Zensah Compression Ankle/Calf Sleeves

Usually I put off writing product reviews until I have enough experience with a product to feel like I can thoroughly evaluate it. But what almost always happens is that I forget. So if, after more use, I have additional thoughts to add, I’ll just amend this post and re-share!


I’ll frame this review up: I don’t run in compression socks or calf sleeves. I’ve tried it on occasion and have never liked it. At best, I’m too hot. At worst, they seem to make everything hurt more (especially the calcified stress fracture lumps on both tibiae).

I do like the idea of compression for recovery, and used to have two pairs of tights that I liked (but both eventually lost their compression). And I have three pairs of Sugoi compression socks, which have always been okay but not miraculous. (I have high expectations.) And, the most recent pair I bought have a hole right on the calf already.

Elite runner Anna Weber posted a photo recently wearing a new Zensah product that I was instantly intrigued by: Compression Ankle/Calf Sleeves.

This, I thought, could be perfect. I like the ankle and plantar fascia compression of a sock, but (as you can see in the photo) my long monkey toes get squished by the sock. And I just don’t like socks. The idea of having all that compression but still having my toes free seemed genius.

Plus I can wear them with my Chacos (and am, right now).

So I moseyed over (several times, before deciding to pull the trigger) and bought a pair. NOTE: be sure to measure your calves, don’t just guess. I’m 5’2″ and 108 lbs but my monster calves are a medium.

My Zensah Compression Ankle/Calf Sleeves arrived last night, and I immediately put them on. I’ll admit they’re a little tricky, as you have to negotiate getting the heel in the correct place without the help of having your toes holding the end. But, success! They quickly gave me a feeling much like putting your legs up a wall. And, if I roll the foot part back, it provides additional support and compression on the plantar fascia.

I kept them on all evening … then slept in them (which I never do with socks, but my toes were free!). I took them off for my run and then put them back on post-shower. I am currently wearing dress slacks, Zensah Compression Ankle/Calf Sleeves, and Chacos. (Whatever, nobody else was in the office today to see.)

Consider me a fan. Interested to see how my legs feel for Wednesday’s recovery run since I had 8 miles of steady-state this morning!

Some other notes from their website:

The Zensah Compression Ankle / Calf Sleeve is designed to treat plantar fasciitis, relieve shin splints, and provide ankle support. The graduated compression in ankle / calf sleeve provides muscle stabilization and helps to improve blood circulation for faster recovery. The chevron ribbing in the shin mimics popular athletic tapping methods to help alleviate and eliminate shin splints.