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No-show socks: 5 basic rules

Introduction to the use of ghosts

When the cold subsides, the beautiful days arrive and we wait for summer, it's time for summer socks: ghost socks.

Usually these socks cover the toes and the heel but given the latest evolutions, when it comes to no-shows, we must bear in mind that there are different lengths, each of which has a very specific use.

In today's article we try to clarify and see when, how and why to wear ghost socks and how to combine them with your outfit.

History and evolution of ghosts

The history of men's no-show socks is relatively short and only dates back to the 70s and 80s. At that time men were becoming more fashion and trend conscious and trying to find new ways to express their personal style.

The first men's no-show socks were introduced as a solution for those who wanted to protect their feet and maintain hygiene , without having to wear traditional long socks during hot summer days.

In the 1980s, the no-sock trend exploded, becoming a worldwide fad . No-show socks for men became a fashion accessory and were worn by many, including famous artists and celebrities.

And it seems that the famous invisible socks were invented in Lecco by the brothers Fabio and Marco Dodesini. The two brothers allegedly patented the brand in '94 in Italy, in Lecco.

Today, men's no-show socks have become a popular style choice for men of all ages . Available in various colours, designs and materials, the foot socks offer not only comfort and protection, but also a modern and fashionable style for the contemporary man.

No-show socks for men: 5 basic rules

invisible no-show socks

j Men's no-show socks are an excellent choice for those who want to maintain an elegant and modern look, without sacrificing comfort. Here are 5 basic rules to follow when you want to wear ghosts:

  1. Choose the right type of no-show socks : No-show socks come in different lengths and styles. Choose the right length according to the outfit and the type of shoes you wear (ankle ghosts vs invisibles).
  2. Pair with Flats : No-sock socks pair best with flat shoes, such as loafers, slip-ons, sneakers, and boat shoes. Avoid wearing knee socks with elegant shoes such as business shoes or formal shoes.
  3. Choose the right color : choose the color of the no-sock socks according to your outfit. Choose neutral colors like black, gray or navy for an elegant look, or opt for brighter colors for a more casual look.
  4. Experiment with Patterns : No-sock socks come in many patterns and designs, so experiment with patterns and find the look that works for you.

No-show socks are an excellent choice for those who want to maintain an elegant and modern look, without sacrificing comfort. With a few simple tricks, you can wear them effectively and create a trendy look.

Invisible ghosts

But what are the advantages of using these socks?

Advantages of wearing ghosts

Wearing men's no-show socks can offer numerous advantages in terms of style, comfort and hygiene. Here are some of the main benefits:

  1. Convenience : no-show socks are short and light, therefore very useful during hot periods.
  2. Versatility : No-sock socks come in a variety of lengths and designs, accommodating a wide range of outfits and footwear styles (as we'll see shortly).
  3. Protection : no-sock socks protect your feet from abrasions and bacteria present in shoes. They can also help prevent blisters and irritation.

4. Hygiene : Wearing no-sock socks can help maintain foot and shoe hygiene. The no-show socks absorb sweat and help prevent the unpleasant smell caused by sweat.

Ankle ghosts

Invisible no-show socks vs socks that reach the ankle

ghost socks

As we said at the beginning, the evolution of recent years leads us to have to make a distinction between "invisible" socks, i.e. ghosts that are not visible (the so-called shoe liners) and that do not go beyond the shoe, from socks that instead reach the ankle (as in the photo above left).

This second typology has been viewed badly for years to the point of giving birth to the appellation "half a sock" as a synonym for a man of little value.

In recent years (fortunately) socks that reach the ankle have been re-evaluated and are no longer considered inelegant if matched consistently with your outfit.

Discover the Nobile Socks

Our hosiery was born in Racale in 1982 , we were little more than a shop. It was the golden age of Italian hosiery factories, and Racale was one of the major manufacturing cities. After difficult years (with the 2008 crisis, 90% of the hosiery factories in the town closed) we chose to give new life to the noble Italian yarns, from which Nobile was born.

Unlike other hosiery factories, the socks are not produced in an industrial way, but go through a quality control at each stage of production which combines the work of the machine with the manual work of the craftsman . Finally, each sock is inspected, ironed and washed by hand.


Men's no-show socks are an excellent choice for those who want to maintain an elegant and modern look, without sacrificing comfort. Ankle-length stockings, as we have seen, have finally shaken off the negative appellation of the 90s and are now widely used.

Follow our advice and you will see that you will always be able to find the right sock for you and your style!

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

What are ankle socks called?

The sock below the ankle level, not visible when wearing shoes, is also called "sock" or shoe liner.

What are no-show socks?

The "socks" are socks that cover the toes and the heel. Once worn and slipped on the shoes are no longer visible. They were born through the generalized use of sneakers and are used by both women and men.

Why are they called ghosts?

Ghosts are defined as those particular very short socks, which cover only the heel and toes, which wrap around the foot and protect it but which, once the shoes are worn, are invisible, they are there but cannot be seen, that's why they are "ghosts".

What are ghosts called?

The famous invisible socks were invented in Lecco by brothers Fabio and Marco Dodesini. It seems that the two brothers patented the brand in '94, 27 years ago, right in Lecco.

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