I was looking for a pair of fashionable winter boots I could attend meetings in and not worry about getting wet or slipping all over the place while tromping through snow and ice. The moment my feet slipped into these gems I was hooked. I have wide feet and the boot looked narrow so I was worried but they are a perfect fit while making my feet look narrow. I'm a size 9 and I ordered a 40. The wool sock lining and the Sherpa ankle lining hug my feet, the grip is stellar and I don't even notice the heel. The zipper side makes for easy on/off and you can tighten the laces to your desire. I have not tested these in super cold weather yet here in Island Park,ID but I purchased these for more of a "go to town" boot which they will serve me very well. Excellent quality, glad my internet search lead me to these.