Compression Socks

Much loved by both athletes and airline passengers, compression socks can be best described like this: really, really tight.

With stronger elastic than regular socks, compression socks exert pressure against the lower legs, compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, and forcing the circulating blood through narrower circulatory channels. With an increase in arterial pressure is increased, more blood is returned to the heart rather than pooling in the feet.

For long-haul airline passengers worried about deep vein thrombosis caused by sitting in the same place for 12 hours, this means that there’s less chance of a dangerous blood clot. Or, on the other hand, you could just stand up every now and then.

For athletes, compression socks mean there’s less blood doing very little work in the far extremities of the body, forcing it back to the heart and lungs where it can be more effective for bodily performance.

And after a day of wearing the tightest socks on the planet, why not relax in afine pair of black gentlemen’s socks from Perfect for short trips on the bus, or those shorter bursts of athleticism when running for the bus.

Celebrity Wearer: TV holiday presenter Judith Chalmers