I'd previously only tried the dress sock version of Unsimply Stitched socks, which I like very much. I like the way they fit (not too tight) and of course, the great patterns available. These athletic socks take that same great base and put it into an athletic sock; a bit more support for the calves and a bit higher fit up the leg. That said, they do a great job. I was concerned they might be too tight like some typical athletic socks-- but I found they're not.... they actually are just right for my legs and feet-- just enough support without too much compression. And the colors! GREAT in person. I love these socks.