My name is Dani, and I’m the developer and the digital marketer for ShoeMed, and I’m often sharing articles, photos, and amazing Sockwell socks testimonials on our social media. All of us at ShoeMed wear our Sockwell graduated compression socks daily and have experienced the comfort, style and benefits received from this practice. However, I recently put Sockwell graduated compression socks to the ultimate test: a 13-hour long flight from the UK to the US. This is my testimony of how Sockwell got me through the long haul, keeping my energy up, my ankles from swelling, my legs from aching, and lessening my risk of DVT.
On the morning of 28 April, I put on a brand-new pair of Sockwell’s Damask in black. Damask hasalways been a favourite of mine as they add a touch of elegance to nearly any wardrobe. I own three pairs in this style. My flight was due to leave the UK from London at 12.30pm BST. I ate my breakfast, organised my luggage and set off with my friend and co-founder of SockTech, Lisa, at 8.30am for a two-hour drive to Heathrow during peak traffic.
We arrived safely at the terminal at approximately 10.30am. I noted that my legs still felt great after sitting in a car for two hours, so that potential stress was conveniently off my mind whilst engaging with a check-in machine. After entering my information (twice), it printed off the necessary tags, and I dropped off my checked luggage with no further issues. After Lisa and I had a much-needed coffee and brunch and see-you-later hugs, I braved airport security. I came out on the other side unscathed and optimistic, found my gate and boarded the plane.
Upon check-in, I had discovered that I was going to be seated in a middle seat, and all other aisle and window seats had been taken. However, having been seated in an emergency exit row, leg room was not a problem. I supplemented frequent leg exercises with my Sockwells to keep my legs and ankles happy during the first and longest part of the flight.
About 7.5 hours later, which included finally getting to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and two surprisingly good vegetarian meals, I arrived at the Newark airport in the US at about 3pm EDT. I survived customs, retrieved my bags and navigated my way around the terminal only to find I needed to haul myself and my luggage on a train to a different terminal. Upon arrival, I re-checked my luggage and ran the security gauntlet. Though I had broken a sweat at this point, my legs still didn’t feel tired and my feet still felt fresh in my Sockwells. After clearing security, I made my way to the next gate with over two hours until my next flight.
The second leg of my journey smiled on me with a comfortable aisle seat. I usually prefer a window seat, but in lieu of that, I was happy to be unsquashed and the proud occupier of two armrests. This also meant I got to sleep, and sleep I did. When I awoke, we were descending to my destination, St. Louis, at approximately 9pm CDT.
After a long taxi ride, I finally made it to my friends’ house. You know you’re staying with good friends when they’ve prepared a bed with soft sheets and fluffy pillows. I looked at my legs and saw that Sockwell had indeed passed the test: my ankles weren’t swollen, I had no aches, and my feet and legs were perfectly comfortable even in the warmer Missouri temperatures. My long-haul flight was a Sockwell success!