $5-6
Ninja Sox are similar to Stance in that they’re thicker than other brands (like
They’re not quite as low cut as the other options on this list, but they are very comfortable and durable, and they stay on my feet all day.
They also have a bit of compression through across the arch of your foot, which is a nice detail that increases comfort.
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 2021!
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 no show sock brands? Let me know in the comments section below!