Summer is here, which means it’s finally time to say goodbye to those overly thick, heavy winter socks.
Ditch those woolen calf-high monstrosities (which are game-changing when there’s snow out), and make the transition to the sleek, sports-friendly socks you love for when the weather heats up your feet.
No-show socks have become extremely popular in the last few years, thanks to their minimalist design. They’re ultra-light, totally invisible for anyone who likes the “barefoot” look, and hyper-stylish. They work well with many shoe styles including casual sneakers, oxfords, boat shoes and loafers and are by far the safest bet when choosing a sock to pair with shorts.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top no-show socks you can wear to stay cool and sporty this summer.
I’m a huge fan of Merino wool clothing, not only because of their cloud-like softness, but also for how versatile and durable they are. These Tracksmith socks combine tough-as-nails Merino wool with elastane and polyamide, making for a truly sports-friendly sock. You can sweat for hours in these bad boys and still end your day with dry, comfortable feet, thanks to the pique mesh on the top of the foot. They’re breathable, low-volume, and wonderfully lightweight—you won’t even feel them. And don’t worry that they’ll slip off; thanks to the back tab, your socks will never slouch or slide down.
These extremely popular unisex socks are light, slim, and super comfortable, thanks to the combination of polyester, nylon, and spandex used in their fabrication. They have just a hint of cushioning on the bottom of your foot and the back of your ankle, perfect for reducing impact as you run and jump this summer. The “Drynamix” synthetic blend fabric is both moisture-wicking and quick-drying, and the reinforced microfiber mesh ventilation helps to keep your feet cool no matter how hot the day is. Thanks to the heel tab and extra-deep heel pocket, your socks will never slide down your feet, but stay securely in place through any activity.
Light, minimalistic, and cushioned enough to keep your feet comfortable? Yes, please! These socks use a blend of cotton, nylon, and elastane that is both super soft and just stretchy enough that they slide onto even big/wide feet with ease. No bunching, squeezing, or tearing—just solidly built, friction-free comfort that you can wear with any outfit and every occasion.
This 2-pack will be just what you need to get you through the summer in style and comfort. These take lightweight, breathable cotton and blend them with just a hint of durable nylon and enough Spandex to allow them to stretch and flex when on your feet. Run, jump, and play around in these bad boys with the full confidence they’re built to keep up with your daily activity. The cushioned footbed keeps them from sliding around (or off) and offers a bit of impact-reduction for athletes and runners, while the seamless construction means you’ll never have to worry about chafing or ripping. They’re low-profile perfection that you’ll love wearing for any sport or training session.
Lululemon builds clothes for training, comfort, and style, so it’s no surprise that their no-show socks ended up on this list. This 3-pack is designed specifically for athletes who train hard, run far, and need footwear that can keep up. The 3D-knit dual-yarn “Performaheel” is stretchy and offers wonderful cushioning, all while fitting your feet to perfection. The active grip heel tab ensures the socks never slide around or slip off, and the 360-degree arch support helps to combat foot pain and fatigue. No matter how hard you sweat, you can stay cool and comfy in these socks all day long.
Nike knows a thing or two about the struggles of athletes, which is why they released these socks specifically for the most active marathon runners, triathletes, and CrossFitters. Made from a blend of cotton, polyester, nylon, and elastane, they’re tough as nails but soft as cotton candy, and designed to fit your feet snugly even after hours of training. Plus, Nike’s DriFIT Technology wicks moisture away from your feet and keeps you dry. You’ll love the cushioning built into the forefoot of the socks, adding just that little bit of extra spring into your step.
When these socks say they “never fall down”, boy do they mean it! You can wear them while running, gardening, walking, or hiking through the mountains, and they’ll stay firmly in place. They’re low-profile, lightweight socks that are designed to provide maximum coverage for your feet while still being invisible, a great-looking pair of socks you’ll only ever get to show off once you remove your shoes. You’ll love the wide range of colors and patterns they come in, or just go with the classic black, white, or grey. For the price, you won’t find many better for all-day comfort.
Smartwool has done some pretty impressive things blending Merino wool with nylon and elastane, producing a casual activity-friendly sock guaranteed to last for years of regular use. They weigh virtually nothing, have just enough cushion that they’ll feel comfortable without annoying you, and are so breathable your feet will stay cool and dry all day long. They’re not exactly hard-wearing—you may find they fray or wear out if you take them hiking or running—but for strolling around town or wearing to work, you’ll find few better.
Adidas is a name we all know and love, a brand dedicated to producing quality athletic apparel and footwear. So of course their no-show socks are great for athletes, runners, and outdoorsmen who need clothing tough enough to keep up with their vigorous activity. Made from a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex, these socks have excellent elasticity and breathability while still being durable. You’ll almost forget you’re wearing them, but the targeted cushion zones incorporated into the toe and heel will ensure maximum comfort for any sport.
If you’re wearing slip-on Vans, you’re going to need this 3-pack of no-show socks to pair with it. They’re designed specifically for Vans’ line of slip-on shoes (ultra-popular among skaters), and they’ll stay fully hidden underneath your low-profile shoes to give you that “barefoot athlete” look that is so popular among the crowd hanging out at the local skate park. Made from a blend of cotton and nylon, they’re tough enough to keep up with a hard day of grinding and kick-flips, but the thin-walled weave ensures they stay breathable. Be warned, though: sizes run a bit large, which may lead to bunching in the heel. However, Vans’ customer service makes exchanging for the right size a breeze, and it’s well worth the effort to end up with a pair of quality, ultra-comfortable socks perfect for any skateboarder or non-skater.
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