"The black is sort of "painted" on the white. If you have wider legs it will cause the black to wear faster by being stretched out during wear. I'm really glad I ordered a second pair for my good friend - she has much "better" (thinner) legs than mine, and they look exquisite on her!That is my only practical complaint. I do wish the pattern extended all the way to the toes and above the upper thigh (it stops at the very top of the thigh) - but those are minor as most times during wear you'd have shoes and some sort of waist-clothing.I very much enjoy the feel and fit. They are comfortable hose and I rarely match my socks anyway. Life is just more fun that way. And when I wear these it's even more on purpose!About the Reviewer:male, ~170lbs, 5'10, athletic legs, relatively fit"