This style of hose is preferred by pipers and pipe bands for their extra-plush, extra-fancy, cross-stitch top, but you don't need to be a piper to enjoy these hose! The cross-stitch makes for a "bobbled" look, and allows for a turnover to meet individual preference. Sized to Men's U.S. shoe. Small (5-8), medium (9-11), and large (12-14); women's sizes are 2 smaller than men's. Woven in the U.K. Black hose made from a 40% wool, 40% acrylic, and 20% nylon blend. The pure white hose are our only wool-free hose, perfect for those with allergies! They're made of 80% acrylic and 20% nylon, which also gives them a bit more stretch. The solid black fit about an 18 inch calf, while the pure white will stretch up to a 20 inch calf.