In response to a smaller pedal platform, professional cyclist Paolo Bettini asked DeFeet to design a sock with extra padding to protect the ball of the foot where it pressed into the pedal. DeFeet’s answer? The Cyclismo is a thin technical sock with a no-feel toe seam and a low-bulk meta-pad knit into the ball of the foot, adding cushion between the sole and pedal contact point. The sock is available in two fiber blends: as a Repreve® performance fiber blend or as a blend of American Merino wool and Repreve®. The Cyclismo features a unique textured weave cuff, and the heel and toe are reinforced with a fine nylon for durability. Merging the natural characteristics of wool with recycled polyester creates a moisture wicking environment that helps keep feet cool and dry during harsh riding conditions. American Merino wool is also antibacterial, keeping odors at bay; Repreve® is locally manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, reducing landfill waste.