Best Socks for Retail Store Employees

In just a few days the biggest shopping season of the year is about to begin.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now Thanksgiving Day.  (P.S. We’re closed on Thanksgiving, and can be found stuffed with stuffing, watching a game on the sofa).

Retailers across the country have hired tens of thousands of extra workers to direct busy shoppers to the correct aisle and keep those shelves stocked.  Working in retail means long hours on your feet, especially this time of year.   It’s not easy keeping a smile on your face when your dogs are barking.  Unless you’re very young with a venous system in tip-top shape, after 8 hours of standing, your ankles will swell and your feet and legs will ache to some degree.  The older we are, the worse it gets.

sales-clerkTruly therapeutic compression stockings DO help.  A moderate 15-20mmHg compression is all that’s needed to keep blood from pooling in your lower extremities.  No swollen ankles, and with a constant flow of oxygenated blood, less ache in the legs and feet.

We know retail employees aren’t overcompensated, so we’ve put together some very reasonably priced stocking options that will keep you on your feet right through the January sales.

If you wear pants to work and can wear any color socks, try our Allegro Athletic Compression Socks priced at $18.84.  These are perfect for men and women.  They have a well padded sole, flat toe seam, and comfortable top band.  Plus they can be machine washed and dried.

For women who have to wear skirts or dresses to work, we have a large selection of compression knee highs and thigh highs available.  Allegro Sheer Support Knee Highs are $12.54 per pair.  Sheer thigh highs are $18.84.  Allegro Microfibers are another great option.  These look like a pair of tights, and the thigh highs are available in fashion colors like charcoal and wine.  The moderate compression thigh highs are priced at $29.95 per pair.

For men who need to wear dress pants or a suit to work, try our Allegro Ribbed Dress Compression Socks priced at $14.12.  Available in black, brown, navy and white, this has been one of our best selling men’s support socks for the last 14 years.

From the floors of Bloomingdale’s to Best Buy, here’s to a profitable and pain free holiday shopping season!

Compression Chic…. on the Cheap

Dark Gray and Oxblood are two of the hottest color trends this Fall/Winter.  From the Gap to Gucci, runways and fashion magazines have been filled with variations of these two shades.  Even the major compression hosiery manufacturers have followed suite.  Sigvaris Soft Opaque stockings are available in Graphite and Mulberry.  Two of the most popular Juzo Dream colors this Fall are Dolphin and Mulberry.  And the super trendy Medi Item m6 is available in variations of both colors.

If you want to add these chic colors to your wardrobe without breaking the bank, take a look at our Allegro Microfiber Thigh Highs.  Available in Wine and Charcoal, in 15-20mmHg and 20-30mmHg compressions.

Sigvaris – $87.96                                  Allegro – $35.99

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Compression Stockings/Compression Wraps – What’s the difference?

Compression stockings and alternative compression wraps look different, and are donned differently, but the most significant difference is the type of compression each provides.

wrap blogTraditional compression stockings for the most part, look like regular socks.   What makes them different, is the graduated static compression they provide when you put them on.

What is graduated static compression?   Compression is pressure.  Graduated means the level of compression changes from one end of the sock to the other.  The pressure is greatest at the furthest point out on your leg or distal point, in this case your ankle, and gradually decreases as it gets closer to where your leg is attached to your body, or proximal point.   To effectively move blood and fluid toward your heart and lungs, it’s very important that the compression be graduated.  Static means the compression is constant.  Whether you are standing, walking, sitting or laying down, the sock is squeezing your leg with the same amount of compression at any given point.

Alternative Compression Wraps like Juxta-Lite, ReadyWrap, FarrowWrap and CompreFit are made from strips of fabric that are sewn together, with a piece of Velcro at the end of each strip.  The fabric is called short-stretch, and will only stretch a little bit.  To put these garments on, starting at the ankle, you wrap the bands around your leg and secure each with the Velcro.  Compression wraps provide graduated compression too, but it is dynamic.

Dynamic compression changes.  Rather than putting constant pressure on your legs, the short-stretch fabric provides resistance against the movement of your muscles.  So when you’re active there is more compression, and when you’re resting there is less compression.   This means compression wraps can be worn for longer periods of time, which makes them a very good choice for individuals with chronic edema or lymphedema.

It’s important to know that Ace Bandages are not alternative compression wraps.  They provide static compression that is not graduated.