Open Toe vs. Closed Toe Compression Stockings

We often have customers ask us – “What’s the difference between open toe and closed toe compression socks?”

The physical appearance of the sock is clear. Open toe compression stockings do not cover the toes – the fabric ends at the ball of the foot. Closed toe compression stockings, of course, cover the toes.

So, why would you choose to wear one over the other? Is closed toe more effective?

The truth is that choosing open toe over closed toe (or vice versa) is simply a style preference. The gradient compression begins at the ankle, so you don’t lose any of the sock’s compression functionality by adjusting the foot.

A few reasons to choose open toe:

  1. Open Toe stockings are great for the summer time.  If you wear compression socks year round, but still want to enjoy flip flops, sandals and peep toe heels and flats, open toe stockings can make that happen!
  2. Long feet: Many customers find that open toe stockings are more comfortable because they have very long feet that don’t necessarily fit comfortably into standard sized socks.
  3. Toe comfort: If you have long toes or toenail problems, open toe socks may be most comfortable.

Customers should NOT buy open toe stockings if they have any swelling in their feet. Open toe compression socks can make the swelling in the foot worse in this situation.

Closed Toe vs Open Toe

What brands carry open toe socks and stockings?

Almost all of the major compression stocking brands carry open toe styles.

  • Allegro: Sheers, Surgical Weight and Microfiber
  • Jobst: Relief, UltraSheer, and Opaque
  • Juzo: Naturally Sheer, Basic, Soft, and Dynamic/Varin
  • Mediven: Assure, Plus, Sheer & Soft, and Forte
  • Sigvaris: Sheer Fashion, Natural Rubber, EverSheer, Soft Opaque, Select Comfort, and Access,
  • Therafirm
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Stephanie - August 31, 2020

Hi Ann – I would recommend contacting our Customer Service team, if we sell it, they will be able to find it and get you square away: 1-877-545-8585

Ann Hemmer - August 31, 2020

I like wearing the knee-high compression (15-20 mmHg) with a small opening on the top of the stocking but unable to find any. Could please advise me as to where I might find some.

Brita - November 26, 2019

Hi Jeannette – You should definitely speak to your doctor about this. My insight is that you should continue wearing compression and that you may need to increase the compression level or switch to a velcro compression wrap which applies a different kind of compression. Your doctor will know for sure though!

JEannette NAmarahu - November 26, 2019

I was prescribed jobst stockings to wear for llife. Because of veinous bad circullation. I got ulcers. They were cured. I continued to wear the compression knee socks. I am devastated as Zi jyst niticed the ulcer has opened again.

Do I have to stop wearing the compression socks? What about the circulation? How will it improve if I dont wear the socks?

Thank you si much for your esgerly reply.

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