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Looking to create the ultimate ski sock, Smartwool turned to their athlete Angel Collinson for input. For someone that spends nearly half her life in ski boots, Angel knew exactly what she was looking for in a sock that will be comfortable and functional. Starting with the base model of Conrad Anker's mountaineering sock, Smartwool stripped all of the cushion out of the sole to give the sock a tight fit inside boots. Extra padding was sculpted around the ankle and heel for added support and comfort, as well as around the Achilles for hiking and touring in stiff ski boots. A final bit of padding was placed along the front side of the sock to help dampen shin bang. As a special touch, the words "courage" and "beauty" are printed along the inside cuff, honoring Angel's attitude and charm both on and off the mountain.