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Best Compression Socks for Running

Best Compression Socks


Best Compression Socks


Do you have sore feet, swelling in the lower leg, or are recovering from an injury? Consider buying compression socks. Compression socks help to fight gravity and push our old, deoxygenated blood back up to the heart. This allows new blood to take its place, which helps our muscles recover faster, reduces swelling in our feet and ankles, and helps get rid of those heavy, tired legs. The best compression socks on the market achieve this by implementing gradient (meaning tighter at the ankle and gradually looser towards the knee) and medical grade compression (20-30 mmHg of pressure). They are a great buy for nurses, teachers, and anyone else who is on their feet all day.

Best compression socks for women

Pregnant women can especially benefit as they are carrying around 50% more blood and bodily fluid, which tends to cause swelling, soreness, and potential blood clots/other venous issues. Our line of CEP compression socks offer both gradient and medical grade compression, along with a reinforced footbed, materials for multiple environments, and a variety of styles and colours to suit your needs. They also feature silver treatment for an antimicrobial effect to keep your feet smelling fresh and clean. For all the reasons above, CEP compression socks are the best buy on the market today.

CEP’s parent company Medi is based in Bayreuth, Germany, and has been a world leader in pharmaceutical compression since 1951. Backed by science and trusted by doctors, their German engineered products are created with integrity and designed with athletes in mind. All of their products are manufactured in a medical facility, where the standards of pharmaceutical compression are required. Each sock undergoes 16 quality checks and rigorous testing to ensure these requirements are met. CEP compression socks have been proven to increase circulation and boost performance up to 20% (they were even put on the list of banned products for the Tour de France.).

Best compression socks for men

CEP compression socks are not only the best for running, cycling, and other athletics, but have been adapted for everyday use as well. Featuring men’s and women’s styles for business, recovery, and everyday wear, you will be able to buy a pair of compression socks that best suits your needs. Below are some of the most popular styles, their best applications, and the unique features that come with them:

Best compression socks for running

The CEP Run Compression Socks 3.0 were made to help runners with improved comfort, proprioceptive feedback, arch support, and enhanced heat and moisture management. Made for maximum durability, comfort, and breathability, these socks are the best buy for those who are new to the CEP compression sock game. The Run 3.0 comes in a wide variety of colours and sizes, with taller and shorter calf lengths (labeled men and women only). They also feature an asymmetric toe box for improved fit and comfort.

  • 20-30mmHg gradient compression
  • HEIQ clima-management cools the skin
  • Management of sore lower legs
  • Accelerated recovery during exercise
  • Superior moisture-wicking fibers keep skin fresh
  • Relieves pain from plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis
  • Guaranteed for six months (150-200 wears)


The CEP Run Ultralight Compression Socks are a thinner version of the 3.0 made for warmer climates. Carbon-infused yarn maintains the durability of the compression sock with the thinner, more breathable fabric. These socks are the best buy for running and everyday wear in the summertime, and will keep your legs cool while still providing medical grade compression.

  • Encircles your muscles more than 300 times in gradient compression
  • Ultralight design improves breathability
  • 25% less volume than CEP Compression Socks
  • Anatomically padded cushioning, anti-blister, anti-hotspot
  • Seamless toe closure for maximum comfort
  • 20-30 mmHg graduated compression
  • Taller and shorter calf lengths for men and women


Both the Run 3.0 and the Run Ultralight come in short (mid calf) and no-show versions. These won’t give you the same compressive benefits, but are the best buy for sports like cycling and golf where you want some compression/ankle support, but don’t want to wear a knee-high sock. If you love the sock you’re currently wearing, but would still like some compressive benefits, calf sleeves are your best option. They still offer gradient compression through the calf, and come in men’s and women’s sizes and colours.

  • Targeted compression to relieve swelling and soreness
  • Performance padding along the footbed prevents blisters
  • HEIQ clima-managements cools the skin during activity
  • Breathable yarns are tough and durable
  • A large variety of colours to choose from

Best Compression Socks for Running

For hiking:

For those looking to get out in nature, the best buy is the CEP Merino Hiking Compression Sock. The merino wool mixed in with the high-tech blend of synthetic fibers help the body adjust to whatever climate you find yourself in. Zone-specific padding provides added ankle support and helps prevent blisters. These socks come in both knee-high and short options, as well as in a light version for warmer days on the mountains.


  • Targeted 20-30 mmHg graduated compression
  • Premium Merino wool blend is soft, yet tested for the elements
  • Seamless toe closure for maximum comfort
  • Anatomically padded cushioning, anti-blister, anti-hotspot
  • Relieve sore calves and shin splints while keeping legs refreshed


For recovery:

The CEP Recovery line use the science and technology of medical compression to help you recover after your sport, run, or work day! CEP’s patented smart infrared technology uses bioactive minerals to reflect the body’s own infrared radiation to promote microcirculation and improve recovery. Featuring styles for business, all day recovery, and a merino wool option, this line is the best compression sock to wear when you need to put your feet up!


  • 20-30 mmHg graduated compression
  • Thin, breathable material for all-day comfort
  • Knee-high socks with comfortable top band
  • Improve blood circulation and oxygen supply to recovering muscles
  • Premium cotton material is tough and durable
  • Men’s and women’s business casual look, perfect for work and travel


Best Compression Socks

Additional Items: Best Compression Socks

Along with providing the best compression socks on the market, CEP offers several specialty items to help with specific conditions/needs. The CEP Knee Sleeve provides light support and compression to the knee joint, while still allowing you to do all of the activities that you love. As with the compression socks, the knee sleeve helps push swelling away from the knee joint to improve circulation, reduce pain, and help with stability and range of motion. It is not nearly as bulky as a knee brace and provides higher compression than most knee sleeves that you can buy off the shelf.

  • Light to moderate compression on the knee for pain relief
  • Anatomical fit adapts to athletic movements
  • Promotes healthy circulation and reduces swelling
  • Sensitive silicone top band keeps sleeve in place during activity
  • Tough, durable material lasts through tough training conditions
  • Best buy for runner’s knee, minor knee injuries, and joint pain


CEP Training Compression Tights provide effective compression in the calf and prevent chafing and slipping while training or during everyday activity. Experience superior comfort from flat seams and pressure-free waistband & cuffs.


CEP Active Base Shorts are flexible and comfortable under any type of clothing or sportswear thanks to their stay-put fit. The highly effective compression increases coordination for enhanced performance and stabilizes your thigh muscles to help prevent injuries. The quick-drying fabric has a cooling effect to ensure perfect comfort on legs. The active base shorts are best worn under regular workout shorts or pants.


CEP Arm Sleeves are the secret to light arms after a long day of physical activity. High-tech compression technology helps stabilize muscles, prevent injuries, speed up recovery, and give an extra boost of energy. The anatomical fit offers a non-slip wrinkle-free feel. The elbow padding provides protection ensuring maximum comfort. Best for sports like basketball and football, the CEP arm sleeve delivers the looks and performance that will set you apart.


  • Targeted compression for enhanced execution and faster recovery
  • Light arms for long athletic endeavors
  • Specific elbow design reduces joint pressure
  • Extra padding provides protection and comfort
  • Perfect stay-put feel and wrinkle-free fit
  • Anatomical design eliminates irritation and allows a full range of motion


So whether you’re headed out for a run, work on your feet, or want a sock to help relieve soreness and swelling, CEP compression socks are the best buy on the market today. Please visit to learn more and see all of our styles and options.

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