Things that supermodels know: when traveling to the far reaches of the globe to do your thing, wear a pair of compression socks. Why? Because if one is being paid to have a certain body type, and one arrives with swollen ankles from sitting during long hours of flying…well, you get the idea.
Compression Socks and DVT
But for all of us non-supermodels, these are pretty great, too. Blood and other fluids seem to pool in our lower extremities when we fly or sit for long periods of time. There is some thinking that deep vein thrombosis, DVT, which can be a real medical issue from long fights, may be avoided with compression socks. This is somewhat related to age, but not entirely. We know of people in their 20s and 30s who have had some DVT scares.
CrossFit Compression Socks
We wear them because they feel great. Not just on planes but all the time. Have you been to a CrossFit gym lately? You will see a ton of compression socks being worn by people lifting big, bad, heavy weights. They wear them for the performance aspect. Kelly Starrett of Supple Leopard, and one of the evangelists of personal fitness, swears by them.
Comrad Delivers Style and Substance
For the most part, those CrossFit-style ones are not that comfortable or as cool looking as the ones we found at Comrad. They have managed to take something that may have been a not-so-well-thought-of quasi-medical device, and make them stylish and cool, something that most companies fail miserably at. Why is it that in the category of making something that is physically helpful, with great utility, it is also made so difficult to make it attractive? So much of the world of design as it intersects the physical helping arena goes totally blind. Example: why are crutches so ugly?
These particular socks are not cheap, 3 of them will set you back around $65. But they last, and once you start wearing them you will wonder why it took you so long to find them.