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If you thought that long socks were something that were part of your school uniform or what you were given post-surgery in hospital you’re 2x parts right and 1x part wrong.

Once the domain of school uniforms, beige post surgery attire and apparel to reduce the threat of deep vein thrombosis whilst flying, long socks are oh-so-much more than that.

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I was introduced to the joys of the optical illusion of leg lengtheners some six years ago in the US. And I’ve been a convert ever since.

Not only do my legs look longer (who doesn’t like the idea of that???) but the socks I was given were not only good looking but legit compression socks.

Move over boring-ass looking beige or black and hello to a rainbow of colours, contrasts, pattern, many with a heart on the side.

Best of all they are your secret weapon to avoiding #cankles when flying. Yes, these idols of sock goodness come with 20-30 mmHg of true graduated compression. These are not just good looking compression socks, but the real deal as well as has been proven as they have taken many a wearer to PRs, obstacle race victories and the like.

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To check out what the long sock fuss is all about, check out my favourites from Running Skirts here

USES: Running, recovery, flying, travel, Ostacle Course Racing, anytime you need a good looking long sock

PROS: Adding some funk, fashion and fun to what has been a fairly boring, functional category of running apparel.

CONS: You will have to be ok with your making your legs looking longer (and better!). You may not be able to stop at only one pair and may soon be adding socks to the list of items in your running wardrobe that need to be coordinated and matched.

PRICE: US: $39.00 although watch out for specials and multi-pair offers which the Running Skirts fairies are famous for.

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