Pair of Thieves have some of the best no-show socks on the market. With a wide-ranging variety, styles and comfort. This stylish DTC brand is a California-based whose socks and underwear are designed in Portland, can be found on Amazon and on their website.
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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 Pair of Thieves No-Show Socks Review.
Pair of Thieves: A Quick Background
Pair of Thieves is a clothing and lifestyle brand known for its stylish and comfortable underwear, socks, and other apparel items. The company was founded by Alan Stuart and Cash Warren in 2013 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Alan Stuart and Cash Warren are both entrepreneurs with a background in the fashion and entertainment industries.
Pair of Thieves is known for its fun and quirky brand identity, with a focus on creating high-quality, comfortable, and stylish underwear and socks for men, women, and children. The company’s mission is to make people feel good and express their personality through their clothing choices.
Pair of Thieves offers a wide range of products, including underwear, socks, t-shirts, loungewear, and accessories. Their products are designed to be both fashionable and functional, often featuring unique patterns and prints.
The company has also made efforts to incorporate sustainable practices into its production processes. This includes using eco-friendly materials and reducing waste in its packaging.
70% Combed Cotton, 25% Polyester, 2% Spandex, 1% Natural Latex Rubber, 2% Other Fiber
1. Comfort & Fit: 5/5
Similar to Stance, Pair of Thieves no show socks have a 3 band silicone gripper. They only offer one size which isn’t much of an issue in my case because the socks fit as well as a size S/M that I normally would get. The mid-weight fabric lends itself to extreme comfort.
2. Design & Style Options: 5/5
Pair of Thieves no show sock design is ‘super sneaky’ indeed. Like Stance they have some of the most variety in the roundup when it comes to colors and style options. The socks feature arch support, a mesh upper and reinforced toe as well. Overall, it’s a well designed sock.
3. Does it Slip?
Pair of Thieves no shows do not slip which is great considering they also land in the mid-weight category.
4. No-Show Test: 3/4
Pair of Thieves passed the test with 3 out of the 4 shoes with flying colors. The only problem was with the suede penny loafers, which again is not surprising.
5. The Bottom Line: 5/5 ★★★★★
Pair of Thieves wins for best branding hands down. A fluffy raccoon as a mascot? The taglines, “The most fitting socks in all the land,” and “Ready for Everything” makes me really want to rock these socks.
Prices come in at 3 pairs for $13 on their website or 4 pack for $19.99 on Amazon which is tremendous value for the quality you’re getting.
Big thanks to the folks at Pair of Thieves for kindly offering to give you free shipping with code GWSHIP.
Why You Should Wear No-Show Socks
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.
Keep Those Shoes Fresh
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.
Be More Stylish
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 The 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 4 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-Shows
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:
- Stomper Joe No-Show Socks Review
- FITS Socks No-Show Socks Review
- Feetures No-Show Socks Review
- Stance No-Show Socks Review
What are your favorite pairs of no-show socks?
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