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The New & Improved Cute Compression Socks Sizing Chart

Shopping for clothes is, sad to say, one of my least favorite activities. At least, it usually is. When we get the family together to go to the local thrift store, my husband will trot all the kids off to check out the toys (and then bathe them in hand sanitizer) while I quickly browse the women’s and kids’ sections. Then, we swap so he can see if they’ve got any new shirts he likes. But if I have to go alone? With all four of our kids? No way. I’ll stay home and gamble on sizes through Amazon, thank you very much. And I realize, that’s what a lot of y’all are doing when it comes to cute compression socks sizing.

You’re guessing. You’re taking a chance – a risk, even, on these socks I’ve designed. And I have to say – thank you for doing so.

But you know what? You don’t need to be taking so much risk. Let’s talk about how you size those socks, shall we?

Need a cute compression socks sizing chart or guide? Well, here you go. Now you can figure out which compression stockings will fit. #cutecompressionsocks #livebetter #feelbetter

So Cute Compression Socks Sizing is “One Size Fits Most”…

When I first started this Cute Compression Socks gig, there were zero cute options in the 20-30 mmHg performance range. The only “good” option were CEP performance and sport compression socks (which, let’s be honest… they’re amazing performance compression socks. They’re just sports compression socks – and not designed for maximum cuteness and/or fun). Today, there’s a lot more options – and more every day. That’s a testament to the fact that we all really want these socks!

Now, because I did design these socks off of the CEP size II socks, the sizing will be a little bit different than anyone’s used to. Why? Because compression socks do their sizing based on calf circumference.

Wait, what?

Calf circumference, y’all. Shoe size doesn’t much matter with these socks. They’re so tight and stretchy that they can adjust to accommodate most shoe sizes. So as long as you fall in the middle of the shoe size and calf circumference bell curves, you’re good. These will fit, provided you put them on correctly.

Translation: our “one-size-fits-most” is a MEDIUM

If you’ve tried on compression socks in a store, you’re probably ready to move on to another post, like this one about finding cute socks on a budget.

But for those who haven’t had the opportunity of being talked into buying ridiculously expensive running shoes (and then adding in a pair of compression socks, because what’s another $60 at this point?) let’s talk some more about what the sizing means.

So here’s what I did… due to copyright issues, I made my own sizing chart based off of CEP (and several other compression sock brands)’s sizing chart.

Here’s how you size for compression socks – measure your calf circumference at its widest point. That’d be your lower leg, as these socks aren’t supposed to go over your knees.

Know your measurement? Great. Compare it to this image:
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What size should you be wearing? As long as you’re a medium, you should fit and love cute compression socks.

Remember? Our “One-size-fits-Most” actually means “MEDIUM”

If you’re a small or a large, though… well, my goal is to one day have those sizes in stock. If you’re close-ish to a medium, you may still fit and love these socks. It’s a gamble, but that’s why we have a return policy.

When will other sizes be available?

It’s going to be a bit, so please don’t hold your breath. My current supplier only does one size, and I haven’t been able to find another supplier who both meets this level of quality and doesn’t cost more than my SUV did.

Small business, remember?

 

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Pink and Gray Striped Compression Socks

Look, these aren’t just any ole’ regular pink and gray striped compression socks. These ones… they’re awesome. They’re my favorites.

Because not only are they 20-30 mmHg graduated compression, they’re also pink and gray… a pink that’s a perfect balance of fun and wild while still being totally appropriate to wear at work.

And, because they’re our specially-designed socks, they’ve got all the benefits of compression socks with the added bonus of a double-lined sole for extra durability and comfort.

The Perks of our 20-30 mmHg Graduated Pink and Gray Compression Socks

These knee-high socks are **ridiculously awesome tight**. But it’s that exact tightness that gives so many wonderful benefits:

  • They prevent and lessen swelling and pain in your legs and feet, which means you can be on your feet all day without worrying about aches or pains.
  • They’re amazing during pregnancy – both before and after baby arrives. Because nobody tells you about the massive amounts of fluid retention that’s gonna happen – until it’s too late. But wearing compression socks means you can say goodbye to those massive cankles – and keep your regular ankles.
  • They improve circulation, which means you can exercise, hike, walk, run, or whatever you want -your-heart-out. Because you’ll be recovering faster, thanks to that improved circulation.
  • They can help control some symptoms related to a wide variety of chronic diseases.
    • If you’ve got RA or POTS or MS, you’re going to be able to stand longer and more confidently – and with less pain.
    • Have diabetes? Your doctor may want you to wear compression socks to prevent neuropathy or extremity loss – so you keep your tootsies where they belong – on your feet.
  • And they’re perfect for anyone who’s on their feet all day. Nurses, EMTs, Flight Attendants, Doctors, and other on-the-go professionals depend on compression socks to help them get through their shifts in one, comfortable, supported piece.

Look… 20-30 mmHg graduated compression socks (and we’ve got blue and grey striped compression socks if that’s more your color!) have so many benefits that it’s ridiculous NOT to wear them. In fact, they’re totally fine for everyday use as long as you wear them responsibly. And all that means is… don’t overdo a good thing. Rest is important, so make sure you let your body – and your socks – have some time off each day. Mmkay?

So whaddya say? Are you ready to strut your stuff in some new pink and gray striped compression socks?

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Blue and Grey Striped Compression Socks

Look, these aren’t just any ole’ regular blue and grey striped compression socks. These ones… they’re pretty awesome extra special.

Because not only are they 20-30 mmHg graduated compression, they’re also blue and gray… the very same blue as a certain time-traveling box that’s bigger on the inside. Or the very same colors of a certain Wizarding School’s House. But even if those purposefully vague geek references mean almost nothing to you, they’re still awesome shades of blue and gray.

And, because they’re our specially-designed socks, they’ve got all the benefits of compression socks with the added bonus of a double-lined sole for extra durability and comfort.

The Perks of our 20-30 mmHg Graduated Blue and Grey Compression Socks

These knee-high socks are **ridiculously awesome tight**. But it’s that exact tightness that gives so many wonderful benefits:

  • They improve circulation, which means you can exercise, hike, walk, run, or whatever you want -your-heart-out. Because you’ll be recovering faster, thanks to that improved circulation.
  • They prevent and lessen swelling and pain in your legs and feet, which means you can be on your feet all day without worrying about aches or pains.
  • They can help control some symptoms related to a wide variety of chronic diseases.
    • If you’ve got RA or POTS or MS, you’re going to be able to stand longer and more confidently – and with less pain.
    • Have diabetes? Your doctor may want you to wear compression socks to prevent neuropathy or extremity loss – so you keep your tootsies where they belong – on your feet.
  • They’re amazing during pregnancy – both before and after baby arrives. Because nobody tells you about the massive amounts of fluid retention that’s gonna happen – until it’s too late. But wearing compression socks means you can say goodbye to those massive cankles – and keep your regular ankles.
  • And they’re perfect for anyone who’s on their feet all day. Nurses, EMTs, Flight Attendants, Doctors, and other on-the-go professionals depend on compression socks to help them get through their shifts in one, comfortable, supported piece.

Look… 20-30 mmHg graduated compression socks have so many benefits that it’s ridiculous NOT to wear them (and if you’d prefer pink and gray striped compression socks, we’ve got you covered!). In fact, they’re totally fine for everyday use as long as you wear them responsibly. And all that means is… don’t overdo a good thing. Rest is important, so make sure you let your body – and your socks – have some time off each day.

So whaddya say? Are you ready to allon-say in some new blue and grey striped compression socks?

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Wearing Compression Socks… During Sandal Season?

Hello, warm weather! Hello, sandals (oh how I missed you during the cold, snowy months!).

Temperatures around here are starting to hit the above-75 mark. My boys have already dragged out their kiddie pool and had fun wading in ridiculously cold water. I’m not as brave as they are, apparently.

Even so, sandal season is officially here. And even though I’m not brave enough to rock the socks with sandals look, I do still try to wear my compression socks on a regular basis – even if it means giving up my precious sandals for a few hours or days.

Why would I wear socks rather than enjoy sandal season?

Well, during the warm months it’s normal for hands and feet to swell. And that swelling can cause extra pain. So even though I love wearing my sandals at every possible chance, sometimes I swap them for the compression socks – like on days where I know I’m going to be on my feet a ton – so that I’m not wanting to rip my feet off by the end of the day.

That being said, it’s a delicate balance… because my feet want to be out enjoying the good weather just as much as I do! My toes don’t like being cooped up in any socks, let alone compression socks.

Of course, my inner child would love to run around in just a swimsuit 24/7 during the summer, but that’s a horrible idea for a ginger.

I think you see my point – sometimes we have to do what’s good for us – even if we don’t like it. I guess that means I’d better go finish that salad I made, huh?

 

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Customer Question: What size are your Cute Compression Socks?

I ask myself a similar question every time I get my youngest dressed. Sure, the tag **says** it should fit my 12 month old, but there’s just no way he’s fitting in there.

That being said… let’s go back to your question.

What size are your Cute Compression Socks?

These socks are modeled after a CEP II… basically, they’re a super-tight medium. They should fit most ladies who wear women’s sizes 6-10 (US).

There is, however, some wiggle room. So if you’re a size 5.5 or an 11, these still might fit you. The 6-10/Medium is just a general guideline.

And how far should they come up my leg?

Just like a CEP II, these socks are designed to come up to just below your knee. Now, they’re super stretchy, so if you wanted to wear them as thigh-highs, you probably could (but man alive – they’d be crazy tight!! So, yeah, I don’t recommend trying it).

When you pull on your socks, test them out. If they’re coming up too high on your leg, adjust them down a bit, especially around your ankles. Now, the reason you want to adjust the socks around your ankles is simple physics: ankles move, so you don’t want them restricted by stretched-too-tightly compression socks.

I have to adjust my socks every time I put them on, otherwise they end up hugging my knees all day. But by pulling them down to below the knee (and giving my ankles a little more sock space to wiggle around in), my legs are crazy comfortable all day long.

And as you adjust the socks, you can practically ignore the “one-size-fits-most” label, because you can get some serious extra wiggle room in the sizing.

So there you have it: our Cute Compression Socks are (officially) “One Size Fits Most” but fit like a Medium – for US women’s sizes 6-10.

Remember: adjusting the socks to fit right gives some wiggle room on that, though. 🙂

Ready to grab your own pair of Cute Compression Socks? Head on over to the Store now.

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Hiking in Compression Socks (with kids!)

I love being outside. Even with my pale white skin and ginger hair, I love being outside. I just wear lots of sunscreen!

And while it’s still this beautiful spring weather, I’m trying extra hard to get my kids outside, too. My sister-in-law and I met up for a visit to the nature center – a massive preserve that houses wild animals that have been injured and can’t be released.

So not only do we get to go hiking, eat a picnic, and see some awesome animals, but we get to have a lot of fun with family, too!

Hiking in compression socks – my new hiking must-have

After spending several hours hiking around the nature center on its trails (most of which were just glorified hiking paths) with 3 kids under the age of 5, a double jogging stroller, and a baby who refused to be put down, I was tired. I was exhausted! But I was glad for 3 things:

  • That jogging stroller was a lifesaver for the older two boys!
  • My Ergo baby carrier meant I could carry my clingy baby and still manage the other kids.
  • My compression socks that kept my legs going no matter what the terrain or tantrum.

Seriously. Those compression socks helped me stay on my feet. They made me wish I had some sort of compression shirt or something on, though, because my lower back was ON FIRE! But hey, baby wearing for 4 hours while hiking would give anyone a back ache, right? (that or I need to do more core workouts…)

Now, I have to admit that I was wearing my test pair of our NEW blue and gray compression socks – because hey, somebody has to test them!

Testing our socks by doing (and hiking!)

Sneak Peek at the New Socks
Sneak peek at the NEW design!

Now, I’m not the only sock tester. (A HUGE shout-out to all of our testers, by the way!)

So our socks get all sorts of activities thrown at them by our testers – soccer games, running, hiking, days at home with the kids, 12 hour hospital shifts, in the field on an ambulance, on planes, and more.

All of this means that we’re one step closer to having blue and gray striped compression socks available. And I’m **SUPER** excited about that. Because while I love my pink and gray socks, it’s sure nice to have another option for when I’m having a blue day.

Stay tuned… we’ll be having a GIVEAWAY soon. That’s right – you’re going to be able to WIN a FREE pair of your own blue and gray striped compression socks before you can buy them. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook for all of the details.