Preferred the soft. They were much more comfortable. I'm 5'3 and have a short torso, the high waist is great for slimming the tummy, however, was a little too high given my proportions and uncomfortably rolled on the top (note could have been from sizing slightly too small). Otherwise amazing leggings! I originally only purchased because of the free legging deal (would have never spent $60+ on leggings) but given the quality, I would buy at full price again! Only feedback is that they are very hot for working out in a gym but great for running errands, especially during winter. Not sure if you have a sports spandex version but that would be great for the gym.