these are very soft, they don't have as much stretch as the usual ballet tights, their more like the shiny tights.they also aren't quite as soft as the ballet tights. the waistband is a rigid elastic band, which i love. it ensures they stay up on your waist . however i know same people prefer the softer bands so that is something the be aware of. the ankle band sits flush with my ankle. not cutting in at all. i would defiantly recommend these, very excited to wear them!