Most so-called "padded socks" on the market usually provide too much thickness in the areas you don't need it (toe box and sole) and annoyingly underpad the outer heel walls.
A big secret: the only way to learn how a sock is structured is to turn it inside out.
One question we're sometimes asked is why Skinnys cost what they do, when generic socks can be had for a few bucks a pair.
It really comes down to what it takes to produce Skinnys and the fact that they're manufactured in more limited quantities.
They're a little pricier, but you won't find this type of product anywhere else.
Simply put, most shoe manufacturers design their shoes for "average" heels, even though around 25% of us would benefit from a slimmer-designed heel cup.
For those of us in the narrower group, off-the-shelf shoes often have heel cups that just have too much space—too much air—leaving a gap between the shoe and our heel. For non-padded shoes (dress shoes, loafers, boat shoes, etc.), there's even less room for error. And so our shoes slip off our feet.
Why are all no-show socks paper thin, and could they be used to make loose shoes fit a bit tighter?
For those of us who need a tighter shoe fit—because we blister in our heels or because our feet pop up or slip out of our shoes—thin socks simply won't cut it.
We need the most padded no-show socks we can find, especially in the heel area!
For some of us, loafers and Sperrys never seem to "break in", and they rub blisters onto our heels every single time we wear them. Either our feet don't develop thick enough calluses to protect our skin, or the shoes simply aren't able to conform to our feet.
Most people try hacking the shoes with pads or insoles, or using "moleskin" or band-aids that come off with sweat.
But for our founder, none of these slip-on blister hacks ever worked, and he set out to solve the problem another way.