Aug 08

I’m Making PRO Compression Socks The Yoga Pant of the Active SAHM

That’s right. I’m taking ProCompression socks to a whole new level. I’ve been wearing these babies everywhere and I’ve got some serious knowledge to drop about how I want to turn compression socks into the yoga pant of the active stay-at-home mama world. Are you ready to jump on this wagon? Actually, there is no wagon…at first. You have to run along side it, for at least 4 miles, and then you can put on your compression socks and jump on in! Who’s with me?


Like so many others, I was given an opportunity to review ProCompression socks because of my affiliation with Sweat Pink. In all honesty, I was not sold on the whole compression thing. I know there are a ton of you out there who swear by them, both while running and while, well, decompressing from running. However two things deterred me from compression mania:

1. I did not want to wear long, seemingly hot socks, during the summer (or Spring or Fall for that matter)

2. After my runs, I would usually forget to put them on, or they wouldn’t go with my outfit. #firstworldproblems

When the opportunity for review came up, I decided it was high time I gave these high socks a real chance. I ordered the calf sleeves (since I actually have two pair of the socks!) and laid them out for my morning run. It did not start out well.

I'm hot already.

I’m already hot, and I haven’t gotten out of my driveway.

I decided to wear them on a run, for the first time ever on a very hot day, around 9am. I was hot from the start and, instead of feeling the blissful cushioning of my calves and shins, I only felt heat radiating though my legs, cascading into a bucket of sweat, collecting in my shoes. This was not a fair trial for my socks, but it’s summer and the earliest I can run these days is around 9am because of my spawn. I’m a slave to their schedule and I have to take it when I can get it.

So, I decided to wear them as I first thought I should, which is after a run. Once I created a habit of it, a funny thing happened – – I wanted to wear them all the time. They may feel like suffocation devices to me on a run, but afterward? Heaven. It’s like a massage sleeve for my aching muscles.

As I was traipsing around town in my new found loves, I started to notice the looks and stares. What? Doesn’t everyone wear knee-high black socks with neon detailing on them in the dead of summer?

Yes, this is the cart I use at the grocery store and they were STILL looking at my socks.

Yes, this is the cart I use at the grocery store and they were STILL looking at my socks.


Which prompted me to think of the yoga pants phenomenon.


Somewhere, in 2010 yoga pants became a mommy uniform. There was nowhere they weren’t acceptable – – Target (certainly!), the grocery store, restaurants, amusement parks — basically anywhere, with no yoga studio in a 50 mile radius. No one even notices anymore that a yoga panted-mama is dressed for what should be an hour of downward dogs and other awkward poses, and instead is on the sideline of your kids soccer game…sitting in a foldout chair, reading a Kindle.

Knee high boots not required but nice touch Gwen!

Knee high boots not required but nice touch Gwen!


The pant has become far less about doing yoga and much more about just doing nothing. Hey, they shouldn’t have made them so darn comfy!

My mission, should you chose to accept is, is to make ProCompression socks the Yoga Pant of the “active mommy” generation. Before you get nervous and think you have to run first, fear not! No running required. Just like the yoga panted mommies before us, who certainly did not partake in a yoga class…maybe ever, you need not sweat prior to slipping on your compression.

While writing blog posts...in a dress.

While writing blog posts…in a dress. #ImSoFancy

I guarantee that after chasing your kids all day, schlepping them to all their activities, getting the laundry done and the healthiest dinner they will consume made, you too will deserve the serenity of the compression sock. And if you want to throw in a walk or cycle class for good measure then hey, that’s your call.

Driving the boys around...

Driving the boys around…

At my local health food market. Just checking out the chip selection - don't mind me...

At my local health food market. Just checking out the chip selection – don’t mind me…

Getting my hair did...

Getting my hair did…

Now are you getting the idea? With you help, we can start wearing these babies everywhere. Pretty soon, no one will question who the wacky chicks are sporting these things, instead it will be a movement. A wonderful, massaging movement of better, stronger and healthier legs.

And, for the good people at PRO Compression, I only have one question – – can you make these for my quads?


Are you with me?

Where will you wear your compression socks?


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  1. Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    So I have always heard about the infamous compression socks but knew nothing about why they are needed. Thank you for the breakdown! Between these and my foam roller there is hope for my achy muscles after all! I was never down with the yoga pants movement I respect the power but they were never for me!
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    1. vita88

      You will love the compression Miss Nellie! Especially when you start upping that mileage!!

  2. NJ @ A Cookie Before Dinner

    My husband is a runner and has a particular penchant for wearing his WHITE compression knee length socks with shorts and sandals.

    I’d don’t know that I’d be on board with this, but if I was hitting the pavement more often I think I could!

    Malone loves that shopping cart at Big Y too. He’ll drive it until he is a teenager, I think.
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    1. vita88

      Ha haha!! That is too funny about the shopping cart! And, you should try a pair – they feel oh so good when pushing that gigantic cart around!

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I am so with you on this one! I can not stand running in compression sleeves or socks. My legs just crawl with the feeling of bugs. But after a run…I’m rocking them everywhere. As I type this I’m getting ready for work WITH my compression socks on. Bright neon pink always looks good under scrubs.
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    1. vita88

      Gotta love a woman after my own heart! They must feel oh-so-good for you at work all day. Enjoy!

  4. Janine Huldie

    Where were you when I was pregnant with Lily and forced to wear these socks while on bed rest and then even after I came off bed rest. Seriously, I felt so self-conscious wearing them back then, especially being so very pregnant on top of it. I love this though Allie and if I ever wear them again I am so going to hold my head up high and smile thinking of your article here on this!

    1. vita88

      You could have started the trend all on your own Janine!! It’s too funny the way people stare but they feel so good when you truly need them, and what better time then post-child birth?? PRO Compression could have a whole new market for new mamas!!

  5. Alison

    I would if I didn’t live in a tropical country. As it is, I don’t even want to wear pants most of the time. 🙂
    You rock them socks though!
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    1. vita88

      Seriously. I think I would forego pants and just wear the compression. You could totally pull that off Alison…

  6. Jaclyn @ BumpSweat

    I’ve never tried compression socks, but anything that massages my calves by just wearing them, I’m in!
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    1. vita88

      You really should try them both while still pregnant and DEFINITELY afterward! Your circulation will thank you 🙂

  7. Tara Newman

    I love compression anything. The old navy compression tights are some of the most comfy pants I own. You are so funny with all your pictures! PS. John hates when people wear them during races because he can’t see their age group. Then he gets stuck chasing random people down (because he’s competitive like that). LOL
    Tara Newman recently posted…Sherpa Wife Chronicles: Ironman Lake Placid 2014My Profile

    1. vita88

      OMG that is too funny about John but I SO get it!!! I have to say, that I’m now wearing them all the time and so mad it took me this long.

  8. Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness

    This is awesome! I wear my yoga pants everywhere when the weather is cooler. I do this even at the kids’ band concerts at school. I have been toying with the idea of buying a pair and now I should! Thanks!
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    1. vita88

      You must get a pair Kris! You won’t be sorry!!

  9. Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)

    I have some compression knee-high socks that I wear from time to time for the circulation in my legs… I get random bruises and all that jazz… but I kind of like these better. Especially for the summer time!
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    1. vita88

      I have to say that the calf sleeves are perfect for the summer. I also have ones that cover half my foot but aren’t socks so my toes can breathe. I love those ones 🙂

  10. Ellen Frazier

    Just go a pair in purple, won’t that look snazzy running through the grocery store and Target! Finishing up week 1 of marathon training so I know these will come in handy, thanks for the coupon code 🙂

    1. vita88

      Absolutely!! You’re welcome 🙂

  11. Michelle C

    This post is so funny because I did hill repeats last night and decided this morning to wear my bright pink compression socks under my work clothes!!!!!

    1. vita88

      You should have worn shorts and showed them off proudly 🙂 Hope you’re getting a nice massage right now!

  12. thedoseofreality

    Say no more! If you tell me that these socks are going to be my next yoga pants, I am TOTALLY in! I bet I can even wear them WITH my yoga pants! Day=made.-Ashley
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    1. vita88

      GENIUS!!!! Absolutely you can.

  13. Yum Yucky

    The first picture caption says “already hot”. Don’t you mean “already hawt”? Just sayin’.
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    1. vita88

      I really should send all my preview posts to you for review first. Thank you for pointing out this obvious flaw 🙂

  14. Melissa Burton

    You are awesome! I love the fashion-y, looking out into the distance shot. I’ve never tried compression sleeves but now I want to! I have some big ass calves and maybe I can start rocking them like you.
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    1. vita88

      We will be rocking them together soon hopefully :-))) heeheehee

  15. Holly

    TOTALLY a compression sock fan and PRO COMRESSION is my #1 go to brand. I wear the full socks because the sleeves are not recommended for those with Plantar Fasciitis and achilles tendonitis
    something with circulation it helps having the full sock. I wear mine while I’m at work under my suit pants, to the grocery store, you could say just about anywhere. I wear mine both while running and post running but it really depends on the workout to determine if i wear them while I’m running. Typically speed work/hills I wear them. I pack them in my bag check after races so I can walk afterwards ..huge plus. If you want full body compression UA makes cool compression pants even for your butt! My sister is pregnant and wears them to regulate circulation. BASICALLY BEST INVENTION EVER. I recommend anyone going to buy them to first measure their calf so they buy the proper size sometimes the WRONG SIZE CAN MATTER on comfort level while running/not running. I love all your pictures I feel like we just hung out today and ran errands together 🙂 haha
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    1. vita88

      Ha haha – you are too funny! I actually can’t believe they make compression pants even for your butt!? OMG! I think I would prefer just a full body massage!! Thanks Holly!

  16. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    OMG, I absolutely love this post. One of the best reviews I’ve ever seen. You are so clever 🙂 BTW, did you know your photos are sideways?
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    1. vita88

      Oh no? Really? They’re not sideways on my end BUT they started out that way when I uploaded them!! Ugh – thanks for letting me know. I love these little technical problems!! 🙂

  17. Carla

    Okay, I’m not quite there. However….I do wear them to bed quite often. And if I just so happen to get up on a Saturday and decide I need to run to Walmart they will most likely still be on. There are pretty much on until I decide to run or exercise. I prefer the after treatment of the compression as well. Perhaps I will join you after all.
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    1. vita88

      See – you talked yourself right into it! 🙂

  18. Kim

    HaHa – love it and think that this could be the next big trend!!!
    I actually rarely wear compression for recovery but have found that when I do back-to-back long runs (double digits) thy make a huge difference in my old lady legs that ache!!!
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    1. vita88

      Agreed!!! I love it! Thanks Kim!!

  19. Tamara

    hah! I love this mission. I accept it with yoga pants because I’ve never owned them. You know what I really want? Zumba pants! They are sexy! Even though I’ve never Zumbaed. Is that a weird?
    I’m getting a haircut today. I’m going to Tanglewood and writing a blog post tomorrow. All these things need compression socks!
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    1. vita88

      YES they do!!! And, yes, the Zumba thing could be a little weird but, then again, look what I’m proposing!? ha ha ha!!!

  20. Jess@Flying Feet In Faith

    I can not wait to get a pair! Compression sleeves have been on the back burner for purchase due to other financial needs, but definitely on the list. I’d totally make them the new yoga pant lol
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    1. vita88

      Take the 40% off and RUN with it!!!!

  21. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I can’t wear compression socks while running (I get too hot and feel way too constricted) but afterwards, I LOVE them. I wear them around the house all the time. My husband looks at me funny. He looks at me with an even funnier look when I forget to take them off before leaving the house.
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    1. vita88

      Wait until you start wearing them out to dinner with him! 🙂

  22. Dana

    I wore compression tights when I had a vein procedure on my legs, but I just can’t bring myself to wear them now. And I only wear yoga pants to the gym – I’m a rebel that way! Blogging in a dress? You ARE fancy.
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    1. vita88

      You are such a rebel Dana – and, apparently a trend setter since you were compressing before compressing was “cool!”

  23. Britt@MyOwnBalance

    Ha! You are hilarious! I love it! Do you have to wear your compression socks while running or are they equally effective if you just wear them after the run?

    I just bought compression socks because I’ve been dealing with some pregnancy edema. I wore them for a nine hour flight and I think they helped. The only problem is that I bought wool socks. I know. I have an impulse problem and the pattern was cute…
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    1. vita88

      Wool? OMG! I’m glad they helped, and I’m sure they will come in handy in the winter 🙂
      The socks have a much better effect for me AFTER the run but I do know a lot of runners who swear by them. The funny thing is, after this big boom of compression, there is yet to be a scientific study to back up any significant improvement because of them. But hey – there’s a lot to be said for the placebo effect!

  24. Carly @ Fine Fit Day

    This might be the best compression socks review ever. The photos really make it – I couldn’t really see your vision until I saw you peering at the chips in calf sleeves. 😉
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    1. vita88

      hahahaha!!!! Thanks Carly! I have to keep it original, ya know?? I did wear them to the pool today…

  25. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    I love mine. I have long ones and short ones. I’ve worn them on my longish runs (I saw longish because they are not long runs…LOL) and I’ve worn them around the house. And they do make my legs feel better! I have a feeling that the movement you are talking about is on it’s way.
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    1. vita88

      If they’re long to you, then they’re long!! So glad you love to compress as much as I do 🙂

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