My personal experience with this product has been extremely positive. The benefits to the circulatory system of compression hosiery are well documented. The “mild” compression of these socks is evident as soon as you put them on. In my experience, these socks grip the foot without smothering it. This gripping action has a massaging effect on the feet. Also, the gripping action offers outstanding protection to the skin in the area of the foot. Furthermore, the moisture wicking component of Smooth Toe has kept my foot dry. I have had problems with blisters in the past, particularly when running. Smooth Toe has kept my foot blister free to date.