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Many women now profess a sincere hatred for pantyhose. They have been forced, due to dress codes, to wear for years. So why on Earth would a guy ever want to wear something that a lot of women consider restrictive, hot, itchy and generally uncomfortable garment that has even been equated with medieval torture devices?

Many guys simply feel more comfortable wearing pantyhose or tights. They usually wear them as a one piece replacement for socks and underwear. If pantyhose are sized properly there is nothing for men to find uncomfortable in them. Since the development of Comfilon and many other new men's tights or pantyhose brands men now have a variety of styles to choose from. These male focused brands are sized and proportioned for men. Some of these male styles even have a fly opening for convenience of those who prefer a fly.

Some men like to wear hose simply because like the way pantyhose look under close fittings trousers. Since they are a one piece garment there is no visible underwear or sock lines. I like the support in the groin area as much as the support in the legs. Most traditional men's underwear has little to no support in this area. Boxers are fine, as long as I have a pair of tights on underneath.

Athletes have found that wearing compression leg wear helps them with their performance. Athletes from every sport including running, swimming, cycling, football, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hikers, mountain climbers, aerobics and dance have all discovered the benefits of compression leg wear. If your sport involves leg muscles then performance will be increased using compression.

Just as many men as women suffer from circulatory issues or tired heavy or aching legs and turn to support wear to help with these issues. Men may try support socks at the suggestion of their doctors. Doctors will often prescribe compression stockings for a variety of medical conditions. Some opt for knee high or thigh high but a lot of them just feel that the waist high is easier or more comfortable. I tried some knee length men’s support socks to help with tired heavy feeling legs, but like many others found that I did not like the tight band at the top of my calf. So I switched to waist length hosiery. I can get relief from support pantyhose without going to a medical grade product. I will start posting reviews of the many that I have tried and will continue to try.

Wearing pantyhose or tights as a base layer for activity in cold or hot environments or any activity where you sweat also will benefit the wearer through perspiration removal. Wear beneath cotton or wool and the perspiration will wick, passing through the nylon weave to be absorbed by the top layer leaving you drier and more comfortable. There are many other commercial undergarments made for this purpose. These other garments usually cost between 40 and 75 dollars. The most I have ever paid for tights or hose was less than 30, usually much less.

So how do most guys end up trying pantyhose for the first time? Pre-teen or adolescent young men try on their mom's or sister's pantyhose out of curiosity. Some older guys innocently dressed up as a member of the opposite sex for Halloween or during role playing with friends or lovers. Many as little boys were dressed up by their older sisters for fun. Some of us, me included, were dressed in tights as young boys as was common practice in many communities and had no desire to stop. Bicyclist and runners may try on a pair to keep warm and remain aerodynamic when they train in cooler climates. Hunters and outdoorsmen for years have been stealing their wives or girlfriends pantyhose to keep warm.

However they first tried on a pair, once they pulled them on they had no desire to take them off. The more they wore them, the more they realized how good they felt.

Here is a news flash for you if you are not aware; most of the men that wear pantyhose or tights on a regular or even daily basis are straight. Many of them are conservative even Republican men wear pantyhose. Religion is no barrier for most men to wear either. There is a discussion going on at one blog about what the bible says about men wearing tights. Most of us have simply found that they are a comfortable, practical and helpful garment that just feels nice to have on.




Clive Cussler on October 02, 2020:

If a guy wore knee highs under his socks and pants for more warmth is anything wrong with that? I just got 2 pair of men's nylon socks from Amazon 12 $ high quality knee highs I guess. Yet a 10 pack of women's knee highs is is 6 $ at Walgreens?? Men's pantyhose are 16 $ and no free shipping...You ladies have it so easy, and comfortable. I wish certain clothing was not attached to just one sex.

Clive Cussler on September 29, 2020:

I was searching for less expensive pantyhose online men's and women's and there was a comment made. Crossdresser...if you wear pantyhose now and then, or maybe women's underwear are you a crossdresser ? I don't think so .I don't want to look like a lady period! I wish that hose for men was bigger here in America .It is actually more practical for outdoor jobs and hobbies .Hunting for instance .I plan on wearing pantyhose to the gun range so when the wind comes I will be comfortable! Crossdresser my A@#

Clive Cussler on September 28, 2020:

I picked up a two pack of pantyhose today. Showered and put a pair on. It has been years .I had to remember what they were like so I can stop thinking about them .I may get some male stuff and tell the wife what I am considering. BUT not these Hanes pantyhose I just picked up. It is not the same as panties, trust me.

Clive Cussler on September 14, 2020:

So what is the difference between wanting to wear pantyhose for men.pantyhose for women,unisex pantyhose and as Amazon lists a few as pantyhose for men and women.It is almost always a photo of a woman in the hose? I may buy some hose this winter,should I hide them from my wife?Should I say these are men's,these are unisex?Is it worth the trouble?I can tell you it is not the same thing as wanting to wear women's panties.Believe me I should know.I could order on Amazon and make sure she doesn't see...Or go to a drug store and just buy a pair quietly and try some..?Pantyhose in America for men will not be normalized quick enough for us...sigh.

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Clive Cussler on September 09, 2020:

I posted earlier today about this subject. I pitched my old cotton long johns in exchange for men's nylon footless.They feel like hose, I wore pantyhose in winter many years ago.Thought about it ever since.Being that I am a recovering panty addict my feelings about male or female hose is skewed.It's practical,yet a turn on at the same time.I put these on last night after getting from Amazon.Do I like them? Uh huh.I guess I will fight the temptation to wear another women's garment,or give in to something close.How come women get all the fun clothing? LOL.

Johnh0121 on August 26, 2019:

Men like the feeling and snug fit, men tend to shave their whole leg no hair so the pantyhose are tight to the skin whereas women only shave from knee down this is why women complain that the pantyhose sag and pull. If women shaved their whole leg like men do they wouldn't sag or bunch up. The other issue women have is they are trying to put 10 lbs of potatoes into a 5 pound bag wear the right size a size D trying to fit into a size B doesn't work. So bottom is if women want to feel comfortable in pantyhose shave your whole leg to the top and buy the correct size. This is why men don't have that issue the have to shave their legs as the hair in between the hose and the skin act as a slide for the pantyhose. Why do you think beautiful long legs women wear pantyhose and shave their whole leg and have no problems and love wearing Pantyhose or stockings

Hosey on November 24, 2018:

Growing up with several sisters in the early 70's, pantyhose were everywhere in our house. The bathroom where they would wash and hang them to dry and also their rooms usually had some thrown on the floor. After slipping on a pair one day just being curious I was hooked. The sensual feeling that I felt was overwhelming. To this day I still wear mostly in private.

Chuck santora on October 30, 2018:

i put on tan pantyhose a long time i liked the way it feel,so and comforable,i will wear again,sometimes,i love the way they look on woman,nice and keeps they figure great,thank youfor letting me write about this i was thinking about this,

FrankM4440 on August 14, 2017:

My wife and I just moved from our small town to a major city. I love wearing pantyhose but having big feet that started having rough dry skin and thick toenails I was shredding pantyhose. My wife bought me some flesh colored footless tights from Walmart called Secret Treasure. Soft and strong. They look like medical grade compression leg wear. When I'm on my days off, I'm wearing these with cargo shorts, ankle socks, shoes, and polo or tshirt. No comments but some people look and go on their way. And if anyone ask why I wear them, I tell them for leg health cause I do. And my wife likes the feeling them better than pantyhose when we cuddle

Mike on August 13, 2017:

As a reply to Frank M4449 , I too about 2 years ago started to wear them in public with shorts. I was at the time a business owner on my feet 12-14 hours a day. I never looked back. I wear them every day for the reasons of support, the feel and because they just look much better than a hairy bare leg. In the past 2 years not one person has said a word to me and I don't shy away from going anywhere in them. My wife knew I was a shall we say closet case wearer for most of our 25 years together. Now after 2 years of openly wearing them she encourages me however she still worries that if I wear them I may be ridiculed. Me now I just don't care. Men that worry about it might give it a try. The more that do will bring down the walls of shame and some day it might just be common place for us all.

Kim on July 02, 2017:

Because of my long term CVI, I treat my condition with three different levels of compression on various days from 8-15 mmHg, to 15-20 mmHg to 20-30 mmHg; depending on my pain level, my swelling and my planned activity. My doctors have told me to “stop” wearing the knee highs, and start wearing {or actually go back to} thigh high stockings, as I needed the higher support. Within days of following their advice I noticed a world of difference, and will not be having surgery {or at least for now}. BUT, I noticed that many times the thigh highs do not like to stay up, and under most conditions pantyhose stay in place much better. So I started wearing a combination of thigh highs and pantyhose, and the various compressions depending on various factors. And for comfort and effectiveness, I also use a combination of three different brands.

I have found Futuro Energizing Ultra Sheer Pantyhose 8-15 mmHg (Brief Cut) to be extremely comfortable when I need the light 8-15 weight support because they offer excellent support, while being much cooler than the unisex brands, because of being very sheer and having a feeling of hardly being on . They can also be worn with shorts without being noticed; which is a huge help as wearing any hose under jeans or pants is terribly hot. If men’s fashions would have kept up to women’s, these hose would have probably been perfect with a skirt.

When needing that next level of support, but also desiring the ability to venture out of jeans and pants into shorts; I have found TRUFORM Women’s LITES 15-20 mmHg Pantyhose to be extremely comfortable because they offer excellent support, while being slightly cooler because of being more sheer than some of the unisex brands, and because of the generous panty and wide waist band, providing more room and reducing any roll. They can be worn with shorts without being noticed, which is much cooler than the discomfort and heat of wearing any hose under jeans or pants.

I also wear Jobst Relief 15-20 mmHg Closed Toe Thigh Highs with Silicone Top Band at this level of comfort need; finding these extremely comfortable and reasonable in price. With the Silicone Top Band, they do stay up pretty well, especially when new; however, they do have a tendency to work their way down, and if you’re in an area that you can not pull them up, it can become very embarrassing and irritating; so depending on the circumstances, I may opt for one of my pantyhose instead.

I have found Jobst Relief 20-30 mmHg Closed Toe Pantyhose to be extremely comfortable when I need the extra support of the 20-30 mmHg weight hose because they offer excellent support, while being a very comfortable material, and very easy to get on.

I encourage everyone with leg and vein issues to purchase and wear support hose regularly; whether it be thigh high or pantyhose. And do NOT be ashamed of it, nor hide it. It is your health. They can prevent blood clots, serious vein problems, critical surgeries, so much leg and foot pain, and even death. They are articles of clothing, and nothing more; and they are made for men and women, and worn by men and women, even though they are mainly packaged for women. The days and years of them being sex items or symbols are long, long over. You have not seen girls or young ladies, or as far as that goes even middle aged ladies wearing pantyhose or stockings in years; unless it is for health reasons. I am willing to bet, today there are more men wearing stockings and pantyhose than women; they just don’t have the comfort of wearing them with the coolness of something like a skirt or dress. So go for your health and wear your hose openly and freely – stay alive and healthy.