Why You Should Measure Before Buying Compression Socks
Compression socks are often prescribed by doctors to help a variety of chronic illnesses. Just like any other prescription, things can vary from person to person. The most obvious factor with compression socks is size. Getting the correct size of sock will ensure that the socks are compressing the right areas of your leg. Our compression socks come in 6 different sizes, including wide calf varieties, to ensure absolute comfort and function for many bodies. We are constantly pushing ourselves to offer more options to hopefully one day get everyone in some stylish compression socks!
Having your measurements ensures that you will get a compression garment that not only fits comfortably, but works efficiently as well. Our compression socks and tights are made with graduated compression technology. Graduated compression is tightest around the lower part of the leg and progressively gets looser towards the top to allow for better blood flow. As you can imagine, accurate sizing plays into the effectiveness of this. Your garments should not pinch or hurt; they should feel like a gentle hug that supports your legs. Depending on the compression level you get, you may feel more or less of a squeeze. We cover compression levels and their meanings in another article that we encourage you to read.
Steps for Measuring Your Leg, Calf, and Thigh
Discussing where your pain is located with your Doctor or Podiatrist is the first step towards deciding what kind of compression product you should get – a sleeve, stocking, or sock. Our compression socks, sleeves, and stockings come in a wide range of sizes, so determining accurate measurements is an important next step to getting the best fit.
We suggest that you take measurements when you first wake up in the morning, because the swelling in your feet will be at its lowest point. Your limbs—including your legs, calves, and thighs—should be measured with your bare skin exposed. All measurements taken are based on the angle between the sole and the foot or the sole and the leg being bent at approximately 90 degrees for the most accurate measurement. Follow these steps to find your size:
- Mark the widest point of your calf and thigh with a marker.
- Measure the widest part of your calf and take note of the measurement in inches.
- Find your most commonly worn shoe size.
For our compression tights, we use height and weight to help determine size. See the compression tights sizing chart below the compression socks sizing chart.
While we suggest ordering with exact measurements, if you are giving compression socks as a gift, we have a very generous exchange policy to ensure your gift is perfect!
Use Our Compression Sock Size Chart to Find Your Size.
After you’ve completed all the measurements for your calf and have identified your shoe size, you should compare these metrics to our sizing chart below. For compression socks, our chart includes shoe sizes for men, women, and European conversions, as well as calf circumference. You can also find compression sleeves and tights sizing. We look forward to giving you the perfect fit!
|S/M||5 - 8||3.5 - 6.5||36 - 39||12" - 16"|
|Wide Calf S/M||5 - 8||3.5 - 6.5||36 - 39||17" - 21"|
|M/L||8.5 - 11.5||7 - 10||39 - 42||13" - 17"|
|Wide Calf M/L||8.5 - 11.5||7 - 10||39 - 42||17" - 21"|
|L/XL||12 - 15||10.5 - 13.5||42 - 46||14" - 18"|
|Wide Calf L/XL||12 - 15||10.5 - 13.5||42 - 46||17" - 21"|
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What if I'm between sizes?
If you're in between sizes, take into consideration your body type and what you are generally most comfortable in. Do you find that you often size up in shoes or pants? Do you have wide feet or narrow? Do you like a really tight fit for the feeling of support?
Don't forget we do offer postage-paid free returns & exchanges - so if the first size you try isn't a perfect fit, we'll happily help you find one that does.
Need help with sizing? Email email@example.com.
How do I know if I need a "wide calf" size?
Our wide calf sizes accommodate a calf circumference of 17-21," measured at the widest point of the calf. To measure your calves, use a tape measure or a piece of string that you can lay alongside a ruler.
If your calf measures between a wide calf and standard calf size, we recommend trying the standard calf size first. Compression socks should feel tight, like a gentle hug for your legs.
Five Star reviews:
“The Vim and Vigr socks fit me so much better than another brand that I have tried - fits good in the leg as well perfect fit in the foot. Thank you so very much!”
“These tights are sturdy and resistant to nicks and tears. They fit perfectly size-wise and provide adequate compression/support. Highly recommend!”
- Vladislava Juric
“Wonderful product! It is tight, but not too tight 😊 These socks helped keep my legs in a good shape for the entire day!
The color is matching spring outfit and looks like regular socks instead of some prescription ones. Highly recommend!”
- Andrei Koren