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The question: What would it be like if comfort, style, and luxury were at the forefront of design in a medical-grade stocking? If the people who designed and manufactured them were passionate, family-oriented professionals who put the long-term therapeutic benefits of the product hand-in-hand with a woman’s need to feel beautiful and sensual?

What’s all the fuss about?

Swollen legs, ankles, and feet have become common in our daily lives. The long hours we spend in the same position, along with our sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy habits, and hormonal changes, put extreme pressure on our circulatory system. While most women see this merely as an aesthetic issue, or something that will sort itself out, the reality is that it will not just go away!

Our circulatory system plays a very important role in how we function. Swollen legs and feet are signs of circulatory disorders, which are often overlooked, as most of us attribute this to the warm weather or lack of exercise.

The medical bit

Solidea Brigitte

Drs Dirk Le Roux and Pradeep Mistry, vascular surgeons at Vascare Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, explain that our cardiovascular system is made up of a complex network of veins and arteries. The arteries carry oxygenated blood throughout our body, and the veins carry oxygen-free blood back to the lungs.

The venous system is made up of deep veins and superficial veins. Deep veins are essential for the drainage of blood from the legs. Superficial veins, which are closer to the skin surface, drain the blood from superficial areas.

In healthy veins, there are valves within the vein that open and close to allow blood to drain from the legs towards the heart, against gravity. When these valves weaken or get damaged, they can no longer do their job of circulating the blood correctly. The blood then starts to pool in the legs, causing the veins to swell. These swollen, twisted, or bumpy veins, which are normally blue, dark-purple, or red, are called varicose veins.

Varicose veins are commonly found in women. Being overweight, poor posture, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and even pregnancy, puts pressure on the venous system, causing many negative symptoms.

The solution

To ease the pressure on the venous system and to improve circulation in the body, we recommend Solidea graduated compression garments. Compression products reactivate the microcirculation in the body, and Solidea has created a range of preventive, therapeutic, cellulite, and sports products, for both men and women.

Owner and creator Enzo Pinelli says:

I want every woman to feel beautiful, at ease, sexy and seductive, even when she has to wear graduated compression garments. This is why I created Solidea, to give wellbeing and elegance to everyone.”

The specifications

Solidea Silverwave

Solidea compression garments are made in Italy and quality-checked in Germany. Not only are the products ISO 9001 certified, but they also have the ISO 13485 certification for Class 1 medical devices. Solidea is a CE certified brand and has US FDA approval.

Decisions, decisions! The Solidea range is extensive:

The Silver Wave range

The Silver Wave range works with the natural movement of the body to stimulate circulation. The patented three-dimensional waves gently create a micro massage action on the skin that assists to remove cellulite and excess fluids in the body. The silver ions in the material keep bacteria at natural levels, so you don’t need to worry about odours.

The Maman range

The Maman range was developed for expectant mums. While pregnancy is an exciting time, there’s uncomfortable weight gain, swollen feet, and back pains. The Solidea Maman range marries fashion with medical compression, making you feel comfortable and sexy throughout your pregnancy.

The Therapeutic range

The Therapeutic range takes care of your legs while providing the medical support you need. The light, elegant fabric gently exerts graduated compression onto your legs, boosting circulation, and easing venous disease and blood clots. The sanitized hygiene function keeps you fresh all day.

The Active range

In the Active range, Solidea has invented a new concept in graduated compression sportswear. While the micromassage fabric activates blood circulation, it also ventilates the feet, keeping your feet cool and dry, with no bad odours.

Solidea Active Range


SOCKSforYOU is the latest Solidea innovation: unique, exclusive unisex products that can be worn all day long for fresh, rested legs, without forgetting style. A revolutionary three-layer fabric combines the action of graduated compression with the soft texture and total comfort of the natural bamboo fibre.

What the professionals say

There has been a significant increase in the use of the Solidea Relax range, says Dr. Adrian Singh, a medical orthotist and prosthetist practicing at  Life Fourways Hospital. He attributes this to the COVID-19 lockdown. Many of his patients were not able to leave their homes, and worked from home, so he recommended the Relax Travel range. Sitting at your desk the whole day is the same as sitting on an eight-hour flight.

What our customers say

Khadijah Mia, MD of Enigma Human Capital, says: “My motto in life has always been … wake up, dress up, show up … and never give up! My days as a wife, mother, entrepreneur, and business coach are spent on my feet, interacting with clients, whether that is facilitating a workshop, conducting self-development coaching sessions, or consulting. Comfort comes first!”

A friend suggested I try the Solidea Medical Compression range, and WOW! Solidea isn’t your conventional shapewear product; it’s actually wellness meeting fashion.

I bought two of the products to try out. The Silver Wave Corsaro made me feel like a million bucks. I didn’t feel like I was sucked into a machine. It made me feel comfortable, improved my circulation, and guess what … I could breathe in it.

The fabric is soft and comfortable. I literally didn’t want to take this off. It massaged me, shaped me beautifully, took away my bloated feeling, and supported me throughout the day. The best part is I can wear this while relaxing or for corporate events.

The Miss Relax Micro Rete sheer knee-high not only looked elegant, it’s so comfortable. My legs didn’t feel tired, as they normally do. These products are eco-friendly, and that for me is very important too. As I tell my clients, when you feel good on the inside, you look good on the outside. The Solidea product truly represents the glamour of wellbeing.”


Em Sloane

I am an introverted nature lover, and freelance writer. I love sharing new insights on how to live a healthier life using nature's gifts. Be kind. Be generous. Love. Peace. Humanity.

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.