|My foot on the left. Infant-looking sock on the right.|
The first thing I noticed was comfort. These socks give you some support without feeling too tight. The CEP socks I tried were much tighter and more uncomfortable if you are wearing them for a long time. Part of that is that the CEP socks are thicker, therefore hotter. Once I had these socks on they felt very light and comfortable, and I could have worn them for an extended period of time. Actually once I put them on, I wore them for the rest of the day.
The stars are part of a limited edition inspired and designed by Michelle Jones, an Olympic Silver Medalist and Ironman Hawaii World Champion.
The best part of this sock for me was the foot. It was snug and fitted from the heel to the toe. There were no loose areas that could lead to a blister on a long run. I wore them in my most recent marathon, and the result was excellent. No blisters, and my calves felt fine throughout the race. They were thinner then my normal running socks (Asics), so I did have to snug my laces in a little tighter. I don't mind looser shoes though. Tighter shoes is where bad things start to happen, so I could handle the looser shoes when wearing these socks.
I give these socks a thumbs up for fit, how easy they are to put on your feet, and breathability. I can wear these socks all day if I wanted. My CEP socks feel like they offer slightly more compression around the calf, but because of the sizing issue (they are too baggy around my toes), I can only wear them for recovery. Even then, after several hours I usually rip them off because they feel so tight and scratchy around my calves. The advantage of the Pro Compression socks is that I can use them for both competition and recovery.
No one is paying me for my opinion here, but dang it, I wish they would.