Whether you’re looking to shave seconds off your transition time or simply looking for any way to stay cool in stifling summer temperatures, sockless running is a trend worth trying. But going bare isn’t as simple as wearing the same shoes, sans socks. To reduce chafing, hot spots, and discomfort, it’s important to search for a shoe designed for sockless running: a seamless upper, snug “second-skin” fit, and mesh or knit materials are all indications the footwear was made to be worn without an extra layer between skin and shoe.
Ready to ditch the socks? Slide into one of these pairs.
Nike Free RN Flyknit
Using a thin, flexible sole and one-piece upper to conform to the contours of the foot, the Nike Free RN Flyknit is designed to feel like a sock but run like a race flat.
Hoka One One Mach
For those who want a little more structure to their shoe, Hoka’s Mach tops its trademark cushy sole with a lightweight, super-breathable mesh that cradles the foot over mega miles.
Skechers GOrun 6
The knit upper of the GOrun strikes a good balance between snug and spacious, thanks to a wide, stretchy toebox that allows for expansion without feeling constricted.
Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged
Though hyper-responsive boost technology is nothing new in a running shoe, pairing it with a durable knit upper is–the combination of the two creates a high-performing shoe made to go the distance.
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v3
Talk about high-tech: the 3D printer was brought out to create a lightweight mesh cage for the midfoot of the Vongo. But the really cool technology is inside, where a molded bootie subs in for a traditional sock, making for a perfect all-in-one shoe.
Asics DynaFlyte 3
An anti-microbial and anti-moisture sock liner keeps blisters and odors at bay, solving the problem of seriously funky feet.
Saucony Kinvara 9
The cornerstone of the Saucony brand is anything but dated. In the latest update of the beloved Kinvara style, a minimalist mesh called Flexfilm creates a seamless, pliable upper that moves with the runner.
On Cloudventure Peak
Going off-road? The Cloudventure Peak trail shoe features a snug ripstop upper that is as comfortable as it is durable.