Look how they fit.
No stretched bit on the top of the instep.
No bagginess at the back of the ankles.
(Harder to see because of the ribbing at the back of the heel—but the stripe pattern continues in order down the back of the sock, into the heel.)
Note all of this—because-- off the foot—theses are a strange looking pair of socks!
They seem to fold wrong—The heel looks—well nothing like what you’d expect--especially when the socks get folded in half! (see here and below!)
Even the sole of the sock is not quite normal--but bulges out in a strange way.
Every way you look at them--they look stranger and stranger--and OFF the foot--it doesn't seem like they would fit an normal looking foot!
(and NO they do not fit on standard sock blockers either!)
One reason I like the small gussets –the ones I now always include in almost all my after thought heels—on the INSTEP (vs, (as in this case) the sole side) is the socks end up looking more normal finished socks.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating—and these socks are proof that strange looking off the foot can still result in quite normal looking on the foot—and not just normal looking but good fitting too!