Time to treat your feet with a pair of comfy compression socks

Time to treat your feet with a pair of comfy compression socks


One of the endless list of super-fun pregnancy symptoms (and it sure is endless) is swelling in our legs and feet. And for many moms, that leg discomfort doesn’t always just poof! and go away after baby is born. That’s why compression socks for women top many veteran moms’ wish lists—at all times of the year.

What do compression socks do?

Lots of things! And chances are, this purchase won’t be something you use once and toss in the trash either. Just like your fave comfy maternity sweaters that you keep wearing long after baby’s arrival (because why wouldn’t you?) your go-to compression socks are likely to become a regular staple in your self-care routine. That’s because the best compression socks help in lots of other (non-pregnancy-related) ways too. From improving circulation, to preventing blood clots, to relieving aches and pains, you’ll probably be digging your fave compression socks out of your sock drawer well after this pregnancy is over. They also reduce lactic acid buildup, help prevent varicose veins, and reduce swelling and inflammation… so yeah, even though compression socks for women are a top-rated gift item, dads, grandpas and everyone else can get some comfort and relief too.

How do compression socks work?

Basically, for anyone with veins that are struggling a bit to keep that blood pumping, compression socks offer your calves a nice, gentle hug and help your veins push that blood back up to your heart. This swelling and heaviness in the legs can have many different causes, including chronic venous insufficiency, pregnancy, fatigue from being on your feet all day, or from NOT being on your feet at all and sitting for too long.

But whatever the reason, a good pair of compression socks might be just the ticket for some much-deserved relief.

Can you sleep in compression socks?

Yes, according to Cleveland Clinic, but it’s not really necessary. “The benefit occurs when you’re up and moving, and gravity is working on your veins,” explains cardiovascular specialist Douglas Joseph, DO. “When you’re lying down, you take away the effect of gravity. So there’s no reason to wear compression socks when lying down or sleeping.” But if you do doze off wearing your newest hot-pink knee-high compression socks that Santa left in your stocking, no harm will be done if your legs get a gentle squeeze while you nap.

So whether you need compression socks for pregnancy, or a pair to toss in your hospital bag for labor and delivery, or you’re holiday shopping and need a stocking stuffer, or you’re stumped on what to buy the amazing woman in your life for / Mother’s Day / her birthday / your anniversary… here are some of the best compression socks on the market. So treat your feet! (Or her feet!) Either way, they deserve it.

10 best compression socks for women

ombre compression socks



Knee-High Compression Socks

Comrad’s ombre knee-high compression socks not only offer all-day comfort and support while increasing circulation, relieving aches, pain, and fatigue, AND reducing soreness, swelling, and inflammation… but they’re also super cute! You can feel better, reduce lactic acid buildup, and help prevent varicose veins and blood clots while also looking fab in a pair of these.

Storq main squeeze compression socks



Main Squeeze Compression Socks

Main Squeeze Compression socks are “the firm and gentle (but cute) hug your legs and feet need.” I mean, who doesn’t love a good hug? The ribbed nylon spandex blend provides a smooth fit (that’s not scratchy!) and are recommended for pregnancy, postpartum, and “very postpartum” (so, like, anytime). You’ll love them!

Bombas compression socks



Women’s Everyday Compression Sock 3-Pack

Bombas makes it their mission to help you feel more comfortable, and to help others in need. For every pair of socks purchased, Bombas donates a pair of socks to a homeless shelter, as they know that socks are the #1 most requested clothing item. Making this purchase will make your legs feel better, and you’ll be helping someone in need as well.

BLUEENJOY compression socks



Copper Compression Socks 6-Pack

BLUEENJOY copper compression socks consistently receive high reviews due to their copper-infused technology, affordable price, and huge variety of pattern choices. Comfortable, soft, and breathable, BLUEENJOY’s compression socks are also made to regulate temperature and control odor (a benefit we can all enjoy!)

compression socks



“Be Kind” Compression Socks 3-Pack

Made without AZO dyes, formaldehyde, phthalates, or other harmful chemicals, Pear’s compression socks are also anti-odor and moisture-wicking for optimal comfort and improved circulation.

compression socks



Compression Socks

This option is friendlier to your bank account and provides endless choices of colors and patterns so you can really pick a style that works for you (while increasing circulation and reducing discomfort in your legs). Who said compression socks weren’t cute and trendy? We sure didn’t.

CHARMKING compression socks



Copper Compression Socks 3-Pack

Designed to promote blood circulation and oxygen flow, prevent fatigue, and help in muscle recovery, trainers often recommend this brand for comfort and healing. CHARMKING says their brand is suitable for everyone: “whether you are an athlete, teacher, flight crew, receptionist, office worker, pregnant, nurturing mother, or elderly.”

Truform thigh-high compression socks



Truform Thigh-High Compression Stockings

Looking for compression socks that are thigh-high length? Truform has what you need. Appropriate for “extensive sitting or standing, travel, pregnancy, post surgery recovery, improved circulation”, Truform’s socks are made from nylon and spandex and are latex-free. 

PAPLUS ankle compression socks



Ankle Compression Socks

Or maybe you’re in need of compression socks that only go ankle-high. We’ve got a rec for those too! Try a 2, 4, or 6-pack of PAPLUS compression socks for ultimate comfort and relief. These no-show compression socks may be hidden in your shoes, but they’ll still provide 360 degrees of compression to help blood flow and muscle recovery while preventing cramping and fatigue.

Copper Fit compression socks

Copper Fit


Easy-On/Easy-Off Knee High Compression Socks

Copper Fit is another another brand that infuses copper into its fabric to reduce odors and offer endless comfort and support. Copper Fits’ “new age blend of moisture wicking fibers with a luxurious cushioned footbed to help with impact absorption,” sure sounds like a dream for your foot doesn’t it?

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