Challenging to put on
Toe and foot are could be more form fitting
Wearing compression socks on an airplane—or just around the house—comes with all kinds of benefits. While flying, they can help reduce the chance of blood clots by encouraging better circulation while you're sitting. They’ll also keep you warmer in chilly airplane cabins. At home, they can help improve varicose veins and leg cramps.
The compression socks from Physix Gear Sport have something many other compression socks don’t have: a stylish design. With a choice of nine different color combinations, a stacked ombre pattern on the heel adds a bit of personality without going overboard. The best part: They’re also insanely comfortable.
Ahead, we break down everything you need to know about these compression socks—from comfort to durability—and how they stack up against the competition.
Design: Beautiful and comfortable
Aesthetically, compression socks don’t get better than this. So many other designs feature busy, color-saturated motifs where the Physix Gear Sport socks focus on only one designed area on the sock.
Aesthetically, compression socks don’t get better than this.
As with any other compression sock, these aren’t the easiest to get on. But the foot part of the sock has a strong shape, making it easier to pull up and over your heel.
Comfort: Low-rub and bands that don’t make you feel trapped
After 15 minutes of wearing these socks, we really couldn't even tell that they were there. There are no areas that rub uncomfortably against your legs and there's enough give in the foot so you don’t feel trapped in the sock.
After removing these socks, we didn't have any leftover marks from too-tight spots (like we did with the NEWZILL socks that we tested). In fact, we would say that our feet were even less swollen than they were when we put them on.
Features: Anti-bacterial fabric and strong shape hold
These compression socks are made with high-quality, bacteria-fighting Lycra fabric, meaning they shouldn't lose shape or compression after a few washes and they’ll keep your legs clean and healthy—even after wearing them on an airplane or while biking. Our socks never frayed or showed signs of wear (so far).
The socks come in men and women sizes: small/medium and large/x-large, fitting shoe sizes five-and-a-half through fifteen-and-a-half for women and five through fourteen for men.
Durability: Feel just like new even after washing
After the first wash, these compression socks still felt like they did when we opened them. We walked around in them on the airplane without feeling like we were barefoot.
At one point during our flight, the socks got caught on a piece of Velcro on our carry-on bag. After carefully separating the two, we found that the stitching was unharmed —much to our surprise!
After the first wash, these compression socks still felt like they did when we opened them.
Price: Very reasonable
This pair will set you back around $15, and we would happily pay twice as much for such a quality pair of socks. This is a fantastic deal, compared to other compression sock designs on the market. We tested a cheaper option
Competition: Less expensive while maintaining quality
We tested three different pairs of compression socks during our flights: this pair from Physix Gear Sport, a pair from NEWZILL, and one from Vitalsox. We thought that this pair was a clear winner among the three. It was the most comfortable, looked the best, and had a level of compression that worked without being too tight.
We didn't like the available designs of the NEWZILL compression socks—think bright colors and zany options like hearts—and felt like the Physix Gear Sport styles were a lot more likely to work with our other clothes.
We put our Vitalsox to the test by accidentally spilling water all over them during the flight, and they ended up dry minutes later. You could consider those socks if you really prioritize moisture-control, but they ranked lower than the Physix Gear Sport socks in almost every category we considered—comfort, breathability, material, style, etc.
- Product Name Physix Gear Compression Socks
- Product Brand Physix Gear Sport
- UPC B01J4MF19O
- Price $15
- Color Black and beige, black and blue, black and green, black and grey, black and orange, black and pink, black and red, black and white, nude
- Material Nylon and spandex
- Warranty 30-day warranty
- What’s Included Compression socks, Washing instructions and warranty information