If you travel frequently and find that your legs and ankles tend to swell while sitting, compression socks can help. For shopping made easy, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite styles on the market. Our list includes options offered in a range of compression levels to promote healthy circulation: 15-20 mg for minor swelling and varicose veins, often the ideal level for travel, and 20-30 mg of medical-grade compression for moderate to severe swelling. While medical grade options are typically prescribed by a doctor, you can also opt for an over-the-counter option if you’re aware of your needs. Since a good pair should fit snuggly without feeling constricting, all our top picks are made of flexible fabrics that are also moisture-wicking. And as an added bonus, they come in a range of solid colors to bold patterns.
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1. Crucial Compression Socks
These nylon-spandex blend compression offer breathable comfort. Their ComfortFlex design is double-stitched for durability and to prevent slippage.
Pros: The toe and heel areas have reinforced, shock-absorbing cushioning. These come in over 10 colors to choose from.
Cons: They may run slightly small.
2. Laite Hebe Compression Socks
These nylon compression socks offer 360-degree stretch for enhanced flexibility. The fabric combination is breathable and wicks away moisture so you stay dry.
Pros: They also have reinforced cushioning in the toes and heels for added protection. Non-slip cuffs help keep the socks up without cutting off circulation. These come in a wide range of colorways and patterns.
Cons: Some wearers may find the toe-area to be slightly ill-fitting.
3. SB SOX Compression Socks
This style is 80% nylon and 20% spandex, providing optimal elasticity and moisture-wicking capabilities.
Pros: They're anti-odor and anti-static. They include arch support to help reduce plantar fasciitis pain. Reinforced toes and heels boost durability, while anti-slip cuffs ensure they stay in place. They're offered in over 15 colors and prints.
Cons: Some users may find these difficult to put on.
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