The Difference Between Trainer Socks And Invisible Socks

The best fashion looks come from paying attention to the small details. Accessories can take an average outfit to a great one, as they add so much life to your ensemble. Socks are a great way to do this - whether they’re a subtle feature, or a main component, making sure your outfit is paired with the best pair of socks is key (especially when considering comfort). There are two types of socks we want to focus on in this blog - trainer and invisible - as they are often thought of as the same. Whilst they have similarities, there are some key differences to pay attention to. Let’s delve into what those are, and a bit about how to style each respectively.

Trainer Socks

Trainer socks are often referred to as ankle or low-cut socks, as they are designed to sit just below the ankle. They differ from crew which make their way closer to the knee. Trainer socks provide the same level of comfort, whilst not extending past the shoe, and being able to remain more subtle. They offer balance and functionality - making them a great choice for athletic activities and casual outings. Trainer socks have great absorbing qualities and protective materials. Since they’re designed to fit well and have moisture-wicking properties.

Trainer socks come in a variety of materials - cotton, polyester, blends of the two - and each one offers a different level of quality. At Peper Harow, we have a few different types to choose from. If you’re looking for ones which feature a cushioned sole and reinforced heels (great for comfort and longevity) try out our Trainer Sport Socks for men or women. We also have a range of some of our best designs in a trainer sock version - made from mercerised and recycled cotton - which are great for casual wear. Trainer socks are great as they can be paired with sneakers, loafers, or even casual shoes.

Invisible Socks

What invisible socks are is clear from the name - invisible! They are designed to be undetectable when worn with shoes, making it look like you’re not wearing socks at all (some looks call for this!). They sit below the shoe, providing the comfort of a regular sock, but not being seen.

Invisible socks are often made from nylon or spandex, which are more lightweight and stretchy materials. This is due to their foot-hugging nature - they need to be able to mould to the shape of your foot and stay put, because there isn’t a lot of material to be able to get a good grip otherwise. Some invisible socks will have additional features, such as silicone grips or heel tabs, to help them to not slide down when being worn.

Styling Tips

Now that we've explored the differences between trainer socks and invisible socks, let's discuss how to style them effectively:

Trainer Socks

1. Trainers or athletic shoes are great pair with trainer socks as they give a sporty or casual look. Choose colours that complement your shoe, or contrast with a pop of colour.

2. Since the trainer sock is short, it can be helpful to roll up the cuff of your trousers slightly to showcase the sock. This also creates a laid-back vibe.

3. Since the sock is short, you don’t have to feel scared about it over powering the outfit. It is a great balance in adding a pop of fun to your outfit.

Invisible Socks

1. Invisible socks pair great with loafers, boat shoes or ballet flats. They allow looks to have a polished appearance and remain hidden. Emphasis lies on the shoe.

2. Choose nude or neutral colours for your invisible socks to ensure they don’t stick out if you’re wearing particularly low shoes. This just helps with peace of mind that they definitely are hidden.

3. Low quality ones may not provide the comfort and protection you need. Investing in a pair which has silicone grips and reinforced stitching will make your experience wearing them much better.

In conclusion, whilst trainer socks and invisible socks are similar and can have some of the same purposes in terms of comfort and protection, they have different styling purposes. We hope this blog has helped shed a light on the right types of socks to use for your future outfits.