Why Compression Socks Are Not Just for Air Travel

August 01, 2018

Why Compression Socks Are Not Just for Air Travel

Article by CerysAilsa

Travel Channel’s Deanne Revel recommends wearing compression socks to anyone going on a flight, especially when traveling for a long period of time. She is not alone, as many travel experts and medical professionals recommend the very same thing, too. By now, you probably know why: Compression socks help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling or worse, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and clotting on a long flight. They do this by steadily squeezing your legs, helping your veins and leg muscles to move blood more efficiently and keep blood from stagnating.

But, compression socks are not just for air travel. They can be used for hiking, for instance, as Shannon Furniss did out of sheer curiosity. She got to the top of the mountain and was left “feeling energized, strong and, well, almost invincible.” Compression socks are perfect for sports. This is especially true for running, which can take a toll on your lower extremities. Indeed, it’s not just new technology in sport— like drone technology, wearables, and virtual reality — that are helping boost athletes’ performance. Compression socks, which fall under the umbrella of compression garments, are also doing their part in helping athletes stay healthy and succeed. Although less flashy than virtual reality or other innovations enumerated on the list, compression socks have become an important part of sporting equipment.

Very Well Fit explains that compression garments are designed to improve blood flow. Here are a few other benefits of wearing compression:

Improves Endurance

A 2016 study published in Journal of Sports Medicine found that wearing compression garments can improve endurance by allowing for incremental enhancements in movement and muscle temperature. While improvement was not overwhelming, slight improvement is all it takes to give an athlete a competitive edge. For instance, as any serious runner would know, any increase in endurance is crucial.

Improves Muscle Function

Improved circulation means oxygenated blood flows more freely, especially to the muscles that need it for sustained top-level performance. The more oxygen in your muscles, the better they will function. Wearing compression can help do just that.

Reduces Muscle Pain and Damage

When lactic acid build up in the body, it causes soreness and decreased muscle performance. Compression improves blood flow, helping flush out lactic acid and preventing further build-up that might cause muscle pain and inflammation. Athletes can use compression to minimize muscle aches and the time it takes to recover.

Promotes Recovery

Because compression helps limit swelling, recovery can begin to reduce inflammation after a hard run as soon as you put compression sock on. This is good news for runners, who know fully well how hard it is to recover from running session.

Prevents Ankle Injuries

Athletes are vulnerable to ankle injuries and wearing compression socks can help keep them at a minimum. Most compression socks provide some form of ankle support, which help stabilize the ankle by increasing your body’s awareness of the joint.

So yes, wear compression socks on your next flight! Compression is incredibly important for healthy air travel. But feel just as free to wear them on your next run, in your next game or on your next hike, too. No matter your age, occupation or location - you reap the benefits of compression legwear anywhere, any place, any time.



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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.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% 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: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 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.