8 Secrets to Keep Your No Show Socks From Slipping Off

Don’t you just hate it when you ankle socks slip off in your shoes?

It’s such a nuisance. 

But, what about if you were in a professional work setting or a fancy dinner? 

Don’t you just want to roll your eyes when that happens? 

If this happens all the time to you, like it does to me, then this article is just for you!

Ankle Socks vs No Show Socks

Depending on the look you are going for, the type of shoe you’re wearing it with, and the amount of sock you want to show off, you’ll want to know the difference between ankle socks and no show socks.

Ankle Socks

ankle socks

i. The Look

Ankle socks started gaining popularity in the 1930’s with the rise of popular pastimes like sports and tennis. 

People had to switch from long socks to a short pair of ankle socks that allowed the leg to bare while looking stylish. 

To this day, ankle socks are still great for sports since they’re short enough to keep tucked hidden away in your sneakers. While at the same time, keeping your feet protected from friction and foul-smell. 

ii. The Size

Ankle socks keep your feet protected against friction but at the same time, won’t stick out from your high tops. 

They’re small enough to not need folding when you put them away in your sock drawer.

But thick and sizeable enough to keep your feet protected during vigorous sports. 

iii. The Length

Ankle socks sit right at the ankles. Think of them as a pair of regular dress socks without the tubular body section.

No-show Socks

no shoe socks

i. The Look

Are you into the no-sock look? 

Trying to achieve that no-sock look without socks can be a nightmare for your feet (and your nose). 

Socks can ease the friction caused by walking and can also help fight off odour. 

Expect blisters and chaffed feet if you’re going without socks. 

Not to mention, the next time you go put on your ankle boots or leather shoes, they’ll reek of a nasty odour and you’ll be sorry you went without socks. 

Don’t want to ruin your no-sock look? Try a pair of no-show socks.

Like the name suggests, no-show socks are low-cut socks that fit just above the heel collar. They’re also called sock liners or invisible socks. 

They act as a protective layer between your feet and the inside of your shoe. 

Their moisture-wicking property will also help pull sweat and moisture away from the skin and into the exterior of the fabric making it easier to evaporate. 

ii. The Size

Because of its discreet nature, no-show socks are small and can stretch to the size of your feet. 

I’ve got a super stretchy thin pair that is the size of half my foot, but stretches to twice its size. 

While generally small, no-show socks come in a variety of sizes. 

The size of the sock will depend on the material and stretchiness chosen.  

iii. The Length

There’s not much length in these socks. 

They sit right above the heel collar, so they don’t stick out of your shoes. 

Depending on what shoe and what sock you’re wearing, no-show socks generally stay hidden from sight when your shoes are on. 

When Do They Fall Off?

So, it’s a non-debatable fact that these short socks tend to slip off when we’re walking.


Why does this happen?

The problem is when the heel leave the ground.

When your foot and the sock move off the ground, the shoe will exert force into the opposite direction.

This motion is repeated with each step you take, and eventually the sock moves down to your heel. 

Once it has dropped to your heel, any slight movement will cause it to slip off your heel and eventually come off. 

So, the obvious reason is these short socks come off when you’re:

  1. Wearing shoes; and
  2. Walking. 

Have you noticed that these short socks actually don’t slip off when you’re not wearing a pair of shoes with them?

Why Does This Happen?

There are various factors that contributes to sock slippage, like foot shape, sock size and shoe size.

Have you noticed how some people face this problem more than others, while some people don’t have this problem at all? 

The shape of your feet are unique and can result in the dreaded sock slippage. 

Let’s take a look at 4 different types of foot shapes:

Flat Feet

A deformation of the foot where the arches are almost non-existant and the entire foot comes into contact with the ground. 

High-Arched Feet

A deformation that is essentially the opposite of flat feet. In a high-arched foot, the arches are raised a lot more than normal. 

How to Keep No Show Socks From Slipping

So, you’ve tried everything to keep those darn socks from slipping, but it simply isn’t working!

Here are some tricks we swear by that will decrease the chances of your sock slipping to zero.

#1 Wear From Your Heels

sole foot

The most simple solution and the first solution you should try is wearing your socks from your heels.  

Usually when you put on your socks, you put them on from your toes. Correct?

That is because it is much easier to put on from your toes. 

It’s basically second nature. 

However, when your sock slips off, it’s usually from your heel side. 

Therefore, the sock should be brought into close contact at the heel and pulled forward towards the toe side when worn. 

#2 Wear Your Socks Backwards

This method does the trick for certain foot shapes. 

Don’t worry if it doesn’t work for you, continue reading!

Wear your sock with the heel and toe side reversed. 

Meaning, wear the toe side on your heel and your heel side on your toe. 

This will fit tightly at the heel side which is exactly what we’re going for. 

But do keep in mind, it might look a little silly when you take off your shoes.

#3 Adhesives

If the previous two tricks didn’t work for you, you might want to try using an adhesive. 

The liquid adhesive prevents the slipping of the socks and should be applied to the heel of the sock. 

It dries and becomes like a silicone grip at the heel of your sock.

#4 Double Sided Tape


Not a permanent solution, but double-sided tape provides an easy and quick fix to sock slippage. 

This is a great option for people who are afraid of adding a liquid adhesive solution to their socks.

#5 Correct Your Walking Style


If you notice your sock always coming off on one foot and not the other, there might be a problem with the way you walk.

For example, if you walk without lifting your heel straight up, the unnatural exerted force will make the sock much easier to remove.

#6 Ensure No Residue is Left on the Silicone Grips

Check the silicone grip part for hair, lint dust, or other residue that can be preventing the grip from sticking to your heel. 

Also, make sure you don’t apply any lotions on your heels before you put on your socks.

Lotions can be slippery, which can be another key reason to sock-slippage.

#7 Pick the Right No Show Socks That Don't Slip Off

If you need to replace your old no-show socks, opt for a pair of quality no-show socks with the following qualities to ensure they don’t slip off easily as you’re going about your day.


Instead of opting for a one-purpose-fits-all sock, choose the fabric of your sock depending on the shoe you’ll wear it with and the activity you’ll wear it for.

If you are looking for a pair of no-show socks for your everyday flats, you might want to opt for a pair of thin and breathable no-show socks.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a pair of no-show socks for your sneakers or running shoes, you’ll want a pair that is absorbent enough to support your athletic activities. 

Find the Right Size

measuring tape

If your sock keeps slipping, it’s most likely because they don’t fit your feet properly. Wearing a wrong-sized sock is the number one reason behind sock-slippage.

Check to make sure your sock size is the correct one. It shouldn’t be too loose or too tight, but it should fit snug.

Find the Sock With the Right Coverage

A pair of low coverage socks will work great with shoes like flats since there is a lot of skin exposed from the shoe. 

A low coverage sock will ensure it stays hidden and out of sight. 

However, for a pair of shoes with more coverage, you’ll have to find a pair of sock accordingly with more coverage.

Failure to do so, may result in chafing in areas where the sock doesn’t provide adequate coverage. 

So, when choosing a pair of sock for its coverage, factor in what type of shoe you’ll most likely wear them with.

DIY Sock Hack to Prevent Slipping Socks

You’ve tried the seven different steps we’ve listed above and nothing seems to work, and you’re pulling hairs out of your head.  

Are you on the brink of sanity with your slipping socks?

Here is a simple DIY sock hack solution that we’re sure will cure all of your troubles. 

The best thing? All you’ll need is a pair of scissors.


  1. Snip a small slit at the end of the heel part of your sock.
  2. Make sure the line is horizontal and large enough to create a hole. 
  3. Wear them with the modified section at the end of your foot. 

Your new “slingback” socks will not have slip off and will be guaranteed to stay on all day!

Alternative to No Show Socks

No show socks are great for when you want to keep your socks tucked and hidden from vision. 

Socks can ease the friction caused by walking and can also help fight off odour. 

Expect blisters and chaffed feet if you’re going without socks. 

Not to mention, the next time you go put on your ankle boots or leather shoes, they’ll reek of a nasty odour and you’ll be sorry you went without socks. 

While we don’t recommend opting out of socks for that barefoot look, you might want to check out 5 different types of short sock alternatives.

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