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Questions and Answers


Question: My calf circumference measures in between two size categories – should I purchase the smaller or larger size?

Answer: When your calf circumference measures in between two size categories, we recommend that you first measure again in centimeters.

If you are still in between sizes, we recommend you go down if you’re less than a size 12-13 Men’s shoe or 10-11 Women’s Shoe. If you’re shoe size is greater than that go up a size.

Shoe size and height will help guide you when in between sizes:

Feet > 12.5–Go up | Height > 6’3”–Go up
Feet < 12–Go down | Height < 6’2”–Go down

Feet > 10.5 for Women–Go up
Feet > 10.5 for Women–Go up

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Question: What compression level do CEP Run Socks and Calf Sleeves measure?

Answer: With over six decades of expertise in making compression legwear for doctors and hospitals we understand proper compression levels for athletic use and recovery.

CEP Run Socks and Calf Sleeves combine graduated and consistent compression that’s targeted to be 20-25 mmHg starting in the ankle, decreasing up the sock until the bottom of the calf where compression hits 18 mmHg at the calf muscle and stays consistent to support the calf.

CEP is made by medi with over 60+ years of experience making medically graduated compression legwear. We are the "pioneers of compression".

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Question: What is the compression level in your Compression Recovery Tights and Open Toe Knee High?

Answer: CEP Compression Pro Recovery products all start with a higher rate of compression than the performance products. Compression measures at 25-30 mmHg

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Question: What is the difference between CEP Compression Socks and Calf Sleeves and when should I wear each?

Answer: We do not recommend that you recover in calf sleeves (keep on for extended amount of time after run) – while wearing the calf sleeves during periods of inactivity, the blood can begin to pool in your feet. This is especially true on a long flight – never wear sleeves on an airplane!

CEP Run Socks are great for performance and recovery – you can wear them during a run and keep them on for hours afterwards. Wearing CEP Socks before, during and after a run will continuously help with blood flow and venous return. You can even wear them to simply help your legs feel fresh all day! Get the Run Socks for performance and the Recovery Pro products for maximum compression and recovery.



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Question: What is the different between a men’s or women’s size III and IV socks/sleeves?

Answer: The difference between men’s and women’s socks/sleeves in the same size (III or IV) is the length of the overall sock and foot size – the men’s are slightly longer than the women’s and have larger feet.

It’s not uncommon for a taller woman to buy a Men’s size III or IV. Same goes for a shorter man getting a women’s III or IV. The goal is for the sock to come just under the bend of the knee.

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Question: How long do compression socks/sleeves last until they need to be replaced?

Answer: Depending on how often you wear them, the compression in CEP socks/sleeves is guaranteed for a year if you wore them every other day. If you put a lot of miles in and wear them everyday you can expect about 6 months before they’ll need to be replaced – just like a running shoe with miles!

*Don't roll the top band down to accommodate length

*Putting them on properly will prevent ‘overstretch’

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Question: Can the CEP Compression damage my body?

Answer: CEP Compression products cannot damage a healthy body under any circumstances because they only provide a positive, performance-enhancing effect. However, for them to be effective it is important for you to take your measurements to determine the correct size for you.

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Question: Is CEP Compression just for professional athletes?

Answer: Absolutely not. Even amateur athletes who want to take care of their bodies and improve their performance without pursuing a professional goal will truly appreciate our compression. CEP products provide a great fit, quality craftsmanship and assistance in preventing injury.

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Question: Will these socks really help?

Answer: The benefits of CEP products have been underscored by many doctors, scientists and a number of athletes.

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Question: How do I wash my CEP products?

Answer: Compression Socks and Calf Sleeves: Machine wash cold or warm, tumble dry low heat (No Wool-Lite or bleach)

Compression Apparel: Machine wash cold with basic detergent, air dry.

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Question: Will washing them less prolong their use?

Answer: No, in fact the socks compression profile can be negatively affected by dirt and body oils. Washing them after every wear is highly recommended.

Use a garment bag to reduce ‘lint balls’ collecting on the bottom of our socks.

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Question: Will the socks make me faster?

Answer: You can truly benefit if you train regularly with our socks. The socks promote circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen to your legs. Fewer muscle vibrations improves the efficiency of your muscles and reduces micro damage. The reduced risk of injury, among other reasons as a result of muscle and joint stabilization, naturally results in enhanced performance.

You can further improve these results by wearing CEP Recovery products. Designed with a slightly higher rate of compression starting in the ankle compression penetrates the deep circulatory system further promoting removal of waste and re-oxygenation of blood.

Use a garment bag to reduce ‘lint balls’ collecting on the bottom of our socks.

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Question: Can you develop a dependency on compression?

Answer: There are no studies that we are aware of that support a dependency on compression.

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Question: Why should I wear the Recovery Socks while traveling?

Answer: Scientific studies show that athletes are at higher risk of suffering from thrombosis (DVT) while traveling. Around 4.5 % of travelers on long-distance flights suffer from thrombosis, and nearly 85 % of them are athletes. The reason for this is their slower resting blood flow.

This increases the risk of stasis. Not only are our socks supremely comfortable for traveling, they also really help prevent DVT (

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Question: But how will it help me, really?

Answer: Try them out and see for yourself! We’ve listed plenty of facts above. Of course our socks aren’t “magic bullets”, but they do offer ideal assistance for all of your personal athletic goals – and even better performance provided you put in the right amount of effort.

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Question: Who wears CEP?

Answer: Anyone who wants to feel better before, during or after activity. We have seen recreational athletes find great benefits from this product as it reduces pain and the likelihood of injury. If we can reduce our injuries, pain and soreness, we can do what we love, more often.

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