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How Do You Put on and Wear Your Cute Compression Socks?

When you first get your socks, they’re going to look too small for you to wear. It’s not because they’re too small… it’s because they’re cute compression socks. In fact, every pair of compression socks I’ve ever tried (or owned!) has looked suspiciously small coming out of the packaging.

But that’s because they’re compression socks – and they stretch like crazy. So don’t be put off or shocked when you open yours… because you’ve been forewarned. And now we’ll dive into putting on – and wearing – those cute compression stockings of yours.

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Here’s how to put on your cute compression socks

Now that you’ve mentally prepared to open your socks, here’s how to put them on.

  1. Once you’ve opened your socks, turn the calf tube down so that it’s inside out and covers up the whole foot of your socks.
  2. Slip your foot into the half-inside-out compression socks.
  3. Adjust the foot and ankle area to your desired level of comfort.
  4. Remember that it’s going to be tighter than you’re used to. That’s normal and expected!
  5. Pull the calf section of the sock up to just below your knees. (I like mine about an inch below my knee – that way there’s no circulation issues whether I’m standing, sitting on a chair, or sitting cross-legged on the floor)
  6. These socks are designed long (all knee-high compression socks are). That’s normal and done on purpose – so that you have plenty of sock to adjust for your comfort.
  7. Adjust the sock so that you’ve got plenty of space for movement. The best places to adjust the sock are at your ankle and at your calf.
  8. Your socks should NOT move – no matter how much you do.

Your socks should fit snugly and comfortably just below your knee.

Please don’t pull them over your knees. These are not thigh-high compression socks – they’re knee-high cute compression socks. Pulling them up higher than your knees – or folding them over in half to “make them shorter” will cause circulation issues.

And here’s how long you should wear ’em

While compression socks are tight, these shouldn’t be uncomfortable. And they definitely shouldn’t hurt!

If they fit well, you should be able to wear them for at least a few hours at a time. Depending on your health and your circumstances, that could mean just an our or two to start – so that your legs can adjust to their new, fashionable attire. Or, it could mean you can rock those suckers for a whole work day. But when you get home, take them off. Just like with new shoes, you don’t want to over-wear them – or you could get blisters.

Now, if they don’t fit and are too uncomfortable (or they straight up hurt), take them off. Immediately. There are other sizes and other levels of compression, so please don’t try to “tough it out.” You’re already awesome and tough – you don’t need to get hurt to prove it.

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5 Ways People Try to Wear Support Socks – But Shouldn’t

Have you ever seen one of those “best of epic fail” videos on YouTube? It’s like I’m back in my childhood, suddenly watching an on-demand, much-more-recent episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos! Some of them are so painful that you can’t look away – and others you just hurt for the poor person who thought filming that activity was a good idea. In any case, let’s take a look at some ways people have tried to wear their support socks – and it didn’t work so well.

When it comes to wearing support socks, it is possible to wear them in an unsafe manner. That's why knowing how to put on and wear your compression socks is so important. #compressionsocks #compressionstockings #supportsocks

How NOT to wear your Support Socks

If you’re reading this and wondering how people can get wearing socks wrong… I used to wonder that, too. Then, I started reading the reviews and comments and emails that people who bought my socks would leave me. And suddenly, I realized what my English 315 professor had meant when she insisted we practice writing insanely simplistic instruction manuals. Y’all, I’d thought socks didn’t need instructions. I was wrong – which is why I wrote the Complete Cute Compression Sock Guide (which you can get for free when you subscribe on the home page).

Anyway, let’s see some support sock fails, shall we?

1. Please don’t be surprised when your support socks are tight.

Have you ever tried on a new shirt, and been disappointed when the manufacturer’s definition of “medium” or “large” was nowhere near the rest of the world’s definition? It’s frustrating when you try something on (that you very reasonably thought would fit) – only to find out that it doesn’t.

But what about when you try on something that you know is going to feel snug? What then? Are you surprised, frustrated, or relieved that it’s as advertised?

Compression and support socks do just that – they compress your leg. They’re tight, y’all. I know it. That’s why I try to make it abundantly clear that they are tight. Even so… the handful of 1-star reviews on Amazon make me think that some folks are shocked that these socks are so tight.

Oh well. That’s part of the reason for the generous return and exchange policy, right?

2. “Knee high socks” don’t go above the knee.

One of my all-time favorite support sock fails is this one:

knee high support socks don't go over your thighs

Yes, compression socks are long. That’s so that you’ve got extra fabric for adjusting them so they feel good – not so that they can cover your knees and beyond.

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3. Support socks aren’t meant to be folded over.

Yes, compression socks are long. And a few enterprising souls decided that they could fix that – by simply folding the top part of the socks down. While that works great for regular socks (especially the cute little girls’ church socks!), it kinda backfires with compression socks.


Because support socks are tight. So when you double up the already-tight fabric, well, you’re just making everything even tighter.

So, it’s gonna be too tight – and maybe even hurt.

4. Why would you wear something – or do something – that hurts?

Pain is a fantastic way for our body to learn not to do things that could hurt or kill us. So if your support stockings are too tight… why not buy a lower compression rating and/or a different sized sock?

I get it – I do. It’s hard when there’s only one size available. But that’s why I put together a list of ten of my favorite compression socks – that way, if these don’t fit you, you’ll be able to see some others that should have your size available.

Because wearing something that hurts just sounds… painful. So don’t do it, y’all.

If they hurt, take ’em off. Try again another time – or try a different pair.

5. Yes, they’re long. But they’re adjustable.

Okay, so let’s get back to the fact that all compression socks are long. They are long so that they are adjustable.

compression socks and support socks are long by design so that you can adjust them

Please don’t use scissors to “adjust” them to a better size… especially if sewing isn’t already a hobby of yours.

Those are the 5 most common support stocking fails I’ve seen – have I missed any? I’d love to hear your story, too!

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The Top 10 Best Cute Compression Socks for Nurses


I can still remember the exact moment, as a nursing student, when my instructors first mentioned that we should all wear compression socks during our clinicals. I wasn’t buying it – and neither were most of the other students. Until Whitney, one of the other nursing students, went on and on about how much she loved her pair. Back then, however, there weren’t many cute compression socks for nurses. I’m so glad things have changed since then!

Because now there’s a lot of awesome compression stockings for nurses, doctors, techs, and even the pharmacists are wearing them.

The only downside to there being a lot of cute compression stockings for nurses to choose from? It’s that there’s a lot to choose from. And that can be a tad overwhelming… but to help others who don’t buy new compression socks for fun, here’s my top 10 best cute compression socks for nurses.
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My Top 10 Best Cute Compression Socks for Nurses – and Anyone Else on their Feet All Day

Okay, so I admit that I’m biased and that my socks are my favorites. But I’ve got lots of other pairs that I adore – and they’re from different brands. So I wanted you to see some of the other sock brands that I enjoy wearing. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the order in this top 10, other than my socks are my favorites and I’ve divided the socks into two groups, based on their compression ratings.

For our first several pairs of socks, we’re gonna be in the 15-20 mmHg compression range.

These socks and stockings are still tight and full of support. They just aren’t as tight or supportive as those in the 20-30 mmHg compression category.

#10 Sockwell’s Graduated Compression Socks (Sizes: S/M or M/L; color: Mineral) – $24.99

#9 Sockwell’s Incline Graduated Compression (Sizes: S/M or M/L, color: Light Grey) – $24.99

#8 Sockwell’s Circulator Graduated Compression Socks (Size: S/M or M/L, color: Sherbet) – $24.95

#7 Nabee Socks (Sizes: S, M, L, XL, colors and styles vary) – $29.99

In other words, Sockwell makes a solid sock. They’re awesome. So if my Cute Compression Socks are too tight for your cup of tea, try Sockwell. Nabee socks are also beautiful socks. I haven’t had a chance to try them, but they landed in the top 10 because they’re still on my “gotta try those” list. And these ones aren’t an affiliate link.

Ready for the best 20-30 mmHg compression socks?

#6 Camo Print Running Socks (Sizes: S thru XXL; colors vary) – usually $44.99 but on sale for $22.99

Okay, so I don’t have all of the colors or sizes on these socks, but they’ve got a great variety in sizes and colors, so they make the list.

#5 A-Swift Compression Socks (Sizes: S thru XL; color: Ocean Hearts) – $11.99

That price is pretty darn hard to beat, y’all. And some are less – I’ve seen as low as $9.99!

#4 Compression Z Argyle Pink (Sizes: S thru XL with other colors) – usually $39.99 but on sale for $17.98

#3 Compression Z Funky Hearts (Sizes: S thru XL with other patterns) – usually $39.99 but on sale for $17.98

I’ve got several pairs of Compression Z socks and they’re good socks. The only oddity to them is that, at the end of the day, you’ve got some patterns imprinted on your skin for a bit.

#2 CEP Women’s Progressive 2.0 Black & Pink socks (sizes 2, 3, and 4 with many sporty color options) – from $43.65 to $60

Okay, so CEP socks are many wonderful things. Unfortunately, budget-friendly isn’t one of them. Then again, they last. Of the many pairs of compression socks, they’ve been #2 for durability… only my own compression socks have outlasted them.

And so that brings us to the #1 best cute compression socks for nurses.

#1 Cute Compression Socks 20-30 mmHg – in stripes: pink/gray or blue/gray (one size fits most) – $24.99

(Okay, so why on earth am I linking to my own socks – but on Amazon?? Well, because they’re there – and so you can check out the reviews if that’s your thing. Obviously, if you’re gonna buy socks, save yourself a few clicks and buy socks directly from my shop.)

Which are your favorite cute compression socks for nurses? Did I miss any? Be sure to comment below – and then check out our Cute Compression Sock Shop!

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Put on Compression Socks (without swearing)

My socks are too #*@^*!%@% tight!!

Have you ever thought this when trying to pull on compression socks? If so, you aren’t alone. I recently got some feedback from a buyer that their socks were too tight and hard to put on. And it reminded me of the first six months when I was wearing compression socks – it took me 5-10 minutes just to put my socks on!!

I don’t know about you, but ten minutes to put on socks is about nine minutes too many.

Here’s how to put on compression socks

The first thing you need to know with compression socks is that they’re TIGHT. (So don’t even bother just trying to pull them on like you do regular socks, because it doesn’t work that way!)

Here’s how to pull them on like a pro (and in less than 10 minutes):

  1. The first thing you need to do is pull down the tops of the socks down around the ankles, so that the inside of the sock is showing.
  2. Holding onto the doubled-over fold, pull the compression socks on up to your ankles. It should be relatively easy.
  3. Adjust the fabric around your ankles so there isn’t any bunching – bunching will lead to pinching!
  4. Pull the rest of the sock up to just below your knee.
  5. Adjust the fabric and the band at top as needed.
  6. Rock those socks.

Okay, so now that your socks are on, you’re ready for your day. Rock those socks with pants, scrubs, pant suits, or whatever else it is you’re wearing. Me? I’m rocking my compression socks under a pair of yoga pants. Because that’s how I’m rolling today.

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Groundhog’s Day! Indoor workouts for me for 6 weeks

I don’t know if the groundhog saw *his* shadow, but I saw mine. I’m going to stick with indoors exercising for at least another six weeks!

And while I’m exercising indoors, some days I wear my socks during the workout. Some days I wear them afterwards. It’s nice to have options!

Working out during the winter means lots of indoor workouts for me. And that’s okay. Because it doesn’t matter where or when I work out - when I’ve got my compression socks to help me workout better, recover faster, and look awesome afterwards. #compressionsocks

Wearing compression socks during indoor workouts

When I do a hard workout, I love wearing my compression socks during the session. You see, it helps my exhausted little legs to have better circulation. That means that I can push myself just *that* much harder through some more intervals on the elliptical. Or I can do just *one* extra prisoner squat.

Sure, I’ll feel like passing out afterwards. Sure, I won’t be able to walk right for a few hours, but the exercise is doing me good. And having the compression socks on during the workout makes it that much better.

Or wearing them after the workout

Some days I just want to pull on my cotton ankle socks, work out as fast as I can, shower, and then pull on my compression socks. Those are good days, too. I still get in a great workout, I get to recover wearing my cute socks, and my legs feel better *SO* much faster with the extra compression.

It’s a great choice for days where I’ve got to run errands after the workout – that way I’ve got the extra support I need while I’m trekking around Costco with my kids.

Or just wearing them any time!

Does that mean I save my socks for workout days? Nope. If the fancy strikes me (or my legs are aching), I pull those suckers right on. Sometimes it’s just vacuuming day and I want to wear them while I vacuum. Or the kids want me to rock them for a dance party.

No matter when I wear them, I’m sure glad I’ve got them. But I’m *especially* glad I’ve got them after a rough workout like today. Ugh.

If you need me, I’ll be on the couch reading a book. Happy Groundhog’s day.

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What’s the difference between compression socks?

Are you wondering what all of the different pressure ratings mean? You should be.

The difference between compression socks is in the pressure rating.

Most fashion compression socks: 15-20 mmHg

Most fashion compression socks work fairly well throughout the day. When I’ve worn them around the house, I can definitely tell a difference as compared to being compression sock-less. At the end of the day, though, my feet and legs still ache. When I was pregnant, working as a nurse, or both, these socks didn’t help with the swelling very much, either.

Cute Compression Socks: 20-30 mmHg

Those extra few millimeters of mercury do make a difference between compression socks. After a long day in these puppies, my legs still feel great. My feet don’t hurt. My feet aren’t swollen. When I was pregnant and working long shifts as a nurse, these socks were absolutely necessary for me to get through a shift without wanting to fall over and cry. Of course, at the time I only had some very functional, very drab colored compression socks. I’d also had to get them from a sports supplier, so they were pretty pricey. What can I say? I have a hard time paying $40-50 for a pair of socks

Here’s the difference up close:


Even though my baby is almost 3 months old, I still prefer to wear my cute compression socks. Why? I’m not getting enough sleep in a bed. Sleeping propped up or spending hours at night rocking the baby aren’t great for my feet: they get swollen. Not bad, but it makes them ache. If I wear my socks, though? No aches. No swelling. No problem.

Are you ready to experience the benefits of Cute Compression Socks?