It wasn’t all that long ago, when a 6’ tall man with a size 14 shoe had a hard time finding compression stockings that provided a comfortable fit. Times have changed. Now most brands have sizes to fit big feet and tall men.
The latest option is from Sigvaris. They recently launched Midtown Microfiber as a replacement for Men’s Select Comfort. Available in knee highs and thigh highs, Midtown is made from a great fabric that’s really soft and elastic. Midtown is available in extended foot sizes in the 15-20 and 20-30mmHg knee highs. Sizes MX, LX, and XX will will fit a men’s shoe size of 12.5-17.5. This is the largest foot size available in any ready-to-wear support sock. The rest of the Midtown line fits a shoe size up to 14.
Jobst has offered Tall sizes in their Jobst for Men and for Men Casual lines for some time. These sizes fit a men’s shoe over 12, and a lower leg length over 19.75”. Their newer Ambition line, which we’ve heard will eventually replace Jobst for Men, is available in long lengths to fit a lower leg up to 20”, but no foot size is given.
If your feet are larger than your budget, and you don’t want to spend $50 or more on a pair of socks, check out Allegro’s Premium Italian socks. The Italian Cotton is available in 15-20 and 20-25 mmHg compressions. The Italian Wool is 15-20mmHg only. Both will fit a men’s size 14 foot. Priced at $20.96 for the 15-20 cotton, and $24.94 for the wool and higher compression cotton.
Several years ago Peter Smiley, co-founder of BrightLife Direct, and I took a tour of compression hosiery mills in Europe. We heard about a small manufacturer in Northern Italy that was making a sock which had become a big hit in Europe. We found the small family-owned factory in the snowy foothills of the Alps and were shown their famous knee high sock. It was love at first wearing. A compression sock with a casual and airy softness and a classically elegant look.
The sock has a terrifically soft hand, is ultra-stretchy, lightly ribbed and has a one inch top hem that stretches to almost twice its flat size. It is woven with a blend of top-grade cotton, each strand wrapped with amazingly resilient European fibers to hold compression. Even with the socks’ success in Europe, it had never been distributed in the United States. We pounced.
BrightLife Direct began to sell the Allegro Italian Cotton Sock for women on our web site in 2007. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive. In response to your requests, we added larger sizes for men and more colors. We now have five “unisex” sizes and five color options. This original sock was offered in a moderate 15-20mmHg graduated compression and we named it “The Swing.”
Soon we began receiving requests for the same sock in a higher compression. Back to Italy we go (feeling sorry for us is not obligatory) with marching orders for a 20-25mmHg firm version which BrightLife Direct would name “The Samba.” We introduced “The Samba” in 2009 in the same five unisex sizes and colors that we offered with “The Swing.” To date, this is the best-selling compression product in our catalog.
In January, 2011 BrightLife Direct introduced “The Paso Doble” to our Italian cotton series. “The Paso Doble” is a very firm 25-30mmHg for our customers whose condition or swelling requires even more graduated compression.