Your Biggest Compression Myths: Busted - FITS®

February 19, 2020

If you’ve never worn compression socks before, you may have some misconceptions about their purpose. In fact, you may even unknowingly believe several myths and inaccuracies about who should be wearing compressions socks and why. 

Well, pull up a chair — because we’re about to bust some myths. 

Myth #1: Only elderly people, pregnant people and people with medical reasons wear compression socks.

While it’s true that compression socks can have a medical purpose, their use isn’t limited to any one group of people. Since they are often prescribed to treat chronic vein disorders, like spider veins, varicose veins and edema, as well as chronic illnesses like diabetes, it’s understandable that this myth has been perpetuated.

However, the main purpose of compression socks is to improve circulation, which can be beneficial for a wide range of people and purposes. For instance, if you’re someone who sits for long periods of time, compression socks can help minimize your risk of blood clots. Many athletes also swear by compression socks during long cardiovascular workouts or to help with recovery. Check out some of our compression socks for men and compression socks for women.

Myth #2: Compression socks will cut off your circulation.

This is an easy myth to bust: if you’re wearing the right size compression socks, they won’t cut off your circulation. If you do find that your compression socks are tight enough to cut off your circulation, you definitely need to size up.

Myth #3: Compression socks are too hot to wear in the summer.

When made of the right breathable materials, compression socks can — and should! — be comfortably worn year-round. Hot weather can aggravate certain vein disorders, so summer is often the most important time to wear compression socks for some people. Regardless, if your compression socks are high quality and well-fitted, the temperature outside shouldn’t be a factor.

Myth #4: Compression socks are too hard to put on.

Compression socks aren’t like other socks, and because of this, they do need to be put on in a particular way. However, once you have the technique down, compression socks are just as easy to put on as other socks. For tips, watch the video on this page.

Myth #5: Compression socks are unattractive.

Maybe some compression socks are, but ours aren’t. In fact, when worn under clothing, most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between compression socks and non-compression socks. 

Whether to treat a vein disorder or other medical condition, support your fitness goals or give you extra comfort during a long day on your feet, compression socks can be beneficial for anyone and everyone. And that’s the truth.

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Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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