Feetures’ commitment to creating high-performance socks for athletes has made it a trusted choice among runners and other sports enthusiasts. The brand continues to evolve its product offerings to meet the changing needs of its customers.
Before we start, you can check out my comprehensive no-show socks guide which includes all of the no-show socks I’ve worn and tested over the years.
And now let’s get into this Feetures No-Show Socks Review.
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Feetures: A Quick Background
Feetures is a performance sock brand that specializes in creating high-quality, innovative, and comfortable athletic and running socks. The company was founded by Hugh Gaither in 2002 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Feetures has become well-regarded in the athletic and running communities for its dedication to providing socks that enhance performance and comfort. Here is some background information on the company.
Hugh Gaither, an avid runner and former retailer, started Feetures with the goal of designing socks that would address common issues experienced by runners, such as blisters and discomfort.
A Performance Focus
Feetures places a strong emphasis on performance and has developed a range of technical features in its socks to meet the needs of athletes. These features often include targeted cushioning, moisture-wicking materials, and anatomical designs for enhanced fit and support.
Range of Products
The brand offers a wide variety of athletic and running socks, including styles for road running, trail running, and various sports. Feetures’ product line includes different cushioning levels and sock heights to cater to individual preferences.
Feetures is known for its unique “Sock-Lock” technology, which is designed to provide additional support and reduce the risk of blisters by creating a snug, anatomical fit around the foot.
The company has made efforts to incorporate sustainability into its practices, using eco-friendly materials and reducing its environmental impact where possible.
60% polyester, 33% nylon, 7% spandex
1. Comfort & Fit: 5/5
Feetures no show socks are comfortable and lightweight with a performance type fabric. They fit well due to the 3 sizes offered. I opted for a medium which covers shoe sizes 6-8.5. They have updated no show sock styles which they’ve taken design cues from their running socks.
2. Design & Style Options: 5/5
Currently there are two design options, the Men’s Hidden Everyday no-show sock which features neutral solid colors, and the Men’s Hidden Stripe which features a striped design.
As mentioned above, Feetures no shows have an updated ultra light design that provides a custom-like fit with a targeted compression zone on the arch of the foot. The updated socks also have ‘L’ and ‘R’ labels on the front of the socks so you always know you’ve got each pair on the right foot.
3. Does it Slip?
No, the Feetures no-shows do not slip in my experience.
4. No-Show Test: 2/4
Feetures ‘hidden socks’ passes the test with two out of the four shoes. They’re fine with any type of sneakers and boat shoes, but may show with some loafers.
5. The Bottom Line: 4.5/5 ★★★★½
Feetures’ sock design is centered around performance as is evident with their high performance running socks.
They offer a lifetime guarantee for any products that fail to live up to your standards, and so you can return them at anytime for a replacement, no questions asked. Now that’s trust in their product.
At $18, Feetures are some of the more expensive no-shows out there, but I’m happy to report that their latest updates the socks are more comfortable and worth it.
Why Wear No-Shows?
No More Stink Feet
If you want to avoid the stank, no-show socks are the answer. Just say no to athlete’s foot and fungus feet. Ew.
In addition to rotating your shoes daily and making use of sneaker balls, rocking no show socks are a surefire way to keep your footwear smelling fresh all summer long.
There’s a reason that this stylish guy’s secret has become a summer staple. The sockless look has been on trend for a while now and isn’t going away anytime soon. Rock this look and you automatically get the style points.
Qualities of Best No-Show Socks
Of course comfort is king here. You want for the socks to fit well and hug your feet without feeling restricting. The best no show socks feel like you’re wearing nothing at all and offer multiple sizes to guarantee a proper fit. As with shirts and jeans, the fit of your socks should be tailor-made. Socks with simple design and a seamless toe are what to look for.
It’s summertime and the more lightweight and breathable your socks, the better off your feet will be. I prefer lightweight fabrics since more often than not I’ll be wearing my no-shows in the summertime and I want my feet to keep cool as possible.
There’s nothing more annoying than the feeling of a no-show sock that won’t stay put. All of the no show socks tested in this round-up have an elastic arch band and a rubber non-slip heel, which helps to keep the socks secured around your foot. But that doesn’t guarantee no-slip since factors such as the rubber gripper, fabric weight and sock size play a role. Just because a brand says ‘no-slip’ doesn’t mean it won’t slip.
Of course this is a primary purpose of this article. Does it show? The whole reason for wearing them is to keep our feet and shoes fresh, and just as importantly, remain invisible. The best no show sock brands have a variety of designs ranging from a low-cut, mid-cut and high-cut for different types of shoes and sneakers.
And finally, price always plays a role. It’s all about value here and if I can save some money, all the better. I don’t mind paying a bit more for higher quality. But some socks are a bit pricey and that can hurt their bottom line.
The Shoes I Tested
Sperry Boat Shoes
The ubiquitous Sperry Top-Sider boat shoe is one of the most iconic and popular summer shoes out there. And while most Sperrys would be okay to wear sockless because of their leather lining, some, like the canvas pair in this test have a fabric lining, thus suitable to pair with no show socks.
These canvas Vans sneakers have a low-profile making them the perfect test sneaker. If the socks aren’t visible here, then they’ll most likely remain invisible on any other low-top sneakers.
Cole Haan Bit Loafers
Loafers are some of the lowest profile shoes a man can wear. They’re one of my favorite shoe essentials for all stylish men, so naturally they’re a part of this no show sock test.
Jay Butler Penny Loafers
I had to include what are perhaps loafers with the lowest cut that I know of. The vamp of the shoe is much lower than your typical penny loafer, making these shoes the perfect test shoe. If a pair of no-shows don’t show in a pair of Jay Butler loafers, then they won’t show in any other shoe.
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The best no-show sock brands offer a range of cuts from low-cut to mid-cut and high-cut socks good for wear with everything from boat shoes, loafers and espadrilles to moccasins and sneakers.
How to Care For Your No-Show Socks
Before we conclude, I thought it was a good idea to quickly go over some no-show sock care tips.
- Machine wash with like colors
- Keep them out of the dryer (tumble dry low if necessary)
- Avoid bleaching or ironing
And finally, mind your fabric weights. A heavier weight fabric is more appropriate for chunkier sneakers whereas a lightweight fabric is better for canvas sneakers, boat shoes and loafers.
I have a couple of closing thoughts on no show socks that I wanted to share, not that this article isn’t already long enough.
1. One Size Fits All Is A Lie
When it comes to fit, there’s no such thing as one size fits all, especially when it comes to shoe sizes. Which is why I’m skeptical anytime I see a no-show sock brand with one size. Oftentimes they’re too big and bunches up around the heel and ankle when I try to slip my shoes on. And even worse, these one size no-show socks are prone to slip much easier than properly sized ones.
2. Fabric Weight Matters
I’ve found that the thicker the sock the higher probability for it to slip, whereas lighter the fabric the less prone to slipping.
3. The Best No Show Sock No-Slip Grip
For the most part every brand’s silicone grippers hold well, but the best hold come from Sheec’s extra thin hybrid solid/crosshatch grip. Boardroom Socks, Feetures and Pair of Thieves also offers a similarly strong grip. The next best are the brands with 3 band silicone grippers.
And finally, FITS Socks takes the cake with their fully knitted, one-piece construction. The seamless design eliminates the need for a silicone grip and the socks still stay up. Now that’s a win-win.
Before You Go
Check out these other top rated no-show sock reviews:
- Pair of Thieves No-Show Socks Review
- Stomper Joe No-Show Socks Review
- FITS Socks No-Show Socks Review
- Stance No-Show Socks Review
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