Gear Review: CEP Compression Socks & Sleeves

Two runners put on CEP socks before a run.

CEP compression products help you move better by improving circulation and oxygen flow to your muscles and tissues.

CEP Compression Tall Socks 3.0 and Compression Calf Sleeves 3.0 are two of CEP’s best selling products. You can wear them during marathon training, while rehabbing an injury, or even on a long flight.

“I’ve used CEP gear for about nine years now, and they’re always consistently high-quality,” says one reviewer. “I like that you know the exact measurement of compression used. It provides a dependable experience.”

Fleet Feet reviewers put these socks and sleeves to the test on long runs and after tough workouts. Here’s everything you need to know about CEP compression socks and sleeves.

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Breathable Materials Offer High Quality Compression

A runner wearing CEP compression sleeves prepares for his run.

Both CEP Compression Calf Sleeves and Tall Socks are made from a blend of high-tech yarn that wicks away moisture and sweat, keeping you cool on warm days and warm on cold days.

“I thought they might be too hot to wear in the summer, but it’s amazing how well they regulate temperature,” one reviewer says. “They never make me overheat. It’s like they become a part of my body and I totally forget they’re there.”

CEP Compression Calf Sleeves and Tall Socks both provide 20-30 mmHg (millimeters of mercury), which is the measurement used to define compression levels. All CEP compression products use graduated compression, which means the compression level is tightest near your ankle and gradually loosens up toward your calf.

This helps your body push deoxygenated blood containing lactic waste up towards your heart, so you can quickly and efficiently “recycle” it back into oxygenated blood. You can read more about how compression products work here.

Reviewers noticed how fresh their legs felt after wearing the compression products.

“It usually takes about a half mile to a mile into my run for my legs to warm up. I put the sleeves on about 30 minutes before my run, and I noticed that my legs felt a lot lighter,” one reviewer says.

Gender Specific Sizing Provides Precise Fit

CEP Compression Calf Sleeves and Tall Socks are available in both men’s and women’s sizing. But figuring out which size to wear in compression socks or calf sleeves isn’t as simple as just comparing your shoe size.

You’ll need to measure the circumference of your calf at the widest point. Once you have that measurement, you can find the corresponding size.

Calf Circumference



9.5 - 12 inches


12.5 - 15 inches



15.5 - 17.5 inches



18 - 20 inches


Each CEP calf sleeve and tall sock is made with specific right and left pairs to provide anatomically precise support.

“Both the socks and the sleeves fit really nicely on my feet and calves and didn’t feel too tight. They were the perfect amount of snug,” one reviewer says.

Some of our shorter reviewers noticed that the tall socks came up a little bit past the knee, but they didn’t notice any discomfort.

CEP Compression Calf Sleeves vs CEP Compression Tall Socks: Which Is Best For You?

A man wears compression sleeves during his track workout.

CEP Compression Calf Sleeves sit right above your ankle and run all the way to the top of your calf, right below your knee. Calf sleeves are perfect for those who want to experience the benefits of targeted compression without wearing anything on their feet. Compression sleeves are designed to relieve shin splints, prevent muscle cramping and reduce fatigue.

CEP Compression Tall Socks are exactly what they sound like–– tall socks. They rise all the way up to just below your knee. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of compression, from avid runners to frequent travelers. They’re similar to compression calf sleeves in that they can help prevent and alleviate shin splints and muscle fatigue. But because you wear them on your feet, they can also relieve pain from plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis.

At the end of the day, choosing between the two products depends on how you plan to use them. If you simply want to increase your circulation and blood flow during exercise, calf sleeves will get the job done.

If you’re struggling with specific foot pain or achilles problems, socks are the better choice.

It’s also worth mentioning that compression sleeves should only be worn during an activity to avoid blood pooling in your feet.

Final Thoughts

Whether you’re training for a distance race or spending the day sitting at a desk, compression socks and sleeves can help your body circulate blood and oxygen more efficiently.

CEP Compression Tall Socks and Calf Sleeves are lightweight, breathable and provide the support you need to feel and perform your best.

“I love how they feel when I put them on. They feel supportive and breathable whether I’m active or at rest,” says one reviewer.

High-tech materials feel soft and smooth against your skin while working to move lactic acid through your system. Gender-specific and foot-specific sizing allow you to choose the fit that’s right for you.

If you’re ready to take your exercise and recovery routine to the next level, CEP compression products are the perfect choice.

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