April 17, 2021

The best compression socks

  • High-quality compression socks provide firm pressure from the ankle to the upper calf, giving your legs the support they need during exercise, travel, long workdays, and many other situations.
  • Compression socks squeeze the walls of the veins and leg tissues to help improve circulation and the flow of the lymph fluids that bathe your legs’ cells, resulting in less leg fatigue, achiness, and swelling.
  • Our top pick, the CEP Progressive+ Compression Run Socks 2.0, provides firm pressure throughout the sock without sagging, making them comfortable and effective all day long.
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Though they’re often worn via doctor’s orders, compression socks are available to anyone. Many people choose compression socks because they provide comfort during pregnancy, long days on your feet, a punishing workout, or travel. There’s no downside to wearing them as long as you’re comfortable.

Compression socks work by squeezing the walls of the veins and leg tissues to help blood work its way against gravity to the heart. In other words, they improve circulation. There are also gains in the flow of the lymph fluids that bathe your legs’ cells. These improvements lead to less leg fatigue, achiness, and swelling.

While researching the best compression socks, we tested dozen of styles across brands like Swiftwick, CEP, and Sockwell. Our guide features socks that provide great comfort, are relatively durable, and are fit to wear in a variety of situations.

Here are the best compression socks:

Updated on 10/6/2020 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how to shop for compression socks and how best to use compression socks, checked the availability of all recommended socks, and updated the prices and links where necessary.