The Best Compression Socks for Most People

The Best Compression Socks for Most People

Our pick

Sockwell Women's Elevation Firm Socks

Sockwell Women’s Elevation Firm Socks

The best compression socks

Our favorite compression socks are more stylish than the rest, and provide firm compression while still being easy to put on.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
(starts at $20)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Sockwell Men's Elevation Firm Socks

Sockwell Men’s Elevation Firm Socks

The best compression socks

Here are our favorite compression socks, just in larger sizes.

Buying Options

$20* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Unlike many others we tested, Sockwell Elevation Firm Socks (women’s sizes; men’s sizes) shouldn’t bunch at the knee. In addition to offering neutral black and tan, Sockwell has versions in a few subtle patterns (for women, these are listed as Shadow Dot and Twister; for men, Pulse and Smooth Vibe). These are some of the only socks we tested that don’t have an obvious logo and are fashionable to boot. They come in three total sizes (two men’s and two women’s, with one size shared between them) at a middle-of-the-pack price. It would be easy to spend twice as much and get socks that are less stylish, and no more comfortable or durable.

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Runner-up

Go2 Compression Socks

Go2 Compression Socks

Cushier soles

These socks come in more colors and sizes than any others we considered and have a thicker sole than our pick.

Buying Options

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If you’d like socks with some extra cushioning in the foot, or want a pair that will brighten up a uniform, try the Go2 Compression Socks. These come in a wide selection of neutral and bright colors as well as less conventional prints. Like our pick, these socks are snug, but not super tight. They come in four sizes (the most of any sock in their price range), so you’re likely to find one that fits you well. The Go2 socks might be a little long for some calves.

Budget pick

SB Sox Lite

SB Sox Lite

Lighter compression, thinner sole

Compared with our main and runner-up picks, these lower-strength compression socks come in fewer size and color options.

Buying Options

$10* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

If you need to save a few dollars, want a sock with slightly less compression, and prefer a thinner-soled sock, we recommend the SB Sox Lite as a budget option. They’re the least-expensive socks we tested that offer enough compression to feel snug (despite their lower compression rating, they feel only slightly less compressive than our two other picks). However, these socks come only in black (with a few options for different heel colors), gray, and white. We were impressed by how these socks held up over several washes, given that they’re relatively inexpensive.

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Our pick

Sockwell Women's Elevation Firm Socks

Sockwell Women’s Elevation Firm Socks

The best compression socks

Our favorite compression socks are more stylish than the rest, and provide firm compression while still being easy to put on.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon
(starts at $20)

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Sockwell Men's Elevation Firm Socks

Sockwell Men’s Elevation Firm Socks

The best compression socks

Here are our favorite compression socks, just in larger sizes.

Buying Options

$20* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.

Runner-up

Go2 Compression Socks

Go2 Compression Socks

Cushier soles

These socks come in more colors and sizes than any others we considered and have a thicker sole than our pick.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

Budget pick

SB Sox Lite

SB Sox Lite

Lighter compression, thinner sole

Compared with our main and runner-up picks, these lower-strength compression socks come in fewer size and color options.

Buying Options

$10* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $13.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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