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Smartwool Women’s Hide and Seek No-Show Socks

For wear with crag shoes

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MSRP: $12.95

BEST FOR: Use under slip-on approach shoes, warm weather

Now and then something strikes you as just a plain great idea.

Of all places, it was during a checkup at the hospital that a tech told this writer that Smartwool is making what she called “peds”—which people used to call “footies.”

These are the women’s Hide and Seek No Show socks, and are a bit of a godsend. A lot of us wear slip-on approach shoes, or slip-ons for between boulder problems (see Evolv Cruzer and Five-Ten Sleuth), and if you find yourself in them more and more, for longer approaches or descents, or around town after climbing, you may start thinking socks.

Wearing long socks with such shoes looks OK, but in warm or room temps you want short ones, and visible short socks with slips-ons is just not a good look. Women may want to avoid it, or at least this one would. The No Shows do the trick, and for them to be produced in wool is next-level. Wool dries fast, repels odor, and slides rather than chafes; many of us wear it all summer under trail or running shoes.

The Hide and Seek No Show stay on rather than roll off your foot, and … hey, they are wool. (There is a yet more minimalist—if that can be a phrase—sock, the Secret Sleuth, also $12.95, for low flats.)

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