Compression socks are often recommended for diabetics, pregnant women or people with circulatory issues, but just about anyone can wear them — so as long as they’re comfortable. They offer more pressure at the ankle than the calf to support blood flow in the legs, making them also ideal for people who spend most of their day on their feet or travelling on planes.
Most compression socks are made with a blend of synthetic fabrics that provide a snug yet stretchy fit, and come in a range of lengths and firmness to fit any need or preference.
To help you wade through all the options, we’ve rounded up some of the best unisex styles you can buy. Read on to shop them all.
1. Physix Gear Compression Socks
Whether you're a runner, nurse or simply looking to improve lower leg circulation, these knee-high socks are a great pick — as they're both anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking.
Pros: Offer medical-grade compression (20-30 mmHg) for those seeking a high level of support. Feature a breathable nylon and spandex blend. Don’t lose compression after washing. Include stay-put cuffs that don’t roll down during wear. Include shock absorbing technology.
Cons: Elastic band at the top of the sock may be constricting. May run large.
2. Charmking Compression Socks
For a slightly lower grade compression sock (15-20 mmHg), this option offers sturdy support at an unbeatable price.
Pros: Available as a pack of seven or eight, so you won't have to worry about doing laundry so frequently. Available in plain and patterned options to suit any style. Feature targeted compression zones that help relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Include up to 80% nylon for a breathable and flexible fit.
Cons: Styles may shrink after washing.
3. SB SOX Compression Foot Sleeves
These medical-grade sleeves are discreet enough to wear with slippers or under socks, while offering superior support and breathability.
Pros: Feature anti-odor and moisture-wicking fabrics. Lightweight. Include ribbed arch support to reduce pain in arch and heel.
Cons: Material may not be as durable as other options on the market.
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