Do you have a favorite pair of socks? I do, too. When I first started searching for compression socks, I was bummed that I would have to give up wearing my favorite socks. They fit perfectly, they were just the right thickness, and they kept my feet dry.
Then I discovered compression foot sleeves. The first pair I came across was Kompress Kinetic . Then I found SB SOX. I loved the idea of being able to wear my favorite socks and still get the compression that I needed.
SB SOX aren’t as great as Kompress Kinetic (more on that soon), but they do have some advantages.
SB SOX says their compression foot sleeves are medical-grade and FDA-registered. You’ll notice the unique texture design of these socks, and there’s a reason for it.
Ribbing is placed in targeted areas to provide arch support, comfort and pain relief.
There are compression socks for men and women, and they come in a wide range of colors, including: black, blue, gray, green, navy, nude, pink, purple and white. They come in four different sizes, too, so that you can find just the right fit.
To find the right size, SB SOX recommends measuring the arches of your feet. The size chart includes both arch size and shoe size (for U.S., U.K. and Europe).
SB SOX are lightweight, and they’re made with breathable fabric. Breathability is important, especially if you’re an active person or have sweaty feet. The heel is also lightweight, so you can easily wear these under a pair of socks without it feeling uncomfortable.
The elastic opening at the top of the sleeve ensures a snug fit.
Let’s talk for a minute about the compression level of these foot sleeves. This bit of information was a little hard to track down, which was a disappointment. You’d think they’d be eager to advertise their compression level.
The manufacturer claims that these sleeves offer 20-30 mmHg compression. What does this mean? Well, this is the first medical grade compression level. It’s ideal for managing:
Some surgical procedures will require a higher compression level, which these sleeves do not offer. In this case, your doctor should be able to recommend appropriate socks or sleeves for your recovery period.
For most people, these compression sleeves offer a fair amount of relief. If you have more serious pain and discomfort, you may need a stronger compression level – and to see a podiatrist.
Anyone with foot problems can benefit from SB SOX compression foot sleeves, including:
These sleeves are especially good at helping with plantar fasciitis pain. But people who are on their feet all day at work also say that these sleeves prevent pain, discomfort and swelling. If you’re constantly suffering from the pain and swelling of plantar fasciitis, you could also try BLITZU Plantar Fasciitis socks. These will help mild cases before surgery has been recommended.
That’s a big deal. And you can still wear your favorite pair of socks. It sounds like a win-win. But there are some caveats that I’ll cover shortly.
You may not like the thick band with the SB SOX logo, but it’s something that’s pretty easy to live with if they provide the relief you want.
And unlike with full compression socks, you can wear these with sandals, boots and underneath other socks.
If you’re a runner who’s really particular about your footwear (that includes socks), you’ll appreciate not having to change your gear just to get some pain relief. Compression socks with good support can help you avoid foot problems if you’re a runner or an athlete.
The compression sleeves from SB SOX do have a lot going for them, but they’re not perfect.
While these compression sleeves look great on paper, there are a few things you should know.
For starters, you really shouldn’t wash these in the washing machine. Hand washing is best, and you’ll need to hang dry. Some people have had their sleeves unravel in the washing machine. The manufacturer doesn’t include any washing instructions, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
While this isn’t the end of the world, it’s a little inconvenient to have to wash them by hand.
Also, having to measure your arch to get the right size can be a little bit tricky. It can be difficult to find the exact right spot to wrap the tape measure. You can go off of the shoe size on the sizing chart, but you can’t be entirely sure that they’ll fit properly. Shoe sizes vary slightly from one brand to the next, so I’d imagine that it’s the same for socks.
Fortunately, no one has complained about sizing issues, so you should be okay in this department. But it’s something you should be aware of.
Here’s the real issue I had with these compression sleeves: You may get a counterfeit product. Quite a few people complained that the SB SOX they received were not genuine products. The only way you’d really know this is if you already had another pair of SB SOX.
Not knowing whether you’re going to get a genuine product really concerned me, which is why I don’t recommend these compression sleeves over other options I’ve reviewed. The counterfeit versions people received were hard to get on and didn’t offer great compression.
If you want compression sleeves that offer the same level (or a better level) of pain relief without worry of getting a fake product, I recommend Kompress Kinetic . They have a similar style to SB SOX, but they offer a little more ankle and calf compression for better stability and support in these areas by providing adjustable focal straps.
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