10 Best Invisible Socks Fully Reviewed
As runners, socks are an important part of our gear, I mean, most running shoes will require that you wear socks with them. A good pair of socks will protect your feet and fit you comfortably and securely throughout all of your runs and workouts.
The best invisible socks, on the other hand, will provide you with additional support, are moisture wicking and fast driving, and won’t peak through and be seen. If you are like me, your favorite feature about invisible socks is that you can’t see them but still get all of the benefits they have to offer.
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They don't slip and bunch up inside the shoe
No baggy areas in the fit
Our Favorite Invisible
1. ROCKAY Accelerate
They don't slip and bunch up inside the shoe
No baggy areas in the fit
Could use a few more color options
With the needs of fellow runners in mind, ROCKAY, as a new brand created a minimalistic design with optimal support, performance, durability, and of course comfort, all in a cut that is nearly invisible with many of the running shoes out there. Even Business Insider wrote about these socks!Read more
Made with moisture-wicking, durable merino wool, This new brand's premier offers a design that falls under the collar of most running shoes, yet stays put, without slipping down and bunching up inside the shoe. Even taking your shoe off doesn't take the socks with it. And on the breathability end, the Accelerate is well vented throughout.
The sock is constructed with compression zones in all of the appropriate areas, all designed to provide only the amount of compression that is needed, without overdoing it. Even though the goal is to have a sock that doesn't show, a good thing to think about is issues with blisters or rubbing around the heel.
Arch support is also included in a wraparound band and they've thrown in a mesh top for additional breathability. The Accelerate has a decently designed tab to prevent those problems as well. This sock has it all and is comfortable to boot!
These running socks are a great fit for all runners, no matter how long you have been running or if you are a beginner. Once you use these socks you will never want to go to another brand, that's how good these are.
At the end of the day, these socks are incredibly comfortable, breathable, and durable. They provide additional arch support and have padding to ensure that you stay comfortable. If you sweat excessively or easily, you will appreciate how efficient these socks are at wicking away moisture.
2. Balega Hidden Comfort
Dense cushion design with 2-needle-count fabric
Drynamix moisture-wicking fibers keep feet cool and dry
Reinforced microfiber mesh ventilation panels allow air flow to feet for added comfort
Enhanced elastane and seamless reinforced toe and heel prevent sock from falling into shoe
Pay attention to sizing when purchasing - even a half size too big could cause rubbing
Balega's Hidden Comfort sock puts everything into its name. This sock is the epitome of comfort from a dense, durable material combination to a microfiber, breathable mesh and a heel tab with elastane to keep the socks where they belong. They have truly thought of everything. Did I mention that they hand sew their seamless toe and heel enclosures so there is no rubbing and potential blisters?Read more
The Hidden Comfort is constructed with specially constructed ventilation panels that are made of microfiber and reinforced, allowing maximum airflow around the foot, keeping things cool and reducing discomfort due to sweat and slipping. Balega's proprietary wicking combination, Dynamix, is woven into the fabric throughout the sock, pulling moisture away from the foot and keeping it dry and cool.
Balega's Hidden Comfort is a more cushioned version of previous socks they have produced but that doesn't take away from the quality at all. Focusing on the sole, heel and toe area, they are reducing shock on impact as much as possible without creating a bulky sock.
The combination of breathability, cushioning, protection and support is what places the Balega Hidden Comfort at the forefront of this genre of socks. They pay extra attention to the small details, keeping the sock in the right place, providing for airflow and reducing shock impact. This is the ideal combination in a running sock.
The Balega Hidden Comfort is a thicker, more cushioned version of earlier designs. They have created a proprietary mix of wicking fibers, called Dynamix, to pull the moisture away from the foot and keep things running perfectly. With significantly less rubbing, chafing, sweating and slipping, this sock is exactly what you need for any distance and any weather.
All in all, these are some of the best socks out there in general--not some of the best invisible socks. They have topped the list for a while now and come highly recommended by many people.
Company offers a guarantee
4 different levels of cushioning to choose from
Compression arch support
Prevents odor and bacteria build up
Won’t slip around
Several colors to choose from
Sizing runs large
Not machine washable
The R-Gear drymax running socks are one of the best invisible socks available to choose from. The repeatedly are recommended by countless runners. If you want a pair of socks that will keep your feet dry and comfortable, the R-Gear drymax socks will have your back.Read more
As far as breathability goes, these running socks will keep your feet cool and dry. They are incredibly breathable thanks to their Drymax tech and their double layer of moisture-wicking fabric will ensure moisture and sweat are moved away from your feet. The outer layer of the sock is also fast drying, so you never have to worry about staying wet and uncomfortable.
When we took a look at how much support these socks have to offer, we found that they feature an arch band made of compression material. This band will optimize your blood flow and ensure that your ankle is well-supported as well. Overall, these socks have four different levels of cushioning that you can choose from, so you have options when it comes to choosing your support levels.
These socks are incredibly comfortable and effectively prevent chafing, blisters, and hot spots from occurring thanks to their materials and construction. They have a flat seam design for comfort and a Y-heel design to ensure your socks stay securely in place and don’t slip around while you run.
Staying true to the effectiveness and comfort levels marketed by the company, these socks come with a one thousand blister free promise. This means if you are not happy with your socks, the company will ensure you end up with a pair of socks that will actually work for you.
At the end of the day, these socks are really comfortable, durable, and effective. They are available in lots of different colors to choose from and there no show design will ensure they don’t poke out.
4. Saucony Performance
Breathable mesh fabric on top
Excellent arch support
Perfect for the gym or trail
Questionable durability with prolonged use
Saucony has built a name on fantastic athletic shoes and apparel. They are expanding that reputation with these comfortable, breathable and affordable socks. Don't worry. They can still withstand many, many miles without failure or sock-related problems. Saucony continues to provide high performance, high-quality material.Read more
The top of the sock is designed with a breathable air mesh for maximum airflow, keeping the foot cool and dry, evaporating moisture as quickly as it is produced. Ultra-wicking fibers are woven into the entire sock for Saucony's Performance Comfort Fit sock. This "run dry moisture management" system is designed to wick moisture away from the foot into the outer portion of the sock, reducing odor, discomfort, and chafing.
Light cushioning over the entire sole of the sock works to decrease the shock impact of each footfall without taking too much space inside the shoe.
With so many great design elements, the Performance Comfort Fit sock by Saucony is one of the better options. Moisture-wicking fibers, mesh top for extra air ventilation, cushioned sole, and arch support, what more could you possibly need for a perfect run?
The Performance Comfort Fit comes in a multi-pack, making them instantly less expensive than a few others on our top ten list. But, that might make you wonder about the product and durability.
If you're looking to stay dry, comfortable, and protect your feet, you're in the right place. The Saucony Performance Comfort Fit is the full package. With mesh breathability on top, arch support below, moisture control all over and extra cushioning in the sole, this sock is exactly what you need for the gym, the trail or the road.
5. Feetures! High Performance Cushion
Lycra power bands hug entire foot for a snug foot
iWick fibers pull moisture away from skin for a cool, dry feel
Y-heel design keeps sock from sliding down into shoe
The Perfect Toe provides a seamless toe box with no rubbing or chafing
Take care when washing because these may shrink under high heat
Feetures wants you to go faster, longer and smarter. They designed their High-Performance sock to help you do all that and more. It is full of design elements that will protect your foot and improve your run at the same time. From the Y-heel construction that will keep the sock from slipping into the shoe to the ankle tab designed to protect your Achilles from rubbing blisters to theirRead more
The mesh construction on the top of the Feetures High-Performance Cushion sock allows increased airflow into the sock, keeping the foot cool and comfortable. The entire foot is woven with iWick fibers that wick moisture away from the skin and into the outer layer of the sock. They've also added a mesh construct on the top of the foot for increased airflow and to allow some of that moisture to evaporate faster.
High impact areas of the foot are covered by a high density cushioning in addition to the 200-needle knit construct that is durable and supportive.
The Feetures High-Performance line is designed for exactly that, comfort. With the Y-heel, they've removed the frustration of invisible socks sliding into your shoes while on a run. With the extra cushion for the high impact areas of the foot, they are reducing shock on feet, joints, and knees, and fighting foot fatigue. With the Perfect Toe and Achilles tab, there are no seams and no rubbing to create blisters and chafing. This sock is extremely protective and comfortable.
While keeping the original design of Lycra bands that shape to the contour of the foot, Feetures has added a few key elements that make the High-Performance line a definite upgrade. They set up the high-density knitting machine with 200 needles for added comfort, added a Y-heel to hold the sock in place, added the Perfect Toe and eliminated the irritating seam, and added more cushion to the high impact areas. If they did any more, it would feel like you're running on a cloud.
Perfect Toe that has no irritating seam to upset your foot after the pounding, you put on the road. This company's "sole purpose" is to make your feet more comfortable and they back that claim up with physical evidence.
6. Injinji Run Lightweight
Separate toe sections relieve rubbing and reduce blisters
Mesh top increases breathability
Additional coverage over Achilles to reduce rubbing
Supportive band provides additional arch support
Separating toes can take a little getting used to for comfort
Lightweight design doesn't provide excessive cushioning
Injinji embodies a spirit of innovation. In that spirit, they set out to create an athletic sock that fits like a second skin but protects the foot while removing moisture. They have done everything they set out to do, and then some. With the Injinji RUN Lightweight sock, they have pulled no punches. The 200 needle-count on these socks contribute to the extreme light weight and durability Injinji is known for.Read more
The top of the Injinji RUN Lightweight is a full mesh design, other than the supportive arch band, allowing additional air to flow into and around the foot space. The RUN Lightweight sock is 27% fiber and 68% COOLMax technology. The entire sock wicks moisture away from the foot, effectively reducing moisture retention, foot odor and discomfort. The top is also mesh, allowing additional airflow to keep the foot cool and dry.
They've separated the toes and wrapped them in wicking material so there is no sweat, no rubbing, and no blisters. Arch support is also included in a wraparound band and they've thrown in a mesh top for additional breathability. This sock has it all and is comfortable to boot!
Overall, this sock is extremely comfortable, like wearing a lightweight, airy glove on your foot. The separation of the toes reduces rubbing and provides additional moisture-wicking, for a more comfortable forefoot and a better run. The arch support and mesh design on the top of the sock also fit seamlessly but provide that extra hold that our arches need when we've been on the road or trail for a while.
The Injinji RUN Lightweight socks are made to utilize the entire foot. With toes operating individually, the foot is allowed to splay naturally with each step. The wicking around the toes keeps them dry, prevents rubbing and makes blisters almost non-existent. A slight heel tab does the same for the Achilles and a band wraps around the foot, providing additional arch support. These socks are stretchy and comfortable.
Since this is a lightweight sock, there is not much additional cushioning to be added. The 200 needle-count design does create a smooth, durable sock but does keep it feeling skin-like and less cushioned.
7. Thirty 48 Ultralight
Seamless toe for reduced friction and chafing
Moisture-wicking, lightweight mesh for increased breathability and comfort
Second Skin technology for an anatomically correct fit
Heel pull tab for ease of use
Snug design may translate as a tight fit. Size up for additional space.
Thirty 48's goal is to design a state of the art, a comfort-filled sock that provides support, contours to the foot, wicks moisture from the skin and allows the foot to breathe. They have accomplished their goal and exceeded it with the Ultralight running sock.Read more
Thirty 48's high tech moisture wicking and dissipating fabric, which is a proprietary blend of nylon, lycra spandex, wick poly, and cotton, draws moisture away from the skin, increasing circulation, and keeping skin dry and comfortable. Reducing moisture will decrease the growth of fungus and bacteria, keeping feet healthier as well. The stretchy ultralight fabric has such a lightweight design that air flows smoothly over the top of the foot. In combination with the increased circulation from the wicking material, the breathability on the Thirty 48 Ultralight running sock is well beyond expectations.
Denser padding in the heel and toe relieve stress and shock from each foot strike that typically hurt or damage feet, legs, and joints. Additional padding in the Achilles area also protects from bruising and blistering.
Overall comfort from advanced technological material as well as cutting edge moisture wicking and breathable fabric is exactly what Thirty 48 had in mind. They are snug to the foot with a seamless toe enclosure reducing possible foot pain and abrasions.
Their proprietary blend fabric pulls the moisture away while increasing circulation to keep the skin cool and dry. Anatomically Targeted Cushioning provides denser cushioning to the foot pad and heel as well as the Achilles. This additional cushioning also helps to reduce the shock impact on feet, legs, and joints.
The Thirty 48 Ultralight Running sock is a combination of technology and common sense. They have added cushioning where it matters most, softening shock results to the body and wicking away moisture at the same time. They have introduced a mesh technology that increases airflow while removing sweat from the scene of the crime. And they have focused on comfort, removing the seams that can rub and irritate the skin, causing blisters or chafing.
Come in a pack of six
Good all around pair of socks
Not the most durable option
These well-made socks come in a pack of six pairs so you get a great deal on great socks. They're made of a blend of materials that make them good for running, other athletic activities, and just for getting around town in. They get good marks from reviewers for being thick and comfortable, although some questioned their overall durability over time.Read more
The 21% polyester in the material blend gives these some moisture wicking capabilities but if that's your most important feature in a pair of socks there are better options.
They provide decent hold for your arches and will help your feet to feel good even after a long day standing, running, walking, etc.
This is where these socks really shine. Over and over again reviewers praised these socks for how good they felt. They are thick and your feet will be happy when you're wearing them.
These are a great general purpose product. You can wear them while running, at the gym, running errands, or just while puttering around the house. A nice choice when you don't want to have to think about what socks you're wearing and you just want to go.
This option is a good value from a well-known and respected company. They're good for all-around use and can be used for sporting activities such as running as well as everyday activities and even going to work if you're able to wear casual sneakers there. They won't wow anyone with any one aspect in particular, although the comfort level is high, but they're a good value and it makes sense to order a pack since you can never really have enough socks.
Lots of colors to choose from
Sizing rubs small
If you are on a budget, you will love the TSLA athletic no shoe socks. These socks come at a great price and are available in a plethora of colors to choose from—so you can find your favorite and not just stick to the traditional black or white options.Read more
As far as breathability goes, these socks have venting mesh that optimizes the airflow that you will receive when you run with these socks. These socks will definitely keep your feet cool and dry—even if you are an excessive sweater.
When we took a look at the overall support offered by these shoes, we found that it offers additional cushioning in the toe and heel portion of the sock as well as a compression band in the arch for additional support, stability, and blood flow.
These socks are really comfortable thanks to their materials and constructions. They are well padded and the heel tab won’t all the socks to slip down or around while you are out running.
Perfect for running, workouts, and to wear throughout the day, these socks are definitely really versatile and designed to be worn whenever you’d like.
Overall, these no show socks, by TESLA, are comfortable, breathable, and durable. They have additional padding and cushioning for support and stability and are available in lots of colors to choose from.
10. Hanes Active Cool
Actively help your feet stay cool
Not super durable
his is a cool (literally) option that responds to the temperature of your feet to helps them stay cool. They also have anti-odor technology and a no-seam toe that helps make them really comfortable. They're well-cushioned on the bottom which helps them to be really comfortable and while they're 55% polyester for breathability they also have spandex throughout for good fit and supportRead more
They're mostly made with synthetic materials which helps them allow moisture to escape from next to your skin to the outside air where it can dry naturally.
Although the spandex content is only 1% of the total materials, it is thoughtfully placed throughout the sock to help give your feet and arches stay in a good place.
The bottoms are well cushioned, which users really enjoyed and said helped them to stay on their feet for extended periods of time without a lot of discomforts.
These are great for running, working out at the gym, CrossFit, or even just doing errands or working around the house.
These are a great pick for people who live in hot climates and like to stay active. They have a good mix of breathability, comfort, and are very versatile. Plus you can get them in a 12 pack which makes them a great value.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When your socks are breathable and prevent the buildup of moisture, you’re less likely to experience discomfort.
Extra moisture that accumulates in your socks and shoes can contribute to bacterial and fungal growth. If you’ve never dealt with athlete’s foot, then count yourself lucky. The burning and itching can put you off of running for days. When your socks are breathable and prevent the buildup of moisture, you’re less likely to experience this type of discomfort.
It also prevents infections from setting into blisters or other open areas on the foot. Keeping your feet healthy is paramount to good running performance. The type of materials that a pair of socks is made from is what makes them breathable or not. Synthetic fibers such as polyester are more breathable than natural fibers like cotton.
This is because synthetic fibers, unlike natural ones, cannot absorb moisture so it passes around the fibers to the outside air where it can dry naturally. Keep in mind however that if the apparel is placed in the dryer and it shrinks the weave will tighten so moisture may not be able to escape as easily and what was once a highly breathable item isn't as moisture wicking as before.
This technology is built into the very fibers of the socks we selected. It pulls excess moisture away from the feet, keeping them dry and comfortable when running, avoiding slipping inside the shoe as well as friction generated from the extra movement. This is a requirement for anyone running more than 5 feet and for anyone wearing shoes over a prolonged period of time.
Having the right support is important to get the best experience possible and socks can play an important role in this as well!
Whether you’re a zero drop, minimalist runner or someone who loves a Cadillac of comfort on your foot, the cushioning in your sock is important. Typically, they're lightweight but add padding to the key points of the foot, heel, and toe/pad area and the extra padding will give your foot a soft hug every time you put them on, but it will also have an impact on the shock your joints and legs experience with each step.
Although this might not seem like a big deal, when you multiply even just a small impact over the thousands and thousands of steps taken over a run, especially a long one, it adds up to a big difference when it comes to the wear and tear on your muscles, ligaments, and joints. Additional support is important for some runners and is definitely something to look out for in your running socks.
If you additional issues--like arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, etc.--you will need to prioritize support in your socks as well. Some of the socks on our list provide additional support, other in the heel and other socks all over. We also offer some sock options that offer minimal support, which is okay for neutral runners. Base your decision on your need, not the spot on the list that socks hold.
If you have breathability and moisture wicking as well as good cushioning, the sock will likely be comfortable.
This final criterion is a combination of everything that has been mentioned thus far. If you have breathability and moisture wicking as well as a good cushion, the sock will likely be comfortable. But we went a step further. We needed this particular style of a sock to stay up on your heel and not slide down into the shoe.
We also found a few pairs that were seamless to reduce potential irritation and chafing. Experienced runners have their own ways of doing things. This includes the type of gear that they choose and what they wear while they’re running. Some prefer a minimalist approach, while others like as many advantages as they can have.
Aside from our initial criteria, we tried to include a few other factors that might matter. Obviously, things like durability and value will matter to most consumers, but you may have additional concerns. Read through the reviews, and don’t be afraid to do little more research if you still have questions.
Running is a high impact and rigorous sport. It requires repetitive movement and an impressive amount of physical stamina.
Running also requires the help of reliable apparel and running gear. An article of clothing that’s comfortable under other circumstances can be completely obnoxious when you’re trying to run for any length of time.
One of the most distracting and uncomfortable things you can deal with mid-run is a sock that slipping out of place. Or one that gets a hole and catches your toe repeatedly. Not only do they bunch up and cause issues with your stride, but they can also expose sensitive parts of your foot to friction and blistering.
Whether you're running in the winter or in the summer, chances are your feet are going to start to sweat. It's important for socks to offer moisture-wicking features to ensure they don't get soaked with sweat while you run--this can lead to painful chafing and blisters that will deter you from running and can be frustrating to deal with.
All of these socks have been tried and tested under stressful conditions and proven themselves to be the very best.
Invisible socks are made to be less intrusive and have a lower cut than standard products. If you’re looking for something warmer, then you may prefer tube socks, but most runners don’t want to deal with the fabric sliding down their calves midstride. Not only do they use less fabric, but they also use synthetic materials that increase cushioning and breathability.
You don’t have to worry about moisture gathering in your shoe, which can lead to excessive friction and injury. Most runners think that their shoes are the most important element when it comes to gear. Overlooking socks is a huge mistake, and invisible socks can make all the difference in the world.
At the end of the day, you need to make sure that the socks you decide to get will work for you. This means getting a pair of invisible socks that fit you comfortably and securely, are durable and built to last, and that won't bunch up while you run. If sweat easily, then you will definitely want to make sure you get a pair of socks that also offers moisture-wicking capabilities.
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It requires repetitive movement and an impressive amount of physical stamina. It also requires the help of reliable apparel and running gear. Clothing that’s comfortable under other circumstances can be obnoxious when you’re trying to run for any length of time.
One of the most distracting and uncomfortable things you can deal with mid-run is a sock that slips out of place. Not only do they bunch up and cause issues with your stride, but they also expose sensitive parts of your foot to friction and blistering.
Most manufacturers discourage the use of fabric softeners. Turn the socks inside out and don't use hot water or dryers. Especially if they contain synthetic fibers such as polyester or spandex. We recommend letting them air dry instead of the dryer.
This is because synthetic fibers can't absorb moisture so it simply passes around them to the air where it can dry naturally. But if they shrink in the dryer the weave will be tighter and moisture can't escape as easily.
Other Factors to Consider
You should check the product’s durability, as it is a very important factor to consider. Knowing if this particular model has any design defects or people are wearing through them in one long run could be key information that would have an effect on your decision. The last thing you want are socks that develop holes mid-run.
Distance runners understand the importance of having gear that’s as durable as they are. This means that the socks need to be made of strong material, and able to withstand repetitive friction. Not all fabrics are created equal, and getting a superior product is definitely worth the price.
We looked at the length of time a product is expected to last, and the types of abuse that it can withstand. Maybe you’re looking for more of a value. Multi-packs are available in many brands, so you should check for them both online and in the stores. Regardless of which socks you choose to get, make sure to take a look at some user reviews to see how they really hold up.
Ease of Use
Experienced runners have their own ways of doing things. This includes the type of gear that they choose and what they wear while they’re running. Some prefer a minimalist approach, while others like as many advantages as they can have. Aside from our initial criteria, we tried to include a few other factors that might matter.
Obviously, things like durability and value will matter to most consumers, but you may have additional concerns. Read through the reviews, and don’t be afraid to do little more research if you still have questions. Your running habits may vary. You may love mud runs, trail runs, city runs and the occasional marathon. Some people prefer a different sock for each activity.
Take a look at your own preferences before jumping into some of the pricier socks. They’re more of an investment, so it’s good to do a little research. While we love to research the latest and greatest and offer them to you here, you should always compare your personal needs to the description to see if it’s the right fit for you. In the end, your goals are the main priority.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What material should my running socks be made from?
The best running socks are made from synthetic materials such as polyester, acrylic, and some form of wicking synthetic because they’ll wick away moisture. Look for a breathable material that has an anti-chafe element.
q: Why wear running socks?
Socks are worn to absorb sweat and provide warmth in the cold but running socks amp that up to still keep feet warm but to be breathable and reduce sweat and odors, to add support and be a barrier to avoid blistering and chafing.
q: How do running socks help?
Ideally, the sock will be so comfortable you don’t even think about them on your feet while running. And while they are hiding in the shoe, they are reducing the possible blisters and chafing, they’re allowing the foot to breathe while removing moisture as soon as it’s produced, reducing odors and keeping fungi at bay. But they are also providing additional support along your arch and midfoot. Socks are doing many jobs to help your run.
q: How long do running socks last?
This will depend on the brand, model, your running style, and terrain. If you’re running more elevation, you might see more wear than if you were running a straight race. Also, keeping toenails trimmed would reduce additional holes to the toes. Proper washing and care also ensure they will last as long or longer than the manufacturers claim.
If you take care of the best invisible socks on our list (if you end up getting a pair, or a few) you will find that they will take care of you for the long haul as well.