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If you’ve ever seen compression socks, you know it’s not the most stylish thing in the world.
I’ve never been one to think much of the product — especially since the majority of compression socks I see are funky-looking and expensive.
However, I heard about the benefits of compression socks now and then (good for regulating blood flow, helps tired legs), but didn’t think I’d ever need anything like it until I started sitting at a full-time desk job. For the majority of office workers, this also means sitting at a desk, hunched up looking at a computer for 8 long hours.
With my new desk job came aches and pains I’ve never experienced: My shins burned, my ankles would swell and my circulation felt off.
So, I came back to the idea of those weird-looking compression socks.
With some research, I found that compression socks work because they’re designed to put pressure around your ankles, decreasing the pressure toward your knees, per the Mayo Clinic. The gentle squeeze on your legs promotes blood flow from the legs back to your heart. For those like me, who sit at a desk all day, the socks can have significant benefits since inactive legs get little blood flow, according to the American Vein and Vascular Institute. The increased blood flow can help athletes recover from soreness, too.
My research also led me to a pair of compression socks that have so many color and style options, I was immediately sold. With more than 6,000 reviews — more than 4,000 of which are a perfect 5 stars — these compression socks on Amazon are a best-seller and seem to match any need a shopper with leg pain and discomfort might have.
The pack of seven socks (one pair for each day of the week!) can come in any range of colors you’d like (all white, all black, black and nude, fun patterns — you get the idea) and come in sizes that can fit from a women’s size 5.5 to a men’s 14.
Either way, they look like regular dress socks, and come in prints and patterns I actually wouldn’t mind wearing to the office. The 360-degree stretch included allows for a comfortable fit whether your leg grows, shrinks or stays the same size over time.
Shop it: $16-$28 (for pack of 7), amazon.com
“While I expected these to be more of a dress sock, they are between a dress sock and an athletic sock and still look great as a dress sock,” acknowledged one happy shopper. “The thing I like best is that the large size fits a size 15 very well. I'm very pleased with these and would buy them again when needing a dressy compression sock.”
Another wrote: “Excellent value for the money — thicker and more versatile than thin, expensive socks.”
These socks are designed to prevent cramping, fatigue and swelling, and at the same time help muscle recovery, varicose veins and even diabetes effects.
“I wish I had bought these a lot sooner,” one five-star reviewer explained. “I never knew compression socks could help so much. I have severe Diabetic Nerve problems in my legs. The pain is so much that I can hardly walk. I tried these out of desperation. The first day my pain was reduced by 90 percent by the end of the second day wearing them, my pain is almost completely gone, and I was standing on my feet all day!”
And while there are more expensive options that might seem like the best bet, shoppers affirm that these compression socks are a great value — and the real deal.
“Seriously, I had misgivings about quality due to the low price,” one honest reviewer admitted. “I’m glad I jumped into the water so to speak! These are great! I bought the assorted colors (to wear with different outfits). You cannot tell they are support socks. They do a great job for prolonged sitting or standing. I’m young (40) and just started to need support hose after 5 children and a full-time job where I have to sit for 6 to 8 hours straight. I was getting horrible bloating and swelling in my legs. These do the job. They are light-medium support and are comfy to the point you can sleep with them. Definitely recommend, and I’m ordering another set!”
One customer even went as far as saying these socks were, “the best online purchase ever.”
“Thank you for these phenomenal socks that have been a game changer for my normally swollen legs and ankles,” they wrote. “I travel a lot for work and doctors performed tests and leg ultrasounds only to find everything working normally thank God, but, the swelling was awful and embarrassing. No more swelling since I started wearing these socks with my uniform.”
Shop it: Laite Hebe Compression Socks, $16-$30 (depending on size), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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