7 different types of compression socks

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Compression socks have now become the socks of everyday health and exercise, with functions such as speeding up blood return, promoting blood circulation, reducing muscle fatigue and relieving oedema and so on. With so many different types of compression socks available, how can you choose the right ones for your market? As a professional manufacturer for compression socks, today we will introduce the different types of compression socks and provide suggestions for selection.

There’re 7 different types of compression socks depending on 7different aspects. First is the compression level, then different lengths, thickness is also a point that figures out different compression socks. The fourth one is a different technique on design such as knitting, printing, tie-dye..etc. The other difference is on toe-linking part, which normally includes hand-linking and rosso. Material is also a difference for compression socks, common ones are made by nylon, few will be made in other materials. The last one is the user group, compression socks can be made for the pregnant, for sports or long time standing people.

Compression level

Compression level is a common way to distinguish between compression socks. It is usually divided into three levels, 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg, and 30-40 mmhg. The first two are mainly for daily wear and sports wear, and the last one is for therapy. Most of our clients use level 2, and on Amazon we find that the top of the list is 20-30 mmhg.

Here we also have a guide to choose compression level.

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The length categories of compression socks are not as many as regular socks, mainly in ankle, mid-calf, Knee-high and thigh-high length.

The latter two lengths are more common, because the veins are mainly concentrated in the calf part, and compression socks of knee-high or above length can promote blood flow in this part.

Therefore, athletic socks are usually Knee-high length, and it is not hard to find that marathon runners always wear Knee-high compression socks.

different lengths


The distinguishing method of thickness is consistent with that of regular socks, which is mainly divided into flat plate and terry knit.

Adding the terry on the sole of the compression socks can absorb sweat and shock, as shown in the image below.


Pattern Technique

There are three main pattern techniques of compression socks: jacquard, printing and tie-dyeing.

Jacquard is to weave the pattern directly on the socks, printing is to print the pattern on the socks by high-temperature printing, tie-dyeing is also divided into many different processes, including hanging dyeing, tie-dyeing, printing-dyeing and so on. Before we specially wrote articles about tie-dyeing process, read here.

different techniques

Toe linking

The seams are also differentiated in the same way as regular socks, mainly includes rosso and hand-linking.  Socks with rosso have a raised thread across the toe, while a seamless sock will be more comfortable to wear.


Compression socks are usually made of nylon, while other popular materials on the market are cotton, bamboo fibre, polyester and so on. The characteristics of different materials are also different, bamboo and cotton are more skin-friendly as they are natural fibres and are also more environmentally friendly. In terms of abrasion resistance, nylon and polyester perform better, and the nylon we use in our factory is anti-pilling nylon, which is more suitable for sports wear.

User Group

Compression socks can be used by pregnant women, sedentary or standing people, sportspeople and so on. At the same time, socks should be designed according to different user groups. For example, the first two categories should consider the comfort of socks, and natural fibers such as cotton and bamboo fibers can be considered. Compression socks for sports people should consider more wear-resistant and more durable materials such as nylon.

The above are several kinds of classification of compression socks, if there is no direction for your own socks after reading, please feel free to contact us. In addition, we will also provide you with a style catalog of compression socks as a reference. Contact us now!

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