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Zippered Compression Socks – Complete Guide (with Pictures!)

Thigh pain needing a thigh high zipped compression stockings

Have you ever experienced severe leg pain? If yes, what steps did you take to reduce the niggling pain? If no, read on about zipped compression socks that will make your life easier. Zippered stockings are ideal for leg pains. People with weak hands, arthritis or sensitive skin will find it easy taking on and off their compression stockings. We have lots of vital information available for you on zippered socks. Happy reading!

Measuring & Finding the Right Zippered Compression Stocking Size

compression hosiery measurement

If you want to take measurements of your leg, first of all, get a tape, then measure around your calf at the largest point. Compare this size to the table seen below.      

9-10 6-7 16 MEDIUM
11-13 7-9 14 or 18 LARGE
12-14 8-10 18 EXTRA LARGE
13-15 9-12 16 or 18 XXL
16-18 9-12 14 or 16 3XL
19-20 10-13 17 4XL
21-22 12-15 18 5XL
22-25 13-16 18 6XL

Note: Sometimes, our Legs change in size during the day, therefore it is necessary to know the right time to measure your legs. You can take the measurements when you normally put on your socks, or maybe getting the measurements at the largest size, if your legs get swollen during the day. We therefore recommend discussing this with your medical advisor to get the appropriate fit.

Criteria for Choosing Zippered Socks

How Fitting is the Zippered Socks

image of person wearing black and brown fitted zipped kneesocks

When trying to buy a zipper compression sock, ensure you put how it sits around your legs into consideration. It is one of the most important things to check for when trying to make a purchase. You already know that these compression socks give a tighter fit and feel than regular socks. By the way, that’s their job. It’s a good thing there are zippers on the side in combination with open toes to help you put them on with ease just as wearing regular compression socks. Some of these socks may still give a tight feel but this is rare only happens when the compression isn’t graduated.   

The length of the sock to purchase is also dependent on different things. How long will you be using it? Will you be working out in them? Can you wear them to sleep? Will you use it only when traveling? Irrespective of whatever it is, your best start-up point is your knee-high. These socks are long enough to protect you while keeping off any swelling or clothing issue you’re going to get while keeping you warm and performing the function of regular socks. If the socks are too long or short, you can opt for one with a different length.

meme comment on compression socks

Putting on these zipper compression socks can be quite challenging sometimes. This can be made easier using an excellent and trusted method, to ease the stress and avoid you from having problems. These compression socks have a trump card, which is the zipper. With this, there is no need to flip out the socks. You can just flip it over whilst doing every other thing accompanied by it. You just have to slide the zipper down, pull in your feet, giving your toes ample space to wiggle in front, then you zip your socks up. Simple! There’s nothing more to this, you have pulled up the socks without stress. If you feel you’re still struggling with it, the problem could be the wrong sock size, not necessarily your lack of strength or wits. 

Effectiveness of the Compression Socks

How effective is a compression sock with a side zipper? Does the zipper affect its compression? Well, you should know that this doesn’t affect the effectiveness of the compression socks. The zipper gives you a very tight fit, with the effects and benefits regular compression socks offer, probably weaker a bit but this is nothing to be worried about. 

An old man on sleeves wearing a knee high zipped compression stockings for support

Zippered socks are effective to tackle such issues as swelling and circulation problems. If you have issues like spider veins, varicose veins, DVT or any of such issues, you can be rest assured these socks will help you curtail those problems. People who suffer from these conditions are fully aware of the problems associated with it such as swelling, itching, cramping, burning, and related issues, thus compression socks can be used to stop all these from happening. Sturdier socks can also stop further complications of these issues; you have a lot of health benefits to gain from these pairs. These socks function by aiding blood flow to your heart, keeping it safe from difficult areas. You can also prevent clotting when you wear these compression socks. Zipping up a pair isn’t a bad choice after all. 

An image showing effectiveness and comfort of fit and high compression socks

Don’t be quick to get rid of these socks, even if you don’t have any health issues, they can still be useful to you. If you have a habit of spending time going to the gym, or you have a job that’s very demanding, like being a nurse, for instance, you can feel the advantages of these socks. They are indeed magical. Swelling as a result of standing all day long, coupled with muscle soreness and fatigue can be reduced or even fought off completely when you wear these compression socks and go about your daily activities. This zipper compression socks stabilize your feet and legs, aiding you with mobility and making injuries less likely to happen. In all, wearing a pair is not a wrong decision, just make sure you have one with the appropriate size and compression level. 


Compression socks are often very expensive. This is not so much but it is costlier than regular socks. Hence it’ll be worn every day, there will be signs of wear and damage, making it necessary to get a pair of socks that is capable of withstanding these situations for as long as necessary. The Compression socks should be able to compress, but this won’t be so if they are not constructed well. The zipper is also sewn to the whole sock and its quality can affect its durability. A fragile zipper does not perform any function, and once it doesn’t work again, you can forget about the socks. However, the zipper can be replaced, but there’s every likelihood that it won’t fit it as it used to. It could even cause harm to you, digging into your skin causing irritation and even blisters.   

A good pair is made with the perfect blend of materials to fit you and give you comfort. Such materials include nylon, Lycra and polyester and are perfect choices for compression socks, especially when blended. Stitching them well also ensures your socks last longer, most especially when there is a reinforcement of the construction around the heels and toes, where there’s a likelihood for holes to sprout from.   

Zippered Compression Stocking Materials

When evaluating the quality of compression socks, the material it is made out of should be your first point of notice. Yes! This is because it affects a lot of factors. Let’s spell it out for you, shall we?

image showing different style and color of zippered socks materials

The material it is made of affects the fit of the socks, the level of compression it offers, and the durability of the socks. You sure don’t want your socks wearing off quickly, do you? So, when you are choosing a compression sock, go for one that is likely to be more durable, expendable, and fits just right. The critical information to hold in mind is that excellent compression socks are not made of just one material. It is always a blend of different materials, and be sure that it fits right with you.

An example of this material blend could be polyester, spandex, and nylon. These three come together to form plastic. When you hear plastic, we’re sure the first thought on your mind would be the hard plastic, but no. It is fashioned such that you would never believe it is made out of plastic. Not in a million years. Well, unless you observe it under a microscope. The idea of making blends like these is to combine the individual characteristics of each material into one product. Spandex is well known to be very stretchy and elastic qualities.

This is one quality a good and effective compression sock should have. Nylon is also stretchy and has the ability to let air pass through. It is breathable, which means it allows proper aeration, and you don’t want compression hosiery that gives you sweaty feet. When it comes to polyester, you know how elegant it is; color, thin feel, and lightness. All these issues and materials combined make the best compression sleeves or zippered stockings for which you can ever buy or receive as a gift. 

An image of someone wearing long compression hosiery

We can’t talk compression stocking material without making mention of the compression socks zipper. The zipper has to be pressure sensitive. The material it is made of also has to fall under these characteristics too. Zippers are made out of metal or plastic. Now, these two materials come with their advantages over the other. The metal zippers are sure to last longer than the plastic zipper, but the plastic zippered socks are lighter than the metal ones. If we were to compare their characteristics further, the plastic zippered stockings are more flexible than the metal zipped socks. In the case of a tooth break or damage, the plastic zipper compression stockings would still be usable as opposed to the metal one which has to be replaced.

When choosing a compression support stocking, you have to consider all these factors and which would better suit your needs. If you go with your requirement, you would have no problems along the line.


What is the use of getting compression stockings if not for the compression support it offers? So, a question you need to answer is, “How much compression are you in need of?”. The truth is, not all compression sock offers the same amount of pressure. Manufacturers make it this way because they know that there is a difference in compression needs. We are not talking about the hosiery size or style. It is merely about the compression rating. Every size comes in four different compression options. The higher you go in compression pressure, the tighter the socks would hold your limbs. 

image showing the effectiveness of compression socks on legs

This criterion should not be overlooked because you may go for a sock that offers a loose hold when you need a tighter one. With this, you may conclude that the product is terrible when it is not. The compression level is measured in the same unit as your blood pressure-mmHg, that is, millimeters of mercury. This means that if you want a tighter hug, it is best you pick one with a higher number.

For compression requirements, an option lower than 15mmHg would be okay if you are warding off fatigue or trying to improve blood circulation around your calf. For pregnant women experiencing fatigue or leg swelling, pressure around 15-20mmHg would suffice. This also goes for those with DVT or who are traveling for long hours. Options higher than 40 are for when you feel the lower levels aren’t giving you a hug you need. It can also be used when it helps your circulation issues better. For levels higher than 40mmHg, which offers a very tight high, it is mostly best to have a doctor’s recommendation. It is only typical for severe medical conditions.


Probability as a criterion for evaluation seems vague but is essential to some people. Most socks are small, so people don’t pay mind to its portability. Are they getting what they want? Fine. When evaluating the portability of compression hosiery, you look at the weight, size, and thickness. For people who need them while traveling, they have to know that it would fit into their bags or purse while moving around. They want to know that it wouldn’t be a problem to fit in more socks for the journey without having to worry about space to fit it in. 

Experts Opinions

Who best to get advice than the best in the field. These people have used and studied compression socks and how best it works for you. When trying to get a compression sock, it is best to consider what those who know the compression sock business are saying about it. Also, try out what they recommend. There is a high chance of that turning out great.

Maintenance and Care for your Zippered Socks 

image showing the pack and care for zippered socks

Wash regularly if your zippered stocking requires it. Contrary to popular belief that constant wash of your material would make it wear faster, not washing it can cause more harm to your socks and you. The build-up of microbes in your sock can cause infections on your feet and also cause irreversible damage to your stocking. Aside from aiding the durability, it helps your hygiene, and good hygiene is proportional to good health. 

Some tips for washing your compression socks is not to throw it in the washing machine. On the instruction that comes with your socks, you would see a warning from using a washing machine — doing this aids your sock durability. It just can’t withstand those cycles for a long time without wearing off the material and zipper. For zipper compression socks, it can lead to metal rust or breakage for both metal and plastic zippers. Washing with your hands would not take so long as the sock easily releases the dirt. Another advice would be to wash them with cool water and a mild soap because detergents can be too harsh for the material. The same advice goes for using a dryer. Let them air dry as opposed to putting in a dryer.  The plastic zipper would not survive a dryer.

For further maintenance care, ensure that your socks don’t get torn by keeping them away from things that would cause a tear like nails, pen, blade, or pins.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is where we answer some other questions people have about confession stockings. Hopefully, some of them answer your questions too.

Q: Does the compression zipper make the socks less comfortable?

A: Most people are really skeptical about getting zippered compression socks. They have this thought that the zipper would be itchy or leave a right line on the skin. The truth is that it depends solely on the manufacturer.  It depends on how the manufacturer incorporates the zipper into the socks. Some zippers do probe on the skin while some do not. If you get the ones that dig into your flesh, the chances are that you would feel uncomfortable. But, the ones that sit right are as comfortable as those without a zipper. Wearing zippered compression sock on shoes can be quite comfortable, but it is nothing a regular sock on top cannot fix.

Q: Is there a problem caused by wearing compression socks all the time?

A: There is a saying, “everything is good but in moderation.” Constant use of zipped compression sock may be hurtful to your body. This is especially when you have a smaller size. You may feel a certain discomfort when the sock finally comes off. If the sock was too right, you might start to feel numb, which may lead to ache and pain. Let’s also not forget that you may have cramps.

Compression socks are good, but once you have your results, stay off it for a while. While using it, you can remove it before you sleep because it is practically not needed.

Q: Can I workout with my compression socks?

A: Absolutely! Compression socks do a lot of work for your muscles and joints. They come in highly recommended for athletes. If you experience muscular fatigue he after and during every gym workout, you can use it to exercise. The Compression sock works both for prevention and cure, and that is why it is unique. Some benefits of the compression sock while working out include;

  1. Your muscles won’t feel tired or sore while working out.
  2. It prevents swelling on your legs.
  3. It keeps your joints safer and prevents injuries. This is because the socks would hold them firmly in place.
  4. It also helps in a fast muscular or joint injury recovery.

A piece of quick advice would be to avoid working out in the zipper compression stockings. They could be quite uncomfortable since you are wearing a shoe, and you may experience blisters or suffer an injury if they are not well placed. 

Q: What compression level would you recommend as the best?

A: In our write-up, we did recommend a few pressure ranges for different people and their needs. These groups were categorized based on their health needs and relief requirements. While the compression level depends solely on individual preferences, we have a range of pressure that should be suitable.

For people who don’t have health issues but are looking to fight off some minor swelling or blood circulation issues, a pressure below 15mmHg would be suitable. For pregnant women, anything between 15mmHg and 20mmHg would suffice. For patients who get a recommendation from doctors, are recovering from a health condition, and require very compressive socks, between 20mmHg and 40mmHg, would do. Anything above 40mmHg would be super tight and uncomfortable, especially when you don’t need it. 

Q: Can I wear both the compression sock and my regular socks?

A: If there’s a reason, yes. Sometimes there is a need for something. If it makes you more comfortable than wearing only your compression socks, it is your choice to make. Like we said earlier, wearing a zippered sock in your shoes could get very uncomfortable. If you throw in a pair of regular kneesocks, it will get more comfortable. Although it does seem like a crazy idea to wear double stockings, if it makes you feel better, it doesn’t matter.