Over the years, compression socks have gotten somewhat of a bad rap – most commonly associated with those thick, frumpy beige socks that are exclusive to grandmothers and people with injuries. If that was your first impression of them, we don’t blame you, as many of us have thought the same thing at one point or another. However, as time passes and the list of benefits that come along with compression socks continues to grow, we think it’s time they get a little street cred. So buckle your seatbelts folks – we’re about to tackle the four most common compression misconceptions:
“I’m healthy, I don’t need ‘em!”
The thought that compression socks aren’t of use unless you are aging or injured is one of the most common misconceptions. While it’s true compression socks are great for those who are in the process of healing – that is only a small portion of the number of people who can benefit from compression. What many don’t consider is how compression can be used as a preemptive approach to their health. Offense is the best defense, right? The earlier you invest in compression socks, the less likely it is that you will suffer from blood clots, varicose veins, and other health issues associated with poor circulation.
“My socks are pretty tight, that’s probably enough compression…”
Say NO to snug socks – unless they’re compression. Tight socks are not comparable to compression socks, and may even inhibit blood flow in your legs, further increasing the possibility of swelling, varicose veins, and other negative side effects that are damaging to your body. The difference is in VIM & VIGR’s Gradient Pressure knitting technology, which starts at the ankle and works its way up the leg to ensure comfort and effectiveness. It’s time to toss those overly-tight socks and opt for some with proven health benefits instead – remember, all socks are not created equal!
“You mean the socks that my grandma wears?”
Kind of. While compression socks aren’t exclusive to grandmas, grandmas are some of the people who can (and do) benefit from them. Alongside granny would be athletes, pregnant women, people who are on their feet for long periods of time, people who sit for long periods of time, and even Jessica Alba (see what we mean, here). So in short, pretty much anyone and everyone can benefit from compression socks in one way or another – and the sooner you invest in them, the better. But come on, if your grandma approves, they must be the real deal!
“I would wear them if they didn’t clash with everything.”
Ahh, the classic dilemma between health and style – one we all know too well. Faced with a similar situation in 2013, founder Michelle Huie struggled to find compression socks that could pass for everyday use – forcing her to choose between athletic socks and ugly medical stockings. Luckily for us, she didn’t settle, and instead created VIM & VIGR. Three years and a ton of styles later, the only dilemma you’d have to worry about today is whether polka dots or stripes would better compliment your outfit. Who would have thought health and style would fuse in the form of compression socks?
So what are you waiting for? Start being more proactive about your health and join your grandma on the compression sock bandwagon (in style, of course) by shopping our newest fall styles today!
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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.