Cute, right?! I was sold the second they said argyle. All my favorite normal socks are argyle, so it only makes sense my athletic compression socks should be, too.
I’m a big compression sock/sleeve fan. Back when I was training for my first half marathon, I was having a lot of calf tightness/cramping. After the race, I bought myself a pair of compression sleeves and started wearing them either on runs or before/after the run. It completely solved the problem! I was blown away. Basically, compression gear works by improving muscle oxygenation/blood flow, which will help with endurance during workouts and recovery afterward (less soreness!). Ever since, I’ve worn compression gear on long runs or as recovery afterward, and (fingers crossed) no calf problems!
When Zensah reached out to me about trying their compression socks, I was fully on board – I didn’t own any compression socks (just sleeves), and I’d been wanting to try the full sock version. The verdict? They’re awesome!
The socks feature:
- Graduated compression for increased oxygenated blood flow & decreased recovery time
- Moisture wicking anti-microbial fabric that’s breathable to keep the socks dry & fresh
- Silver ions for thermal regulation
- Padded toe and heel for shock absorption
- Arch support to keep feet feeling comfortable
In addition to just wearing the socks around the house before/after runs, I’ve also been wearing them during runs. I have to say – they are REALLY comfortable. No other socks needed and no chaffing whatsoever. I loved the padded toes/heels and the arch support – they felt like fancy expensive running socks! An added bonus is that when it’s this cold out, they warm you up.
The argyle compression socks also have graduated compression, meaning you have the greatest amount of compression in the ankle, and less in the calf area. They aren’t as tight on the calf as my compression sleeves, but that’s to be expected because you wouldn’t be able to get them on your foot otherwise! Zensah does sell regular compression sleeves, too, so I might need to pick up a new pair – my old sleeves are getting worn out by this point, and I already have two (maybe three!) half marathons on the docket for this spring!
Have you ever tried compression gear? It’s also great for traveling – no swollen ankles!