Not Your Grandmother's Support Hose: 10+ Compression Socks To Knock Your (Old) Socks Off
In the old days - you might not remember them - our grandmas wore 'support hose' to keep the veins in their legs and feet from swelling. Pregnant women were also prescribed support hose to keep ankle edema down. Today, it's become clear that nearly everything we do with our legs requires some support - whether it's sitting, standing, running, walking, biking, or weight training. Support comes in the form of 'compression,' compression of veins and arteries in the legs.
Athletes who wear compression socks provide anecdotal 'support' for the socks and say they perform better and longer while wearing them. As a use for remediation of edema, phlebitis, thrombosis and other vein disorders, compression has been one of the main therapies implemented for many years, and there is considerable scientific evidence of its medical benefits. So if you are either on your feet a lot or you are in one position a lot, either reclining or sitting much of the time, you should be wearing support socks, because they can also help prevent veinous disorders from occuring.
Lucky you, though.... We are no longer shopping for your grandma's grand old beige leg wraps. No, compression socks have hit the runway now; they are in, they are even designer-wear!
Here are some of the major brands and examples of perfectly stunning foot and legwear for your jambs!
1 - 4. Bondi Band Compression Socks
Bondi Band's selection of compression socks and other compression items is vast and, though priced somewhat higher than some of the other brands of support legwears, the company promises a lot in a sock, as is displayed in the diagram below:
Here are a few of the gorgeous Bondi Band styles, starting with the Bondi Band Diva Socks... (If you can afford them, you're a diva!)
5 - 7. Celeste Stein Fashion Compression Socks
For those new to compression socks, you might want to try the Celeste Stein brand (you'll find dozens at this link!)They have a light to medium fit and work well for those who do not stress their legs too much, as well as those who are new to control socks. The many designs are very cool; the fabric is almost sheer and they look like tatoos on your legs! They are quite popular socks, but those whose legs are on the heavy side complain that they do not fit well - so these are for thin to medium size calves.
Here are just a few of the many Celeste Stein innovative designs....
The Celeste Stein Skulls Compression Socks... Use this link to find this and many other styles. When you reach the page, just scroll down the menu and a photo of each design will appear next to its corresponding name.
9. Sockwell Damask Compression Socks
Sockwell is another very popular brand of compression socks. These are light to medium compression and are great for beginners and for those just requiring some compression - not a lot. The materials used to make these socks are unusual, as many pairs are some form of stretch nylon. These are make of merino wool, stretch nylon, bamboo, and spandex. There are four different colors of the Sockwell Damask Compression Socks available on this link.
10. Fytto (Plain Old) Solid Color Compression Knee-High Socks
If you don't feel up to getting fancy, the Fytto Solid Color Compression socks are low compression and will not distract from the rest of your duds. These are very very popular, so they must be good and you can get them to match most of your clothes - in black, brown, burgundy, and nude.
11. BriteLeafs Thigh High Compression Stockings
BriteLeafs makes a medium to high compression stocking, great for people who are on their feet all day or those with a history of leg swelling. The BriteLeafs come in many formats, but mostly solid colors. The Thigh Highs below are not only supportive, but they're kind of sexy too!