Disclaimer: I received a pair of Lily Trotters socks free to try. All opinions expressed below are my own.
I was recently approached by Susan, founder of Lily Trotters compression wear, to see if I was interested in testing out a pair of compression socks. I’ve been LOVING compression socks and sleeves ever since my jump rope-induced shin splints during Legally Blonde. To be perfectly honest, my shins haven’t felt 100% since then, so I jumped at the chance to try something new that might help me out.
About Lily Trotters (From the Website):
- Proprietary easy-to-get-on 100% micro nylon weave
- 15-20 mmHg (millimeters of mercury) – just the right squeeze!
- USA tested & approved high performance gradient compression
- Cushioned heels & reinforced toes
- Moisture wicking, antimicrobial – yay, no stinky feet!
- Built to last a few years, not a few months like traditional knee socks
- Made in the U.S.A.
My Experience with Lily Trotters:
A few weeks ago I tried wearing ProCompression socks during my runs, but found that the compression was too much, and caused my feet to cramp up horribly. And my Zensah sleeves, while ultra supportive, don’t fit quite right, so I don’t like wearing them during runs either. I was hopeful that the Lily Trotters socks would be a solution, and they didn’t disappoint.
My first impression was that they were very soft; they felt much nicer than other compression socks/sleeves I’ve tried. They were also a lot easier to put on. My first run in them was a 5k before work. I was nervous about blisters, because, as I’ve written before, I have VERY blister prone feet. I was also nervous about foot cramps. Thankfully, I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. My shins felt comfortable and supported, the cuffs weren’t so tight that they cut into me (like my PC socks and Zensah sleeves), but they still stayed put, and I didn’t get any blisters. Hallelujah! I also wore them for the Run for Martha 5k this past weekend, and once again, my feet, ankles, and calves were very happy.
In addition to being functional, these socks are ADORABLE. I’m still on the fence about the ruffles–they’re a bit too cutesy for me, but I love the polka dots, and it looks like the rest of the Lily Trotters line will be just as fashionable. The company will be launching a Kickstarter campaign very soon (with a video starring the one and only Salt!), so you should head over to their website to sign up for the mailing list so you can get in on some early bird deals!
What’s your favorite compression gear?
Ruffles: Yay or Nay?