Socks vs. Sleeves

June 28, 2018

Socks vs. Sleeves

With the introduction of our new MOVE compression sleeves collection, the options for stylish compression legwear are quickly expanding. You may be wondering: “What, exactly, is the point of compression sleeves? Are they better than socks? Do they offer more or less compression??”

These are all great questions! To help provide some answers, we have put together a detailed comparison of socks and sleeves. Let’s start with what they have in common.

Benefits of BOTH Socks and Sleeves

Both our compression sock and sleeve collections feature styles for men and women. Don’t be limited by the label, though! Nearly all our sizes fit both men and women (see the sizing chart).

Compression socks and sleeves both provide many of the benefits of compression, including energizing your legs, preventing swelling, aiding in muscle recovery and relieving achiness and heaviness. And, all our products - socks, sleeves, tights - provide long-lasting, stylish options for everyday wear.


Our compression socks are available in four unique fabrics - keeping them a stylish option for every season. They feature compression at two levels: everyday (15 - 20 mmHg) or higher compression (20 - 30 mmHg). Compression socks are a particularly great option if you suffer from swelling or heaviness in your feet and ankles. The graduated compression will help keep blood moving back to your heart efficiently.

Plus with compression socks, you don’t have to find socks to wear - obviously! They solve for one of your most basic accessories, keep your feet warm and add some style to your outfit.


Our compression sleeves are favored by runners and dancers alike. They provide all the benefits of compression, with the versatility of going barefoot or pairing your favorite no-show sock. They’re a great option for summer and go perfectly with sandals or sneakers. We find compression sleeves to be especially good for muscle recovery, delivery a hug for your calves after a long run or during an endless day on your feet.

At the moment, our compression sleeves come exclusively in an everyday level of compression (15 - 20 mmHg) and are made of our high-quality nylon blend.

In summary, both socks and sleeves are great options. It really comes down to personal preference! Are you someone who wears socks everyday for work? Then you would probably love our compression socks! Are you a runner who is very particular about your running socks? You might like the flexibility of sleeves, so you can pair them with your tried-and-true socks. Do you live in sandals in the spring and summer? Then sleeves might be best for you!

We highly recommend you try both the sleeves and socks to compare. Let us know which you prefer 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.