New Core-Spun Thigh Highs

We began selling Core-Spun compression knee highs back in March 2009.  They were an instant success – customers couldn’t stop raving about how stretchy and comfortable these socks were.

See what our customers were saying:Therafirm Core Spun Review Therafirm Core Spun Review Therafirm Core Spun Review

Core-Spun stockings are soft and ultra stretchy, so they’re easier to put on and take off.  The secret is in the yarn.  Knit-Rite, the company behind Core-Spun, wraps fibers of polyester around an inner core of Lycra creating one yarn.  This soft, elastic, and durable yarn is now being knit into thigh high stockings.

Core-Spun Mens Thigh-HighCore-Spun Womens Thigh-High









New Core-Spun Thigh Highs are available in black and white, and in three compression levels, 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40mmHg.  They have a silicone-dot band to keep the stocking comfortably in place.  Designed for both men and women, Core-Spun thigh highs are available in a short and long length.  Sizing is currently limited to Small through X-Large, however, later this year sizing will be available to fit an ankle up to 19” and a calf up to 39.5”.  These will be the largest ready-to-wear sizes available in a compression thigh high.

Core-Spun Thigh High Size Chart

If you need compression above the knee and you want a thicker material that’s easy to put on and take off, try a pair of the new Core-Spun Thigh Highs.

Best Socks for Office Workers

Socks for Office WorkersThere are millions of Americans that sit at a desk all day long.  I’m one of them.  During the day, we get up a few times to use the bathroom, get lunch, and maybe take a few coffee breaks, but we’re sitting and inactive for hours at a time.  This inactivity takes a toll on our bodies, especially our legs.  For many of us, it’s not all that different than taking a daily long-haul flight, week after week.  Our ankles and feet swell.  Our legs ache.

Like wearing travel socks when we fly, wearing compression socks at work can make a big difference in the way our legs feel at the end of a long day.  Our veins work hard to carry blood back to the heart.  When we’re active, the contraction of leg muscles helps in that process.  Hours of sitting lets blood to pool in the lower extremities.  Graduated compression stockings help the veins push blood back to your heart.  These socks gently encourage blood back up the leg, increasing blood circulation and reducing pressure on the veins.

Assuming you don’t have any other venous problems, a mild 15-20mmHg compression is all that’s needed to keep your legs healthy day after day behind that desk.

Recommended socks for office workers:

Therafirm Core-Spun Support Socks: These are a customer favorite.  The stretchy yarns make this sock easy to put on and take off.  For men and women in four colors.

Allegro Sheer Support Knee Highs: Features include a wide soft top-band and balloon toe for comfort.  Available with an open or closed toe, and in wide-calf sizes.

Mediven Assure Knee Highs: This unisex sock is available in two lengths with an open or closed toe.  Mediven quality at a great price.

Allegro Ribbed Dress Sock for Men: Classic men’s dress sock, with moderate compression.  Balloon toe for comfort.  Wears like iron.

Pilot Approved Travel Socks

We’ve always been a fan of TravelSox travel compression socks for traveling by plane, train or automobile, but we think a review from a Boeing captain means more than our humble opinion! Check out what Captain Lorentz thinks about TravelSox below.

My name is Victor Lorentz. I am a Boeing 767 Captain and Check Airman for United Airlines, flying long haul international flights from the U.S. to various destinations in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.

A number of years ago, one of our pilots who is a competitive athlete authored an article in our airline’s flight safety publication highlighting the health risks associated with the lengthy, sedentary “sits” during such flights.

Besides recommending frequent movement and lower limb exercises, he advocated that we wear over-the-calf graduated compression socks. That is how I learned about TravelSox.

I immediately purchased several pair and have worn TravelSox Soft compression socks on every flight since. My experience was so clearly beneficial that I purchased more for my wife and adult children to wear whenever they fly, regardless of the length of the journey.

All four of us report the same effects: Noticeably less fatigue, no foot or ankle swelling, and the reassurance that comes from lots of research concluding that we are mitigating the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Despite many, many cycles through the washer and dryer, my TravelSox Soft socks retain their elasticity and compression.

Serendipitously, these are the most comfortable socks that I have ever worn. After several years as a satisfied customer, I just ordered more.

Note: I personally pay for the purchase of the TravelSox Soft socks that my family and I wear. I have received no compensation from the manufacturer, importer, distributor, or vendor of these products.

Captain Victor Lorentz United Airlines

Find all of the different TravelSox product options on BrightLife Direct.
This review was originally posted on the TravelSox Facebook page.

Blueberry-Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Watermelon SmoothieSummer in DC means it’s hot, hot, hot. But it also means we get an influx of fresh fruit, which I love to integrate into my diet. Another thing I love? Cooling off in the sweltering heat with a cold smoothie.

I recently read an article in Women’s Health about how effective watermelon is in reducing muscle soreness after a hard workout. According to the article, “Watermelon contains an amino acid called L-citrulline, which boosts blood flow—so drinking it may help your muscles get more oxygen, which means they can repair themselves faster.” Basically, eating watermelon or drinking watermelon juice before exercising means you’ll recover faster!

I personally love eating watermelon, but I can never finish an entire melon by eating it only as chunks. I started looking for other ways to consume this healthy fruit and came across this super easy and tasty smoothie recipe from What’s great about this recipe is that it also includes blueberries – another wonder-fruit for our legs. Blueberries contain antioxidants that help strengthen and protect the walls of our capillaries and larger blood vessels, and they can be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of varicose veins, spider veins, swelling, edema and more. So, basically your legs and circulatory system are both gonna love this smoothie.

Blueberry Watermelon SmoothieBlueberry-Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

3 Cups Blueberries
3 Cups Watermelon, cubed
1.5 cups Ice
1 cup Greek yogurt (optional)

Add fruit to a blender and blend on high. Add ice and yogurt (if desired) and blend until smooth.

Recipe from



Best Socks for Hiking

I just got back from an amazing trip to Israel.  This provided a marathon test of the ability of compression stockings to not only stop my feet and ankles from swelling on a very long flight, but also reduce fatigue and soreness from long days of touring and hiking through the ancient world.

On the flight over I wore a pair of Sigvaris Sea Island Cotton socks for men.  The fabric on these socks is lightweight and luxurious, with a really comfortable foot.  If I have to wear compression socks for 16 + hours, I want them to be the best.  I just rinsed these out, and wore the same pair home.

We spent the first day biking all over Tel Aviv, which was a great way to see the city.  There are bike rental stations and paths all over, and the city is rather flat, so peddling wasn’t too strenuous.  I wore a pair of Juzo Silver Sole low cut socks biking.

After a full day in Tel Aviv, we rented a car and headed north to Galilee and the Golan. The northern part of the country is spectacularly beautiful, with mountains and very hilly towns, dotted with patches of green.  During two full days of hiking, we saw ancient biblical cities, breathtaking gardens, a waterfall, an ancient fortress high on a rocky outcrop, vineyards, and from the slope of Mt. Hermon three countries, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel.  My legs and feet would not have held up without compression and padding.  On one day I wore Medi Active, and the other Jobst Active.  I love both of these socks.

Nimrod's Fortress

It was hard to leave so much natural beauty, but we had three full days of tours booked in Jerusalem and the West Bank, so we headed south.  When one travels so far, you want to see as much as possible, so we didn’t stop moving.   At 54, I couldn’t have kept up the pace without compression stockings and really comfortable shoes.  Unlike Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah are not flat.  If you’re not hiking up or down a hill, you’re climbing up or down a set of stairs.  Thanks to another pair of Medi Active, and two pair of Allegro Athletics for keeping me moving, and helping make this a fantastic trip.

Pete@BrightLife Direct