As I’ve blogged before, I suffered from a blood clot caused by deep vein thrombosis back in 1999. Because of that, I almost always wear compression stockings – which increase and supplement blood circulation in your legs – on long-haul airplane trips (for more tips, read my post on how to prevent blood clots while flying).
Most of the time, I don’t pay too much attention to what brand of sock I buy, and I’m usually running to the drugstore at the last minute to pick up a pair. It’s not like they are ever stylish; the last time I needed some, all I could find were some that were euphemistically called “health socks for men” (I felt like a 70-year-old with gout). And they usually aren’t all that comfy – by the end of a long flight, I’m dying to peel them off.
So when a publicist with FUTURO compression socks sent me a sample, I wasn’t expecting much. But when I slipped on the Energizing trouser socks before my long trip back to Seattle from Berlin, I could tell that these stockings were better than the rest.
For one, they slipped on much easier than the usual drugstore brand. Often compression socks feel like sausage casings and getting them on can be a chore. These felt like they offered just the right amount of support, without making me feel like a medical misfit.
That comfort continued throughout my 9-hour plane ride home. The best thing you can say about compression socks is that you aren’t aware they are on. I didn’t feel the urge to tug at them at all.
Of course, it still felt great to take them off at the end of the flight. I didn’t throw them in the corner in disgust the way that I normally do., however The ones that I tried had a nice diamond pattern on them, and looked more like regular trouser socks than bandages. I’m not saying that I’m going to wear them to the office….but you could if you wanted to.
Bottom line: this might be the one pair of compression socks that stick around after the flight is over.
Info: Manufactured by 3M, Futuro compression socks cost between $10 to $20, depending on where you buy them. They’re available at some drugstores, including CVS, or online at Amazon and other retailers.
Disclosure: FUTURO’s publicist did give me the socks for free. But I am not otherwise compensated for this post in any way.
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