While my mind has been focused on recovery lately, I thought it would be appropriate to review one of the latest (and arguably greatest) things I've stumbled upon that's been making my life feel a little more complete: the CEP Compression Sportsock.
- These socks truly are anatomically correct. I have an issue putting left socks on my right foot and visa versa -- even anatomically correct socks -- without noticing the difference. But these socks truly feel weird on the wrong feet. I don't know why this makes me so happy, but I imagine it wouldn't make me happy to wear the wrong sock on the wrong foot, just like I wouldn't be happy wearing the wrong shoe on the wrong foot.
- They are so freaking comfortable, and I'm going to openly admit that without any ambiguity. I usually put them on after a long run, and it gives my calves a lot of relief from the workout I just put them through. This makes some sense: Imagine you pound your finger or stub a toe; this first thing you do, if you don't put it in your mouth (gross), is apply pressure. Applying pressure to your entire lower leg after a hard workout is a lot easier than fitting it in your mouth.
- These socks are incredibly well-made. I think the heels and toes are about 5 times reinforced and I have no concerns about them wearing thin or getting holes anytime soon. Despite being worn repeatedly, they stay precisely fit to my feet and calves.
- These really don't get uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time (which I actually haven't figured out if that's a good or bad thing to do yet). Sometimes when I'm feeling wild and daring, I like to wear them to sleep. Please laugh. And then go try for yourself. When you wake up and your calves feel like a million bucks, it'll be a great start to your day as well.
- They come in pink!
- I wore these out for a recovery run a few weeks ago and noticed that they got a little too hot. Depending on the season and where you live, I'm not sure these are the best early-summer sock. They aren't very breathable, and I noticed my calves started feeling warm to the touch. Perhaps these invisible flames were actually my enhanced performance? Doubtful.
- They tend to run a bit small, and I don't think that's the compression element. Even after measuring my calves for accurate sizing, they were mildly uncomfortable the first two or three times I had them on. I think they took nearly 5 minutes to put on the first time I tried them. Figuring they were, hello, compression socks, my best guess was that a tight fit was natural. However, now that they are broken in, they are more comfortable to wear and much easier to put on. They clearly are still tight, but not uncomfortably tight.
- They tend to run a bit tall. I'm not exactly what you would call a tall person (5'4", if you're curious), and the elastic at the very top of the sock actually goes onto my knee if I pull them all the way up. I try to leave a little slack, but then they sit in a weird spot in my kneepit. I have noticed, especially when wearing these for more than a few hours, that that elastic in my kneepit can get a little itchy and minorly irritating. Then I just yank my granny socks down a little (they truly don't budge when they are on!) and we're good again.
My short little legs in too-tall socks. This is how they fit when I pull them on loosely. If I were to pull them all the way up while stretching them on, they'd cover half my knee.
Overall, these socks have a pretty hefty price tag for being *cough* A SOCK, but I believe the cost is worth it. I can't put a price on comfort or feel-goodness (and supposed faster recovery?!), but I can maybe try to put a price tag on a beautiful (yup, I said it) compression sock that doesn't stretch, fray, or pill.