Fun Ways to Stay Cool with Compression

July 23, 2018

Fun Ways to Stay Cool with Compression

This summer is HOT, and we know it's tricky to stay cool while the sun is beating down with all its glory. Our team has brainstormed some clever ways for you to use your socks to stay cool. So, snag a few pairs from the back of your drawer and try out these tips!

For Nurses and Doctors:

Does wearing your stethoscope around your neck make the back of your neck sweaty and itchy? Even if you are immune to this irritation, you can lengthen the life of your stethoscope by using this simple trick. Take one of our colorful MOVE sleeves and lace your stethoscope through it! This will alleviate the itchiness and sweating, all while helping prolong the life of your favorite stethoscope.

For Peaceful Sleep:

To beat the nighttime heat, we recommend a few things. First, grab a plastic water bottle and freeze it completely during the day. Then, at night take it from the freezer, throw it in a VIM & VIGR sock and push it to the bottom of your covers. Another way to stay cool is to wet a pair of socks and put them on before you crawl into bed. This will keep your body temperature down and help you nod off.

For Around the House:

If you find yourself coming home to a hot and stale house, we have the perfect tricks for you! Fill one or two (or eight - depending on how hot you are) socks with ice. This makes an easy ice pack that is flexible and avoids the use of a plastic bag! If you don’t have an ice machine and you want a quick fix, grab a few VIM & VIGR socks, run them under the faucet, and throw them in the freezer. Once these are frozen, you can place them around your neck to get a rapid cool down.

For Outdoor Play:

Take the last tip (freezing a wet sock) and switch it up a little by freezing one of your sleeves. Instead of wrapping it around your neck, wrap it around a water bottle to keep it insulated and cool. Next up, grab a few socks and throw your favorite flavor of otter pops in them to have later when you need a cold snack. Our final trick (also our favorite) is to grab a small water gun and use one of your favorite socks as the perfect holster.

Do you have other tips for staying cool in the summer heat? Tell us in the comments below!

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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

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.

Size Chart - VIM & VIGR Fashionable Compression Legwear

Sleeves & Tights


Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 75% Moisture-wick polyester/13% Nylon/12% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

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.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

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.