Socks are a big deal to me. It might be in my top 10 favorite list to have new socks to wear. They’re squishy and firm at the same time. They hug my feet and make everything thing a little big happier. Totally telling the truth. It’s kinda weird, but I’m okay with that.
I still hadn’t tried compression socks. With my non-running right now due to plantar fasciitis (for those of you who follow me on instagram, you might already know about this), I’d been thinking that maybe compression socks would help any tightness going on. About this time Steven Saepan who recently started Tiux, a compression sock company, contacted me about giving me a pair. Perfect timing.
Where can you find a Tiux store?
Tiux, pronounced tee-oo, is a Mien word that means to run or jump. The company is only online, there are no distributors or wholesalers, so they can sell you socks for a better deal than other some companies. And since I shop so much on Amazon and depend on reviews there, if you search compression socks there, compared to those with good ratings, these ones fall pretty much in the same price range. Call me cheap, that’s okay. I’m not sure I’d spend $50 or more on socks, but then again, I’m not running marathons. The Tiux socks are $35 with free shipping. This sounds totally doable for me.
But for real, why compression socks?
I think I’m skeptical of things claiming to be a big deal. I need some to look at some research and opinions. Not having run in compression socks, I decided to ask someone who has. Kalina (Dynamo #4) says this:
“I wear them on anything over 10 miles! I have no cramping in my calves after a run when I wear them. I once did 18 miles in them and nothing hurt. Plus, they come in all those awesome colors. It’s all about recovery for me. Recovery rocks with socks!”
As I’ve read people’s thoughts on compression socks, it seems like a lot to do with recovery. Compression socks have been proven to cut down swelling and help in limiting muscles soreness. Often they are worn post running as well. Steve from The Science of Running wrote up a very thorough post with cited studies that I found helpful.
The real voice of Steven of Tiux – owner:
I wanted some of the owner’s voice here, so I asked him a couple questions. I enjoy interviewing people and without a physical store, it’s fun to hear some personality come out.
Do you wear compression socks and what is your favorite thing about being active?
Yes, I usually wear compression socks for my 10 km runs and after a hard workout.
I started running a few years ago as a way to stay fit. It’s a great stress reliever and allows me to clear my mind.
Compression socks are overpriced. I used to pay $50-$70 for a pair and thought there must be other options in the market. I decided to start Tiux after doing some research and not finding any quality compression socks at a reasonable price.
Who inspires you and why?
This is a bit of a cliché, but I’ll say my parents. My mother has taught me to be appreciative of life’s blessings, while my father inspires me to be passionate and to pursue my goals.
How do you encourage the employees/partners in your company in their own fitness or healthy living?
There’s only two of us right now so it’s easy for us to do activities together, whether it’s hitting the gym, a yoga class or going for a quick run. We’re always doing something active!
What has been the most rewarding thing about getting Tiux up and running?
We’re a small company competing with some big brands so it’s definitely challenging, but exciting at the same time. We’ve worked hard in the past year to develop a great product and it’s rewarding to hear such positive feedback from our customers!
What is the dream for your company?
To grow the company and use it as a vehicle to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
You have a partnered with MAG (Mines Advisory Group) to help save lives and protect communities from land mines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other weapons remaining after conflict. What inspired you to make this partnership? What is the most rewarding thing about giving?
I wanted to do more than just start a company. MAG was an easy choice for us. They do great work and partnering with them will give us the opportunity to help others around the world.
What did I think:
With the caveat that I haven’t run in them, I have workout out in them. I host workouts in my home gym and practice yoga (as seen on instagram) regularly. When wearing the socks I felt great. The compression wasn’t too tight, I felt secure in them, and knowing that they help in blood flow and soreness is a perk for all my movement. When I get my foot back to a place to run, I will for sure be trying these out.
Check out Tiux’s compression socks, go for a run, be happy because you have new socks, and have an awesome day! Then maybe take a nice long rest…