Top positive review
Very comfortable socks on the lighter side of compression, good fit, nice fabric, affordable price.
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
I ordered these compression socks because the 6 pair I got 2 months ago have narrow top bands that really started hurt by the end of the day.....BAD! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q8WMNQR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1). I studied the pictures in many Amazon ads, trying to figure out which ones had wide top bands. From what I saw, it appears that the widest top bands are on the lowest compression socks (8-15 mmHg). Why that would be the case, I can't imagine so maybe it was my imagination, but that's how it appeared. I finally picked these, and they are SO MUCH BETTER than the others I bought in June, wider, more comfortable top bands. I don't know how the fabric compares on the 2 different socks (not listed on these), but this fabric has a more cottony feel (though I know it isn't cotton), this fabric is just a bit heavier and definitely softer. I always wear padded, cotton ankle socks over top of my other socks for extra padding and comfort, and so far, even with that extra layer, my feet don't sweat in these. I wear a size 7 shoe, I'm 5'3" with short legs and these come just below my knee. If I stretch them, they're too long (come over the knee), but that's typical for me. To prevent that, I don't pull/stretch them when pulling them up. That way, they lay below the bend at the back of my knee with no wrinkles or creases anywhere. If you can't get a knee high compression sock to lay below the knee without folding it over, they should be returned. Compression socks should never be rolled down, even the top band, and they should never have wrinkles or creases anywhere in the sock (the fabric should be perfectly smooth from the toes to the very top), and shouldn't be pulled tight against the tips of the toes, leave plenty of room for toes. I was caregiver for an elderly gentleman for several years and learned alot about compression socks in that capacity, and judging from that experience, these don't feel like a true 15-20 mmHg, they feel like less than that, but still have enough compression to do the job on most days. I'll get 2 or 3 pr of 20-30 mmHg for those days when these aren't quite enough. If you are also looking for a top band that doesn't feel like it's cutting your legs off at the knee, I recommend you give these your consideration. At $3.50 a pair, they're a good value ($27.99/8 pr), they provide a comfortable level of compression for lighter duty without being restrictive, are easy to get on, and don't look "medical". I am so glad I got them!