Life Hack: No-Show Socks (No Sew!)




Introduction: Life Hack: No-Show Socks (No Sew!)

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Sometimes you throw on some really cute shoes, but you absolutely need socks to wear them (ouch, the blisters if you don't!)...Enter in the dilemma: you only have ankle or crew socks on hand. Bummer.

You could go out and buy some new no-show socks for a pretty penny (not to mention the time it takes and the traffic you'll hit), OR you could read on for a super easy and free way to fix this dilemma and be on your way in hidden comfort.

I just love me a useful life hack...don't you? :)

Step 1: What You'll Need...

1. Cute Shoes

2. Crew or Ankle Socks

3. Scissors

4. Pen or marker

Step 2: Socks & Shoes On

Slip on your socks and shoes.

Step 3: Mark

Using your pen or marker, draw a line down from the top hem of the sock tracing around the top of the shoe, under the tongue, and back up to the other side's top hem. LEAVE A LITTLE BIT AROUND THE BACK OF THE HEEL (as seen in the last picture). Also, try not to draw on the top hem of the sock.

Step 4: Remove Socks & Shoes

Take off your shoes and socks.

Step 5: Cut

Sorry about the darker photos here, the sun must've gone behind a cloud.

1. Fold the socks in half.

2. Start cutting UNDER the pen/marker line from the toe side of the sock (not the ankle part). Make sure you are cutting UNDER the line so there's no line showing once the socks are finished.

3. Separate the sock fold to ensure that as you cut along the line, it's correct on all sides (sometimes if you leave it folded in half, it doesn't cut evenly).

4. When you get to the top hem (elastic part) of the sock, cut under the sewn part of the hem to keep the elastic intact. STOP at the lines you made by the heel and cut it back down around to the other cut lines (to make a hole in the sock).

5. This is what the socks look like now (last picture). Slip them back on.

Step 6: Finished

Slip your shoes back on, pull your pant legs down, and enjoy yourself!


1. Yes, this works the best with something to cover them up with. However, they actually look kinda cool as-is if you HAD to wear them with a skirt or shorts. Almost like ballerina shoes.

2. If you cut off the elastic, the socks won't stay up. So if you're experimenting with some alternative options, take that into consideration.

3. Try using different types of socks besides just the traditional thick cotton. These thin ones look cute and stylish (last two pictures)!

4. Be ready for people to ask you where you bought them from...a bunch of people asked my daughter once her shoes came off.

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    4 years ago on Step 6

    Looks nice, but apparently it only works for pants and long hemmed ones? Because otherwise it might rise up when sitting.
    I often read that the sock rule is usually that their top hem shouldn't not be visible or overly so when standing or walking, which means they are fine to wear with pants.
    Like this (:
    Nice tip by the way nonetheless.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Sorry for the VERY delayed response...yes, it works with pants. Actually, when we tested it while sitting and the pant leg pulled up, it still didn't show the top elastic. Maybe it did in yours? If so, you can use taller socks and that should solve the problem. :D


    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi thanks to you for your response. Almost didn't expect it and was a great surprise! It wasn't exactly urgent, as we know I just shared a thought.
    Thanks for clarifying, though you did include it at the end of the article if it was already there I should have read it, my bad :).
    I'm a guy, to be fair, but other than the different style of shoes the exigences are often similar and still apply.
    Personally, I usually just wear socks of various lengths depending on the weather, when wearing pants or just no socks. With shorts, mostly sandals or light shoes without socks i.e low cut loafers, which I feel they don't need them as long as the hygiene is consistent and I don't wear the same pair for too long in a row :), plus they often feel almost like a sandal. Some times with low cut socks which barely show for higher top sneaker like or converse like shoes. When in shorts of course they would show, if I were to use this method but nevertheless nice nifty trick for pants :). At times I wear pants without socks in summer but it's much more rare than with shorts as I don't tend to pair them with sandals. On one hand I like the socks, the various colors styles and pattern even with bare legs, on the other it's great to lose them along most layers, the look and feel of not having them in summer, dunno :).

    What I meant before with that image and the elastic not showing, was mainly a curious observetion about being common and "ok" (not that I really believe in fashion norms haha, we should be creative and make our own style, but just as cultural reference) to wear socks with any close toe shoe as long as the top didn't show when standing, even for women. Before the 2000's I think, even with flats on heels, with pants, then not anymore, then just higher top shoe and at one point even the ankle should apparently always show unless wearing boots.
    Btw Maybe you already know this trick but if you or anyone are interested, I know this one of folding a normal sock in itself up to the toe then bring the elastic back to the heel to transform it in a no show :).


    Reply 3 years ago

    I appreciate the convo and info! Nice tip at the end too :D Blessings on your sock/no sock adventures!


    3 years ago

    Wow am impressed now I don't have to buy sneaker socks
    Thanks to you


    Reply 3 years ago

    Glad you liked this 'ible! Sorry for the extremely delayed response :)