Crossfit Socks – Should You Wear Them?

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Let’s give Crossfit socks a go in this post. Yes, there is such thing as Crossfit socks and they are functional.

So as crazy as it may appear, the socks you wear to your workout play a real role in how you perform. After all they are on your feet.

We grab our gym bag and check to see if we have what we need.  Wrist wraps, shin guards, shoes, etc.  Yup we have it all, but do you ever consider your socks?  I know you won’t find them in your gym bag, but they are just as important as what you have in it.  Socks with compression built in are going to help you out with their performance and recovery benefits.

When we say Crossfit socks, there are a few different kinds of socks that fit that category and that you can get just about anywhere you buy sport socks. The point of these socks is to enhance your performance. Simple!

There are really 2 categories of socks to look at, compression socks or socks to protect your shins. Compression helps blood flow and the sock helps you keep your skin where it belongs, on your shin. If you take a walk into a Crossfit gym you will probably see men and women alike wearing knee-high socks that are compress and protect.

What are Compression Socks

Compression socks are specially designed to apply pressure to the legs. This pressure allows blood vessels to work more effectively by helping the blood move through veins and back to the heart. This is why many people wear compression socks during long flights to improve their circulation.

Compression stockings should provide a mild amount of pressure, without feeling too tight. This allows them to promote circulation, rather than cutting off blood flow to a part of the body.

The Benefits of Crossfit Socks

  • High socks keep your shins intact. Deadlifts or cleans, and other mainstay CrossFit movements involve a bar staying close to your shins. The barbell is ribbed for nobody’s pleasure; sometimes it scrapes against your shin skin. Steer clear of cuts and bruises from the bar with slightly-padded socks that run high up the leg.
  • Compression assists in blood flow. CrossFit socks are made out of compression material that aids in blood flow out from your lower legs. Compression also is very effective in aiding in the recovery from muscle damage from exercising.
  • Alleviates strain on your legs. Also, with compression you get more stability out of your leg muscles. They stay in place very well, trap moisture and are antimicrobial.

The right socks help you run faster and farther. Long pressure socks give sprinters and long distance runners quicker leg recuperation from races and Crossfitters shorter recuperation from long WODs. Tight knee-high socks will both “increase circulation and reduce lactic acid build up.” Regular socks may bunch up unevenly around your ankles and provide nothing but discomfort. Give Crossfit socks a try and love your legs and feet!

Different Types of Crossfit Socks

Shoe Top Socks

These are the shortest of all sports socks and are designed to hardly be seen above your sport shoes. Some of the best quality socks will provide compression for your feet, but normally not. You should look at the label to find out if they are or not.

Crew Socks

Crew socks are the most popular among Crosfit athletes and have taken over from the knee-high that used to grace the box floor. These are the mid length socks that provide compression and only go up as high as the bottom of your calf. The snug fit prevents them from bunching up and they won’t move around in your shoes. You can find these in a wide variety of prints to fit your style. If you don’t want to wear knee-high socks, these are the next best.  They look great too.

High Top Compression Crossfit Socks

I think most people by now are aware of compression socks and may even use them, but here is a little of how they help especially when talking about sports.

They improve blood flow in the legs which in turn prevents lactic acid from building up. If you wear an inappropriate sock while doing fitness or sport you may have uneven circulation in your legs which leads to muscle soreness.

As you aid blood flow in your legs, circulation also helps oxygen move through your body more efficiently. By way of helping blood flow and the transport of oxygen, your compression socks can help prevent injury.

Crosfit athletes will appreciate the way these socks support their muscles while performing the intense workouts. If you play a sport that requires a lot of arm movement as well, you might want to consider wearing both compression socks and compression sleeves.

No matter how careful you may be in the gym, it’s aloost impossible to avoid injury. compression socks can help alleviate some symptoms associated with the most common of sports injuries.

Evidence does show that compression reduces swelling so wearing compression socks will reduce swelling

For instance, evidence shows that compression socks can reduce swelling. If you have leg soreness or swelling after a workout, put on a pair of compression socks if you aren’t already wearing them.


I sometimes wear the long Crossfit compression socks during a WOD and they do make my legs feel much better. They feel more alive during the workout and when I get home after my workout, I have little to no leg soreness.

The compression socks I do wear on a regular basis are the Crew Socks. First, they are compression so help in the ways listed above, and second, they are my favorite looking with a ton different prints to choose from.





Me, I’ve been an active fittness buff for as long as I can remember and 5 years ago I put all of my efforts into the great sport of CrossFit.  This sport has elevated my fitness to new levels through a lot of hard work and dedication and I want to share this with you. Fitness keeps us healthy so get out there.

16 thoughts on “Crossfit Socks – Should You Wear Them?

  1. Hey Stew, your post was a great read; what do you think of Compression Socks, do you think they make a gym workout easier and better or do you think they are a hindrance? I don’t go to the gym that often or at all but I know your post would come in handy for my sister and mother because they go to the gym on occasion. Plus, I think the Crossfit socks are definitely a great item to have in the gym during workouts because I feel like their goal is to make gym workouts easier. Great job!

    • Well, they do make me feel better for sure.  Especially after a WOD because my recovery time for legs is much faster.  They definitely are not a hinderance that’s for sure.

  2. My doctor actually told me to try the compression socks because I do have a lot of leg pain when I work out, and he said it should help with that.  I was researching online, and I came across your website talking about the differences in the types of socks, so I was so relieved, because I have no idea what the heck I’m doing when it comes to this stuff.  You know doctors, they throw this stuff out at you but don’t give you any real direction.  LOL.  Thanks so much!  Babs

  3. I have heard the term crossfit before, but what does that mean?  Is it a particular form of training/ I would be really interested to know. I do like the advantages of the socks though and had not given much thought to something as simple as socks being quite so important. Clearly we have been overlooking the necessity for health and performance issues.

    • Crossfit had been around since the 70s, but has been popular for the past 15 years or so.  So popular that there are more Crossfit gyms in the world than any other gym

      CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more.

      I took that from a definition because I couldn’t describe it well.  It is very intense and pushes you to your limit every day with new workouts everyday

  4. Hi there, I enjoyed reading your article about compression socks and wasn’t aware of using these during training. I quite often get sore down the front of my shins while I am jogging. Its not the bone so i don’t think its shin splints its the muscle the runs along the edge of the bone. As they can improve blood flow in the legs and could help prevent muscle soreness and lactic acid build up, I wondered if I could I wear these compression socks under my gym tights while jogging to help prevent this uncomfortable after pain? Do you think this would work? Thanks Mary

  5. Stew,

    Hey again! I really appreciated your comments on my questions about hand/wrist protection in your post about Exercise Safety Tips. I have not been to my doctor yet, but it is on my list to ask about what I might use for my hands and wrists.

    I wonder if the compression socks would help with diabetic neuropathy? I love working out, but I have to be so careful with my feet and legs because of neuropathy. I am always looking for things that will help me be able to work out safely. Having socks on that stay in place would sure help!

    We don’t have a lot of sports stores nearby, so I will probably get these online. Do you recommend a specific brand or one that works better?

    Thanks again, Stew. I really feel like your tips are helping me out!

    • As far as I know compression socks or stockings would be good for diabetic neuropathy.  You would have to ask your physician which are best because for that there are different compressions you need to be aware of for what would be best.

  6. I was wondering if one type of sock stayed put better than another? As I hate socks that move inside my shoes.

    There is a wealth of info in your article. II have never used arm compression sleeves. Put may give then ago after your article. I wear compression socks routinely. But what’s the difference between them and crossfire socks. Not sure I see a significant difference. Great that you added different types of Crossfit Socks.

    • Hi,

      Good question.  Crossfit socks are made of a blend of material best for sports and in particular Crossfit.  The compression factor is the same in any type of sock.  So it’s the material and prints that are the difference only

  7. I never knew there was such a thing as CrossFit socks.  I know compression socks are great, and many people use them while flying on long flights.  It just makes sense that CrossFit socks would have so many  benefits.  I do go to the gym on occasion, and have suffered from sore legs and feet.  I will have to give these socks a try.  Thanks for sharing this information.

    • Crossfit socks are crossfire socks simply because the material they are made of are for sports and heavy sweating.  The compression is like other compression stockings or socks

  8. I know that keeping fit is good for our health, then I began to go 4 times a week to the gym. Now I am very interesting in those things I must wear to get better in gym. For me that socks with compression, are perfect. I really need compression socks and it have been hard to find one. I think those crossfit socks, the crew ones, that have taken over the knee-high are the best for me. I always have legs pain because of bad blood circulation 🙁 I had that for years, I worked standing for many hours, now is worst. After reading your review, I will recommend the crossfit socks to my gym mates and also I will buy them 🙂

    Thank you for this review.

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