some of the guys like the old school wool socks, but i like these performance socks much better. They look great and allow air to get through to cool off your legs. there's only 1 velcro strap per sock, so i end up just attaching it to the front velcro of my schock doctor boxer jock. it held up just fine during a season of practice and games without tape. it's a looser fit than wool socks, and not as durable. i have holes in the knee part of both socks, but that's because i wore them during practice as well. if you save these for a game, and wear your old socks for practice you should be fine. i highly recommend these because they look awesome on the ice.