No Show Showdown: The Best No Show Socks for Men

The Best Men's No Show Socks

The Best Men's No Show Socks

The “sockless” look is an absolute essential for summer style. Every guy has heard to never wear socks with sandals, but most don't realize that a similar rule carries over to other types of footwear too. While certainly looser than the absolute sandal rule, rocking the sockless look in summer creates a cleaner style. But not wearing socks with shoes like sneakers, boat shoes, and loafers comes with a whole host of problems.First and foremost, men's no show socks, also known as boat shoe socks or sock liners, act as climate control for your feet. Walking around in 90 degrees in closed toe shoes is a recipe for sweat, and even if you put cedar shoe trees in your shoes after each wear, you're never going to win the war against sweat funk. Not only is it embarrassing if you were to go somewhere that you have to remove your shoes, releasing a noxious chemical weapon upon your unsuspecting friends, but if left completely unchecked, the sweaty odor on the inside of the shoes will be detectable even while you're wearing them.

That's why opting to wear no show socks is so important in the swamp months. They help control sweat and reduce odor.

But the whole point of no show socks is that they're “no show”. That's why we picked 6 common pairs of no show socks from Target, Gap, Amazon, Uniqlo, and more, and tested them in 6 essential summer shoes to see if they actually are “no show”. Use this guide to determine which brand works for your shoe preferences.

The shoes used to test are, from left to right:
Sperry Topsider
Sebago Driving Moc
Sebago Camp Moc Blucher
Adidas Stan Smith
Vans Lo Pro (Similar)
Florsheim Berkley Loafer

Men No show socks rubber heel

All of these men's no show socks include some form of rubberized heel to prevent the sock from slipping around inside the shoe.

Uniqlo Low Cut Socks

Uniqlo Low Cut Socks

Uniqlo, $3.30
★★★☆☆☆
Uniqlo no show socks


Gap No Show Socks

Gap No Show Socks

Gap, $8
★★★★☆☆

Gap No Show Socks


Sheec no show socks

Sheec No Show Socks

Amazon, 3 for $18
★★★☆☆☆

Sheec no show socks review


Jays no show barely there socks review

Jays Barely There

Amazon, 3 for $13
★★☆☆☆☆

Sheec no show socks review


Target Merona No Show Sock Liners Review

Merona Liners

Target, 2 for $6
★☆☆☆☆☆

Target liners no show socks review


Rltd No Show Socks Review

Related Garments No Show Socks

Related Garments, Pack of No show socks, boxer briefs, and crew socks, $29
★★★★☆☆

Target liners no show socks review

Do you have a favorite brand of no show socks? Keep the list going in the comments!

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