When you think of Darn Toughs, you probably first imagine a humble hiking sock. Something reliable, cushioned, and micro crew height. We’re proud of that claim to fame, but we want to take a moment to sing the praises of the Micro Crew’s under-appreciated sibling.
Meet the No Show sock. Our go-to in the spring and summer, on a run, hiding beneath a stylish sneaker or loafer, or sauntering around a golf course (golfers saunter, and you know it). Hopefully it goes without saying that although the No Show is minimal, it still has our trademark Merino Wool for the comfort, quality, and protection you know and love.
We’re going to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re still not quite sold on no show socks. Maybe you’re thinking about how your hiker sock actually looks kinda cool with Birkenstocks. So we’ll state our case.
Are you unsure how to wear them? Afraid of what will happen if your ankles see sunlight? Enjoy this informative photo story for all your reassurance and inspo needs on how to wear no show socks.
What Makes a No Show Sock?
Of Darn Tough’s nine sock heights, this is our lowest-profile footwear. The No Show is unassuming, sleek, and as classic as they come. They’re all made with a breathable, lightweight rib knit that’s so comfortable, you’ll forget it’s down there until the end of the day. No matter how low they go, they’re engineered to never slip or dig in.
And not to overwhelm you, but even within the No Show genus, we have four distinct species. The No Show Tab Running Sock has a chafe-proof cuff for easy application. And those as low-riding as the Garden Party Sock are identified by their silicone-free grip strip for immovable and undetectable support.
The Big Four
From tallest to shortest, we have:
- No Show Tab - For an ergonomic feel.
- No Show (no tab) - For those who like a sleek design.
- No Show Hidden - Comfortable and completely hidden in almost all footwear.
- No Show Invisible - As low as they go. No one will ever suspect a thing.
When Should You Wear No Show Socks?
To show or not to show. Sure, there are better options when you get into activities like skiing or snowboarding, but it’s hard to think of many other instances where the No Show wouldn’t come in clutch. Trail running, street running, casual walkabouts, going out on the town, with Vans, tennis shoes, loafers, boat shoes, and even Crocs...
We know what you’re thinking. Why wouldn’t I just go barefoot? To that we say, if you can add a naturally odor resistant layer, why wouldn’t you? (Don’t even get us started on the infamous top-sheet debate.)
A common misconception is that some shoes demand going without socks. This is rarely the case, and arguably never when a closed toe is involved. If you’re currently a barefooter, try donning a No Show. We guarantee your friends and loved ones will thank you when you slip off your shoes at the end of the day.
The Bottom Line
When in doubt, sock up. Show off those ankles — life is short. And when you want to be discreet, go for the No Show.