The Belle Star is always ready to ride so giddy up. A layer of cushioning along the bottom of the foot adds extra support and comfort. Over-The-Calf height is ideal for skiing and riding in deep conditions while fine gauge Merino Wool provides legendary warmth without the bulk. And since Merino Wool is naturally antimicrobial this sock repels bacteria and odor. If only everything in life was this simple. Still made in Vermont. Guaranteed for life.