These socks are fantastic. The quality of manufacture is superb. They hold their shape forever. They are not a thick hiker sock. They are soft and comfortable and extremely hard wearing. Their is absolutely no itchiness when wearing them. They do not smell at all. They last forever. They will ball up being wool after washes, but this doesn't effect their longevity. I wear these constantly. I have had many expensive and highly regarded socks that really don't compete with these. They are a 10 out of 5!!