Modern fashion requires modern sock solutions. From stylish flats to heels for all-day wear, many shoe designs require a no-show sock to retain a sleek silhouette. On the athletic side, the popularity of calf-length workout gear and running shorts makes no-show athletic socks the perfect option. Concealed socks help avoid fashion clashes and the slipping down of a longer sock into the shoe as the workout or day progresses. The best no-show socks for fashion footwear are designed for specific shoe types, such as the flat or an oxford. The sock shape typically mimics the outline of the shoe and avoids peeking out for the most common styles. Different brands utilize different material blends. However, all share a common goal of keeping the feet and toes dry, comfortable and supported in a variety of shoes.
Flats are the 21st century’s answer to the ubiquity of women’s high heels in decades past. Dressy and easy on the foot, the flat is a classic. However, it presents a challenge to standard sock cuts that cover the entire top of the foot. Enter Cariloha no-show socks. With a cut perfectly designed to nestle into a flat shoe and slight padding, Cariloha bamboo-blend socks also add a slight silicone grip in the heel to keep the flat on all day long. The bamboo fabric is moisture-wicking to reduce odor and skin irritation from the shoe. Cariloha socks cost $10 at the Cariloha website and are available in both white and black. They ship in a small/medium or large/XL size. The socks also cost $10 on Amazon and are eligible for free shipping through prime or on orders of $25 or more.
Bombas no-show socks rely on a merino wool blend to provide natural moisture-wicking ability for athletes and fashionistas alike. Wool is a soft fabric and breathes easily, making Bombas an ideal option for all-day wear with certain flat designs, Converse-style sneakers and many dress shoes. Heel grips and a seamless toe help the sock stay put while not adding the potential discomfort of a toe seam in a fitted shoe. Available in multiple colors, Bombas women’s lightweight merino wool no-show socks cost $14 direct from the company. A four-pack of various colors is available for a 5% savings at $53.20. Upgrade to an eight-pack of all colors for $100.80 and save 10%. The brand also offers low-profile ankle socks with the same construction to slide into athletic shoes. Men’s Bombas no-show socks start at $12 for one pair, $45.60 for a four pack and $122.40 for all twelve color variations.
Mack Weldon brands itself as reinventing men’s basics and provides a no-show sock ready for layering in sneakers. The Mack Weldon no-shows are a slightly thicker sock featuring a blend of 85% cotton, 10% spandex and 4% nylon. The added thickness makes the sock a better option for athletic shoes and can help fill out a pair of canvas kicks. A seamless foot and the added comfort provided by more padding make the socks ideal for all-day wear. A variety of patterns and solids are available in two sizes — small/medium and large/XL. A two-pack of everyday no-show socks cost $16.50. Orders of $50 or more ship for free, and the Mack Weldon website allows for free returns.