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The Best (and Best-Looking) Compression Socks on the Market
You know that point on long-distance flights when your sacrum is screaming, your knees are stiff, and your calves seem to be puffing up into two little hot-air balloons? Smart air travel habits, like drinking lots of water (and skipping free alcohol on international fights -- sorry), avoiding salt, and frequently walking the aisle, all help with cramped-cabin-induced aches and pains. Smart socks also help.
For those who are unfamiliar with compression socks, allow us to explain: We're talking about socks whose super-snug knit applied pressure to the lower legs, helping to boost blood and oxygen flow. This in turn fights swelling and discomfort. Compression socks are commonly used for pro-athletes and medical purposes, but they're not just for ultra-marathoners and the elderly. They are game-changers for passengers on long-haul flights, when inactivity can lead to lower-body bloating and even blood clots. With that in mind, ,here are the brands making the best (and best-looking) compression socks on the market.
Polka dots, flowers, and camo print may not seem revolutionary, but when Montana-based VIM & VIGR came to market in 2014, it rocked the sea of black compression wear with bright colors and statement-making prints. Finally, a compression product with both style and substance.
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We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.
If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.
All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.
Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel.
Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.
With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.
Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.