From Stylish Compression Hosiery to Padded Running Socks

By: Jana Pijak - Feb 10, 2016
These legwear design innovations range from stylish compression hosiery to padded running socks that feature supportive and cushioned insoles. While these two examples work to support a runner's muscles and reduce strain during training sessions, other standouts include waterproof sock products that are specially designed for lovers of the great outdoors.

While Portland-based brand Showers Pass specializes in hiker-approved hosiery that will keep feet dry once they are submerged in water, Helly Hansen helps one avoid blisters and cuts with its double-layered and seamless sock range.

Other notable legwear design innovations include leg-slimming tights, injury-preventing athletic hosiery and even sustainable sock accessories that are made from unexpected materials. These include recycled paper, bamboo and even aged wool fibers that are repurposed from discarded clothing.