Weaving style and quality into therapeutic threads, VIM & VIGR products are designer socks with health benefits, and designed with you in mind.
Founded in 2013, our team is committed to creating VIM & VIGR products because we have seen the amazing results firsthand. After discovering our need for compression socks — to relieve achiness or fight fatigue from too much sitting or standing — we were completely underwhelmed by the quality and the style options. So we set out to create a compression sock that made us look good and feel great.
We built our product starting with scientific insights — partnering with vascular surgeons and vein clinics. We found the right formula to create integrally knit true graduated compression and we wove it together with functional fabrics that can stand up to the daily grind and stand out in a crowd.
With VIM & VIGR compression socks, people from all walks of life discover year-round options to help them take on their day and experience expression in compression.
Our mission is to support and embrace creativity, everyday wellness, and personal expression by providing specially engineered, innovative, and fashion-forward solutions.
Learn more about our manufacturing process from factory to foot here.
Working in the healthcare industry for over 14 years, Michelle has dedicated her adult life to introducing innovative technology and products to people that need it the most. In 2013, after moving to Missoula, Montana from New York City, she found herself sitting for long periods of time at a new job. She had no idea that sitting or standing for long periods could have such negative effects on her body, especially on how her legs and body felt.
When Michelle mentioned her new sedentary situation to a physical therapist, he recommended compression socks. The only options available were athletic or medical use socks and nothing she found reflected her personal style. This inspired Michelle to start VIM & VIGR: a high-quality compression legwear line with stylish designs to be worn all day. Today, she leads the V&V team as they set out to bring the benefits of VIM & VIGR products to people everywhere.
Michelle's favorite style: Queen's Floral: Blue & Charcoal
KC's curiosity for process and development literally started in the field during her early childhood in Illinois as she waded through creeks in search of tadpoles in various developmental stages, analyzed the glow frequency of lightning bugs, and tried to stick crawdads on unsuspecting friends. She has since developed better get-to-know-you skills and only reserves the crawdads for her closest friends and occasional team-building activities.
KC has a Bachelors in Biology from the University of Montana and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. She spent 10 years in healthcare and mental health center leadership and management, where she built processes from the ground up, developed teams, analyzed business functions, and collected a variety of cool toys and gadgets so people would have something to fidget with while sitting through budget meetings.
Away from work, KC enjoys hybridizing daylilies (because who doesn’t?), recapping the most recent episode of Radiolab to family and friends, searching for the world's best cinnamon roll, and spending time with her unruly husband and four charming dogs.
KC's Favorite Style: Malibu Stripe Compression Sleeves: Raspberry & Creamsicle
Jeanne brings over 35 years of accounting experience to VIM and VIGR. She provides a unique blend of technical expertise as the Controller as well as the practical experience of a small business owner. She has provided accounting service to a variety of clients in the Missoula area since 2006, operated a retail business for 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has worked for publicly traded corporate entities. Additionally, she managed multi-million dollar budgets in mid-level management positions in Silicon Valley.
Her outside interests include gardening, textile crafts, traveling, kayaking, and hiking.
Jeanne's favorite style: Unisex Compression Leg Sleeves
From a very young age Lindsey has loved expressing herself, be it performing a silly new dance or goofy skit for her mom to crafting the perfect outfit for a particular mood or feeling. Creativity and expression have fueled Lindsey’s career path and taken her to Portland, Los Angeles, and now back home to her native state of Montana.
With Business and Apparel Design degrees, Lindsey brings us 15 years of experience in design and marketing from her time at Adidas, Rich & Skinny Jeans, and Campus Drive. She is excited to bring her love of color and design to the VIM & VIGR team and looks forward to expanding our design and product offerings.
When not toiling over sock designs, you can find Lindsey hiking with her two dogs, taking in a concert, cooking for friends & family, or adventuring with her husband and toddling 18-month- old son.
Lindsey's favorite style: Little Stripes: Raspberry & Cream
Julie spent almost 15 years in the non-profit world working for the American Red Cross Bio-Medical Services and has a great passion for blood donation and wellness. Her time with Red Cross took her from Billings, to Missoula, to Las Vegas and Salt Lake. Julie is a Montana Native, and it didn't take long for her roots to start calling her home and with it a new canvas at VIM & VIGR. As a seasoned sales professional, Julie is excited to put her skill set and creativity to use.
Julie enjoys taking as many trips as she can to New York to see her daughter Madeline and will take any opportunity to meet her son Maelan at one of the local Missoula breweries to catch up.
Julie's favorite socks are any of the polka dots.
Rachel is always up for a challenge. In high school and college, she and a good friend would sign up for distance races and triathlons that were far outside their comfort zones, with the motto: “It could be fun.” She carries this spirit with her into each new adventure she undertakes.
After four years in non-profit marketing, Rachel found an enticing challenge in communicating the benefits of designer socks to customers across the country. She knows firsthand that VIM & VIGR’s therapeutic threads are a perfect fit for a healthy, active lifestyle.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Rachel has an endless appetite for the outdoors. Outside of work she can be found running the roads and trails of Missoula, hiking in the mountains or baking up something cozy in her kitchen.
Rachel's favorite style: Falling Stripe: Cloud & Sky
A native Pennsylvanian and long-time Bostonian, Ann is still getting used to some western ways – like making eye contact with strangers, eating elk, and going out for a quick ski on a weekday. Trained as a historian, Ann is a crazy good writer and has worked for historical minded non-profits and companies. As one of three original employees, Ann has been involved in all aspects of account management. She is generous to a fault and has been instrumental in shaping our culture of amazing customer service. Her ideal day involves a long morning run, a peppermint latte, happy kids, a local IPA and a good book. She is fearless when it comes to hockey and body surfing, and not so fearless when it comes to driving over snow-covered mountain passes.
Ann's favorite style: Nautical Stripe: Cream & Black
Jake spent the first half of his life in the Pacific Northwest, kicking it with orcas and exploring the paths of Whatcom Falls Park with a roving band of equally wayward youth. He moved to Montana in his teens and quickly discovered his love of all things music-related (except for dancing), and he’s been playing guitar ever since. He held steady to the culinary career track for about a decade until he decided that he needed a change of scenery and joined Team VIM & VIGR. When he’s not busy being the deputy of Sock Town, he can be found partaking in aforementioned music stuff, hosting his own instructional home cooking stream, and skateboarding when his body allows it.
Jake's favorite style: Heathered Collection: Dark & Light Heather
Though not native to the city, Kody has lived in Missoula on and off since the age of ten, so she might as well be from here. In her time outside of Missoula, she has also lived in Texas, Washington, and California. As well as being VIM & VIGR’s newest account manager, Kody also works at FedEx in the evenings.
In the rare moments she’s not working, Kody loves to get outside and be at the lake when the weather’s nice or watch Harry Potter with her trusty sidekick & scruffy fur child, Roxy.
Kody's favorite style: Little Stripes: Raspberry & Cream
Kristi is a New Jersey native who loves to explore the country and world around her. After exploring New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and San Diego, she has landed in Salt Lake City...but likely not for long. She loves meeting new people and dogs, and she has a passion for helping everyone to live their best lives- and now she gets to do this through something as simple as socks!
Her absolute favorite thing to do is laugh- lucky for her, her friends, family, and especially her 4 dogs help her to ensure that she is laughing every day!
Kristi's favorite style: Mum's Floral: Dusty Pink & Cream
Steff is Colorado Springs born and Las Vegas raised - spent 17 years in the banking industry, before wanting to change careers to one that she felt truly helped others improve their quality of life. After almost 2 years in the non-profit sector, Steff found her way to one of her personal passions: socks. And not just any socks... socks that improve the well-being of herself and others!
Steff spends most of her free time on animal welfare - mostly cats - and running her cats' social media. She supports a feral cat colony of 16 and helps to promote the importance of TNR.
Steff's favorite style: Work-to-Play: Cream & Crimson
After working in various administrative roles at different businesses around Missoula, Amy finally settled into something that continually piques her interest. On paper, Amy manages VIM & VIGR’s wholesale accounts and Account Management team, but really Amy is the glue that holds the office together. She is never satisfied with a simple solution, is constantly figuring out a better way to do things and perpetually tries to make all the pieces of a business fit together. She started here by packaging socks, but her frenetic mind soon took hold of her and she started working her way through each department of the company, forming the core of our day-to-day.
When Amy isn’t working out boundless energy on her mini-elliptical at her stand-up desk, she can be found encouraging her daughter to never be bored and always be creative, going camping with her family, listening to an audio book on body science, watching the Big Lebowski, or just generally being ridiculous in hopes of getting her friends and co-workers to take a second to laugh.
Amy's favorite style: Montana Plaid: Red & Black
Christine is a lifelong Montanan and an inveterate podcast listener. When she isn’t busy keeping her feline taskmaster happy, she can be found enjoying music and a healthy rotation of 7-10 books at a time. She hopes to one day open a world-famous roller rink/oddity museum.
Christine's favorite style: Montana Plaid: Violet & Black
Rainy considers herself an artist, whether that medium is drawing with ink and/or acrylic paint, creating recycled material dolls, visual directing and costume design for film projects, or songwriting & singing along with her guitar.
She originates from the Mat-Su Valley in Alaska and from that vast, magical land has developed a deep love for the majesty and connectivity of the natural world.
She finds joy in solving problems and is a relentless optimist, believing in a spiritual meaning in all things. Rainy loves self expression through clothing, and finds that the added element of health benefits of VIM & VIGR is perfect for a health conscious consumer.
With her desire to make any space more soothing and for everyone around to feel heard and loved, Rainy’s character can be summed up best like this: she really just wants to be a warm light that pours over everyone.
Rainy's favorite style: Falling Stripe: Cloud & Sky
Russ is a part of our fulfillment team, responsible for receiving all of our exciting new products and analyzing them to ensure they meet our strict quality control guidelines. Along with many daily fulfillment tasks such as preparing orders for shipment and inventory maintenance, Russ is also VIM & VIGR’s unofficial workplace handyman.
Outside of work, Russ enjoys spending time with his wife, Charity, and their two boxers, Tiger and Poppy. He also enjoys camping, building custom furniture, baking, and gardening.
Russ's favorite style: Little Stripes: Dark Clay, Dark Teal, & Orange
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.