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I recently ordered the PRO Compression Baby Blue Argyle Socks.  There was a coupon floating around for $20 dollars off a pair.  So my total cost was $30 (free S&H) which felt like a steal compared to the $50 I paid for my CEP compression socks (review to follow eventually too).

Why compression socks?  Although I don’t usually fall into the runner trends (I don’t even own a Garmin or heart rate monitor and etc.) the potential benefits of the socks have been making me curious.  Plus I’ve always loved thigh-high socks and this baby blue argyle pattern just screamed out to me.

Doctors will often prescribe compression footwear for patients who have poor circulation in their legs and feet. The compression footwear applies squeezing action to the legs and encourages better, faster circulation.  Then someone got the brilliant idea to market this to runners.  Although this hasn’t been confirmed, the theory is that the repetitive movement of the runner’s legs applies outward force to the blood, or pressure towards the ends of the feet. This discourages blood flow back to the heart and lungs, which in turn affects the rate of oxygenated blood carried back to the legs. By squeezing the legs around the ankles and calves, the blood is helped to circulate through the legs and feet more efficiently.

I won’t go further more into what a compression sock is other than when you open up the package they look small and you can’t just jump into them.  You must slowly wiggle your foot in one at a time like your skinny jeans that are two sizes too small.

The Fit & Feel – They feel really comfortable and soft especially compared to the CEP socks.  The best part is that it feels a lot less medical and more like a casual sock I can lounge around as I recover.  My one gripe is that I think they run too big.  I am 5ft and about 110LBS and therefore ordered the XS.  My legs might be chunky but my shoe size is only 6.5.  If I roll the sock all the way up, it hits past my knee and feels very uncomfortable.  I think compared to the CEP sock, the XS in PRO Compression although is fitting on foot is much too long/tall of a sock for us 5ft tall trolls.  This issue is manageable since the material is not completely restrictive but would have been an issue if the socks were as tight as CEP brands are.
Upon ripping the package open with my claws bare hands, I wore them all over town on Boston Marathon weekend and in secret during the week afterwards at work as my legs recovered.

Sorry kids, this family snapshot of me showing my parents my new house and the ‘hood is the only modeling shot I took.  Next review I promise I’ll have more pictures of the product and myself.

Materials & Ease of care– PRO Compression socks are manufactured using a unique blend of high-performance materials including polypropylene and nylon allowing you sweat it up.  As with all quality athletic wear they should be washed in cold water and air-dried or machine on delicate cycle.  I personally wash all my workout clothes in cold delicate cycle and just allow them to air dry.  This allows me to own things forever until looking at them makes me bored and the voice of materialism and consumption awakens in me.  These socks are also made in the USA which is a rare thing in this economy so support your feet and support American manufacturing.

Overall – I don’t know just how ‘compressive’ your compression socks need to be in order for you to reap the benefits but I thought these worked for me.  I liked that they felt lighter and more comfortable than my other pair.  With other compression socks, I can only wear them for 2 hours at a time while with the PRO Compression socks I was able to strut all over town without my circulation starting to feel completely cut off.

I also found that the socks helped with some shin pain I felt after the Boston Marathon.  Although I don’t usually have shin/leg issues (aside from knees) because of the level of walking I did instead of running, my legs felt more shin and feet pain than usual.  I found that wearing the socks helped elevate some of the discomfort while my legs recovered.  Thus I wore them in secret under my pants at work.

I am not getting paid to write this review but all tips (cash and candy) are accepted =).  The coupon code I used was RR20 and here’s the link PRO Compression

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