Our Top Pick for Recovery, the 2XU Compression Recovery sock, is unique among the socks we tested for this review. Ideal to wear after activity, this sock is designed for recovery instead of aerobic wear. The level of graduated compression is high (28-33 mmHg) which really pushes the blood in your calf upwards. After running a 17+ mile race in the San Juan mountains with 4,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, one tester pulled this sock on to alleviate her muscle fatigue. She was incredibly impressed when, after wearing them to bed, her legs felt as though she hadn't done anything the day before. If she hadn't been wearing this sock, she would have been "naturally" recovering for 2-3 days. This sock definitely aided her recovery (even if it was a placebo effect)! In addition to being a great post-aerobic recovery sock, we found it was also great for working all day on our feet. If you hate wearing calf covering socks during a workout, but want to reap the benefits of compression after your work-out, then our Top Pick for Recovery may be for you.
If you're looking for a sock with a high level of compression that's suited for wear during activity, check out the Editors' Choice winning 2XU Compression Performance Run - Women's (25-30 mmHg). Or if you want a sock with a little less compression, check out the Pro Compression Marathon Socks - Women's (22-26 mmHg).