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The No-Show Socks That Actually Stay Up

Unlike all the others, they aren't trash.

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Let’s get one thing straight: I’d rather be wearing boots. I’d rather it was still chilly outside, and I’d rather still need to wear ankle- or mid-calf-high socks to keep my feet warm inside those boots, but that time of the year is over, for now. In place of boots, there are slip-ons and low-top tennis shoes and the occasional flat. And because I have been told I am not allowed to wear these shoes barefoot (because then my feet will sweat, and then they’ll stink), and because it’s usually comfier to have some sort of layer between one’s skin and one’s shoe anyway, there is only one solution: the so-called no-show sock.

Most no-show socks are trash. I know it, you know it, everyone knows it. They don’t stay on, or they do stay on, but only around your toes, and the heel part sort of folds up under your arch and flaps around all day — a bad foot feeling I would argue is worse even than having a very small pebble lodged in the depths of a lace-up, hard-to-remove shoe. A pebble can be shaken into a non-obtrusive position. A no-show sock will just sit there, languid, committed neither fully to its duty nor its escape.

However. There is one good brand of no-show sock that I have found in my years of mostly-disappointing attempts, and that is Ann Taylor Loft. Perhaps, like me, you were already a fan of the brand’s boringly chic loungewear separates, and you are now wondering (as I did!) why you didn’t think to check if the label made no-show socks earlier. I don’t know! But I do know you’ve wasted enough time on other, lesser no-show socks for too long already.

These ones stay up all day in my slip-on Vans and my Nike Free tennis shoes, too. They’re cut low enough that they’d be hidden from view inside all but the toe-cleavage-iest of flats, but high enough that they, you know, actually hug your heel. They also come in a lot of gently cutesy patterns in packs of two, and — because they’re from Loft — they are frequently on sale. Don’t suffer any more this summer than you have to: Get yourself no-show socks that actually stay up.