Which compression socks to wear in the summer? The most breathable fabrics and more!

Therafirm Ease Compression StockingsSome of us don’t have the option to go sock-less when the weather heats up. We HAVE to wear compression socks or stockings all year long. So, what are the best options for staying cool and comfortable in compression socks during the summer months? We think fabric choice is the most important decision in selecting summer compression socks and stockings. Here’s what we suggest if you’re looking for opaque, breathable socks and stockings for summer:

1. Cotton is a natural fiber that’s ideal for hot months. It lets air in and quickly wicks away any moisture on your skin. It’s also perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin. A few cotton options to explore:

  • Sigvaris Sea Island Cotton socks for Men and Women – This is one of Sigvaris’ newest socks, great for spring and summer because it’s made with a soft, breathable cotton. Available in 15-20 mmHg and 20-30 mmHg.
  • Allegro Premium Italian Cotton Socks. These socks are made of luxurious Italian cotton – imported just for your summer sock needs! Also available in 20-25 mmHg and with an open toe (for your flip flops!)

2. Microfiber is another great summer fabric for socks. It’s soft, stretchy and breathable. It also wicks away your summer sweat quickly. Some people will choose microfiber over cotton because it’s a thinner fabric, which can be better for dress shoes.

  • The Allegro Microfiber collection includes socks, thigh highs and pantyhose to meet all your compression needs. Compression levels include 8-15, 15-20 and 20-30 mmHg
  • Sigvaris Midtown Microfiber for Men is a collection of men’s knee high socks in 15-20, 20-30 and 30-40 mmHg
  • Sigvaris Soft Opaque for Women is a line of stylish compression wear that comes in a wide variety of colors. It features an advanced moisture management system that keeps legs cool and dry.

3. Silver and Copper infused fabrics are another great addition to your summer wardrobe.  Silver and copper will eliminate any dangers of stinky, sweaty summer feet because it kills the bacteria around your feet. Additionally, the fibers in these socks have thermodynamic properties, so you will stay cooler in the summer.

  • Juzo Silver Socks are the best of the best. Socks are available in anklets, crew length, knee highs, and thigh highs. Compression options range from zero to 30-40 mmHg.
  • Solidea Silver Wave Products are all infused with bacteria killing silver! Check out the knee highs, anklets and calf sleeves. They’re also very stylish and contain a unique 3D micro massage fabric.
  • Allegro Athletic Copper Support Socks has copper embedded in the foot bed and are great for summer runs.

4. New materials! The compression experts have been creating their own technologies and materials to keep you cool. Check out these additional, moisture-wicking and skin-cooling fabric options:

  • Mediven Comfort for Women: Medi’s patented Climafresh and Clima-Comfort systems allow for high breathability, reliable temperature control and the prevention of odor formation.
  • Therafirm Ease: Made of high stretch, moisture wicking CoolMax fibers to provide all-day dry, comfortable coolness. Available in knee high, thigh high, and pantyhose. This line is also available with open toes and an even thinner sheer fabric.

And, of course, we offer a wide variety of sheer, open toe stockings for those of you who want stockings that are less visible for summertime. Customer favorites for warm, humid climates are:

  • Mediven Sheer and Soft: Available in 4 different compression levels and a wide variety of sizing, both male and female customers love this line of breathable sheers. A customer in Georgia said, “Living in the south, the summer is very hot and humid but I don’t like to go without hose to work. Compression hose are often uncomfortable hot on a humid day but these are terrific. I can’t say enough about the comfort.”
  • Allegro Essential Sheers: Available in 3 compression levels, with many open toe and wide calf options, these stockings are a great affordable option for summer-time wear. Even our customers in Santa Fe are raving about them, “With it being summer, I wanted something I could still wear sandals with. These open-toe stockings are the answer!  And they are sheer…I have had several people comment that they couldn’t even notice I was wearing them.”

What’s your favorite summer sock?

Sigvaris 191 Zurich Collection – Sea Island Cotton for Men – First Look

Sigvaris Zurich Sea Island Cotton Sock boxI received a sample of the Zurich Sea Island Cotton Socks Wednesday morning.  At the time I was wearing a sock I reviewed last week that wasn’t particularly comfortable.  Off they came, and on went the new Sigvaris.  It was love at first wear.

Fabric:  Sea Island Cotton is the highest quality cotton in the world, and the look and feel of this fabric makes that very evident.  These socks would look right at home in the sock department of Neiman Marcus.  The fabric is thin, with a very fine touch.  Most cotton support socks are thicker.

Foot:  Besides the fabric, this was the best part of the sock.  The foot is fitted, but not tight.  There is no toe seam.  Within 10 minutes of putting these on, I had completely forgotten about them… due to how comfortable they are, and not my bad memory.

The heel is a traditional reciprocated design.  I wear a 9.5 shoe, and a size B in this sock.  I did notice some pulling on the sides of the heel, where a little skin showed through.  This is normal with this type of heel.  Someone with a size 11 foot will see even more skin.

Leg: The leg portion, like the rest of the sock, was extremely comfortable.  Fresh out of the box, they did not slide down at all.  I’m 5’9” with a 17” leg, very average.  The length on the size B was perfect.  Someone with a long leg might find these to be a bit short.  The larger size C is longer.

Care: The care instructions say machine wash and air dry.  Do not iron, dry clean, or tumble dry.  I tumble dry all of my socks, and just took these out of the dryer.  They look beautiful and didn’t shrink at all in length.  I know what I’m wearing again today.  A word of caution… not following the manufacturer’s care instructions means your stockings won’t last as long.

Conclusion: In a moderate 15-20mmHg compression, this is one of the finest socks I have ever worn.  The new Zurich Collection also includes a merino wool sock for men and women.  Can’t wait to give them a try.

I’ll do a follow-up on the cotton in a few months to report how they wear over time.

By: Pete@BrightLife Direct