As athletic business professionals who craved one of a kind style and the functional benefits of compression, we looked far and wide for a compression sock that didn’t look clinical or geriatric and was suitable for business casual. We noticed a lot of nice compression garments with great benefits, but couldn't find anything that represented our style. We liked a lot of popular, trendy socks out there, but those either wore quickly, didn’t stay up and provided no recovery benefits. For us, the opportunity to merge functional graduated compression + funky, high fashion style was our A-Ha moment… and from that, Funkxion Designer Compression Socks were born.
A Designer Compression Sock? We have demanding business careers that keep us glued to our desks or on our feet most of the day. While these hours are relaxing on the body compared to the rigors of training, athletes, even weekend warriors like us, want to leverage every performance advantage available. We knew the benefits of compression for recovery, both from experience and the studies out there (improved performance, reduced swelling, increased blood flow or reduced fatigue.) So, from the compression side of things, we started the process of prototyping our first pairs of functional, high quality, U.S. made socks with recovery benefits. At the same time, we started exploring how to integrate our funky personal style into the overall designs.
Our early testing feedback was overwhelmingly positive from a wearability, compression and style point of view. From there, we kept integrating feedback we were receiving to ensure we had a tool that delivered on the promise of compression for recovery as well as a sock with one of a kind, funky style. Funkxion Socks are constructed with the highest grade of materials and made locally (Missouri and North Carolina). They stay up all day and provide just enough compression to realize performance gains without being tight or uncomfortable and our customers rave about the "get noticed" designs. .
Compression for recovery as a training tool? The reason we focused on recovery is because that’s where compression is proven to work. Multiple studies show athletes experience a 2-6% increase in performance when using compression for recovery, post-activity. Now, 2-6% doesn’t seem like a big number, but for athletes that fight for every second, inch, pound or point, a 5% improvement in burst, strength or endurance is huge and could be the difference between first, second or last! Studies also show using compression for recovery reduces fatigue by up to 20%.
Having science back us up is great, but we also put a lot of stock in the folks who anecdotally tout the benefits of compression for recovery. These are our customers, friends and competitors who tell us how much they like increased blood flow, reduced fatigue and performance gains. They also talk about feeling less soreness and swelling… but a large part of their enjoyment and satisfaction in Funkxion comes from the style and comfort the socks provide.
As small business entrepreneurs and members of our community, we are most proud of a product designed and produced in the USA that answers a real need with athletic business professionals. We hope this pride carries through to everyone with a need for compression and style.
Funkxion Founders — Luke Bligh, Eduardo Nieuwenhuyzen, Andrew Mullins